BISHOP Heber High School in Malpas says this year’s A level results were strong across the curriculum.
A full 100% of students studying French achieved a grade A while all German students achieved grade A or B.Š
Equally impressive is the fact that 95% of all students studying A-Level Maths achieved the top grades and three quarters or more of all students studying English, history, physics and politics achieved the top grades.
The performance of Kate Ashley (Oldcastle) is of particular note, achieving four A* Grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.Š
Kate will be studying chemical engineering at Cambridge University (Peterhouse). Another 14 students also achieved A* Grades.Š
Well over half of all students grades achieved were A*/B in the subjects they had chosen despite the new specifications increasing the level of challenge in this already very demanding qualification.Š
Delighted headteacher David Curry said: “I believe our success is down to three key sets of people working in partnership; the students, who work so hard to achieve their goals; the staff, whose encouragement and support, as much as their knowledge and skill, help to lift the students to greater heights; and the parents, who likewise encourage and support their sons and daughters through the huge demands of examinations.
“It is a formidable partnership when all three work effectively together. If we have a secret, I think that is it.”
More individual stories of success included another eight students who achieved straight A/A* in all their chosen subjects.Š
John Briggs (head boy), from Wirswall, will be studying history at Leeds, Abbey Fitzgerald (head girl), from Hanmer, is taking a Gap Year in preparation for studying veterinary science, Claire Hellingman (Overton-on-Dee), architecture at Kent, Claire Hellmers (Tattenhall), food and consumer management at University College Birmingham, James Payne-Gill (Tattenhall) will study economics at UCL following a Gap Year, Abigail Pritchard (Tushingham) will read history at Nottingham, Dan Rowan (Malpas) will be taking a Gap Year and Fraser Thomson (Tattenhall) will study management at Manchester University.
Brian Scarffe (Whitchurch) overcame considerable personal challenges and has a place on the competitive biochemistry course at Nottingham University.
Charlotte Evans (Bickley) represents Wales in Gymnastics and has balanced her commitments with her studies and will be studying mathematics at Liverpool.
Emma Robinson (Ellesmere) has a place to study biology at Bath for which she has been awarded a scholarship for exceptional achievement.