MODEL student Piers Mercer, who gained four straight As, was among many pupils at Tarporley High School Sixth Form to excel in this year’s results.
Piers achieved top marks in biology, chemistry, physics and French. A keen scientist, Piers is looking forward to starting his biology degree at St Andrew’s University.
There are many other outstanding achievements, with Emma Downey, Iain Moss, Vicki Crank, Emma Douthwaite and Debbie Evanson all gaining three A grades.
Iain (AAAC) has a place to read Spanish and Chinese at Manchester, Debbie (AAA) and Emma Douthwaite (AAA) have places to read French at Nottingham and Bristol respectively.
Emma Downey (AAAB) and fellow student Harriet Mulcahy (AAC) will go on to study maths at Nottingham and Sheffield universities respectively.
Against strong competition, Tarporley students are expected to gain places at first choice popular universities such as Bristol, Manchester, Exeter, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.
And although nationally the numbers of students taking higher education courses in languages, maths and sciences seem to be dropping, Tarporley 6th form students bucked the trend, with many winning university places in these subjects.
Among the high achievers to have chosen university language courses are Natalie Dickinson (ABB) who is going to Exeter to study Arabic.
Others have gained acceptance on a wide range of courses such as Vicki Crank (AAA), who will study Rural Enterprise, Emma Devane (AACD), who will study fine art and Carmela Farrington (ABC), who will take fashion and marketing.
Headteacher Sarah Lee said: “In a year when the school marks its 50th anniversary, these wonderful successes, demonstrating the highest levels of academic achievement, give Tarporley added cause for celebration as we launch our new Languages Specialist Status this autumn.
“Today sees the rewards of hard work and high aspirations from the students, supported by their families and the dedicated staff at the school.
“Tarporley 6th formers frequently attract praise for their mature approach, their contribution to their school and local community, their teamwork and their leadership. These qualities should also be celebrated today, and will ensure they can really make the most of the exciting opportunities open to them. I would like to wish them all the very best for the future.”
See The Chronicle on Friday for photos of Tarporley students celebrating and more A-level results from across Chester