A level results day 2018: As it happened

All smiles at York College today
16 Aug 2018 @ 9.06 am
| Education

Highlights

  • 2:38 pm – Big STEM success for The Mount students
  • 2:22 pm – York results ‘among the country’s best’
  • 2:08 pm – Queen Margaret’s School has ‘truly excellent results’
  • 1:26 pm – Another great year for Archbishop Holgate’s School
  • 1:05 pm – More York College successes
  • 12:53 pm – Spectacular results for York College
  • 12:32 pm – Much cause for celebration at Bootham School
  • 11:37 am – Great pix from All Saints
  • 11:25 am – ‘Incredible personal successes’ at All Saints
  • 11:08 am – Record breaking students at Fulford School
  • 10:35 am – ‘Outstanding attainment’ at Joseph Rowntree School
  • 10:20 am – First pix in from Joseph Rowntree School
  • 9:53 am – York College – ‘most remarkable results ever’
  • 9:37 am – Huntington students off to Yale and Oxford
  • 9:27 am – Record breakers at Huntington School
  • 9:21 am – ‘A very successful year’ – St Peter’s
  • 9:14 am – St Peter’s celebrates
  • 9:02 am – ‘Fantastic year’ for York College
  • 8:33 am – Welcome to our live results blog

  • 2:48 pm

    Fulford School gallery

    2:38 pm

    Big STEM success for The Mount students

    Charlotte Foster Lill celebrates her A Level results with her parents
    Lots of great results at The Mount School, notably in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

    Altogether 71% of girls applying to University have secured places in STEM related courses including Sarah Granville, who will be taking up her unconditional offer from Birmingham University to study Mechanical Engineering.

    Additional STEM course places accepted by Mount girls include, Dentistry, Medicine, Biomedical Science, Accounting & Finance, Product Design Engineering and Psychology.

    58% of grades in STEM related subjects were A*-B, 54% of Maths and Further Maths grades at A-A*, whilst 37% of all A-Level grades were A and above.

    Principal Adrienne Richmond said:

    • Once again our girls have done extremely well and I am delighted they have secured places at a range of top Universities.

      This is all credit to their hard work and the dedication of our specialist teaching staff. Today’s results, particularly in the STEM subjects is a hallmark of an all-girls’ education.

    2:22 pm

    York results ‘among the country’s best’

    Provisional results for York school sixth forms and York College show that the very high standards of previous years have been maintained and indicate that A level results in the city remain consistently amongst the best in the country.

    City of York Council says overall results from the school sixth forms – All Saints RC, Archbishop Holgate’s CE, Fulford, Huntington and Joseph Rowntree – and York College are showing increases in the number of students achieving the highest grades and the overall A*-E pass rate is above the national average.

    Councillor Keith Myers, executive member for education, children and young people, congratulated the students and said:

    • Ensuring York maintains and further increases its skills and education standards is critical, so we can continue to give our young people the best possible opportunities and drive our economic strategy forward.

    Jon Stonehouse, director of children’s services, education and skills, said:

    • These results not only demonstrate the hard work and commitment of our students, but the support of their parents and carers, and the skill and dedication of our teachers and school staff.

      Ensuring we achieve the very best outcomes for our young people is at the heart of what we do and central to our partnership working. I would like to send my sincere best wishes to all students.

    2:08 pm

    Queen Margaret’s School has ‘truly excellent results’

    Queen Margaret’s Upper Sixth Form at the recent Speech Day.
    Girls based at Queen Margaret’s at Escrick have excelled themselves with

    • more than 79% of entries gaining A*-B grades
    • 47% achieving A*-A grades
    • 63% achieved three or more A*-B grades
    • and 25% secured three or more A*-A grades.

    One remarkable success story is Selina Li who secured four A*s, in Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. As one of only 10% of students nationally taking the Advanced Extension Award, Selina took this in Mathematics and achieved a distinction placing her in the top 4% of the country.

    Queen Margaret’s head Jessica Miles said:

    • Today’s results are truly excellent. This is testament to the hard work, dedication and aspirational attitude and approach of our girls.

      It reflects QM’s excellence in teaching – we challenge our girls, inspiring them to be the very best versions of themselves and to achieve whatever they set their hearts and minds on.

    1:26 pm

    Another great year for Archbishop Holgate’s School


    Archbishop Holgate’s say: “Over the past three years we are delighted to have been ranked in the top 1% of schools nationally for student progress at Post 16 and are pleased that this pattern of outstanding performance has continued this year with another set of excellent results.”

    The headlines:

    • 100% A Level and Level 3 BTEC pass rate
    • 97% of students achieved at least one grade A*-B or equivalent
    • 76% of all entries were graded at A*-B or equivalent
    • 40% of all entries were graded at A*-A or equivalent.

    Head of Sixth Form Miss De Lashley said:

    • 2018 has been another great year for our sixth form students.

      These results reflect hard work, commitment and a genuine desire to achieve their potential. We are delighted to have supported these young people in taking a step closer to their chosen future aspirations.


    Head teacher Andrew Daley described the results as outstanding, particularly given that the reform of both A Level and vocational subjects means that the academic demands of these subjects are greater than ever. He said:

    • With a clear and consistent track record of outstanding results, a broad curriculum and outstanding teaching, Archbishop Holgate’s Sixth Form has once again demonstrated that it is an outstanding provider of Post 16 education – both locally and nationally.

    1:05 pm

    More York College successes


    Bradley Almond (formerly of Hull College): Further Maths (A*), Maths (A*), Further Additional Maths (A), Physics (A*), Chemistry (A), progressing to Durham University to study Natural Sciences.

    Mark Beech (formerly of Snaith School): Law (A*), Maths (A*), History (A), Extended Project Qualification (A), progressing to the University of York to study Law.

    Enrico Cavallaro: Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Maths (A*) and AS Level Further Maths (A), a gap year working in Scientific Consultancy before progressing to Imperial College London to study Biochemistry.

    Patrick Forbes (formerly of Abbey Grange C of E Academy): Further Maths (A*), Maths (A*), Physics (A*), progressing to the University of Manchester to study Physics with Theoretical Physics.

    Jonathan Foster (formerly of Barlby High School) : Maths (A*), Further Maths (A), Music Technology (A), Physics (A), progressing to University of Edinburgh to study Physics and Music.

    Abigail Harman: Maths (A*), Physics (A*), Further Maths (A), Music Technology (A), progressing to the University of Edinburgh to study Mathematics.

    Rebecca Haslam (formerly of Tacaster Grammar School ): Biology (A), Geography (A), Psychology (A), Extended Project Qualification (A*), progressing to Newcastle University to study Geography.

    Bethan Law (formerly of Millthorpe School): Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A*), Computer Science (A*), Extended Project Qualification (A*), progressing to Durham University to study Mathematics.

    Nicola Merrett (formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School): Law (A*), Psychology (A*), Sociology (A*), Extended Project Qualification (A*), progressing to Lancaster University to study Sociology.

    Jem Parker (formerly of Manor C of E Academy) and A Level Student of the Year at York College: Textiles (A*), Psychology (A*), English Language (A), Extended Project Qualification (A*), pursuing a career in the church.

    Heather Shillito (formerly of John Smeaton Academy): Law (A*), Psychology (A*), Ancient History (A), progressing to the University of Leeds to study Law.

    Robert Short (formerly of Millthorpe School): Further Maths (A*), Maths (A*), Ancient History (A), Extended Project Qualification (A*), progressing to the University of Bath to study Economics.

    Harry Wade (formerly of Manor C of E Academy): Ancient History (A), Drama & Theatre Studies (A), English Literature (A), progressing to Durham University to study Ancient History.

    12:56 pm

    York College star performers

    Photograph: Kate Mallender
    Here are the York College students who have gained entry to Oxford of Cambridge Universities:

    Lucas Davison (formerly of Ryedale School) achieved: Maths (A*), Government & Politics (A), Modern History (A), AS Level Further Maths (A). He will study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

    Sam Holmes (formerly of Garforth Academy) achieved: Chemistry (A*), Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), AS Level Physics (A) and an Extended Project Qualification (A*). He will study Natural Sciences at Selwyn College, Cambridge

    Edward Mellor (formerly of Barlby High School) achieved: Early Modern History (A*), English Literature (A*), French (A*). He will study History & French at Worcester College, Oxford

    Cat Robinson (formerly of St John Fisher Catholic High School, Harrogate) achieved: Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Maths (A*), Further Maths (A). She will study Biochemistry at Wadham College, Oxford

    Hannah Rodger (formerly of Appleby Grammar School, Cumbria) achieved top grades in an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities. She will study English at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

    Kate Wareing (formerly of Crawshaw Academy, Pudsey) achieved: English Language/Literature (A*), French (A), Modern History (A). She will study French & German at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

    12:53 pm

    Spectacular results for York College

    They’ve crunched the numbers at York College, and are understandably ‘absolutely elated’:

    • a record 99.9 per cent A Level pass rate with nearly 60 per cent high grades achieved (A* – B) out of almost 900 A Level entries
    • 35 students achieved three or more A* or A grades
    • with 8 students gaining 3 A*s or more
    • with 37 subjects celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate.
    • A college spokeswoman said:

      • These are the most remarkable set of results the College has ever seen.

        At a time when many schools and colleges have dropped AS Level exams, we are also delighted to see our very best AS results, which will have prepared our first year A Level students for next year and help them secure top offers this autumn at university, or from employers.

    12:34 pm

    Bootham School stars


    Individual successes belonged among many others to:

    Dom Bielby (York’s Member of the Youth Parliament and former Chair of the York Youth Council) whose 3 A* and 1 A grades secured a place at Cambridge to read Law, and a first step towards a possible career in politics.

    Three A* grades were also awarded to Najeeb Al-Shabibi, Tom Gray, Terence Li, Jessie Meyer, Matthew Valks and Eudora Zheng. Najeeb, Geroge Cooper and Tom Widgery join Dom in meeting Oxbridge offers.

    Kate Jeffery celebrated her 18th birthday in style by finding out that she had earned an A* and 2 A grades.

    12:32 pm

    Much cause for celebration at Bootham School

    Here are the headlines from Bootham School:

    • an increased percentage of grades at A* (19%)
    • with almost three-quarters between A*-B
    • and a 100% pass rate
    • while 90% of those applying for university have been accepted onto one of their chosen courses.

    Headmaster Chris Jeffery said the results gave “much cause for celebration”, adding:

    • But it is the variety of the most successful departments that really stands out for me and shows that it is still possible to offer a broad and rich curriculum successfully, with plenty of choice for all.

      “In Maths, for example, 55% of our students gained A* or A grades, as did 73% of those taking Further Maths grades. In Art, 15 of the 21 students achieved an A* grade, and 100% of Music students an A. 86% of Philosophy & Religious Studies candidates were awarded at least grade A. In addition, 17% of students sat a Modern Foreign Language.

      A good number of students gained grades across a variety of disciplines.

    11:37 am

    Great pix from All Saints

    11:25 am

    ‘Incredible personal successes’ at All Saints

    All Saints Sixth Form has declared itself “thrilled with the exceptional achievements and results of our 2018 cohort”, saying

    • The incredible personal successes are a fitting reward for the hours of hard work, effort and determination over the past two years.

      Against the backdrop of new A Level specifications with an increased focus on challenge and academic rigour, we are incredibly proud of our staff and students.

    This year has seen a record number of students achieving A* and A grades and across all subject and ability levels. The students have had great success in securing positions in their post-18 education or employment choices.

    Outgoing headteacher Bill Scriven has expressed his heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved – students, staff and parents, acknowledging that A Level success of this calibre is a real “team effort”. He said:

    • I am absolutely delighted that this hard-working, dedicated and ambitious cohort has been rewarded with such truly amazing results.

      Each student has faced some degree of challenge along the way, some more than others. A Levels are hard and today’s successes reflect the collaboration and support within our community.

      Well done to all of our students – I wish them the very best as they leave All Saints and thank you to the staff, governors and parents, all of whom have played their part in creating the successes that we enjoy today.

    11:08 am

    Record breaking students at Fulford School

    More record breakers, this time at Fulford School. Here are the headlines:

    • a record-breaking 73.8% of grades awarded at A*-B
    • with 45% at A*/A grade
    • and 16.5% of grades at A*
    • more than 29% of students achieved 3 or more A*/A grades or equivalent
    • and 15% of students achieving four or more A*/A grades or equivalent.

    Five students have secured places at Oxbridge and four have places to study medicine.

    Head teacher Lorna Savage said:

    • We are delighted that this year’s brilliant results exceed last year’s record breaking outcomes.

      The achievements of our students reflect their talent and hard work and the impact of the excellent support offered by their families and by our staff.

      We wish our students every happiness and success in the future. I am delighted that our continued success and the opportunities and care we have provided for our students has given them such a great start as they move into the next phase of their lives, studies and careers.

    10:47 am

    ‘A fantastic cohort of students’ – Jo Ro

    Director of sixth form at Joseph Rowntree School Ben Coleman is full of praise for his students:

    • Having started in my role as these students entered Year 13 it has been a real pleasure to work with such a fantastic cohort of students.

      The A-level courses that these students have followed are incredibly rigorous in their assessment of students, and the way in which staff and students have worked together to prepare for them has been impressive.

      As a Sixth Form we are particularly proud of the proportion of grades at A and A*, which was far in excess of the targeted value, as well as the outstanding outcomes within many curricular areas.

    10:35 am

    ‘Outstanding attainment’ at Joseph Rowntree School

    Jo Ro pupils exceeded expectations
    Head at Joseph Rowntree School Richard Crane praised A level students for their strong performance today:

    • We are thrilled to celebrate the successes of our students at A-level this summer, with some outstanding individual performances amongst a very strong set of results overall.

      As the examination process at A-level continues to pose new challenges to students across the country we are delighted to see so many of our students performing strongly in such a challenging academic context.

    Here are some of the great student success stories.

    • Catriona Coe with A*A*A* in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and will read medicine at Edinburgh
    • Jack Fletcher with A*A*A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and will read Mathematics at Leeds
    • Ben Kilner with A*A*A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and will read Mathematics at Leeds
    • Peter Spain with A*A*A in Mathematics, Physics and Further Mathematics and will read Mathematics at Bristol
    • Simon Lake with A*AA in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and will read Computer Science at Durham
    • Matthew Taylor with A*AA in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and will read Mathematics at Leeds
    • Amy Hewitt with A*AA in Sociology, English Language and Graphics and will read Fashion Marketing at Leeds
    • Lucy Phillips with A*A*C in English Language, English Literature and Theatre Studies and will read English Literature Newcastle
    • Abigail Matthewman with A*AB in Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry and will read Biochemistry and Newcastle
    • Maya Saint John with AAA in Psychology, English Language and Sociology and will read English Language at Manchester
    • Emma Young with AAA in Psychology, Government and Politics and Sociology and will read Psychology at Leeds
    10:20 am

    First pix in from Joseph Rowntree School

    10:13 am

    York College – best AS results

    10:08 am

    Huntington School pix

    L-R: Charlie Drury (Astrophysics at UCL) and Abigail Brownlee (Politics at King’s College London)
    L-R: Abigail Brownlee (Politics at King’s College London), Isobel Davies (German and Italian at Oxford University), Joanne Draper (European Languages and History at Durham University), Finn O’Rourke (History at Oxford University), Isabel Buchanan (Law with French Law, UCL), Safa Sadozai (History at Oxford University), Carys Ward (History at Exeter)
    Team GB rower Lucy Edmunds (Law at Yale University, USA), Molly Lyons (History at St Andrews), Joanne Draper, (European Languages and History at Durham University)
    Finn O’Rourke (History at Oxford University), Isabel Buchanan (Law with French Law, UCL), Safa Sadozai (History at Oxford University)
    10:00 am

    York College – pix

    9:53 am

    York College – ‘most remarkable results ever’

    Grade A – students at York College
    Dr Alison Birkinshaw, principal of York College, gives this assessment of her students’ achievements today:

    • An impressive 35 students achieved three or more A* or A grades, with 8 students gaining 3 A*s or more, together with 37 subjects celebrating a 100% pass rate.

      These are the most remarkable set of results the College has ever seen!

    9:37 am

    Huntington students off to Yale and Oxford

    Huntington head teacher John Tomsett revealed his students are off to universities at “Oxford, Durham, St Andrew’s and even Yale in the USA to study the widest range of subjects imaginable, from Astrophysics at UCL to German & Italian”.

    This is what the school’s director of Sixth Form Chris Hardwell said:

    • These outstanding results are a testament to the two years of dedication and hard work of our students.

      It was great to see so many smiling faces as they picked up their results.

      At a time when young people are under intense scrutiny and pressure our students are achieving at an exceptional level.

      This is down to the hard work of our students, the high standard of teaching and the excellent relationships between staff and students.

    9:36 am

    There is a benefit to failing history…

    9:27 am

    Record breakers at Huntington School

    Head teacher of Huntington School John Tomsett
    Headlines from a great year at Huntington:

    • A*-A rate: 37% – a new school record
    • A*-B rate: 68% – a new school record
    • A*-E rate: 100% – a new school record

    This from headteacher John Tomsett:

    • I am overwhelmed by these record results. The fact that 37% of all entries are at A*/A is remarkable.

      And our A*/B rate is 11% higher than we have ever seen before at Huntington. The fact that not one entry was awarded a grade U is also unprecedented at Huntington.

      For an open access sixth form like ours, the high academic achievement is tremendous.

    9:21 am

    ‘A very successful year’ – St Peter’s

    Dr Alastair Dunn, acting head master of St Peter’s School, said:

    • The academic results of our Upper Sixth pupils come on top of a very successful year for them, with significant achievements in Drama, Music and Sport and across the breadth of our busy co-curriculum.

      Today’s Upper Sixth leave us as well-rounded young people, who have the confidence and enthusiasm to make an impact in the wider world. We look forward to keeping in touch with each of them, and to following their progress over the coming years.

    9:14 am

    St Peter’s celebrates


    Here’s the news from St Peter’s School:

    • 83% of grades were awarded at A*-B for A Level, or at the Pre-U equivalent grades
    • More than one in five – 22% – of all exams were passed at A* or at the Pre-U equivalent grades
    • Over one quarter of pupils – 34 from a cohort of 120 – passed every exam at A* or A, or at the Pre-U equivalent grades
    • In maths, out of 59 candidates 80% passed at A* or A
    • Results in French were also particularly strong, with 90% gaining Pre-U results equivalent to A*-A at A Level
    9:02 am

    ‘Fantastic year’ for York College

    Celebrations at York College this morning
    8:33 am

    Welcome to our live results blog

    After all those hours of study, the stress of the examinations, and a long summer of waiting, today is the day.

    We’ll be covering all the A level results as they come in here. Send us your news – see the top panel.

    And good luck!