York students shine with A level results well above the national average

Superstars all… some of York College's high fliers celebrate making the grade
13 Aug 2015 @ 8.09 pm
| Education

All that hard work has paid off. York students have scored an impressive set of A level results.

City leaders say that the number of students gaining three A levels has increased.

They are still analysing the results, which were released on Thursday (August 13), but all the provisional signs show that attainment will be well above the national average.

York school sixth forms – All Saints RC, Archbishop Holgate’s CE, Fulford, Huntington and Joseph Rowntree – and York College are reporting strong results with many ‘best ever’ performances.

Early results show that across the board there has been an overall increase on last year’s results for both A* to B grades, and A* to E grades, bucking the national trend which reports a small fall.

In York school sixth forms:

  • the proportion of young people achieving three or more A levels has increased by three percentage points, as has the proportion achieving three or more at grades A*, A or B
  • the average grade achieved per A level entry has also gone up.

Congratulations to all

Councillor Jenny Brooks, executive member for education, children and young people said:

I’d like to congratulate all students from our schools and York College on their A level results.

These examinations are a significant marker for young people as they begin to shape their futures.

The grades they’ve achieved are testament to their own hard work and also the support of their teachers, parents and carers.

“Once again, these results demonstrate that York has some of the country’s best secondary schools, colleges and teaching staff,” said Jon Stonehouse, director of children’s services, education and skills at City of York Council.

York College stars

With about 3,500 AS and A Level exam entries, York College achieved a pass rate of 99.5 per cent.

In 38 A level subjects the pass rate was 100 per cent.

This means York College’s A Level results have remained significantly above the national average for the last 21 years.

An impressive 27 students gained three or more A* or A grades.

Oxford and Cambridge university places were successfully secured by three students:

  • Amy-May Dicks (formerly of Barlby High School) will study medicine at University College, Oxford (A*A*AA)
  • Rachael Hodgson (formerly of Canon Lee) will study English at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge (A*A*A*A)
  • Luca Wollny will study politics, philosophy and economics at Harris Manchester College, Oxford (A*A*A)

Dr Alison Birkinshaw, principal of York College, said:

I am so pleased that once again our students have achieved exceptionally well and York College’s A Level results remain well above the national average.

This is even more remarkable at a time when the A Level qualification has become much more challenging.

I am in no doubt that the success of our students is down to their hard work, and the commitment and dedication of everyone at York College.