Lancashire’s students have bucked the national trend by shrugging off tough changes to produce top class A level results.
As both AS and A-Levels results were released today, the county’s teenagers produced a bounty of high grades, despite a host of government changes.
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Preston’s Cardinal Newman College recorded 100 per cent rate with 70 per cent of students achieving A*-B, rounding off a year which has seen the Lark Hill facility ranked in the top two per cent of all college’s nationally and top locally for value added.
Principal Nick Burnham said: “Today’s results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students and staff at Cardinal Newman.”
Preston’s College saw a 10 per cent increase in the number of students being awarded the top A*-C grades.
Overall the college announced an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, with almost two-thirds of learners achieving passes at A*-C.
A number of subjects saw a 100 per cent pass rate at the top grades including art and design, business studies, government and politics, graphics and media.
College principal and chief executive Lis Smith said: “These fantastic results are a credit to their dedication as well as the support they receive from our teaching staff and at home.”
“These young people have worked extremely hard throughout the year and it’s superb that we’re able to equip them with the qualifications needed to pursue their chosen career.
Nearly three quarters, 72 per cent, of the grades awarded to students at Hutton Grammar School were from A*-C and just under half of all grades were A*-B. with one in every five grade either an A* or A.
The Liverpool Road school boasted many exceptional performances, including Alex Jones and Cameron Kenworthy who both achieved five top passes. Cameron netted A* in maths, A grades in further maths, physics and chemistry and a B in general studies. He also passed his Extended Project Qualification (worth half an A level). Ben Coombes got three A* and one B.
Speaking ahead of the official release of results yesterday Runshaw College principal Simon Partington was expecting another year of exceptional results.
He said “Our 2015 learner survey showed that our students really enjoyed their time at the college and we are delighted that they are now leaving Runshaw fully equipped with the qualifications, skills and self-confidence that will enable them to be highly successful in their further studies and/or employment. We wish them every success for the future and we look forward to following their progression with great interest.”
Kirkham’ Carr Hill Sixth Form Centre is celebrating and overall pass rate of 98 per cent with at lest half of the students gaining one or more A*-B grades.
The number of students achieving at least three A-levels is up by 10 per cent on last year.
A county spokesman for the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers said: “Every year young people and teachers who have worked hard throughout the course see their efforts undermined by those who wish to detract from the achievements of our public education system which delivers, year on year, world-class standards of education.
“Teachers and pupils should be congratulated without reservation for what they have achieved.
“Our young people are working hard under tremendous pressure and despite poorly planned reforms, constant criticism, cuts to pay and a rising tide of excessive bureaucracy and workload, teachers are continuing to deliver the best for pupils. These results will have been achieved despite the Government’s reforms, not because of them.”