HUNDREDS of students across Chester picked up their all-important A-level results yesterday and there was plenty to celebrate.
The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School
RETIRING head of sixth form Yvonne Blackburn said she was “very proud” of yet another set of excellent results.
The highest performing 12 students achieved an impressive 33 A grades between them including 11 A* grades.
Christian Gunther and Charlotte Miles both achieved three A* grades and one A grade. Christian will be studying law with German law at Oxford University and Charlotte is taking a gap year and applying to study medicine in 2014.
Mrs Blackburn said: “The pass rate was 100 per cent and a large number of our students achieved above their national target grades. The results are a testament to the hard work and commitment of students and staff.
“The vast majority of our students will take up first choice places at their chosen university. We wish them all the very best for the future.”
Other top performers were Alice Ewins and Aimee Layden who both achieved one A* grade and two A grades. Jess Handley celebrated three A grades while Andrew Henshaw, Beth Thomas and Margaret Allen all achieved coveted A* grades.
Chester Catholic High School
STUDENTS and teachers are celebrating another impressive set of results with a record number of A* and A grades.
Top achievers include Imelda Barnes and Joseph Durnin who both achieved three A* grades and one A grade. Imelda is to read mathematics at Oxford University while Joseph will study physics with a year in Europe at Imperial College London.
Kathy FitzGerald, head of sixth form, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to work with such committed young people who will make a huge contribution to society in the future. They fully deserve their success.”
Head girl Grace Carson, who gained two A* grades and an A grade, will read law at University College London and head boy Stephen Hayward will read chemical engineering at the University of Bath.
Headteacher John Murray said: “I am delighted with these brilliant results which reflect the hard work and determination of our students and their teachers.
“This, together with strong parental support, has ensured that our sixth formers have more than reached their potential. Our new academy has got off to a wonderful start.”
Upton-by-Chester High School
MORE than 50 students celebrated gaining sought-after A* and A grades.
Paul Walmsley is bound for Oxford University and Claire Stringer is going to Durham University, with three A* grades and an A grade.
Charlie Bertinat, John Craige, Bryn Kelman, Robert Nicholson, Sam Olyot, Thomas Rose, Jake Steeland, Joanne Brewin, Jade Brown, Natasha Draycott, Katrina Kaczmarski, Madison Piercy, Charlotte Stokes, Carly Wynne and Gonzalo Williams all gained A* or A grades in three or more subjects.
Headteacher Jane Holland said: “Our sixth form is a large and inclusive one which gives opportunities to a wide range of students and it is good to see so many going on to university and to successful careers in the future.
“As a school community, there is much to celebrate and we wish all our students good luck for the future.”
The overall pass rate of 99.25 per cent and 54 per cent of all grades were between A* and B continuing the impressive results recorded in recent years.
Queen’s Park High School
SIXTH form students have plenty to celebrate after the school recorded an increase in the average points score per entry for the fourth year running.
Exceptional results were achieved in a number of subjects including mathematics, biology. chemistry, physics, further maths, art and photography.
Headteacher Stephen Casey said: “Yet again we are extremely proud of our students’ achievements. Their application and determination have resulted in very good results with the majority of students gaining their first choice university place.
“This is a credit to themselves and a reflection of the high quality teaching and learning that the school provides.”
High achievers include Adam Clark who gained A* grades in physics, maths and further maths. He is to read physics at Birmingham University.
Samuel Garratt achieved A* grades in chemistry, maths and physics to secure a place reading physics at Downing College in Cambridge.
Anna Grainger gained A* grades in maths and further maths along with an A in physics and a B in chemistry and is going to Bath University to study maths.
Clare Scanlon, director of learning for age 14 to 19, said: “The enthusiasm and hard work of the students have been rewarded with these fantastic results. I am delighted for them all.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for their very bright futures.”
The King’s School
STUDENTS and teachers are celebrating the school’s best ever A-level results.
More than 25 per cent of students achieved coveted A* grades and almost 90 per cent of all grades were between A* and B.
Jonny Verity, who lives in Beeston, gained five A* grades and is going read mathematics at Bath University.
Matthew Temple, of Chester, Ben Hastings, of Upton, Sean Telford, of Chester, and Aaron Williams, of Farndon, all achieved four A* grades.
Twins Sean and Jeremy Telford, who live in Chester gained seven A* grades and one A grade between them.
Headmaster Chris Ramsey said: “This year’s King’s leavers have enjoyed tremendous success based their hard work and with the support of their teachers.
“I am extremely proud of every single one of them and everyone at King’s wishes them all success in the future.”
Christleton High School
SIXTH formers and teachers had plenty to celebrate with some outstanding results.
Exceptional performers include Olivia Jones who achieved two A* and two A grades and is set to read English literature at St Hugh’s College in Oxford.
Jonathan Dearden-Williams attained four A* and one A grades, Aaron Bell gained three A* grades, Laura Croenen achieved two A* and two A grades and Eleanor Chatterton achieved one A* and three A grades.
Headteacher Tony Lamberton said: “We had very high expectations of this year group and they have come to fruition in these outstanding results.
“Young people are under a great deal of pressure and it is a credit to their determination and commitment to learning that they have met the demands of A-level study so successfully.
“We are very proud of all of their achievements and wish them well in their future careers.”
The Queen’s School
STUDENTS are celebrating another successful set of A-level results with 78 per cent of girls getting into their first choice university.
Success stories include Eleanor Jones, from Chester, who achieved A* grades in chemistry, maths and physics, as well as A grades in French and further maths and an A* in her EPQ in quantum physics.
Hannah Roberts, from Wrexham, secured 4 straight A* grades to study natural sciences at University of Cambridge. She will be joined by Ankhita Sahni, from Chester, who got 3 A* grades and an A to study medicine.
Amy Heron, from Great Sutton, achieved two A* grades and an A and will be going to Lancaster University to study medicine and surgery.
Emily Kelly, from Chester, gained three A grades and has secured a place at Leeds to study dentistry.
Headmistress Sarah Clark said: “I’m enormously proud of the achievements of our girls this year.
“When I speak to them about their ambitions for the future I’m staggered by the range of fascinating and exciting career paths they have planned.
“We have budding authors, pilots, vets, surgeons, artists and engineers and I have no doubt they will take forward what they have learnt here at Queen’s and use it throughout their life to succeed in whatever they do.”