The wait was finally over for Pocklington Sixth Form students who opened their envelopes today to find out their A-Level results.
Pocklington School recorded its best ever A* to C rate, 92.7 per cent, with many individual success stories boosting an impressive overall performance while Woldgate College also achieved its best ever results with 93 per cent of students securing a grade A*-C.
At Pocklington School students are celebrating an excellent set of A level results, with students achieving 72.1 per cent of grades at A* to B.
Among the top performers was 18-year-old Freddie Hetherton who was delighted after achieving three A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics.
Freddie said: “I was not expecting to get such great results but now I am so happy. I am now taking a gap year and I am hoping to get some winter season work in the Alps before going to university in 2016.”
Of the students applying to university, 93 per cent have been accepted at one of their chosen universities with at least 77 per cent placed in their first choice.
Student Lucy Wride whose three A* in English Language, English Literature and Business, has seen her gain a place at Nottingham University to study English Language.
Lucy, 18, said: “I just can’t believe it. When I found out I just did not believe they were my grades. I would like to thank all the staff at the school who have been very supportive. Now I am going to celebrate by going on holiday to Indonesia.”
Other pupils to grab great A* results at Pocklington School included Emilia Bean with two A* and two As, Corinne Clark with two A* and a A and Emily Hallam with two A* and an A grade.
Mark Ronan, Headmaster, said: “I am delighted with the success that students of all abilities have achieved this year. We welcome a broad range of students, in terms of their academic ability, and many of them have exceeded what they thought was possible.
“I would like to thank the students for their hard work, which has been justly rewarded, but also the teachers, who have supported them in and beyond the classroom to enable individuals to achieve their full potential.
“We are delighted to have stretched and inspired this group of talented young people, and wish them every success as they embark upon the next stage of their lives.”
Woldgate Sixth Form College achieved its best ever Sixth Form results with 73 per cent of pupils achieving a grade A* to B or equivalent.
Among some of the top performers was Edward Dixon who achieved 4 A grades in Geography, Religious Studies, General Studies and Physical Education. The 18-year-old has earned a place at the University College London to study Geography. Edward said: “I am over the moon with my results. The staff at the college have been fully supportive of me and I have come away with great results. I am going to go out for a meal to celebrate.”
Ellis Garland, 18, was accepted into first choice university, Leeds University, after gaining four A grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
He said: “It is phenomenal. I am so happy to have achieved what I have to be able to be able to go on and study Medicine. I really want to become a doctor so I can help save lives.”
Headteacher Jonathan Britton was once again pleased to see the hard work of students rewarded with excellent grades.
He said: “The commitment and hard work of our students is evident in our results. I would like to thank students and also recognise the commitment of staff in delivering excellent teaching and pastoral care which has enabled our Sixth Form students to succeed. I firmly believe results like these are only possible due to the commitment of students and staff, who with the support of parents have created such a positive climate for learning.”
Students across the East Riding are celebrating with increases in both average points score per candidate and average points score per entry up on the previous year.
Early indications show that East Riding sixth forms have maintained their successful trend for the fourth year in a row against the background of a national fall in the proportion of A-levels awarded top grades in recent years.
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “It is encouraging to see that students in the East Riding appear to have done very well this year.
“With results like this they will be well prepared for whichever path they want to go down in their future careers.”