A Level success in Pocklington

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It was a tense morning for Sixth Form students in Pocklington as they finally received their A Level results.

It was a successful day at both Pocklington School and Woldgate College with an overall pass rate of 99% at Pocklington School and 93% of students at Woldgate gaining three or more A Levels.

At Pocklington School 85% of pupils attained A-C grades with 15 students achieving straight A* or A grades.

Among the standout performers was Head Boy Shreyas Gopal, whose three A* in Latin, Maths, Further Maths and an A in French, has seen him gain a place at Cambridge to study economics.

Shreyas, 18, said: “I’m really happy and I’m looking forward to going to university, I’ve put a lot into it and been working really hard. I have had such a good time at Pocklington School, I’m sad to be leaving friends.”

Fellow student Kate Pratt was also smiling last Thursday after gaining three A* in Geography, History and RS.

Kate, 18, said: “I’ve got into Durham which was my first choice university so I’m really pleased. I’m hoping to maybe become a barrister but I’m not completely sure yet. I think I’m ready to leave but I’ve had a great time in Pocklington it’s a really nice community here.”

Other pupils to grab great A* results at Pocklington School included Dorothy Zhong with 4 A*s, Rainne Meng with 2 A* and 2 As, Gabby Mok with 2A* and an A and Kate Peel, with an A* and 2 A grades.

Mark Ronan, Headteacher at Pocklington School said: “Many have achieved top grades in challenging subjects and will be going on to their chosen universities. We congratulate them on their success and wish them all the best for the future.”

At Woldgate College 92% of students were given places at their first choice university with 30% of students accepted at Russell Group universities.

18-year-old Julian Douglas excelled this year, getting an A* in Maths, an A in Spanish and a B in Geography.

Julian said: “I’ve been accepted at Edingborough to do Spanish and Linguistics I find both subjects really interesting. I’m OK with my results. I’m really sad to be leaving Woldgate. I couldn’t sleep last night, I kept dreaming that I’d miss results day.”

Harriet Hales, 19, was accepted into her 2nd choice university Sheffield, after gaining two As and two Bs.

Harriet said: “I’m quite pleased to have been given a place but a little disappointed that I didn’t get exactly the grades I wanted.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here but I’m ready to move on now and I’m looking forward to studying the subject (English Literature) in more depth and I’m looking forward to the independence of picking what modules I want to do.”

Amanda Longstaff, head of Sixth Form at Woldgate College, said: “Over 90% of the students have got into their first choice university and a number of students actually did better then they thought they were going to do which is fantastic. They have all worked so hard and this is a great recognition of all that hard work, the buzz here right now is what it is all about.”

Across the East Riding there were overall increases in both average points score per candidate and average points score per entry up on the previous year.

East Riding sixth forms have maintained their successful trend against the background of a national fall in the proportion of A-levels awarded in top grades for the third year in a row.

There was also a high proportion of East Riding A-level students going onto higher education in the latest figures to be published, higher than the national average for state-funded schools. The proportion of young people with A-levels going into apprenticeships is also above the national average.

Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “It is encouraging to see that it appears that students in the East Riding have done so well this year.

“With results like this they will be well prepared for whichever path they want to go down in their future careers.”

For a full report and pictures read this week’s Pocklington Post.