17th Sep, 2019

A-level results day: Solihull students learn their fate

Editorial Correspondent 15th Aug, 2019 Updated: 20th Aug, 2019

THE ANXIOUS wait is over for thousands of Solihull sixth formers who are ready to learn their A-level results.

Students are heading into schools today (August 15) to pick up their grades, and we will provide coverage as we hear results.

Many will be hoping to secure a place at their desired university, or to continue their studies on the path to top jobs.

Schools, sixth forms and colleges will be aiming for a 100 per cent pass rate – with many of their students aiming for those coveted top grades.

St Peter’s Catholic School:

SIXTH former at St Peter’s Catholic School in Solihull are celebrating another record year of A-Level successes.

Not only did most of them achieve A* to C grades, a higher proportion than ever gained places at prestigious Russell Group universities, including three at the University of Oxford.

Rebecca Bloomer, who achieved an A* and 3 As, will be studying Medicine at Worcester College, University of Oxford.

She will be joined at Oxford by James Simpson who will be reading English and German at St. Edmund Hall College and Abigail Fox who will be reading English at Balliol College.

Marie Murphy, headteacher said: “The fact that nearly 80 per cent of grades were A* to C, with over half grade B or higher and over a quarter A or A* is no accident.

“The students have worked incredibly hard throughout their time at St Peter’s and the amazing results come from their commitment and the dedication of their teachers.

“I know that staff and students have given up their free time, including holidays, to work for the results we are celebrating today and I am incredibly proud of their success.

“I wish them well in their next chapter whether that’s university, an apprenticeship or employment.”

 

Solihull Sixth Form College: 

Solihull Sixth Form College has achieved an impressive 534 starred grades (A* at A level/CACHE and Distinction* at BTEC level).

The number of students getting A* to B grades is up 143 on this time last year. In addition, 663 students achieved all A* to C grades.

College principal Martin Sullivan said: “I want to congratulate the students and our staff for these excellent results. I’m delighted to see significant improvements, including 118 more starred grades compared to last year and more than 200 more students achieving all A* to C or Merit and better in their A level, CACHE and BTEC courses. Of course, the most important thing is helping our students to progress onto a positive destination and these results will ensure they do that.”

Solihull School: 

Solihull School is once again celebrating an outstanding set of A-level results, with A* to B grades rising to 81 per cent.

Almost half of the school’s A-level grades fell into the A* or A category, with 27 students achieving three A*/A grades or better.

Headmaster at Solihull School David Lloyd: “I’m incredibly proud of our students, whose perseverance and ambition have produced such fabulous results.

“The performance highlights the hard work and dedication of our students and staff alike.

“We wish all students the very best of fortune whether they are about to embark upon university, an apprenticeship, a gap year or entering the world of work.”

Grace Academy Solihull: 

Grace Academy Solihull is celebrating after 90 per cent of subjects achieved improved grades in this year’s A-level exams.

There has been an increase in students achieving at least three A-level passes. And the number of students achieving A* to A marks has also risen, with the average grade being a C.

Assistant principal post-16 Kelly Williams said:  “Students have achieved the results they truly deserve, and I am very proud of them all. The results demonstrate that with the right level of support and guidance, with students selecting the right courses, students really can flourish and achieve some great results.

“All students intend to move on to higher education and 100 per cent of students gained a place at university on the course of their choice, the highest percentage in the academy’s history.”

Hannah Carter who achieved A, A, B in her A-levels and is going on to study Psychology at University of Nottingham said: “I’m really pleased with my results and so happy I got into my first choice university.

“I wouldn’t have achieved the high grades I did without the support of the teachers and staff at Grace Academy.”

Tudor Grange Academy: 

Students at Tudor Grange Academy celebrated securing their destinations of choice and another set of impressive A-level results.

New A-level specifications were taken for the first time in all subjects this year. With nearly two thirds of grades at A* to B and an overall pass rate of 98 per cent, this maintains the school’s good performance in recent years.

Principal Claire Smith said: “We are so proud of these A-level results and the opportunities they help secure. The fact that our students do so well at GCSE but then go on to make further gains and add further value in their sixth form performance is testimony to the teaching standards and the great efforts of the students.”

The school says students will be moving far and wide as they take up their places at university in September. Notable achievements are Anna Richmond (A*, A*, A*) who will take up a financial accountancy apprenticeship with Mazars in Birmingham, Nathan Aldulaimi (A*/A*/A) who will study Economics and Management at Kings College, London and Thomas Woodhams (A*/A*/A/A) who will study Mathematics at Warwick.

Arden Academy: 

The academy celebrated more than a quarter of its students achieving grades at the highest A*/A grades, with half being at the A*to B level.

Associate headteacher from the academy Mr Warwood said: “We are over the moon to have seen an increase in the number of top grades achieved against a national landscape of less A* and A grades being awarded.

“We are very pleased that the hard work of our students and staff has paid off with such fantastic results.

“In addition to the grades mentioned above we are pleased to note that over 75 per cent of our grades were at A* to C level, with almost 100% of our entries achieving a pass.”

Two students, Sam Jones and Will Randell taking up places at Oxford (Biology) and Cambridge (English) universities respectively.

Alderbook School: 

Alderbrook sixth form students celebrated exam success and securing top destinations with a large number achieving places at ‘Russell Group’ institutions.

The sixth form, in it’s third summer of results since opening in 2015, were also celebrating a first Oxbridge success with James Gordon who will be reading Geography at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Rosie Weaver also leaves to take up life in the USA having gained a soccer scholarship to study at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut.

Director of Sixth Form Mrs Anna Allen expressed her delight: “This year’s results confirm that whether you are aiming for the best universities or prestigious industry placements, students at Alderbrook Sixth Form flourish and succeed.

“Entry in September 2019 is heavily oversubscribed and this is testament to the outstanding reputation that our staff and students have established.

“Thanks go to our parents for their constant support and encouragement. Many congratulations to them all.”

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) Academy Solihull: 

Students at WMG Academy Solihull today celebrated a 100 per cent A-level pass rate and the academy’s

highest ever engineering results.

Nearly all students of BTEC engineering results at the Chelmsley Road academy were graded at Merit or above, while all A-level students passed.

Principal Stewart Tait said: “We are delighted that we have achieved such strong results only three years after opening.

“Our students are a credit to the academy and the hard work of both staff and students has shone through.

“This has been a positive set of results for us, following on from our ‘Good’ Ofsted rating earlier this year.

“We will continue to ensure that future students build on this success and continue to bridge the skills gap in the UK engineering sector.”

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