Outstanding A-Level results for class of 2016

Reece Brunt and Caitlin Easton
Reece Brunt and Caitlin Easton

NEARLY 600 young people collected A-Level results at Priestley College today (Thursday) and were celebrating after two years of hard work and dedication.

For the twelfth consecutive year Priestley’s pass rate was over 99% with 100% passing in 39 subjects.

Principal Matthew Grant said the A-Level results followed another set of outstanding BTEC results earlier in the summer when Priestley saw a 100% pass rate in all extended diplomas.

“Our goal at Priestley is to inspire, challenge and support our students so that they achieve their full potential and the Class of 2016 have certainly delivered,” he said.

“What we are most proud of as a college is the consistency of our students’ achievements over the years and today we see another successful cohort leave to pursue university degrees, apprenticeships and employment.”

Students achieved nearly 200 As and A*s and an impressive overall 72% of grades were awarded at A* to C.

Among those who were celebrating was former Bridgewater High School pupil Holly Roach who collected an A* and two As and secured her place at Oxford University studying Biochemistry.

“It just doesn’t seem real right now,” she said, just moments after collecting her results.

Holly Roach who is heading for Oxford
Holly Roach who is heading for Oxford

Kyle Kirkpatrick, formerly of Bridgewater High School, collected three A*s and is headed to Durham University to study Politics while Charlotte Whittaker studied hard for two As and an A* and a place at Queen Mary University of London where she will focus on History and Politics.

Earlier this summer vocational students also delivered outstanding results and some of them were back to collect A-Level results today.

Among them was former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil Jack Burns who achieved double distinction*s in his Business BTEC and now has an A in A-Level Accounts to add to his CV.

Nick Gartland, who previously studied at St Ambrose in Hale Barns, earned a triple distinction* in his BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. He also added As in A-Level Music and Drama.

He’s now heading to Guildford School of Acting to study Musical Theatre and hopes to one day be performing on the West End stage.

“I’ve just always felt a sense of freedom when I perform,” said Nick. “I can’t wait to get started at Guildford.”

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