Results Success

PRIESTLEY College achieved its best ever set of A-Level results as the Class of 2019 secured an overall pass rate of 99.4%.

There was a 100% pass rate in 34 subjects with impressive results across subjects as diverse as Chemistry, Biology, Politics, Architecture, Performing Arts, Art and Design, Music and Computing.

Principal Matthew Grant said both A* to B and A* to C grades were at record levels and praised the hard work of students and staff alike.

“Today marks the end of our second years’ time with us and the start of a new chapter in all their lives,” he said.

“Given that we have seen a record pass rate, and a fantastic amount of high marks, I am certain this cohort will go on to achieve great things.”

More students take A-Levels at Priestley College than any other institution in Warrington and today over 500 young people collected their results.

Among them was aspiring surgeon Heidi Kressel who achieved A*s in Art and German as well as As in Biology and Chemistry.

The former St Gregory’s Catholic High School pupil set her heart on a career in surgery after Priestley organised for her to attend a Medic Mentors Summer School.

“I find it fascinating how you can take the body apart to put something right and then put it back together again,” said Heidi, who is now going to study Medicine at the University of Hull.

Among Priestley’s Oxbridge hopefuls was former college president and Bridgewater High School pupil Sophie Johnson.

She achieved A*s in Art and History but is hoping a review of her Politics paper will give her the necessary A* to reach Cambridge where she hopes to study Human, Social and Political Sciences.

“I’m really excited for university whether it be Cambridge or Leeds because I liked both of them so I know I am going to have a great time whatever happens,” she said.

For Tom Bramwell, a former pupil at Penketh High, an electrical engineering apprenticeship with Procter and Gamble awaits after he picked up two Cs in Computing and Physics and a D in Maths.

“I always knew I didn’t want to go to university and the careers advisers at college really helped me as I was looking for the right apprenticeship,” he said.



This year’s vocational students achieved some amazing results including an overall pass rate on Extended Diplomas or the equivalents of 96.6%.
123 students secured at least triple Distinction and 65 achieved a triple Distinction* .
Many students combined their vocational with A-Level studies including:


collected an A in A-Level Law and a double distinction* in Public Services.


completed a BTEC in Production Arts, achieving double distinction*, with an A in A-Level Electronics.


achieved an A* in Digital Photography and double distinction* in Production Arts.


took home an A* in the Extended Project, a double distinction* in Applied Science and a C in Core Maths.