Results Success

Top grades and huge smiles for the Class of 2017

YOUNG people with aspirations of becoming doctors, lawyers, scientists and engineers collected their results at Priestley College in summer 2017.

Among them was Emma Litva-Bailey, a former pupil at St Chad’s in Runcorn, who secured A*s in Creative Writing and English Literature and an A in History.

Emma, who hopes to one day work in a museum, is going on to study History at the University of Manchester.

“An interest in history is something that has been passed down to me through my family,” said Emma. “I particularly like the Victorian period because everyone has a certain impression of them, but they were way more eccentric than people realise.”

Tara Dalton, a former pupil at The Heath, will be studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford after achieving an A and two Bs.

“I’m in a family who have always watched the news as we’ve had breakfast in the morning so I have always been aware of current affairs and different cultures,” said Tara.

Priestley’s Class of 2017 achieved a 100% pass rate in 37 subjects with every Graphic Design student achieving an A* to C grade.

Other subject areas that excelled were French where 87.5% of students secured a grade in that top band and across all sciences and maths 68% of grades were at A* to C.

In a sign that Priestley students met theirs – and their prospective universities’ expectations – only 14 out of more than 600 students had to go through Clearing.

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.

“We are very proud of the Class of 2017, they have delivered a tremendous set of results with numerous individual achievements that really stand out,” he said.

“What is pleasing is the success has come across a variety of subjects, everything from the Sciences to Modern Foreign Languages, to English, Computing and Performing Arts.”

Students achieved 160 As and A*s and an impressive 68 students achieved a triple Distinction* in their BTEC results.

Friends Elizabeth Goodrick and Isobel Oldland could not stop smiling as they achieved exactly the same results in the same subjects.

They were both happy to collect a triple Distinction* in Art and Design and an A* in A-Level Photography. Elizabeth and Isobel are now heading to the Manchester School of Art for an Art Foundation course.

“One day I want to run my own fashion business,” said Elizabeth.


BTEC students hit the heights

ONCE again Priestley’s BTEC students enjoyed success across a wide variety of subjects from Applied Science to Sport and Music.

There was a 100% pass rate in all extended diplomas with many achieving the highest mark of a distinction*.

In Business Extended Diplomas an impressive 80% received distinctions or distinction*s and in the BTEC subsidiary diploma for Applied Law 60% of students scored the highest grade.

Across Health and Education individual successes included Chloe McCutcheon who achieved D*D*D* and is progressing to Edgehill BA (Hons) to study Primary School Teaching. Emily Richardson also earned D*D*D to secure a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study a BA (Hons) Children and Young People.

Media Studies students also impressed with 79% on the extended diploma taking home a distinction or distinction*.

Three quarters of our talented musicians achieved the highest grade possible while our future scientists, computer experts and sportsmen also secured the grades they needed to take the next step in their careers.


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Priestley students continue to make excellent progress at college that allows them to secure top university placements, excellent jobs and apprenticeships. Every year around 500 students progress to university and specialist colleges. This regularly includes around 100 moving on to Russell Group universities.

We are equally proud of those students who progress to specialist degrees and of those who gain a place on the most prestigious apprenticeships or employment with leading employers.


Outstanding achievements for class of 2017

• 100% pass rate in 37 subjects

• 68% of A-Level results were high grades, including scores of A*s and As

• 100% pass rate in all BTEC/OCR Extended Diplomas

• 70% BTEC/OCR grades awarded at Distinction* or Distinction

Other highlights include:

• Excellent A* to B A-Level pass rates in Science and Maths, Art and Design, Languages, Media and Performing Arts.

• 68 students achieved a triple Distinction*.

• 142 students achieved at least a triple Distinction

• Sophie Burrows was awarded a prestigious DaDA scholarship.

• Emma Lavens and Thomas Quormby received merit awards worth £1,000 by Aberystwyth University.

• Students taking Level 2 BTEC / OCRs secured a 97% pass rate in 2017.

• Amongst those who resat key GCSEs at Priestley an incredible 53% secured A* to Cs and in English that figure rose to 70%.


GCSE English and Maths

70% students secured A* to Cs in GCSE resits.

72% students secured A* to C in English GCSE resits.


Value added

Value added measures track the progress students make based on their GCSE results and Priestley students make very positive progress. The national value added measures show that students make significantly above average progress in many A-Levels, AS and on all BTEC/OCR programmes. The ALPs value added measures of student progress show that in many subjects and courses Priestley is in the top 10% of all providers.