Students aim high after outstanding A Level results

Chris Hammond who is heading to Oxford.
Chris Hammond who is heading to Oxford.

SUCCESSFUL Priestley College students collected their exam results then spoke of their goals of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming surgeons and studying at Oxford.

For the ninth year Priestley students achieved a 99% pass rate with 38 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate.

Among the top performers was 18-year-old Chris Hammond, a former Bridgewater High School pupil who secured four A*s.

His grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology have secured him a place at Oxford University studying Medicine.

“I’m very aware of the history of Pembroke College where I will be studying at Oxford, but I don’t think it has sunk in yet that I am going to be a part of that,” said Chris, from Stockton Heath.

At Priestley there was at least a 50% pass rate at A* to B in a wide range of challenging subjects including Fine Art, Biology, Chemistry, Dance, English Literature, Further Maths, Graphics, Early Modern History, Maths, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics and Science in Society.

It was another successful year for Priestley's A Level students.
It was another successful year for Priestley’s A Level students.

Among the students celebrating was former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil Meg Booth.

The 18-year-old from Orford earned As in Biology and History and a B in Chemistry as well as an A* in her Extended Project.

She is now going on to study molecular biology at Liverpool University and hopes to go on to research cures into cancer and arthritis.

“I’m hoping to become the youngest person to win the Noble Peace Prize in medicine and physiology and I have until I am 31 to achieve that,” she said.

“I want to work in research into cancer and arthritis because I have had family and friends affected by both.”

Priestley students were celebrating nearly 250 A* or As with 72% of all grades being in the A*to C range.

Nicholas Evans, a former Bridgewater High School pupil, earned As in Maths, Chemistry and Biology and will study medicine at University College London.

His long-term goal is to become a surgeon after he completed work experience with cardio and brain surgeons.

“Priestley’s definitely given me the tools I need to go on to university,” he said.

Priestley College Principal Mike Southworth said: “Our students never cease to amaze us. These results are a credit to our students, their families and their teachers who have supported them during their time with us.

“I would like to congratulate them all on their magnificent achievements and wish them all the very best as they move on to University or into the world of work.”

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