Ecstatic students have collected their A Level results from Wetherby High School

Students Emma Lees, Holland Mailey, Sam Russell, and Danielle Bullamore Ecstatic students have collected their A Level results from Wetherby High School and are now looking forward to an impressive range of higher education opportunities around the UK. The A Level results also illustrate positive progress for the school, which has achieved the highest number of A*/A grades in its history. The number of A* grades awarded hit 11 per cent this year, three per cent above the national average, the A* to B pass rate is at 45 per cent, its highest for five years, and a 98 per cent pass rate from A* to E is at its highest for four years. A third of all students have left with one or more qualifications at A* or A, and 62 per cent at A* to B. Young people performed particularly well in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, English, History, and Geography, with grades largely above national benchmarks in these subjects. This high level of success has meant the overwhelming majority of students have secured their next destination. Headteacher Lucie Lakin said: “We are proud of the significant majority of students who have met and exceeded targets at Wetherby High School this year. “More than 60 per cent of students attained A* to B in at least one subject, with 15 per cent of all qualifications awarded being at the highest and prestigious grade of A*. “Several students attained the highest possible grades in all their studied subjects, with many more exceeding both national and school targets. “It is a privilege to share in the success of the students, and support them moving onto their varied and exciting range of next destinations. “Almost all students have secured their first choice, demonstrating the significant and pleasing progress for the students and reinforcing the progress being made by the school.” In one of the most nerve-racking days of the year for students, many have left the school thrilled with their achievements in a broad range of subjects. In the near future these outstanding young people will be attending universities in Bath, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, and Newcastle among others, while others take on new and exciting pathways outside traditional education. Holland Mailey, who gained three A*s and an A, will be going on to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. He said: “It is a bit surreal, I didn’t expect to do so well. I would have been over the moon with one A*, so three is amazing. “I found the exams really difficult and in first year I didn’t do that well, but that was motivation for me to do better this time and I have.” Head girl Emma Lees obtained three As and will read Law at Newcastle University, with a view to specialising in human rights law. “I am really happy, I worked so hard so I’m glad I got the grades I needed”, she said. “Even though I have an unconditional offer from Newcastle I still needed three As to get anywhere in the legal world, so I’m very pleased with my results.” Calum Ward, after gaining an A* in Biology, will be working on developmental regeneration and stem cell research at the University of Edinburgh. He said: “I had already found out that I had got in to university so I thought I had done well, but I didn’t know I had got an A* and I’m ecstatic about that.” Head boy Sam Kerry was also very happy with his results and achieved a place on a Media Production degree course at Northumbria University. “I am really excited about the course, out of all of them Northumbria was my favourite by far, so I’m glad I got what I wanted.”

Ellie Hague, Georgia Padbury-Hunt, and Sophie Hunter

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