Bright futures ahead for A Level Students
Emotions ran high as the stars of the future collected their long awaited A Level results at Tupton Hall Sixth Form, with more students than ever securing their first choice university place.
Students and staff celebrated superb individual achievements as well as the best results in the school’s history. Once again the school achieved a 99 per cent pass rate, but this year saw a rise in the number of A* - C grades awarded – to an all-time high of 77 per cent.
Many Tupton Hall students are now heading to universities across the country to study some of the most competitive subjects on offer - from law, physics and accounting to medicinal chemistry and musical theatre & acting. Others are embarking on apprenticeships and placements in prestigious professions including RAF piloting and retail management.
Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Charlotte Burton, said students had worked hard and deserved the accolades and praise their results would bring.
"Behind our sixth form’s overall success and grades there are some amazing stories of students who have balanced their A Levels alongside long standing and significant health issues, students that have suffered loss, hardship and injury,” she said. “Getting to know all of the students and seeing them through their educational journey and into success at university, on apprenticeships, into gap years and other employment and training opportunities is the greatest privilege.”
Mrs Burton said students had felt ‘immense pressure and anxiety’ as this year’s exams approached. She explained: “They were the first cohort to sit exams in reformed A Level qualifications, doing so without knowing their AS grade, without the opportunity to re-sit and with the entire final grade based on the exam at the end of Year 13. That makes this year’s results even more remarkable.”
“The exams and the expectations on students grow more intense each year and the resilience, determination and support that they provide for one another is overwhelming. The ethos of Tupton Hall Sixth Form and the wonderful sense of community that our students create make this an exciting place to study. I think that is why our results continue to surpass all targets and make us a highly successful and popular post-16 option.”
Mr Andrew Knowles, headteacher at Tupton Hall School, said: “Celebrations are duly deserved today as our students see the results of their hard work. We must also congratulate our highly skilled staff and supportive parents and families who have helped to secure these results for the school.”
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Adam Inskip is one of the highest achieving students this year, having gained two A*s and two As in product design, maths, further maths and physics. In just a few days he will embark on the opportunity of a lifetime, jetting off to America to study mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester in New York State. The application and selection process has involved as much work as studying for a fifth A Level.
Adam said: “It’s been hard work but I’ve tried to be resilient and not let it get on top of me. My teachers have been amazing, as has my whole experience at Tupton Hall School – I don’t think I would have been able to get where I am today if I hadn’t come here. As for the future, I’m excited but also a little bit nervous!”
Eighteen-year-old twins Anna and Tom Stevenson are both embarking on careers in the Royal Air Force. Their applications to train as pilots and weapon system operators will see them complete a stringent selection process including aptitude and fitness tests.
Anna said: “We’ve been in the air cadets since we were 13, piloting is just something we’ve always wanted to do. We applied for university too, to keep our options open, but for us this is the right pathway.”
The countdown to A Level results day has been especially important for Hannah Kinsell who has battled a brain tumour alongside studying for her GCSEs and A Levels. Hannah came to collect her results with her mum Jane who brought huge flower bouquets for the Tupton Hall staff who have supported the family. Hannah achieved a stunning set of results – A in English literature, B in history and B in psychology. She is going to study anthropology and history at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Said Hannah: “I’m just ecstatic to get my grades. It’s really exciting to know I’ve done so well considering what I’ve had to do to keep up throughout radiotherapy and two types of chemotherapy. It’s been very difficult and there have been a lot of tears but the sixth form staff and my Heads of Year have been brilliant, understanding my treatment and what I’ve gone through.”
Another student who has excelled despite having time off from his studies is George Marriott who has undergone years of treatment following a childhood brain tumour. As well as achieving two A*s and a A at A Level, in maths, chemistry and further maths, George has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. From September he will study medicinal chemistry at the University of Sheffield.
George said: “I’m really looking forward to uni, as the next step educationally but also moving on in my life. Words can’t explain just how happy and relieved I am to get these results.”
James Flint has been heavily involved in improving the student experience at Tupton Hall Sixth Form as chair of the student committee.
“People have worked so hard to get to this day,” he said. “It’s a long slog but everyone has got their heads down and worked hard in order to achieve.”
James achieved an A* in law, A in geography and B in English language. He will study law at Newcastle University next year.
He said: “I’m not sure whether I’ll have a career in the legal profession but hopefully this degree will set me up for big things, and Tupton Hall School has been the platform for that.”
Other outstanding individual achievements and their destinations:
Eve Macmaster (A* A* A) Art foundation at Chesterfield College
Adam Slater (A* A A) Sport and exercise science at Loughborough University
Alysia Bradley (A* A A) Law at the University of Sheffield
Matthew Hadfield (A A A) (B – AS Level) Accounting and economics at Sheffield Hallam
Aakash Pattar (A* A B) Chemistry at the University of Manchester
Alex Edson (A* A B) Physics at the University of Nottingham
Ted Baker (A* A B) Maths at the University of Bath