Sixth Form stars achieve highest pass rate in school’s history
A-Level students from Tupton Hall School surpassed their own expectations upon collecting their long awaited results.
Students and staff celebrated outstanding individual achievements as well as the highest pass rate in the school’s history, with 99.46% of students achieving grades A* to E.
Of those students, 42% achieved grades A* to B and 76.7% achieved A* to C.
Additionally, of 95 students who submitted a university application, 34 received an unconditional offer before they sat their exams.
All this was achieved despite the immense pressure students faced by taking the newly reformed A-Levels. Their grades rested solely on their performance in the summer exams without AS-Levels contributing to their final results. However, even those students sitting two or more exams of two hours or more in a day rose superbly to the challenge.
Many Tupton Hall students are now heading to universities across the country to study some of the most competitive subjects on offer from medicine, mathematics and politics, while others are embarking on apprenticeships and placements including teaching and civil engineering.
Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Charlotte Burton, said students should feel incredibly proud of what they have achieved under immense pressure to perform at the highest standards.
She said: “This year has been a wonderful cohort of students, with so much to celebrate. The end product clearly is their exam results, but they have left a legacy of a sense of community, kindness, respect and a maturity that will be really missed.
“This year the year 13 cohort was a combination of students from 11 different secondary schools across Derbyshire, but you would never have guessed this if you visited the school; the cohesion and the wonderful ethos that they brought to the Sixth form was clearly visible to all who visited us.
“The sense of community that is present within the Sixth form has been overwhelming this year, the students have fostered such positive relations with their peers and the staff, to be part of this community has been a real joy. We wish all our students, whatever they choose to go on to do, lots of luck and happiness – we have every belief that whatever they aspire to achieve, is clearly within their reach.”
Mr Andrew Knowles, headteacher of 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 achieve these results for our wonderful students.”
Charley-Ann Barnes is one of this year’s highest achieving students, securing grades A* and two As in Maths, Biology and Chemistry. In September she will go to study medicine at York-Hull Medicine School. She said: “I am really happy, I put in a lot of hard work and I didn’t think I was going to do it because the exam papers were so hard, but it’s paid off in the end.”
Dominic Bramley has dedicated a lot of his time in year 13 to leading the Sixth Form Student Union and still managed to achieve brilliant results. He achieved an A in History, an A in Media Studies and a C in Business. He said: “My plans are to study History at York St John University. My results have exceeded my expectations. I put my results down to a lot of hard work, revision and determination.”
Oliver Wilby achieved an A* in Maths, A in Physics and a B in Further Maths and is going to attend the University of Lancaster to study Mechanical Engineering. He said: “I’ve achieved exactly what I wanted to. It’s taken a lot of hard work throughout the whole year. The teachers have been fantastic.”
Ashley Cullum has secured a place at the University of Plymouth to study Marine Technology. This is one of only a few courses offered across the whole country. To secure his place, he achieved an A in Physics, a B in Chemistry and a B in Maths. He said: “This is a subject I found out I wanted to study in the last few years. My results are down to getting my head down and getting through the work and doing extra revision. The teachers have helped me a lot, when I was getting stuck on something I’d go to them and they’d explain it in a different way that I understood.”
Other outstanding achievements and student destinations:
- Ben Turner secured A*A*A will study Medicine at the University of Nottingham
- Joe Hutton secured his place at Sheffield Hallam to read Politics with ABB
- Sydney O Connor will go to the University of Leeds to study Management
- Jasmine Thirkell secured ABB to study Law and Sociology at the University of Warwick
- Emily Cooper goes to the University of Sheffield to study Sociology with ABB
- Liam Dudley secured a Civil Engineering apprenticeship
- Tomas Mooney will be embarking on his professional career as a professional golfer
- Katie Robinson will be entering the police force
- Annabel Lowe secured a teaching assistant apprenticeship – her EPQ project is now being used throughout local schools as a teaching aid in PSHE lessons.
High performing students:
- Imogen Beresford secured A*AA – going to study Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam
- Ellis Broadhead secured A*BBC and goes on to study Film Production at the University of Salford
- Twin brothers Jack (A*AC) and Joe Bray (ABB) secured excellent grades to progress to university
- Connor Roberts secured A*BB and will study Mathematics at Sheffield
- Imogen Morris secured A*AA to secure at place studying Accounting and Finance at the University of Leeds.
- Sophie Turton secured A*BC to study Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University