Spirits soared as the stars of the future collected their long awaited A Level results at Tupton Hall Sixth Form.
Students and staff celebrated superb achievements, with double the number of A* grades being awarded compared with 2015. Once again the school achieved a 99 per cent pass rate, but this year saw an increase in A* - C grades awarded – a high of 75 per cent.
The future also looks bright for this year’s AS Level students who celebrated the best results in recent memory.
Many Tupton Hall students are now heading to universities across the country to study some of the most competitive subjects on offer - from maths, medicine and midwifery to journalism and architecture. Others are embarking on apprenticeships and placements in prestigious professions including cabin crew, accountancy and sport at international level.
Head of Sixth Form Mrs Charlotte Burton said students had worked hard and deserved the accolades and praise their results would bring.
"Our students have fantastic futures ahead of them," she said. “They will be our doctors, teachers, actors, midwives, and physiotherapists, to name just a few of the career paths that our students have selected. Each of them has the drive and intelligence to make a great success out of their future studies and professional development.”
“We are delighted for our students. These results are a testament to the value of hard work and community spirit that the sixth form at Tupton Hall School strives to foster within all of our students and the entire cohort have so much to be proud of. We wish them every possible success and happiness in their future endeavors.”
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.”
Emily Jolly is one of the highest achieving students this year, having gained two A*s and an A in biology, psychology and chemistry. This September she will be the first person in her family to go to university when she begins a medicine degree at Newcastle University.
Emily said: "I’m so pleased. This is the result of many years’ hard work including entrance exams and work experience to make it through the medicine pathway.”
Eighteen-year-old Olivia Walker has already begun her job as a member of British Airways cabin crew, which she secured after a rigorous selection process against 17,000 other applicants.
Olivia said: “I started my cabin crew training last Tuesday – it’s really intensive but it’s going well. I’m thrilled with my A in travel and tourism, A in health and social care and C in geography.”
The countdown to A Level results day has been especially important to Nicola Clarke who was diagnosed with leukaemia just before her GCSEs. This date has been planted firmly in her diary and has given her focus during a gruelling two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy which finished in July.
“I’m over the moon. This means everything to me,” said Nicola, who will study occupational therapy at Sheffield Hallam with her A* in psychology and Bs in sociology and health and social care.
“It’s been really tough studying while having treatment. For two weeks out of every four I would be feeling unwell so that meant I had to cram all of my work into the other two weeks. The staff at Tupton Hall have been so supportive. I never felt pressured to do the work but it was there if I wanted to do it.”
Another student who has had time off from his A Level studies is cyclo-cross mountain biker Will Gascoyne who races with British Cycling. Currently a junior rider, Will is now attending selection camps for the British Cycling Senior Academy and hopes to represent his country at the Olympics in the future.
Within his age group Will has already come 10th in the cyclo-cross world championships, 4th in the junior world series and first in the nationals. And despite missing his final physics exam while competing in an international race in the Czech Republic this summer, he still achieved an A* in the subject – alongside As in maths and chemistry.
He said: “The last year has been all about racing and training because I decided that’s what I want to pursue. I don’t know how I’ve managed it.”
PHOTO GALLERY: A Level Results Day
Some outstanding individual achievements:
- Daniel Stevens (A* A B) University of Nottingham, maths
- Adam Wilbourne (A A A) University of York, English
- Georgina Wilby (A A A) University of Loughborough, maths and sports science
- Emily Jolly (A* A* A) University of Newcastle, medicine
- William Gascoyne (A* A A) aiming for British Cycling Senior Academy selection
- Alex Deng (A* A B) University of Leeds, maths
- Luke Crowder (A* A B) University of Sheffield, biochemistry
- Nicola Clarke (A* B B) Sheffield Hallam University, occupational therapy