Students celebrate A-Level results across Mansfield and Ashfield

MANSFIELD’S Brunts School is celebrating the success of its A-Level students who achieved a pass rate of 99.3% - with 50.2% of them graded A*-B.

A spokesman for the school said: “These results are testament to the hard work put in by our students and staff over the last two years and we are very proud of them all.

“Particular mention must be made of Craig Kirk who achieved 5 passes at A level which included 4 at A*.

“We would like to pass on our congratulations to all of our Year 13 leavers and wish them well as they move onto the next phase of their lives.’

West Nottinghamshire College is celebrating another record year for A Level results, recording its best-ever overall pass rate of 99% - with its first ever student set to go to Cambridge University.

The college achieved a 100% pass rates in 15 out of 18 subjects at A2 level, including law, maths, English language, history, geography, physics, biology, sociology, psychology, and government and politics.

One student achieved four A*s, while A2 English language recorded a 100% pass rate for the fifth consecutive year.

The college has seen almost double the number of A* and A grades at A2 level compared to last year (from 18 in 2009/10 to 32 in 2010/11) and 70% of passes were at A*- C (up from 61% last year).

The college opened its doors at 7am to give students the earliest possible opportunity to get their results.

There were jubilant celebrations when Cate Kendall achieved four A* grades in maths, biology, chemistry and psychology – and became the college’s first-ever student to go to Cambridge.

The 20-year-old, from Mansfield, will study biological (natural sciences) with a maths and chemistry module at the UK’s second-oldest university, which she hopes will lead to studying cellular chemistry and research into diseases such as cancer.

Asha Khemka OBE, principal and chief executive, said: “These are absolutely outstanding results and testament to the hard work and determination of our students and their tutors.

“Our A Level results have improved significantly over the last four years and we are now one of the top-performing colleges in the East Midlands for academic achievement.

“It is fantastic that our reputation for vocational excellence is now matched by our outstanding academic results.

“I’m immensely proud of all our students and I congratulate them on their fantastic achievements. And I’m delighted one of our students will now study at Cambridge, which is a sign of the growing ambition and aspiration that our learners have.”

At Warsop’s Meden School Head of Sixth Form Alison Maddison said: “It has gone better than we have expected with what has been on the news. 29 students have got their places (at university) abd just two are waiting to go through Clearing.”

Damian Belshaw, director of teaching and learning, added: “Lots of the students wanted to do college foundation courses and increasing numbers are deciding to do a gap year. There were tears of sadness and then joy as one student got the place she wanted through Clearing.”

Staff and students at The Joseph Whitaker School in Rainworth are celebrating record A-Level results. Overall, an amazing 40% of students achieved an A or A* grade, with 67% of students across the board receiving an A or B grade. The pass rate for the school was 100%.

Four students, Liam Liburd, Tom Smith, Michael Halvey and Amy Sturtivant were ‘over the moon’ as they received the ultimate accolade for their efforts – a full set of A or A* grades. They joined dozens of excited students on 18 August to receive their long-awaited A-Level results. Emotions were running high as students realised they have achieved the grades needed to secure a place at their chosen university.

“I’m feeling very shaky – but superb!” said Head Boy Tom Smith, who achieved two A’s and an A* grade. “I got up early to check the tracker – and couldn’t believe I’d got into Nottingham University to study History and Politics – which was my first choice.”

Rob Martlew, Headteacher, said, “Everyone is delighted and incredibly proud. Our sixth form students have achieved outstanding record results and this is testament to the hard work and dedication of both students and members of staff. On behalf of the school, I would like to wish everyone our best wishes for the future.”

Michael Croft, Assistant Headteacher at the school with responsibility for Sixth Form added, “These results are fantastic. Everyone has worked incredibly hard and students can be justifiably proud of their achievements.”

Meanwhile, there were celebrations at Mansfield’s All Saints’ School where 97% of students achieved A-E at A Level. The percentage of students achieving the very highest grades and those achieving A*/B both rose to 16% and 37% respectively.

There were several outstanding performances with Antoni Woss achieving three A* and two As to take up a place at Cambridge University to study mathematics, Peter Coss three A*s, Tara Stirland two A*s and one A and Andrew Holloway, former deputy youth mayor, achieving one A* and two As.

Said headteacher, Maureen Cobbett: “We are pleased to have achieved such excellent results at A Level and to have maintained the very high standards we set for ourselves and our students. I am proud of both the students and staff for the phenomenal amount of work and effort they have put in to achieve these results”