Leeds students prepare for next step after A-level results joy

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Students in Leeds are today preparing to take their next steps in education after opening their A-level results.

Schools and colleges across the city opened their doors today as more than 2,900 students took a deep breath to find out how they fared in their exams.

A series of sixth-form colleges in the city reported a remarkable string of students achieving the highest grades possible.

Figures show that almost a quarter of A-levels were awarded an A* or an A across Yorkshire.

And despite a major shake-up to structure of courses, the county recorded a very slight 0.1 per cent increase on the previous year, as almost one quarter of teenagers were awarded the top grades.

The overall pass rate of students achieving A* to E grades was 97.9 per cent, down by 0.2 per cent on 2016.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive board member for children and families, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone on the results they have received.

“Students across Leeds have demonstrated a lot of hard work, effort and determination, as well as the high quality of teaching in our schools.”

Among dozens of success stories today were not one, but three sets of twins in the same year at Benton Park School in Rawdon.

Twins Megan and Hannah Brierley, Katy and Jake Lightowler and Chloe and Ryan Glass all celebrated their results after collecting them today.

Also at the school, a series of students achieved A and A* grades in all their subjects.

They include Ethan Higgott, Tess Saunders, Rajan Sangha, Henry Beck, Chris Hulley, Sarah Jones and Ben Spode.

Headteacher Delia Martin said: “These incredibly positive results represent the hard work of our students throughout their time at Benton Park Sixth Form.

“It is also an illustration of the hard work and commitment of the teaching staff and parents who have supported these students to enable them to perform so highly.

“We wish all our students success in their life after Benton Park School.”

In Morley, Woodkirk Academy celebrated an impressive 99 per cent pass rate for its students in this year’s A-level results.

Elsewhere in north Leeds, one third of students at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) achieved all A-levels at A*or A grades.

A total of 60 students at the school celebrated as they picked up their results this morning.

And a remarkable 16 of them achieved three or more straight A*s.

Eight students have so far had their places confirmed at either Oxford or Cambridge.

Principal Sue Woodroofe said: “This is an excellent set of results and, thanks to the dedication and hard work of our students and staff, this impressive group of young people are well placed to enjoy continued success at university and beyond.”

GSAL student and young electronic music producer Sam Berson has also been set onto his dream career path.

He achieved As in French and business studies, and a C in computing, to secure a place at Liverpool University to study music.

The 18-year-old, whose first two singles have been streamed almost a million times on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube, says he will continue to release music while at university.

At Fulneck School in Pudsey, just under half of overall grades achieved at A-level or BTEC equivalent were A* or A.

The number of A*-C grades achieved was 88 per cent this year at the school.

Principal Deborah Newman said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s A-Level results; they are a credit to the hard work of our students and the dedication of the teaching staff.

“The school’s best wishes go to all those who received their results today, be they going on to further education or into the workplace, or having a gap year before beginning the next chapter in their lives.”

Success stories at Fulneck include head boy Charles Ellis, whose two As and a B will see him studying Neuroscience with Spanish at Manchester University, and Ibraheem Ijaz who achieved three As and will now study Dental Surgery at Leeds University.

Leeds City Council is organising a careers event this month, for young people who are still considering their future options after receiving their results.

The Next Steps event takes place on August 31, between 11.30am and 4.30pm at Leeds Kirkgate Market. It will include information on apprenticeships and traineeships still available across the city to start now for the 2017/18 academic year.

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