Another ‘outstanding’ year for Sheffield A-level students

Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield receiving their A-Level results. Photo: Chris Etchells
Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield receiving their A-Level results. Photo: Chris Etchells
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Sheffield students are celebrating another year of academic success after picking up their A-level results.

Months of waiting has come to an end for sixth formers and college students across the city, with many finding out whether they have got the grades needed to get into university or work placements.

Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield receiving their A-Level results. Picturd are Shannon Lake, 19, and Nageena Rehman, 18. Photo: Chris Etchells

Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield receiving their A-Level results. Picturd are Shannon Lake, 19, and Nageena Rehman, 18. Photo: Chris Etchells

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At Tapton School, head of sixth form Andrew Wright said it had been ‘another outstanding year’, with 67 per cent of grades at A* to B - up from 61 per cent last year - and 14 per cent A*, along with an ‘expected record’ number of sixth formers gaining entry to Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield receiving their A-Level results. Pictured are Daniel Marshall, 18, and Ryan Hodgkinson, 18. Photo: Chris Etchells

Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield receiving their A-Level results. Pictured are Daniel Marshall, 18, and Ryan Hodgkinson, 18. Photo: Chris Etchells

He added: “Most importantly, with a year group of over 200, there have been notable successes for all of our students.

In addition, our Year 12 have performed very well in the new AS levels - suggesting a strong performance in 2017.”

Students at Longley Park Sixth Form College impressed with a 97 per cent pass rate, including 377 A* or A grades or equivalent. Of those taking BTec courses, 65 per cent got the top grade.

Principal Mo Nisbet said: “I am extremely proud of the work that has gone on in College to secure fantastic results for another year.

“This excellent academic achievement shows that sixth form provision in the north east of the city is among the very best in the country. On behalf of the staff at Longley Park, I would like to wish our students the very best for the future.”

Sheffield College, which has four main campuses – City, Hillsborough, Olive Grove and Peaks – reported a 93 per cent pass rate, with 23 per cent of grades at A* to B.

This was down slightly from 94 and 23 per cent respectively, but principal Heather Smith was still delighted with ‘strong’ results.

She said: “The college has a diverse community. We inspire them to succeed regardless of their starting point when they join us.”

Staff and sixth formers at High Storrs School were also ‘delighted’ with an improvement in this year’s results, with students gaining Oxbridge places.

Deputy headteacher Andrew Walton-McBain said: “Students were successful across a wide range of subjects, showing a strong improvement from the 2015 results.

“Students achieved more than 115 A* or A grades, reflecting a particularly strong performance in light of changes to examination requirements.”

And at Notre Dame High School, just under 50 per cent of the passes were at the A* to B standard, with a pass rate of over 98 per cent.

Headteacher Steve Davies said: “We are delighted to see our students continue to achieve high standards given the increasing demands of A-level study. Most important to us, is the fact that our students are in position to take their next steps into higher education, apprenticeships or employment as a result of their hard work, supported by our staff.”

Also picking up their results were those studing for technical qualifications. Students at UTC Sheffield’s city centre campus in Matilda Street all complete a technical qualification backed by employers, equivalent to one-and-half or two A-levels.

This year the college reported a 100 per cent pass rate for creative and digital media and 96 per cent for engineering.

About half of those students also sat A-levels or AS-levels, or a combination of both, in addition to their technical qualification. The A-level pass rate rose to 94 per cent this year, from 92 per cent% last year. Of those grades, 22 per cent were A* to B.

Principal Alex Reynolds said the results reflected the ‘high quality combination of academic and vocational qualifications’ offered at the UTC.

Sheffield’s place in the national picture is not yet clear, but council cabinet member Jackie Drayton said: “Sheffield’s young people are really making us very proud and it is great to see so many young people celebrating.

“It’s an exciting but nerve-wracking time for many young people across Sheffield and I’d like to thank their parents and carers, teachers, school governors and support staff for playing such a vital role in helping them achieve their results.”

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