Students of Thirsk School and Sixth Form have received their A level results.
Collectively they have contributed to some of the best results the school has ever produced and there have been some very notable individual performances.
Results have risen this year in contrast to the fall in results nationally.
Over 30 per cent of all grades at A Level were grade A* or A, and over 52 per cent were at A*-B.
80 per cent of results were at C or better.
In vocational qualifications the results were equally impressive; 50 per cent of all results were at Distinction*(star), the equivalent of A*.
These results meant that most students were celebrating their acceptance to the university and course of their choice.
The school continues to have a proud of tradition of success in progressing students to high quality university or employment destinations.
Thirsk School has built on its strong tradition of placing students at top institutions including Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities.
Many students were thrilled to learn this morning that they had earned their places on competitive courses to study medicine, law, natural science, engineering, music and maths courses amongst others.
Students are also progressing to universities to train in education, nursing, sports coaching and computing.
Other students are preparing for careers in employment with training, or eagerly anticipating gap years with travel plans.
Seventeen students from Thirsk School and Sixth Form College secured at least two A grades or better, with several others achieving an A grade or better alongside Distinction* in vocational qualifications.
Across the ability range students performed well to achieve personal goals, including students who joined the Sixth Form from other schools. Notable performances include Kate Burrell gaining 3 A grades to study History at Cambridge, Lizzie Lee securing her place at Oxford to read Philosophy and German. Angus Roberts earned A*, A* and A, and will take this forward to medicine applications, Caroline Lyth secured 3 A*s and an A and will study Physics at Durham. Jayne Parle gained 3A*s to earn a coveted place at Durham to study Natural Sciences, the same course as Daniel Foggin will study following his achievement of 2 A*s and an A grade. Ruth Weaver’s A* and Distinction*s will enable her to study nursing at Northumbria and Sophie Skinner’s A* grade and double Distinction* supports her study of Fine Art.
These qualifications are the result of incredible hard work and dedication.
The students have been supported and challenged by a team of skilled and determined teachers and by parents.
Graham Cressey, the Chairman of the Governing Body at Thirsk School said: “We are delighted for of all of our students today, and congratulate them on their results.
“Their outcomes are excellent and they have done the School proud.
“We know how hard they have worked in collaboration with their teachers and parents and we wish each of them a very happy future moving forward.”
Headteacher Stuart Mason added: ”We are delighted that our results have continued to improve, particularly against a national picture of declining results.
“Our Governors challenge us to constantly seek to improve and this has happened through the hard work of students and teachers, and through the support of parents and our Governors.”
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