Lancashire students celebrate top A level results

From left, Jessica Gillibrand, Charlotte Kinson and Gemma Clenshaw celebrate their results at Fulwood Academy

From left, Jessica Gillibrand, Charlotte Kinson and Gemma Clenshaw celebrate their results at Fulwood Academy

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Lancashire’s students have bucked the national trend by shrugging off tough changes to produce top class A level results.

As both AS and A-Levels results were released today, the county’s teenagers produced a bounty of high grades, despite a host of government changes.

A Level results at Runshaw College, Leyland

A Level results at Runshaw College, Leyland

Preston’s Cardinal Newman College recorded 100 per cent rate with 70 per cent of students achieving A*-B, rounding off a year which has seen the Lark Hill facility ranked in the top two per cent of all college’s nationally and top locally for value added.

Principal Nick Burnham said: “Today’s results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students and staff at Cardinal Newman.”

Preston’s College saw a 10 per cent increase in the number of students being awarded the top A*-C grades.

Overall the college announced an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, with almost two-thirds of learners achieving passes at A*-C.

Our young people are working hard under tremendous pressure and despite poorly planned reforms, constant criticism, cuts to pay and a rising tide of excessive bureaucracy and workload, teachers are continuing to deliver the best for pupils. These results will have been achieved despite the Government’s reforms, not because of them.

A number of subjects saw a 100 per cent pass rate at the top grades including art and design, business studies, government and politics, graphics and media.

College principal and chief executive Lis Smith said: “These fantastic results are a credit to their dedication as well as the support they receive from our teaching staff and at home. These young people have worked extremely hard throughout the year and it’s superb that we’re able to equip them with the qualifications needed to pursue their chosen career.”

Nearly three quarters, 72 per cent, of the grades awarded to students at Hutton Grammar School were from A*-C and just under half of all grades were A*-B.

The Liverpool Road school boasted many exceptional performances, Cameron Kenworthy who netted A* in maths, A grades in further maths, physics and chemistry and a B in general studies.

Speaking ahead of the official release of results yesterday Runshaw College principal Simon Partington said: “Our 2015 learner survey showed that our students really enjoyed their time at the college and we are delighted that they are now leaving Runshaw fully equipped with the qualifications, skills and self-confidence that will enable them to be highly successful in their further studies and/or employment.”

Kirkham’s Carr Hill Sixth Form Centre is celebrating and overall pass rate of 98 per cent with at lest half of the students gaining one or more A*-B grades. The number of students achieving at least three A-levels is up by 10 per cent on last year.

A county spokesman for the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers said: “Teachers and pupils should be congratulated without reservation for what they have achieved.

“Our young people are working hard under tremendous pressure and despite poorly planned reforms, constant criticism, cuts to pay and a rising tide of excessive bureaucracy and workload, teachers are continuing to deliver the best for pupils. These results will have been achieved despite the Government’s reforms, not because of them.”

A level result lists will be in tomorrow’s Lancashire Evening Post and on lep.co.uk.