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Lancashire youngsters celebrate another year of A level success

Rejoice: A Level results at Cardinal Newman College, Preston, James Holderness, Jennifer Lea, Mike Barton, Anna Gilbertson and Aisha Bhailok

Rejoice: A Level results at Cardinal Newman College, Preston, James Holderness, Jennifer Lea, Mike Barton, Anna Gilbertson and Aisha Bhailok

Lancashire’s brainy youngsters are celebrating another year of success after collecting their A level results.

Despite predictions of a dip in the number of high grades awarded, early indications are that most sixth formers have performed as well as, if not better, than previous years.

Preston’s Cardinal Newman College is holding on to its place in the top one percent of colleges nationally with another year of outstanding results which saw every student picking up a pass today.

The city centre college saw a staggering 75 per cent of A levels entries achieving the highest grades A*-B with 31 percent of grades at the very top A*/A.

This year’s overall results equalled last year’s 100 percent A Level and BTEC pass rate.

The exam successes top an exceptional year for the Lark Hill college, which includes becoming the Cambridge University hub for Lancashire and has seen a record number of students gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge universities

Principal, Nick Burnham said: “We are delighted with the results our students have achieved this year.

“As a college we are blessed to have such highly motivated staff and students. With these outstanding results their hard work and determination has clearly paid off!”

With a pass rate of 99 percent, Preston College maintained the same level of high achievement as last year with a 100 per cent pass rate in a number of subject areas.

Hutton Grammar School saw the overall pass rate up one percent on last year to 96 percent and over 64 percent of grades achieved were from A* - C.– four percent higher than last year.

The number of students getting the top grades A* - B also rose by three percent and more than one in every four grades was either an A* or an A.

Nine pupils from the Liverpool Road sixth form, Kayley Hind, Laura Littlefair, Connor Livesey, Joseph Lord, Thomas Piela-Lee, Miles Postings, Bonar Southern, Maxine Thompson and Beth Wilkinson all achieved five or more A Level passes.

Headteacher, David Pearson, said: “We are really proud of our students. There are some exceptional individual performances and the outcomes are a credit to them.”

Speaking on the eve of the results a spokesman for the Association oaf Teachers and Lecturers said: “We wait to see what the impact of the removal of January exams has had on students who could not take one unit early this year.

“This change will have put students under a lot more pressure as January exams gave them the chance to complete part of their course and track their progress.

“We hope that students have not been disadvantaged.”

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