A Level Results 2017

Upton Hall School FCJ

Upton Hall School FCJ students were in celebratory mood as they shared their fabulous A level results with friends, family and staff.

Head Girl, Alice, attained two A* grades and an A and has secured her place at Edinburgh University to read Veterinary Medicine. Our two sets of twins produced a remarkable set of results.  Laura gained a wonderful four A* grades and will read Mathematics at Durham.  Her twin sister Francis is off to Newcastle to read Dentistry.  Liberty gained an A* and two A grades and will read Chemical Engineering at Manchester.  Her twin sister Ella has secured a place to read Mathematics at Liverpool. Niamh, who is on football duty for the England Women’s U19 team, was unable to collect her results in person.  She secured an A* grade and two A grades and will take up her place at LJMU to read Sports and Exercise Science as she also begins her contract as a professional at Liverpool FC.  A number of students have secured places on highly prestigious apprenticeship courses.  Rebecca begins a career in law with Hill Dickinson while Shannon and Erin are off to the British Racing School in Newmarket to study Racecourse Management.

This autumn, students from Upton Hall will take up places at universities and institutions the length and breadth of the country embarking on a hugely diverse range of courses.  From Ulster and Edinburgh in the north to Newquay in Cornwall, we hope that the FCJ spirit will accompany them on the next stage of their exciting journey.

Headteacher, Mrs Patricia Young said, ‘There have been great celebrations in school this morning.  It is wonderful to see our hardworking and gifted students being rewarded with these fantastic results.  We wish all of our students happiness and success as they leave us.’


Aquinas College

Early analysis of 2017 results looks extremely positive with outstanding results in both A levels and vocational courses.

The overall pass rate for A levels was 98.2% with 54% of entries being at the high grades of A* to B. A quarter of entrants achieved an A or A* grade (25.1%) with 68 students achieving A* and As in all their subjects.

5 exceptional students managed to get 3 A*s or more.  Success on vocational courses has been phenomenal with over 75% getting Distinction Stars D *s.

Principal Danny Pearson stated… “A huge congratulations to all of our wonderful students on their fantastic results. They are thoroughly well deserved and we are very proud of what their hard work has achieved. We wish them every success in the future!”

All Hallows Catholic College

All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield is celebrating exceptional results despite the national reforms and the higher standards expected at A Level. Almost a third of all grades were at A* and nearly half of all grades were A* or A. Students at the College returned a 100% pass rate. Many students are heading off to the traditional ‘red-brick’ universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Durham and the vast majority are going to universities of their first choice.

Executive Principal, Tony Billings said ‘It’s been an anxious wait for students, teachers and parents this year, following the reforms to A level, but we are absolutely delighted that our students smashed through the new grade benchmarks, helped by excellent teaching, to achieve magnificent results.’

Assistant Principal Michelle Garvey said ‘We are thrilled with our students’ results. The vast majority of students worked incredibly hard and they were rewarded with meeting or exceeding their targets.’

This year the highest male and female A Level performers were James Musgrave who attained five A* grades and Roisin Conry who attained two A* and three A grades. James will be reading History at the University of Cambridge and Roisin, Physics at Lancaster University. James said ‘I’d like to thank all the teachers who’ve supported me and challenged me to aim high.’ Rosin said ‘I’m passionate about the place of Science in the world and I’m delighted to be able to study Physics at the next level.’  The highest Vocational A level student is Georgia Holmer who attained three distinctions. Georgia will be reading for a degree in Nursing at Salford University.

The top performers who attained the highest number of A*-A grades making up the College total of almost 50% A*-A grades are: Niamh O’Sullivan [A*AA History, Oxford], Jacob Kalnins [A*A*A*A*B Physics, Durham], Rolv Apnescth [A* AAB], Jacob Smith (A*A*A*  Management and Marketing, Leeds], Alain Gasco [A*A*A Physics and Astro-physics, Manchester], Phobe Geary [A*A*A English, Birmingham], Aidan Hughes [Head Boy A*A*AB] Emily Raferty [Head Girl A*A*AA Liberal Arts, Durham], Alex Jones [A*A*A Mathematics, Nottingham].

This year also saw a significant number of students taking the Extended Project Qualification with 88% gaining A* standard. David Howells, course leader for the EPQ said ‘The qualification is an excellent preparation for university entrance requiring students to engage in research, write at length and make a presentation to an audience. This year the students chose a very diverse range of topics ranging from philosophy to French Church history to artificial intelligence. We know these students are well prepared both for university styles of learning and the inevitable dissertation.’

In summary, Executive Principal, Tony Billings said ‘We have really enjoyed working with such a fantastic group of students who have worked exceptionally hard to meet and exceed their academic targets. However, we are equally proud, as a Church school to say that it is the formation of the whole person that really matters. – These young people are making their mark in the world. They are excellent people, carrying great values and attitudes with them as they move on to the next stage of their lives.’

Alderley Edge School for Girls

Alderley Edge School for Girls is delighted to report another year of excellent A level results. With an overall pass rate of 100%, a third of all grades being an A or an A* and 96% of girls meeting their university offers, the girls have given themselves every opportunity to continue to flourish as they progress to university or to gap year experiences.

Outstanding individual successes include Helena Lewis achieving 3 A* grades who is going to study Biological Sciences at Lancaster University, Ellie Jagger going onto study Geography at the University of Liverpool after achieving 2 A* and 1 A grade, Scarlett Summerfield with 1 A* and 2 A grades going onto study Philosophy at University College Durham and Amy Rhodes going onto study Medicine at the University of Sheffield with her 3 A grades following a gap year in industry.

Students achieved straight A* grades across the board in Photography, A* or A grades in English Literature and Design Technology in addition to subjects such as Business, Geography and Spanish where all girls achieved A* to B grades. These results reflect the hard work, dedication and desire for girls to achieve in whichever field they choose. Several girls chose to study beyond the curriculum by undertaking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and achieved outstanding success with projects examining topics as diverse as the social influence of the cocoa bean, the psychology and manufacturing of modern fashion and the causes of the English Reformation.

Helen Jeys, Headmistress at the school enthused, “I am delighted for the girls and all they have achieved.  Our students are going onto study subjects at university as diverse as Medicine and Philosophy to Nursing, Sport Management, Interior Architecture, Commercial Photography and Art. This truly reflects the way our girls embrace a breadth of opportunity. They have achieved immense success while balancing significant responsibilities both inside and outside of school; from the success of our Head Girl Ellie Bancroft who is reading English at Exeter to those who balance their studies with representing sport at national level, I know that our girls will continue to flourish and be outstanding role models for future generations of girls at AESG.”

The School is also keen to acknowledge the performance of Lower Sixth students who have started, in the most part, the new linear A level programme and have done brilliantly; including new Head Girl, Rowdah Charbak who has achieved 4 A grades at AS.  Well over half of all AS grades are at grade A or B and a third are at grade A; this reflects the School’s continued commitment to academic excellence, as recently reported in the Good Schools Guide.

James Russell, the Head of Sixth Form commented, “With this really encouraging start to A level study, I am excited to work with our girls on their university applications next term.  I know that they will continue to balance their academic work with their commitment to the breadth of experiences that make them balanced and outstanding young women of the future.”

Anyone interested to know more about the Sixth Form at Alderley Edge School for Girls should come along to the Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 12 October from 6.00pm or contact the School on 01625 583028 for more details.

St Anselm’s Catholic College

Year 13 students at St. Anselm’s College, Birkenhead, are celebrating the successful conclusion to their College careers after  achieving 56% grades A*-B grades with a 100% pass rate this summer. 99% of students achieved 3 or more GCE (A Level) passes and 11% secured 3 or more A*/A grades. 24% of all entries were graded at the top grades A*/A.

There were many outstanding individual performances with 4 students achieving 3 A* grades or better. Head Boy Milo Callaghan, from Hoylake, and Matthew McNamara, from Oxton, have both secured places at Cambridge University to read English and Mathematics respectively. Patrick Burke, from Claughton, will read History and Politics at Sheffield University and Daniel Johnson, from Bebington, will study Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Manchester.


Headmaster Simon Duggan declared “This has been an excellent year group, both academically and in terms of their contribution to the extra-curricular life of the College and they fully deserve these impressive results, especially given the uncertainty caused by the introduction of new A Level courses. These students were excellent role models for younger boys and have been outstanding ambassadors for St. Anselm’s. We will miss them and wish them deserved success at university and on apprenticeships.”

The Catholic High School, Chester

There were smiles, hugs and tears of joy at The Catholic High School on A level results day.  A delighted Headteacher, John Murray was able to announce that ‘the proportion of top A* and A grades went up on last year.  The best universities, including Oxford, Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh will benefit from having our students joining them in September.’

Three students saw straight A* grades on their results sheets.  GraceTierney, Arthur Scott and Kasia Nowakowska were rewarded with the best possible grades in a year where many predicted grades would drop with the introduction of the new ‘linear’ A levels.