IT’S another set of best ever results for Todmorden High School’s sixth form as A level students buck the national trend.
Nearly half of this summer’s A level results are A* to B, whereas nationally the number of students achieving the top grades has fallen.
Fifty per cent of students have exceeded their already challenging targets and the final average points score per student has increased by a further half a grade compared to last year’s results.
Molly Fritchley was among the school’s top performers after achieving an A* in business studies and A grades in media, art and graphics.
She exceeded her targets by the equivalent of six full grades.
“I’m really pleased,” she said.
She has gone into costume design work and said she is enjoying it.
There was praise for Ellen Setterfield and Anna Brannigan, who achieved A-C grades in all their subjects while contributing significantly to the work of the wider school by acting as deputy head students for the year.
Ellen said: “It felt fabulous to get those grades. I’m very happy.”
She is going to Leeds College of Art to study graphic design.
“I want my own business when I’m a bit older,” she said.
While feeling slightly disappointed with one of her grades, Anna said she was happy with her results overall.
She will be studying English and media at York St John’s University.
Robert Fielden, Ian Evans, Thomas Durham and Jack Atherton all achieved at least one A* and exceeded their targets by an average of more than two full grades in each subject.
Robert said: “I’m happy as Larry, over the moon.”
He will be doing some volunteering with the aim of getting involved in social care work.
Ian said: “I’m really happy, really pleased with it.
“I didn’t get into the university I wanted to, so I’m going to go through clearing or take a year out to do some courses and get extra qualifications.”
At AS level, 40 per cent of exams taken were rewarded with A or B grades.
Lucy Carr, who will take over as deputy head student in September, gained A grades in biology and maths and B grades in chemistry and English.
“It’s fantastic,” she said. “I’m really happy.
She will be carrying on with the subjects next year and hopes to secure a bursary from London-based firm CMS, which would contribute £2,500 a year to her tuition fees at university.
Emma Stroud, who will become head student in the new academic year, gained two A grades and two B grades in maths, physics, chemistry and biology.
Forty-three per cent of AS level students exceeded their targets.
Evie Highley gained an extra 165 points and Scott Simpson-Robinson gained 150 extra points. Fifteen points is the equivalent of an AS level grade.
Headteacher Helen Plaice said: “My congratulations go to the students who have worked so hard and fully deserve the impressive results that they have collected.
“Twenty-three out of the twenty-four students who chose to apply to university this year have gained the grades needed to secure their places and all other students have plans to further their education or progress to jobs with training.
“My thanks go to the staff at Todmorden High School, who have worked above and beyond the call of duty to support our students throughout their time with us.
“And also to the parents and our other loyal supporters who have worked with us to ensure these young people have the best possible chance to succeed.
“Best wishes to the students who are leaving us. I wish them well in their chosen route.
“To those who are continuing their studies with us next term, I look forward to working with you on the next stages of your educational journey.”