On the up as students get best ever results

A-level results day at Todmorden High School. Pictured from the left are Lucy Carr, Emma Stroud, Zaineb Ali and Rebecca Gibson
A-level results day at Todmorden High School. Pictured from the left are Lucy Carr, Emma Stroud, Zaineb Ali and Rebecca Gibson

Impressive performances by upper Calder Valley students helped Calderdale achieve its best ever set of A-level results.

Results were up at both Calder High and Todmorden High School, with the number of sixth form students achieving the top grades increasing on last year.

At Todmorden High, 43.6 per cent of grades were either A* or A - the best figure in the school’s history.

The average points score per student also hit a record high as more than 75 per cent of the results were at grade C or higher.

The overall pass rate was 99.4 per cent.

Deputy headteacher Chris Wilcocks said: “We are extremely delighted with these results.

“To get so many of our A-level results in the top grades is really pleasing. We are really happy for the students.

“We have seen significant improvement and are hoping for bigger and better things from the year’s year 12 cohort when they move on.”

Among the top achievers was Lucy Carr, who gained an A*, an A and two Bs in her exams.

“It’s absolutely fantastic. I’m over the moon,” she said.

“I’ve loved my time here at Todmorden High.

“I would not have been able to achieve this without the help and support of the teachers here.”

Cara Heys achieved an A*, B and a C.

“It feels amazing to get those grades. I’m speechless,” she said.

She is going to study law at the London School of Political Science and Economics.

A record number of students applied for university, with many securing places at their first choice institution.

Mike Kershaw, head of sixth form, said: “We are really pleased with the results.

“There have been some stunning performances from the students.

“I’m very proud. It’s very good to see so many happy faces.”

The AS-level pass rate and the number of top grades achieved by the year 12 students was also higher than in 2012.

At Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, results were up on last year, with a 100 per cent pass rate in a wide range of subjects.

Many students achieved three or more A*-B grades and are now preparing to study at some of the top universities in the country.

Joey Scarf was one of the top performers.

He gained an A* in geogaphy, an A in maths and an A in physics and has secured his place at Loughborough University to study mechanical engineering.

“It feels brilliant,” he said.

“I wasn’t expecting to do so well.”

Giles Stephenson, director of post-16 learning, said the students had achieved an excellent set of results.

“We are very proud of the efforts of our students and staff,” he said.

“What is especially pleasing is that even though the national results have fallen, the percentage of Calder High students achieving higher grades has again increased and that these very high levels of attainment are being achieved within a truly comprehensive sixth form.”

Throughout Calderdale, the average points score per entry hit a record high.

Coun Megan Swift, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “I’d like to congratulate all Calderdale students celebrating their A-level results.

“They should be really proud of their hard work and commitment, and I wish them all the best in the future paths that they choose to take.

“I’d also like to thank the schools, staff and parents for all their support and encouragement in helping our young people achieve their goals.”

Nationally the number of top grades fell slightly for the second year in a row.

But the overall pass rate rose to 98.1 per cent.