Transition time as students embark on a new chapter

Former Todmorden High School student Susannah Leah, who is now studying A-levels at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School
Former Todmorden High School student Susannah Leah, who is now studying A-levels at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School

Students are adjusting to life at some of the UK’s top educational establishments as the university year begins.

After securing top grades in their A-level exams in the summer, numerous former Todmorden High School students have taken up their places at Russell Group universities.

Headteacher Andrew Whitaker said: “This is yet another example of a remarkable group of students at Todmorden High School.

“The students who left our sixth form in summer 2013 should be very proud of their achievements, which rank them as the third best performance for A2 success rate in the whole of Calderdale.

“This success has translated into wonderful opportunities for each of these students to study at Russell Group universities.”

Among the students starting at Russell Group universities this month are Lucy Carr, who is studying law at the London School of Economics, and Lauren Williamson, who is reading media, communication and cultural studies at Newcastle University.

It has also been a time of transition for the school’s GCSE students.

Susannah Leah, who achieved 11 A* grades in the summer exams, is now at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School.

She said she is “loving it” in the sixth form and hopes to go to university in two years’ time to study art or architecture.