Ashington High School makes history with A-Level results

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Ashington High School is celebrating its best A-Level results ever, with a record number of students achieving the highest grades at A2 Level ever in the school’s history.

Year 13 students achieving A* to B grades, including BTEC Distinction* or Distinction, rocketed from 27 per cent last year to 49.4 per cent this year.

The overall A* to E pass rate also increased to 97.5 per cent from 97.1 per cent last year.

Also increasing by at least 5 per cent were the Average Point Score per Student and Average Point Score per entry, showing that the average grades that students achieved this year were higher than the year before.

Among the high performers was Emily Birkett, 18, of Ashington, who achieved an A* in chemistry, an A in biology, maths and physics.

Emily will be taking a gap year before applying to study medicine.

Katie Mullin, 18, of Ashington gained a Distiction* in acting skills and an A in law, psychology and religious studies.

She is looking forward to studying law at Leeds University.

Adam Nixon, 18, of Ashington, obtained an A* in maths and physics and an A in chemistry.

He is going to study maths at Edinburgh University.

Jak Burley, 18, of Pegswood, achieved an A* in business and economics and IT and an A in law.

He will be studying business management at Northumbria University.

Grace Wright, 18, of Ashington, gained an A* in English language and law and an A in media studies.

She is heading to Northumbria University to study criminology.

Adam Nichol,18, Ashington, achieved an A* in PE and IT and a B in biology.

Adam will be studying sports science at Northumbria University.

Laurie Strachan, 18, Ellington, obtained an A in English language and fine art and a B in media studies.

She will be studying English language and linguistics at Lancaster University.

Bobi Archer, 18, of Ashington, gained an A in IT and maths and a C in physics.

Bobi is heading to Edinburgh University to study maths.

It was also good news for Year 12 students, as the school saw an increase in the AS pass rate from 75% last year to 85% this year.

The A to B pass rate, Average Point Score per student and Average Point Score per entry also all increased.

Bobi Archer who joined the school at the start of Year 12, said: “This school has been fantastic and has given me so many opportunities, such as being head girl.

“I can’t wait to start my studies at university and I know that the help and support I’ve had here from all of my teachers and the head of Sixth Form.”

Head of sixth form Jenny Trapp said: “I knew from their first few weeks in Year 12 that this was going to be an outstanding year group.

“They have worked incredibly hard in their lessons and independently through their supported revision so this level of success was well earned.

“I will miss them but I know that they will continue to make us proud throughout their future endeavours.”

Principal Rob Kitching said: “Our school continues to go from strength to strength and the brilliant results that our students in the Sixth Form have achieved are testimony to the excellent staff we have here, as well as the wonderful attitude that our students show.

“On the back of our “Good” Ofsted inspection in September 2012 and the fantastic achievements of our students, this town and the surrounding villages have every right to be proud of Ashington High School.”