A Level Top Grades are Up
17 Aug 2017
The percentage of top grade A level passes went up at Ashby School with 51 per cent of passes at grades A* to B.
Seventy six per cent of passes were at grades A* to C – up by two per cent on 2016.
Four students secured places at either Oxford or Cambridge University and seven students achieved A* in three subjects.
For Ana Rodrigues, her three A*s secured her place to read biochemistry at Oxford University.
Anna Cutler, who also picked up three A*s, will read French and German at Cambridge.
Max Hart (A*A*A*) will study theoretical physics at Imperial College, while Adam Essex (A*A*A*) plans to follow a degree course in sports science and maths at Loughborough University.
Mariella Nicholls-Sykes (A*AA), who travelled to Tanzania to gain work experience during her time at Ashby, will fulfil her dream to study medicine at Birmingham University.
Headteacher Eddie Green said: “We are extremely proud of our students for achieving some excellent A level results.
“The percentage of students gaining top grades is up and students have exceeded their predicted grades in many subjects. Virtually every student applying to university has secured a place at their first or second choice university.
“Today’s results are down to the hard work and commitment of both staff and students.”
In all, 287 students sat A levels at Ashby School in 2017.
Anna Speaks Language of Success
Anna Cutler is heading off to study French and German at Jesus College, Cambridge, after picking up A*A*A*.
Anna, who studied French, German and maths at A level, attributed her success to choosing subjects she loved.
Speaking about her results, Anna said: “I am overwhelmed.
“I have always loved languages and I think it is easier to do well in subjects you enjoy. With languages, it also helps to get as much experience as you can. I had a German-speaking friend which really made a difference in my speaking exam.”
Anna also gave up her school holidays to complete a French-speaking summer school in Biarritz last year.
Top Score for Table Tennis Champ Adam
Table tennis champion Adam Essex served up an exceptional set of A level results, picking up A*s in maths, chemistry and PE.
Adam, who was the under 18s’ county table tennis champion in 2016, will now study sports science and maths at Loughborough University.
He eventually hopes to pursue a career in sports-related physiology.
Adam, who also plays tennis and badminton, said: “I was hoping for one or maybe two A*s but not three!
“Ashby School has really helped me. From the beginning of Year 10, the teachers have given us consistent advice on how to study and prepared us well for every stage.”
Twins Prepare to Launch Nursing Careers
Twins Sian and Kiera Woodward both secured the grades they needed to pursue careers in nursing.
Sian, who picked up BCC, will now take up a place to study midwifery at De Montfort University, following a tough selection process.
Kiera, who achieved ABCD, is taking a gap year before following her sister into nursing.
Kiera said: “A levels has been quite stressful so I am really looking forward to having a break from studying before I go into nursing. We are both really happy we got the results we needed.
“There is no-one with a medical background in our family but it appealed to both of us.”
Medic Mariella Makes the Grade
Budding medic Mariella Nicholls-Sykes had long set her heart on becoming a doctor – so she was delighted to get A*AA and a place at Birmingham University to study medicine.
Mariella, who travelled to Tanzania to gain work experience in a hospital during her time at Ashby, studied maths, chemistry and biology at A level.
She said: “The trip to Tanzania was invaluable and a really useful thing to talk about in my interviews but, of course, I needed to get the grades, too, so I am very happy.”
Ana Reaches for the (A) Stars
Ana Rodrigues will be the second person in her family to head to Oxford University when she takes up her place to read biochemistry in October.
Ana, who got A*s in maths, chemistry and biology, will follow her brother, Sam, to the world famous university. After that, she is considering a career with NASA.
She said: “When it came to applying for Oxford, I just went for it. I started my application process early because it is quite complicated and I wanted to make sure my personal statement was as good as it could be.
“It is a good idea to choose a subject you are really interested in. At interview, they wanted to see I was enthusiastic and would work hard.
“After my degree, I’m thinking about doing research or working for NASA. I’ve got this far – so why not?”
Physicist Max Fuses Talent with Ambition
Max Hart will be the first person in his family to go to university when he takes up a place at Imperial College to study theoretical physics.
Max, who achieved A*s in maths, further maths and physics, praised Ashby School for helping him to achieve his goal.
He said: “I got the grades because of Ashby School. The teachers have been great.
“No-one in my family has been to university before so they are very excited for me. I find physics fascinating; it is so satisfying to understand how everything works around us.”
Max is already considering a Phd in fusion.
Sky is the Limit for Skier Edward
Talented skier Edward Hallett will embark on his first winter ski season later this year, in his quest to become a professional ski instructor.
Edward, who studied economics, geography and product design at A level, will travel to Austria to teach ‘flips’ and ‘spins’ to fellow skiers.
He was sixth in the UK freestyle ski championships in 2017 and second in the under 18s age group.
When he is not skiing, Edward plans to complete a payroll apprenticeship, to give himself additional, valuable qualifications.
Edward said; “What I do is like gymnastics but on skis. I would definitely like to make a career of it if I can but it is always useful to have a plan B, which is why I am also looking at apprenticeships.”