Resilience and Hard Work Rewarded on A Level Results Day
16 Aug 2018
This year’s A level pass rate was 100 per cent, with four students confirming their places at Oxford or Cambridge University.
Many more achieved top grades to secure places on their chosen courses in a range of subjects from medicine to architectural engineering.
These included Head Boy Dan Wilde whose three A*s guaranteed him a place to read Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, and Peter Smith who got the grades to embark on a rugby scholarship at a university in America.
Others opted to enter the workplace, including Isaac Arnall who will begin an engineering apprenticeship with Siemens.
Headteacher Eddie Green said: “We got a very good set of A level results in 2017 and this year’s results have improved again. The overwhelming majority of students who applied to university got into their first choice so we are delighted for them.
“We are particularly pleased with this year’s results given the continuing turbulence in the education system and the fact that many A levels were based on final exam only, with no coursework element.
“Our staff and students have demonstrated great resilience in their ability to deal with the changes and to produce some excellent outcomes.”
A total of 272 students sat A levels at Ashby School in 2018.
Doctor Danielle Takes First Steps in Medicine
Aspiring doctor Danielle Brooks moved a step closer to a career in paediatric medicine after gaining a place to read Medicine at Newcastle University.
Danielle, who picked up an A* and two As at A level in biology, chemistry and maths, decided on her chosen career after carrying out work experience in paediatrics.
She said: “I like helping people which is why I decided to do some work experience in a hospital. After that, I knew it was what I wanted to do and that I would definitely like to work in paediatrics.
“Year 12 was very tough and I didn’t always get the results I wanted but the key is not to give up. I never thought I would do as well as I have so I am very happy.”
Maths Add Up for Matt
Mathematician Matt Coward scored four A*s in his A levels – and a place at Bath University to pursue his passion for maths.
Matt, who studied maths, further maths, physics and French at A level, will continue his family’s tradition of reading maths at university.
He said: “I come from a family of mathematicians so some of it is probably in the blood but I do love maths.
“I am just so happy with my results. I can’t believe it.”
Matt combined his A level studies with taking on the role of deputy head boy at Ashby School.
Lauren Bags Historic Place at Cambridge
Historian Lauren Westwood will fulfil her dream of studying at Cambridge University after achieving three A*s in her A level exams.
Lauren chose history at A level to give herself a break from science, having opted for biology and chemistry as her two other subjects – but soon decided that history was her real passion.
Lauren, whose parents and grandparents did not go to university, said: “History has always been my respite from science. Science is not my favourite subject but I always did quite well so I stuck with it and thought I would go down that route.
“Then two months before I applied to university I changed my mind completely and switched my course from science to history. Now I can’t wait!”
Lauren is hoping to work as a researcher for a news organisation following her degree.
Peter Tackles Rugby (and Maths) Stateside
Rugby player Peter Smith will fly out to the USA four days after picking up his A level results, to begin a degree course in mathematics.
Peter will enrol at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia as part of a rugby scholarship programme.
In the Sixth Form, he juggled his studies in maths, physics and PE with playing fly half for Market Bosworth Rugby Club.
Peter, who has visited America only once before, said: “I like American sports so it will be really interesting to see all that at first hand as well as being involved in the growing rugby movement in the United States.
“I first heard about the scholarship on Facebook so I thought I would apply. My family have been very supportive. They said if it was what I wanted to do, I should go for it.”
Sophie Spreads her Wings
Bird lover Sophie Wilkins will combine her love of falconry with her dream course in animal science at the University of Nottingham.
Sophie, who studied biology, chemistry and English literature at A level, owns and trains her own barn owl and is preparing to take on a harris hawk.
Her studies at Nottingham will enable her to continue with her falconry while extending her knowledge of animal science.
Sophie, who began looking after birds of prey after responding to an appeal for help on Facebook, said: “The course is perfect for me. It means I will be able to carry on looking after my birds while I am studying.
“Afterwards, I would like to go into research or even specialise in falconry or birds of prey.”
Apprentice Isaac Starts Work
Aspiring engineer Isaac Arnall will be going straight into the workplace after picking up his A level results, as an apprentice for engineering firm Siemens.
Isaac, who studied for A levels in maths, computing and physics, said: “I have always been interested in engineering and it is a large industry so there are lots of opportunities.
“I did some work experience at Siemens and was encouraged to apply for the apprenticeship so that’s what I did. It means I will get the qualifications and the experience but without the debt of student life. It will be quite nice to get a car as well!”
Isaac is hoping to find an engineering role which allows him to draw on his love of computing.
Four Reasons to Celebrate for Rachel
Biochemist Rachel Martin guaranteed her place at Oxford University by picking up two A*s and two As at A level.
Although Rachel only needed three top grades to secure her place, she loved all four subjects so much she decided to continue with them all.
Rachel’s success in maths, physics, chemistry and biology means she is well on the way to her chosen career in genetics or pharmaceuticals.
After opening her results, Rachel said: “They are better than I expected. It was a lot of work to carry on with four but I really liked them all – I couldn’t choose!
“No-one in my family had been to Oxford or Cambridge but I thought I would give it a try. I did a lot of preparation for my interview: I read a lot of books around the subject and I was prepared to go into greater detail about everything on my personal statement. In the end, it paid off.”
High-Flyer Dan is Off to Imperial
Head Boy Dan Wilde first decided he wanted a career in aeronautics after driving past Concorde as a boy.
This week, he picked up three A*s in maths, physics and biology – and a place to read Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Dan said: “I would have been very happy to get two A*s and an A which is what I needed to get into Imperial College so I am very excited to have exceeded that.
“I think the secret to succeeding in Year 13 is careful time management. Time is very precious in Year 13 – the exams are difficult enough but then you have applications to complete and other responsibilities, like part time jobs. But you have to try to enjoy it. Looking back, I have loved it all.”