Ackworth School pupils are celebrating another successful year of A level results with record numbers gaining a place at university.

Students and staff have worked hard to achieve an outstanding pass rate of 96.4% with 30.7% A* to A grades, which is a significant increase when compared to previous years. 55.5% grades were A* to B and 76.6% A* to C. Eleven students achieved AAB or above.

The results exceed many of the pupils’ predicted grades and there are a significant number with value added.  The Head, Anton Maree, said: “I’m very proud of our students, all of whom have worked hard to achieve their grades. Congratulations must also go to my colleagues, whose commitment and dedication have been rewarded.

“Whilst academic achievement is vital to gain a place at a university, the approach to learning and the depth of experience are also important. Ackworth School specialises in offering a rounded education which supports each pupil as they develop their individual skills, confidence and independence which will serve them well in the future.”

These academic results are only one part of our success.  Pupils in Ackworth School’s Sixth Form learn a great deal through participation in our varied extra curricular programme. Many take a leading role in our activities, including organising our annual Charity Week, House Sport, Drama and Music competitions, as well as taking part in our various stage productions and inter school sports.  As a small school there are opportunities for all and excellent support from our skilled teachers. Another success is the way in which the school supports and encourages many individual students’ talents and interests.

We are particularly proud of Zoe Ma, who achieved a place at Cambridge University, gaining five A levels including 3 A*, 1 A and a B. Zoe will read Engineering at Downing College. Holden Zou gained four A levels, 2A* an A and a B, and will read Mathematics at University College, London. Ellie Williamson also did very well, achieving 1 A* and 2 As. She will study Dentistry at the University of Birmingham.  Head Boy, Sam Raby, gained four A levels, 3 As and a B and he will go on to read Mathematics at Newcastle University.  Khalil Duncan who gained 1 A*, 1A and 1B is going to read Aeronautical Engineering at Sheffield.

Ali Boucher, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Our A level students have made an impressive contribution to the school. Every year we set ambitious targets for our pupils and once again they have delivered. They are a talented group and I am not at all surprised that they have done so well. Many of them will head off to study at the UK’s best universities, and they will go with our best wishes.”