Bumper year for A-Level students

Jumping for joy Blackpool Sixth Form students Hattie Pridmore and Fahem Chowdhury with their results.
Jumping for joy Blackpool Sixth Form students Hattie Pridmore and Fahem Chowdhury with their results.
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STUDENTS across the Fylde coast were nervously opening their A-Level results today.

But for many it was joy as pass rates continued to soar in subjects across the board.

Blackpool Sixth Form College boasted a 98 per cent pass rate – for A* to E grades – with an impressive 35 courses seeing all students pass.

Fahem Chowdhury, 19, from Cleveleys, got A* in Maths, an A in economics, B in further maths and a B in chemistry.

After opening his results this morning, he said: “I couldn’t sleep last night. I couldn’t open the envelope today as my hands were shaking so much. I’m really happy – I could cry right now.”

Fahem is now going to the University of Manchester to study actuarial science and maths.

Fellow student Hattie Pridmore, 18, from Singleton, got A* in psychology, three A’s in maths, economics and critical thinking and B in further maths.

Now off to Durham to study economics, she said: “I was so nervous I was waiting for my alarm clock to go off. I’m so happy I keep checking to see if it is right. I can’t wait to celebrate with my family and friends.”

Students at Blackpool and The Fylde College were celebrating in style with free 99 ice-creams as a reward for the college’s 99 per cent pass rate – making it the best year yet.

Vice Principal Catherine Hill said: “We’re absolutely delighted.

“In the majority of subjects, students met or exceeded their target entry grades and we’re hugely proud these students have thrived at Blackpool and The Fylde College.”

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There was jubilation at Baines High School with 98 per cent of pupils passing at grades A* to E.

Louise Oliver, head of sixth form at the Highcross Road school, said: “We are delighted. It is really satisfying to see the rewards of such hard work and commitment by teachers and students over the past two years.”

Kirkham Grammar School once again scored excellent results with almost two-thirds of A-Level grades at A* or B and almost 40 per cent of the grades at the top level of A or A*.

There was also good news for the results at Arnold School, which celebrated a healthy crop of top grades.

Headmaster Jim Keefe said: “I’m delighted with our performance at Arnold – our best ever results which is down to the hard work of students and staff.”

Rossall School achieved a pass rate of 90 per cent.

Anton Maree, deputy headmaster at Rossall School, said: “We’re delighted to record another successful year. Although the overall pass rate A* to E has dropped fractionally by two per cent to 90 per cent, we are reassured, as last year was an exceptional year.”


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