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Students make it a record year

Spalding High Sch A levels
Eloise Lawton, Juliana Yusuf ANL-140814-120149001

Spalding High Sch A levels Eloise Lawton, Juliana Yusuf ANL-140814-120149001

Spalding High had a record-breaking year with A-level students notching up a 70 per cent A*-B pass rate – some 17.6 per cent above the national benchmark for those top grades.

And 11 per cent of the passes were at the gold standard A*.

The school has also maintained its 100 per cent pass rate. Headteacher Michele Anderson said: “I am thrilled to bits. These are absolutely fantastic results.

“The students have worked very hard and, with the support of the staff and their parents, they have done remarkably well.”

Only one student has secured an Oxbridge place.

Others more than made the grade, but weren’t offered places at Oxford or Cambridge after interview.

Mrs Anderson said: “My interpretation is Oxbridge may have missed out on some excellent top candidates this year. Our students have achieved results that will see them to universities that will benefit from some outstanding young people.”

The headmistress joined the school at Easter and says Thursday’s A-level and AS level results have reinforced her impression of the school at interview and during her four months in post.

She also had praise for the school’s magnificent teachers.

“The staff are committed, supportive, enthusiastic and excellent classroom practitioners,” she said. “Students and staff have worked very hard to achieve these results and with the help of a supportive parent body our students are now best placed to take their next step in life. We wish them all the very best of luck and success in whichever path they choose to take next.”

Eight of the school’s top 14 A-level students are featured on page 26.

Also among the fantastic 14 are Sophie Taylor (two A*s and an A) Lauren Bycraft (A*, two As and a B), Natasha Lane (three As and a B), Elle Lewis-Smedley (A* and two As), Katie Palmer (three As) and Juliana Yusuf (A*, two A’s and a B).

Mrs Anderson said: “The AS students have also done very well and achieved 47 per cent of A and B grades – A* is not awarded at AS level – and a 96 per cent pass rate across all subjects.”

Two AS students, Katy Tomlinson and Hanna Greenacre, each notched up five passes at grade A.

Mercedes Baxter-Chinery had four grade A passes, including one at A-level, and ten others had four grade A passes.

 

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