A-level results day 2016: Thursday, 18 August
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A-level results day 2016

Well done to all schools in the North East and their students for the fantastic A-Level results achieved today, SCHOOLS NorthEast would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work and success.

Percentage of North East pupils securing university places hits new high

A total of 24% of 18 year olds from the North East secured places on A-level results day and will be off to university this autumn, up nearly 4% on the number who had secured places on results day in 2012. But, the region still lags behind the rest of the country, with fewer entry rates than any other region.

A-level results - regional breakdown

The North East has seen a 0.3% increase in grade A this year, with 22.1% of pupils achieving the grade this year. No changes have been experienced at pass grade, the North East remaining the region with the highest ranking nationally in terms of pass rates (98.5%). 

Changes at grade A & E since last year

(Tables source: Joint Council for Qualifications Entry Trends, Gender and Regional Charts 2016)

Figures this year remain very similar to those in 2015 when in the North East:
6.6% achieved A*
21.9% achieved A
48.9% achieved B
76.2% achieved C
92.4% achieved D 
98.5% achieved E.

North East success stories

We invited all secondary schools in the region to share their results and success stories with us:

Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
"With three quarters of grades at A*-B and half at A*-A students at Durham Johnston once again performed beyond expectation and secured themselves places at universities up and down the country, including 16 either reading medicine or studying at Oxbridge.

Headteacher Dr Michael Wardle said 'This is another year of absolutely phenomenal results for our A level students. We don't take this for granted. The hard work of our exceptional students, the support from Johnston families and commitment of our fabulous staff combine to make this possible. To say I'm delighted doesn't come anywhere close. We are so proud of our students and wish them the best as they move on in their education

The Johnston community is rightly proud of all of its sixth formers, with students from all backgrounds performing very well indeed. Durham Johnston seeks to ensure that all of its students have high aspirations, attain well and are able to compete with the very best. Once again, our students have risen to the challenges set before them. Well done everyone!'

Every year the Johnston sends over 150 students to university, apprenticeships or into the world of work."

Wolsingham Sixth Form
"Wolsingham Sixth Form is celebrating as students once again achieve above their targets. For a fifth year in a row students have surpassed expectation in key headline areas. Most notably the percentage of students achieving an A* - B with a 30% increase above anticipated grades.

Vocational achievement is outstanding with students on average achieving a Distinction * compared to a target of a Pass. While this is a remarkable outcome, it is the sheer volume of students who achieved a Distinction * - Distinction that has been most significant showing a 50% increase above target.

Our student’s achievements reflect not only the quality of teaching and learning and hard work invested by students and staff but, just as importantly, the wide range of opportunities and the quality of pastoral care that helps our students to aim ever higher and to succeed in a supportive environment." 

Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
"A level candidates at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School have once again achieved outstanding grades in this summer’s A level exams: “No actual school records broken this year,” commented the school’s Headmaster, Dr Bernard Trafford, “but once again we’re witnessing the stratospherically high levels of achievement that our ambitious students aim for and reliably achieve. I take my hat off to them and salute their determination and hard work: their success was earned and well-deserved.”

RGS candidates as a whole gained an average of 357 points, just under AAA (=360 points).
99.8% of grades were at the pass grades of A* to E.
88.1% of grades were passes at the three top grades of A*, A or B (the usual “league-table measure”).
26.6% of grades were awarded the coveted top A* grade.
16 candidates gained all A* passes, and a further 46 gained a mixture of A* and A grades.

Dr Trafford further observed: â€œIt’s like watching the Olympics! We rejoice in the amazing successes of the team as a whole: but also know it is all about the personal, aspirations, hard work and achievements of individuals. As in the Olympics there are astonishing highs, hopes and dreams fulfilled – in this case, dreams of university places and career steps. But as with athletes, there are also personal disappointments and private heartbreak. We are very swift to support our girls and boys and help them to plan anew when these occur. ”

Churchill Community College 
"Churchill Community College in Wallsend, are delighted with the outcomes for Post-16 students in AS and A level examinations with 70% of the A-Level grades at A*-B. This is another year of improved grades at A level.

Head of School, Elaine Riley, said ‘70% of results in our academic courses are  A*-B grades this year and we have achieved the highest level of Distinction Starred (D*) grades in Vocational courses. This means our students can take up offers for prestigious and competitive degrees courses from universities around the UK. We are delighted with these results. The students have worked so hard and really deserve them. It is wonderful to see them opening their envelopes and being so pleased. This is the start of their future lives and they are off to a great start’.

Courtney Herman has achieved A,B,B in her 3 ‘A’ level subjects and an A* in her EPQ on ‘African American Civil Rights’. Courtney has been successful in winning a place to read History at Newcastle University. 

Matthew Roberts, who was offered an unconditional place to read Journalism at Salford University because they were so impressed with him at interview and with his previous achievements,  achieved 3  â€˜A’ levels all in the A*-B category as well as an A* in his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on the question of ‘The Rise of the Far Right in Greek Politics’.

Lauren Bullock achieved Triple starred Distinction grades in her vocational courses in Business Studies and Health & Social Care and will take her place at Sunderland University in September to study Law."

Carmel College
"A Straight A Performance from our Billy Elliot Star!! From age 10 to 12 Annabelle Crosby-Stewart was working on the stage in London performing every night in Billy Elliot and she has just achieved straight As in her A levels at Carmel College as a result of her hard work and commitment.

She celebrates alongside the rest of Carmel Sixth Form students where 23% achieved grade A  and A*s and initial results show 55% achieving A* to B grades. Students are delighted with the results and most have been accepted in their chosen university placement.

Carmel College has, once again, performed above National Standards with the A level results and are delighted to have a proven record of performance that is both solid and sustained over time. This is a testament to the hard work of the teaching staff, support of parents and the commitment of students."

Ponteland High School
"Our headline figures are:
23% A*-A
49% A*-B 
76% A*-C

We are really pleased with a strong set of A level results that see students progressing to a wide range of universities including Oxford, Durham, St. Andrews, Queens Belfast as well as our local universities. Students, staff and parents can be proud of their joint efforts to achieve so well."

George Stephenson High School students celebrate the school’s best ever A-Level results
"Our pass rate at A Level is 100% with 48% of all grades at A* to B and 70% A*-C. Our Average Points Score per entry is the best the school has ever achieved (221 points using the old system, 34 using the new system).

Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said: "We are delighted with the A-Level results again this year. They are a testament to the hard work from our students and teaching staff. They have worked very hard and deserve these excellent grades. The vast majority of our students are now going to go on to their first or second choice university place and we would like to wish them every success in the future.”

We had six students that achieved A*/A grades across the board – including twin boys who achieved 5A*s and 1 A between them (Peter Anderson achieved two A*s and an A is going to Cambridge to read Chemical Engineering and Richard Anderson achieved three A*s and is going to Warwick to read Maths)."

Kenton School
“We are pleased to report that an increase in top grades has meant we have more students than ever taking up places at Russell Group universities with students off to Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester and Durham.
Notable university places achieved:
  • Chester, Law
  • Newcastle, Architecture
  • Newcastle, Mechanical Engineering
  • Newcastle, Politics and Economics
  • Durham, Business Management with Business
  • Manchester, Photography
  • Edinburgh, Classics and Linguistics
  • York, Biology
“I’m delighted that so many of our students are able to pursue their dreams at university this year! It’s a real credit to their hard work and also to the consistent high level teaching delivered at Kenton during their time here.”  (Miss L Smith, Head of Sixth Form)
We have seen a sharp rise this year in the amount of progress A-Level pupils are making from their GCSE grades which we are really proud of. 36% of our students have achieved A*-B grades, matching our progress over the last three years. And Photography and Textiles have done fantastically with 6 A* between them and Maths have had a record breaking year too.”

Happy high flyers at Dame Allan’s 
"Students and staff at Dame Allan’s Schools in Newcastle are once again celebrating their impressive A Level results. In all 22 students achieved straight A and A* grades in their A Level examinations, a huge achievement, especially amid national stories of ‘volatile’ results. 

One of the star pupils is Matthew Crooks from Ponteland. Matthew achieved an amazing four As in maths, further maths, geography and physics. However, rather than heading straight to university like many of his peers, Matthew will soon be travelling to Australia where he will coach rowing for a year. Mathew said: ‘I am really pleased with my results, I worked really hard and I’m glad all of my hard work paid off. I love rowing and to go to Australia knowing my results will get me into a great university when I get back is really rewarding.’

Dame Allan’s are thrilled that students across the Sixth Form have achieved fantastic results for themselves as individuals and have gained places on a variety of university courses across the country and further afield. These courses vary from Economics at Bristol, to Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations at Durham to Law at UCL and to Medicine at Queen’s Belfast. There are also a number of students who will be going to Cambridge. 

Dr Hind, Principal at Dame Allan’s Schools said: “At Dame Allan’s we pride ourselves on educating the whole child, with strong pastoral and extra-curricular programmes as well as academic rigour to help students gain a variety of skills alongside these first rate examination results. â€œOur students have done incredibly well again this year, and we are thrilled to be celebrating their individual success as well as the achievement of this year group. I know how hard they have all worked and they thoroughly deserve their success."

Roxanne Green was Head Girl during her final year at Dame Allan’s, she achieved an A* and two As in biology, maths and chemistry and will be studying medicine at Leeds in September. She said: ‘I have loved being Head Girl at Dame Allan’s but it certainly meant I had to juggle lots of responsibilities, so I’m really happy with my results. I couldn’t have done it without all the support from the teachers and my friends. Now I’m just really excited to get into university life!’"

Northumberland CofE Academy
"The Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington is celebrating its best ever results for the fifth year in a row.
Students at the Sixth Form of the Josephine Butler Secondary Campus (JBVI), rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, recorded a 99% pass rate, with 51% achieving the top grades of A* or A (or vocational equivalent).
A total of 72% of students achieved A* to B grades - a rise of 21% on last year. Two students achieved an impressive four of the top Distinction * (star) grades in vocational subjects. 
A bright future lies ahead for many JBVI students, including Daniel Clark, who gained As in Chemistry, Maths and Physics, and will now go on to Leeds University to study Mechanical Engineering; Daniel Anderson, who gained four Distinction stars and is off to study Applied Computing, and Kieran Gallon who is heading to study Community Music at The Sage, Gateshead. 

Steve Gibson, Principal of Josephine Butler Secondary Campus, said "I am delighted that the hard work of our students and staff has paid off in such a superb set of results that will set these young people up for a bright future. 
“However, JBVI is about more than results, it's about growing and experiencing a wide range of opportunities that support these students to see the world beyond school."

Newcastle High School for Girls
"Superb A Level results as Newcastle High School for Girls sees its pupils win places at top universities in the UK.

With the long wait between sitting the examinations and the release of the results, girls at Newcastle High are celebrating in style as they look forward to the next exciting stage in their lives. A snapshot of the results shows:

•    14 girls achieved all A* /A grades and in total 25 girls achieved at least two A*s/As
•    Three girls gained places at Oxbridge reading Theology, Chemistry and Economics
•    Broad ranging success across the subject areas, for example over 80% of grades were at A* – B in Chemistry and Creative Arts subjects
•    Seven girls achieved top grades to win places to read Medicine while a further two girls are among a small number nationally to have achieved highly competitive places to study Dentistry
•    Two girls are heading to one of the world’s most prestigious Schools of Dance – Laine Theatre Arts

Hilary French, Headmistress at Newcastle High School for Girls, said: “I am bursting with pride for these girls; the results are outstanding.

“The girls receiving results today have shown great maturity and determination throughout their two years in Sixth Form.  They have worked incredibly hard and their high achievement at A Level only skims the surface of their innumerable skills.

We were over the moon reading these success stories and sharing them with our readers across the region, so please send in your school's exam success stories and any other news by emailing
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