Celebrating – but for some an anxious wait

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STUDENTS in Brighouse were celebrating success when they opened their A-level results even though some faced an anxious wait to see if they had secured a place at university.

The number of A-level passes rose for the 29th year in a row as teenagers faced an intense battle for university places.

Overall, the A-level pass rate rose slightly from 97.6 per cent to 97.8 per cent.

The results show that boys have closed the gap with girls while entries for maths and further maths, biology, chemistry and physics had increased.

Hipperholme Grammar School achieved an impressive 95 per cent pass rate at A-level with 10 out of the 12 subjects taken receiving a 100 per cent pass rate with three of these subjects receiving 100 per cent A-C passes. Strong results were recorded in English Literature, Maths, Business Studies, History, Physical Education, Design Technology and Religious Studies.

Headteacher Dr John Scarth said: “These results are very pleasing and I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements. Their hard work and commitment has been well rewarded and the high quality of teaching offered at the school is reflected in these results. We always strive to ensure that our students exceed their expectations. Their academic achievement is complemented by the wide range of extra curricular activities organised by the school which equip our students with the skills and confidence to be leaders among their generation, keen to make a significant contribution to society. I would like to congratulate all our students on their achievements today and wish them every success in the future.”

Teenagers from Rastrick Sixth Form College were also celebrating excellent results which saw a 100 per cent increase in A* grades.

Mr David Lord, Director of Rastrick Sixth Form College, said: “Despite the increased pressure on higher education places this year, all our students have been successful in their university applications. In line with national trends, a number have also been successful in securing apprenticeships.”

Mrs Helen Lennie, head teacher at Rastrick High School added: “Across the board Rastrick Sixth Form College students have achieved some outstanding results and secured places on competitive courses. Congratulations go to all students and staff on their hard work and commitment.”

More delight was being shared at Brighouse High Sixth Form College where students have performed exceptionally well across all subjects.

Head teacher Liz Creswell said “Despite fierce competition, record numbers of Brighouse students have been successful in securing university places at their first or second choice. The excellent results are a testimony to the hard work of students and teachers and support staff.”

Despite the many successes, hundreds of teenagers nationally were left without a university place as a scramble for places developed through the clearing system.

Only 40,000 places were available with 220,000 youngsters chasing them.

Although 10,000 extra places were made available at universities throughout the country, there were 40,000 more applicants than usual, possibly due to the fees increase in 2012.