Students celebrate exam success

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Scores of students across Scarborough are celebrating success after receiving their A-level examination results today.

Scarborough Sixth Form College students have achieved excellent results in their final A -level examinations and BTEC National courses.

133314a'A level Results'Sixth Form students,Jess Donnelly,Emily Fuller and Jack Robertson celebrate the colleges 99% pass rate.'Picture by Neil Silk'15/08/13

133314a'A level Results'Sixth Form students,Jess Donnelly,Emily Fuller and Jack Robertson celebrate the colleges 99% pass rate.'Picture by Neil Silk'15/08/13

“The A-level pass rate at 99 per cent is the same as last year – just as good, and hard to beat” said college principal Marcus Towse.

He added: “We are thrilled that more students than ever are achieving the high grades.” Over half of the grades were A*, A or B.

Student Jessica Bedford, 18, of Foxholes, studied geography, English language and psychology, plus an extended project.

She got an A, two Cs and a D and will go on to study geography at Northumbria University.

Jessica said: “I’ve been so nervous - I didn’t sleep at all. But I feel great that I got into Northumbria - it’s amazing.”

Andrew McLachlan-Newens, 18, of Westfield Avenue, is going to study geology at Leicester University after getting 3 As and a C.

He said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet! I’m really surprised.”

Students at Scarborough College study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma and received their results last month.

Their average point score of 33 is the best yet for the college, which has one of the best performing sixth forms in the north of England, based on its UCAS point scores.

The IB Diploma requires students to study six subjects to an advanced level, including maths, a modern language and a science.

Some students did particularly well including Francesca Houghton who scored 44 points. This places her in the top two per cent of students worldwide.

She will go on to study Natural Sciences at the University of Bath. Close behind were Philip Adams, the college’s Head Boy, who gained 40 points to secure his place to study History at York.