A-level joy for community college students

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THE head of Whitby Community College says he is proud of every one of his students as they set out to university and the world of work.

Keith Prytherch said the vast majority of students who picked up A-Level results last week got the results they were hoping for which means they can go to the university of their choice or accept jobs they had been offered.

Laura McLachlan, Rona Rylands, Jack Parkes and Dwayne Dryden celebrate after getting their A level results at Whitby Community College''w123312c

Laura McLachlan, Rona Rylands, Jack Parkes and Dwayne Dryden celebrate after getting their A level results at Whitby Community College''w123312c

He was also thrilled that several students obtained the new A* grade which had been introduced two years ago.

They included Charlotte Allan who got three A*s and an A and will go on to study medicine at the University of Sheffield.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted with my results, more than I ever could have wished for. I am so excited to study medicine at Sheffield and I’m so glad all the hard work has paid off.”

Laura McLachlan is going to study maths and philosophy at Newcastle after obtaining two A*s and two As and James Newton will also be at Newcastle to study law.

Paige Beeforth, Tom Stanley, Gage Leadley and Gemma Lyth strike a Usain Bolt pose after getting their A level results at Whitby Community College''w123312b

Paige Beeforth, Tom Stanley, Gage Leadley and Gemma Lyth strike a Usain Bolt pose after getting their A level results at Whitby Community College''w123312b

Lydia Coates isn’t going into further education but will be joining the rat race.

She said: “I felt relieved and excited when I opened the envelope and I am really grateful for all the help I received. I am looking forward to starting my own business which is called “Time Angels” and is a waiting service for people who cannot be at home for whatever reason.”

Mr Prytherch said: “Success for the College is not only measured in those students who achieved A* grades but also those students who achieve better grades than they were predicted.

“I am extremely proud of the students. They have taken up the challenge and worked very hard across all subjects. This set of results proves if students are willing to put in the work required, success is just around the corner. “The staff here are all committed to giving them the best possible start and I would wish to thank them all for creating a happy, studious and thriving environment for all to work in.”

Chris Ford, Alex Taylor, Theo Smith, Charlotte Allan and Natasha Creek celebrate A level success''w123312a

Chris Ford, Alex Taylor, Theo Smith, Charlotte Allan and Natasha Creek celebrate A level success''w123312a

Governor and local councillor Jane Kenyon added: “These are inspiring results and recognise the hard work and commitment of the staff at Whitby Community College rewarding those students with these magnificent results. College students achieving results which enable them to pursue their chosen careers augers well for future generations of young people in Whitby being able to emulate success.”

Meanwhile at Fyling Hall, this year’s top student was Izabela Kujawiak who achieved five A*s in maths, further maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

She is now going to study medicine at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Head Ken James said overall 38 per cent of grades achieved were at A* or A grade and 76 per cent were A* to C grade.

North Yorkshire County Council said the region had bucked the national trend where the numbers of students gaining A* grades had dropped.

Early indications showed that North Yorkshire had exceeded the average for the north east of just over six percent of pupils getting A* grades.