School celebrates record A Level success

Thursday 18 August 2011

Starry dozen celebrate three or more A*s

55.2 %  Pass rate at grades A*& A,    19.5 % Pass rate at A* grade

A level students at The Grammar School at Leeds are celebrating a record set of results with 19.5 per cent achieving the coveted A * grade  – up two per cent on last year.

Twelve students achieved three or more A*s with six students gaining a remarkable four A*s.

Overall the results at GSAL are up on last year with a record 99.7 per cent of students gaining a pass (grades A* to E) while 79.1 per cent achieved passes at grades A* to B.

The school has strong results in the so-called ‘traditional’ subjects:

  • English Literature has a pass rate of 77.4 % at grades A*, A and B
  • Mathematics has a pass rate of 87.1 % at grades A*, A and B
  • Physics has a pass rate of 89.5 % at grades A*, A and B
  • Biology has a pass rate of 86.5 % at grades A*, A and B
  • Chemistry has a pass rate of 79.4 % at grades A*, A and B

A number of students sat the International Baccalaureate (IB) with one student achieving a remarkable 45 points – the highest total which can be obtained.  Two others achieved 41 and 40 points.

Principal Mike Gibbons said: “This is a wonderful set of results and I am very proud of our students. It has been a testing year for all A level students, with unprecedented demand for university places, so it is gratifying to see that our students have succeeded in achieving offers from the UK’s top universities and have gained the results to take up these places. Results like these are not achieved without dedication and sheer hard work. I offer my congratulations to all our students and to the staff for the part they have played in these well-earned achievements.”

This year more than 80 per cent of GSAL students received offers from Russell Group universities while every student who applied to study law received an offer from a university of their choice. Some 70 per cent of students who applied to medical schools were successful in attaining offers.

(left-right) Venkat Kondragunta, James Parsloe, George Longworth, Francesca Cherry, Joe Johnson, Abhishek Oswal

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