A-levels joy for pupils

Students from Heckmondwike Grammar celebrating A-level results. (d18081101)
Students from Heckmondwike Grammar celebrating A-level results. (d18081101)

It’s the end of an era as the last ever Whitcliffe Mount sixth formers collected their A-level results this week.

Despite celebrating its centenary last year, the school has now lost its sixth form as part of the reorganisation of schools in Spen.

However, it went out on a high note by achieving an overall pass rate of 92 per cent – with a 100 per cent pass rate in 12 subjects.

Head teacher John McGee praised staff and pupils for their hard work, despite a tough year for the school.

He said: “We’ve had some really good grades this year from a small year group.

“For instance, 10 pupils got A to B grades in English Language, which was double the target.

“It’s a great sadness that we won’t have a sixth form at the school any more. They are such good role models for the younger children at the school.

“However, it’s an exciting time because we will now have 11-year-olds who will have a big impact on our standards in the school.

“We will have five years with them to work on GCSEs.

“We also have close partnerships with post-16 providers, which will stand us in good stead.”

High achievers included Nathan King who achieved two A* and two A grades, and will study medicine at Manchester University.

He said: “I needed three As to get in and I didn’t think I would get it. I just rang my dad and he was really pleased.

“I’m really looking forward to starting university.”

Jade Naylor and James Graham both achieved three As and a B.

James is now going on to study classical studies with English at Newcastle University.

Jade will read law at York University.

She said: “I’m overwhelmed and happy. I’m glad that the hard work has paid off and I have something to show for it.”

Heckmondwike Grammar School was once again celebrating top results.

The school had 100 per cent pass rates in almost all subjects and 70 per cent of those were either A*, A or B.

Eight pupils achieved five A* or A grades including Prateek Biyani, who was awarded five A* grades, an A in AS physics and and A in the Extended Project Qualification.

Saad Ghaus achieved four A* grades plus A grades in AS physics and the Extended Project.

For full results from around the district, see pages 24 to 26.