There was much to celebrate at saltash.net community school when students arrived on the morning of Thursday August 18th to collect their long awaited A Level and AS Level results. The months of hard work and effort had definitely paid off with almost 50% of all grades achieved at A Level being A*, A and B. With a cohort of 98 students, making it one of the largest A Level groups across schools in Cornwall, these results demonstrate the ongoing success of post 16 provision at saltash.net. Very pleasingly, alongside the very high proportion of top grades, the average points score per student also increased in 2016, reflecting excellent progress across the entire ability range.
There were many outstanding individual performances, including those of the school’s Head Student team for 2015 – 16. Between them, Georgina Curtis, Paul Gerry, Ellen Hambly and Hannah Paull clocked up a remarkable 4 A*s, 4 As and 5Bs, whilst at the same time having made an exemplary contribution to the school and local community throughout their time at saltash.net.
Also deserving of special individual praise was Ellie Spencer who faced extreme adversity throughout the duration of her A Levels, which included her ongoing battle with the cancer she was diagnosed with during her GCSEs. Despite everything, Ellie still managed to secure an A* grade in Psychology, an A grade in Sociology, B grades in Maths and Biology and an A* for her Extended Project Qualification.
The following fifteen students all achieved at least two A* or A grades overall:
Lauren Armstrong: A* (Business Studies), A (Geography), B (Maths), A* (Extended Project)
Gemma Bennett: A* (Sociology), Distinction (Applied Science), B (Geography)
Sam Cooke: A (Art and Design), A (Design and Technology), C (Geography)
Georgina Curtis: A* (Maths), A (English Language), A (Media)
James Duff: A* (P.E.), A (French). A (Maths), B (History)
Paul Gerry: A* (Maths), A (Further Maths), B (Computer Science), C Physics)
Nathan Gilchrist: A* (Sociology), A (Business Studies), Distinction* (Applied Science)
Andrew Grech: A* (Fine Art), A (Design and Technology), C (History)
Mark Hall: A* (Sociology), A (German), B (Business Studies)
Ellen Hambly: A* (Psychology), A (French), B (History)
Jessica Jones: A (Theatre Studies), A (English Language), B (Media)
Tim Pook: A (Physics), A (Maths), B (Chemistry), B (German)
Matthew Seymour: A (Chemistry), A (Physics), A (Maths)
Ellie Spencer: A* (Psychology), A (Sociology), B (Biology), B (Maths), A*(Extended Project)
Molly Stubbs: A* (Art and Design), A (English Language), A (History)
These superb results now mean that the majority of students are able to progress to their first choice universities or apprenticeships, which include the prestigious Glasgow School of Art for Molly Stubbs, a place at London University (Royal Holloway) to study Film, Television and Media Production for Georgina Curtis, Exeter University’s Mathematics with International Study for Matt Seymour and Law with French at Bristol University for Ellen Hambly. For Gabriel Crocombe, who secured three B grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, a place to study Maths with Education awaits at the highly regarded Texas A & M University in the United States of America.
For Year 12 students collecting their results, there was also a great deal to celebrate with more outstanding achievements, including those of Ed Gilford who, alongside attaining A grades in Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and an A* in the Extended Project, also managed to gain an A* in A Level Maths a year early, with a terrific final result of 594 marks out of 600 across all of his papers.
Head of Sixth Form, Adam Killeya, praised all of the outcomes, saying, ‘We are really proud of what the students have achieved with the strong support of their teachers, family and friends: their hard work really has paid off.’
Inevitably, for staff and students at saltash.net, this year’s A Level Results were tinged with sadness and poignancy following the tragic death of year 13 student, Charlie Pitcher, back in July. Speaking on results’ day, Headteacher, Isobel Bryce, said, ‘The whole school community continues to be greatly saddened by Charlie’s untimely death. I am certain, however, that his family will be feeling an element of pride today knowing that Charlie was among the school’s top performers, gaining, alongside other very good results, an A grade in Maths, the subject he was most passionate about.’
In tribute to Charlie, a group of year 13 students who are part of a band called Helvellyn will be playing a concert in his memory at a local pub on results’ day night.