Burnley A-levels joy

Zara Pollard at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form in Burnley celebrates after receiving her excellent A-level results.'Photo Ben Parsons
Zara Pollard at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form in Burnley celebrates after receiving her excellent A-level results.'Photo Ben Parsons

SUPERB students throughout Burnley are celebrating an A-mazing set of A-Level results after two years of hard work.

At Burnley College Sixth Form Centre more than 75% of students achieved high grades, and overall the college achieved a 100% Advanced Level vocational pass rate and 99.6% A-Level pass rate. The number of students attaining A* grades at A-Level has tripled since last year.

And following a superb Ofsted report in July, Thomas Whitham Sixth Form is again celebrating. This year’s students have gone one better than previous years with an impressive 98% pass rate with 67% A-C grades and 41% A-B grades. Pupils in 33 subject areas achieved a 100% pass rate.

Burnley College sixth form principal Hugh Bramwell and Thomas Whitham headteacher Stuart Smith were full of praise for their high-achieving young people.

Mr Bramwell said: “I am extremely proud of all of our students’ outstanding results which build on our consistently high pass rates for a number of years. These excellent results, the highest ever, are a credit to our dedicated students and a tribute to our highly-qualified teaching and support staff.

“We are delighted that once again a record number of our students have secured places at some of the country’s top universities.”

Mr Smith said there were some “extremely impressive individual performances” at Thomas Whitham. He added: “We would like to congratulate all our students on their successes and recognise their considerable efforts over the last two years. They have not only benefited from our committed and highly talented team of staff but also from the superb new learning environment here at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form.”

At Burnley College, more than a third of students achieved the highest possible A* and A grades in English, maths and sociology. Among the college’s top-performing students was student governor and former Blessed Trinity pupil Konrad Koltun, who achieved top A* and A grades in maths, computing and graphics. Konrad will now study architecture at the University of Manchester.

Former Blessed Trinity pupil Toni Heys also secured top A* and A grades in maths, biology and psychology. She will study maths at the University of Leeds.

At Thomas Whitham, there were also excellent individual results: Zara Pollard, a former Unity College student, achieved three A* grades and one A grade, and will read modern history at Oxford University. Zara also achieved the highly prestigious full AQA Baccalaureate qualification – one of the first in Lancashire to do so.

Other top performances included Aleesha Begum, a former Sir John Thursby student, who achieved three A*s and is heading to UCLan to study psychology; Thomas Boyd, a former Hameldon student, who is heading to Leeds University to read international relations having achieved one A* grade and three A grades; Melissa Mitchell from Blessed Trinity will read psychology at York after gaining two A* grades and one A grade; Mohammed Arif Ahmed from Hameldon will be going to Durham University to study physics after achieving two A* grades and two A grades; Tim Swarbrick, a former student of Blessed Trinity, will be studying electronic engineering at Manchester University after achieving three A grades.

Fittingly, Mr Smith added: “Why would anyone choose to leave the area to study Advanced Level courses?”

See Friday’s Express for all the A-level and AS-level results