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Post 16 Students Gain Top Academic and Vocational Results

Yet again, Congleton High School and The Congleton College are able to celebrate excellent Post 16 results, with students performing exceptionally well in both academic and vocational subjects. Superb pass rates and a record number of A*/A and Distinction*/Distinction grades were achieved across the wide range of subjects offered. Present figures indicate a fantastic 98% A*-E pass rate, a 41% A*-B pass rate and a 21% A*/A pass rate with results showing forty two A*/A grades.

Congleton High and The Congleton College continue to place a high priority on supporting academic and vocational pathways equally so are delighted that both have attracted such impressive results. The Congleton College has consistently achieved one of the highest levels of Vocational Value Added in the Cheshire East region and it is expected that the latest vocational results will ensure that this excellent track record will continue in 2017. Vocational results particularly stand out this year, with marked success seen in ICT, PE and Public Services BTEC courses, with fifteen out of eighteen, seven out of eight and twenty-two out of twenty-three respectively securing top Distinction*/Distinction grades.

Sophie Bailey was celebrating three Distinction* grades on results day after studying an Extended Diploma in Public Services in just eighteen months and she now plans to read Criminology at Keele University.  Bradli Brown, who achieved a Distinction and two Distinction*s across his three subjects, will be off to study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University, while Gabriella Simpson, a committed Childcare student from the start of her course, will continue her study of this subject in her Early Years and Childhood Studies course at Manchester Metropolitan University, after achieving three Distinction* grades.  

Students studying STEM subjects continue to do well, of which Congleton High School remains very proud, given its Specialist School of Engineering status. Across Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics students achieved a number of A*/A grades and particularly impressive were the record number of Distinction*/Distinction grades in Engineering, with thirteen out of fifteen students celebrating these achievements. Ed Wilkinson, who studied Maths, Biology and Chemistry was delighted to hear that he had secured his place at Newcastle University on the MEng Chemical Engineering course.

Amongst the overall success enjoyed by the school and the college, there are a great many individual triumphs, not least from members of the Student Leadership Team, who continued to set an excellent example to younger students in the school by working hard to achieve and exceed expectations. Head girl, Susannah de Takats, will study Geography at Birmingham after securing fantastic A*/A/B grades in Geography, Biology and Chemistry and Richard Vickers, Head Boy, who achieved A*/A/B in English Literature, English Language and History respectively and will now study English Language and Literature at Lancaster University. In addition, Chloe Parrish will read Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham, Emily Hockenhull will study Midwifery Practice at Staffordshire University and Shannon Shufflebottom will read Psychology at MMU. 

A number of students were delighted to secure fantastic A*/A grades across three subjects, including Sam Hodgson who achieved A* grades in Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics. Sam will be studying Mathematics at Warwick University. Hannah Bosson, who joined the school in Year 12, achieved A*/A/A in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics respectively and is off to study Physiotherapy at Keele University  (a fantastic achievement given the competitive nature of this course) and Deputy Head Girl, Isabella Statham, who was thrilled with her A*/A/A grades in English, History and Spanish. She will now take up her place at Birmingham University to read History. Holly Weatherby achieved A*/A/A in Further Mathematics, Maths and Chemistry and, given her obvious talent for numbers, will be studying Mathematics at the University of Manchester.  

A number of other students were also thrilled to secure AAB grades including:

  • Rebecca Stubbs - A/A/B in Drama, English Literature and Psychology and undertaking management training in retail.
  • Laura Gallagher - A*/A/B in English Literature, Psychology and Biology, hoping to read Biological Sciences at Birmingham University.
  • Catherine Gater - A*/A/B in Drama, English Literature and Media Studies.

Following announcement of the 2017 results, many have been able to confirm take up of their planned university places, which will see them spread far and wide on a broad range of courses including Mathematics, History, Physiotherapy, Criminology, Geography, History, Computer Science, Sports Journalism and Primary Education.

In addition to those leaving to take up university places, the school and the college are both thrilled at the amount of students that have secured full-time employment as a result of work experience they undertook in Post 16, with students moving into a range of careers specialising in business, finance, law engineering and child care.

Mrs Boulton, who recently took on the role as Leader of Post 16 after many years teaching Year 12 and 13, commended the students on their commitment and achievement:

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to support the students studying in my curriculum area over the past two years and I’m very proud of their achievements with some individuals having achieved against the odds. It has also been a joy to work with this cohort in the wider Post 16 community. They’ve demonstrated maturity, commitment and a real determination to succeed and thoroughly deserve their success. 

“I look forward to working with future Year 12 and 13 students in my new role as Leader of  Post 16 and hope that they replicate the attitude to learning and resulting success that the 2015-2017 cohort demonstrated.”

Mr Hermitt, CEO of Cmat,  which includes both Congleton High School and The Congleton College, spoke with pride at another year of excellent results:

"Our hard working and committed students have gained fantastic results. With the support of their parents, teachers and others they have achieved remarkable success. We are delighted for them. Our commitment to providing both academic and vocational pathways for our students has paid off. A* grades have been delivered in ten A Level subjects and Distinction* in almost all of our vocational courses. Well done to the class of 2017!”

Mr Richard Benson, Congleton High School’s Chair of Governors, added his congratulations:

“These grades are the result of real dedication, commitment and hard work by these young people. I would also like to pay tribute to the teaching staff, who encourage, motivate and inspire our students to ensure that they are able to achieve more than they ever thought possible. We wish the 2017 Leavers every success in the future and look forward to hearing all about their achievements over the coming years.”

Mr Richard Hinckley, Chair of Congleton Multi-Academy Trust, commented:

"Well done to all involved in this fantastic achievement. The Post 16 results achieved by The Congleton College and Congleton High School students  this year are admirable and everyone should be congratulated." 

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