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Congleton High’s A Level Success Sends Students to Oxford

Congleton High School is again celebrating excellent Sixth Form results, with students performing exceptionally well across all courses. Superb pass rates and a fantastic amount of A*/A and Distinction*/Distinction grades were achieved across the wide range of subjects offered. Present figures indicate a fantastic 99% A*-E pass rate, a 51% A*-B pass rate, with results showing 38 A*/A grades. Following these great results, one of the cohort will take up a place at Oxford as their classmates begin courses at a range of Russell Group and other universities, commence Degree Apprenticeships, or take up employment.

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, Physics, Biology and Chemistry students achieved many A*/A grades, that will see them progress their studies to degree level across the country. Among the many STEM students celebrating was Emily Hepting who will now study Medicine at Liverpool after securing A* in Biology, A in Chemistry and A in Mathematics.  Jack Tranter, who achieved A* in Biology, A in Chemistry and B in Physics will read Biochemistry at the University of Leeds.   A* in Chemistry and A grades in Biology and Mathematics for Max Hill will enable him to pursue Medicinal Chemistry with Pharmacology at Liverpool. Deputy Head Boy, Sam Cosgrove, bolstered his studies with a work placement at Astra Zeneca and achieved three As in Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths, which has given him the opportunity to study a four year Chemistry degree at Durham University.

Always a strong choice at A Level for Congleton High School students, English has again scooped a high level of success, setting many students on the road to higher education in a wide range of disciplines. Students of English Language and Literature will now go on to study courses including English Literature at Reading, Maths at York and Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford.

Many students have managed to balance a consistent high level of academic achievement with their extracurricular activity, including Olivia Roberts, who scooped A*s in English Literature and Geography and A in History alongside her role as Deputy Head Girl and playing Cello to Grade 8 in the Congleton Youth Orchestra. Olivia will now study Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford. Similarly, Amy Rodgers, who secured an A* grade in Psychology and two A grades in Mathematics and Biology to take up her Psychology degree place at Liverpool, has been a shining light in ladies football for many years, recently accepting a professional contract with Liverpool Football Club Women.  Head Boy, David Speed, a keen sportsman, representing the Sixth Form in both basketball and football teams, alongside regular charity and voluntary work, secured a place at Keele University to study History and Economics. 

One Year 14 student, Ryan Hughes, will now read Mathematics and Physics at Bath University following the news that he scooped two A grades in his Mathematics and Physics and a B grade in Psychology. As part of Congleton High’s work to help students continue to improve their study techniques and, ultimately, their grades, Ryan has agreed that he will return to the school in September to speak with Sixth Form students about his own successful approach and strategies for study and revision.

Many students were delighted to secure fantastic A*/A grades across three subjects, including Alice Hill who achieved A grades in Art, Geography and Psychology and will be studying Primary Education with QTS at Liverpool Hope University. James Jackson who achieved A grades in History, Politics and Psychology will study Law at Birmingham University.

A number of other students were also thrilled to secure at least 2 A/A*grades including:

  • Oliver Cranham-Young – A in Economics, A in History and B in Politics and will progress on to Politics with International Relations at the University of York.
  • Francesca Bibby – A* in Child Development, A* in Health and Social Care and Distinction* in Public Services who holds an offer to study Psychology and Child Development at Staffordshire University but is looking to progress on to an apprenticeship in the childcare sector.
  • Hannah Morton – A in History, A in Politics and C in Economics and will progress on to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester.
  • Daniel Smith – A* in Maths, A in Further Maths and C in Biology and will progress on to an apprenticeship at Ernst and Young in Manchester, deferring his Accounting and Finance degree at the University of Manchester.

Our vocational courses have also helped to secure excellent results for our students with outstanding  results in  Engineering (100% Distinction*-Distinction); Music (86% Distinction*-Distinction and 100% Distinction*-Merit); Child Development (80% A*-A and 100% A*-B), Health and Social Care (64% A*-A and 82% A*-B);  Public Services (68% Distinction*-Distinction and 86% Distinction*-Merit); Sport (40% Distinction*-Distinction and 80% Distinction*-Merit); and ICT (31% Distinction*-Distinction and 54% Distinction*-Merit).  All vocational courses achieved 100% pass rate.   In addition to the A Levels that we offer, these vocational courses have also enabled many students to progress to degree study.  

Congleton High continues to place a high priority on supporting academic and vocational pathways equally so is delighted that both have attracted such impressive results. In addition to those leaving to take up university places, the school is also thrilled at the amount of students that have secured full-time employment as a result of work experience they undertook whilst with the school, with students moving into a range of careers specialising in business, finance, law, engineering and child care. Following her work placement with local wealth management company, Franklyn Financial Management, Head Girl, Chloe Tatton, was delighted to accept an apprenticeship with the company, which will give her a head start into the world of finance.

Miss Julie Boulton, Assistant Principal in charge of the Sixth Form, commended the students on their commitment and achievement:
“These results are fantastic and well deserved. They are the product of the maturity, commitment and real determination to succeed that this group of students have demonstrated in their time with us. I look forward to keeping on touch with all our leavers and hearing about their further success in the coming years.”

Mr David Hermitt, Executive Principal at the school, spoke with pride at another year of excellent results:
"Once again our hard working and committed students have been rewarded with the grades that they have worked for and deserve. With the support of their parents, teachers and others they have achieved remarkable success and we are delighted for them. Our commitment to providing both academic and vocational pathways for our students has paid off with A* and Distinction grades delivered across so many subjects. A very enthusiastic ‘Well Done!” to the class of 2018!”

Mr Richard Benson, the school’s Chair of Governors, added his congratulations:
“Once again I am delighted to hear that so many of our students will take away such impressive rewards from their time with us at Congleton High School. These grades are fantastic and 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 at Congleton High, who encourage, motivate and inspire our students to ensure that they are able to achieve more than they ever thought possible. We wish the 2018 Leavers every success in the future with whatever route they may choose.”

Mr Vic Croxson, Chair of Cmat, which includes Congleton High School, commented:
"Well done to all involved in this fantastic achievement. The Post 16 results achieved by Congleton High School students this year are admirable and everyone should be congratulated." 

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