AFTER a record year for SATs results in the borough, students across Solihull have more reason to celebrate having exceeded the national average for A Level results.
The overall pass rate for pupils gaining grades A-E was 96.6%. Cabinet member for education, Councillor Ken Meeson said: “I would like to congratulate the young people in the borough who have once again made us extremely proud with their high levels of achievement.”
Students at Solihull College have achieved 100 per cent pass rate in 12 subjects including maths and chemistry.
Stephanie Brett, 17 from Shirley studied English literature, history, sociology and general studies, achieving grades AABB. Stephanie said: “I was very nervous about my results but I am so relieved now.”
Stephanie will continue with her A Levels next year, hoping to go into teaching.
Adeel Qureshi from Hall Green successfully obtained the required results for his chosen degree course. The 23-year-old achieved three Bs in maths, physics and chemistry. “I will study civil engineering at Birmingham University. I want to eventually run a construction company like my father.”
Deputy Principal Cliff Hall said: “These are our best ever A Level results. I am very, very pleased with the performance of our A Level students.”
Four students achieved grade A in three or more subjects, including accounting, biology law and business studies.
Mr Hall added: “I am particularly pleased with the performances in key subjects like, maths, physics and chemistry.”
Triplets from Monkspath have achieved 13 grade A’s between them at A Level.
Rachel, Claire and Tim Heard attended King Edward Camp Hill School and will now be separated for the first time as they head off to different universities. Rachel is planning to study Medicine at Nottingham University, Claire will move to Exeter to study theology while Tim will study geography at Leeds University.
The 18-year-olds who attended Monkspath School exceeded their original university offers and are said to be “astounded” at their results.
The Sixth Form College, Solihull is also celebrating outstanding results with 100% pass rate in 38 advanced level courses. Two of the College’s students have been ranked in the top five in the country.
Jessica Smith achieved straight As in chemistry, geography and mathematics, she plans to take a year out and working voluntarily before starting her course in medicine at Sheffield University. “I’m really pleased with my results, I was nervous at first but things have turned out well. I now have a gap year ahead of me, which I am really looking forward to.”
Identical twin sisters Bijal and Bindya Tailor achieved straight As in biology, chemistry and business studies. They will both start a degree in pharmacy at Aston University.
Bijal said: “We are both so pleased and a bit shocked too. It means a lot that we both did well and both got into the same university, because we are really close.”
Principal Colleen Chater said: “These examination results are superb and the students are to be congratulated on their achievements. The majority of students who achieved their results will be progressing onto university now and we are proud to have helped them secure their place.”
Arden School is celebrating its first year as a Sixth Form college with 100% pass rate in 22 subjects, and 88% at grades A-C.
Park Hall students have achieved record results for the second year running in A Level and BTEC subjects.
As the highest achieving Sixth form in the area last year, this years results look promising with one in three grades achieved is either an A or B.
Saint Martins School has achieved 100% pass rate at A Levels. The results include 40% passes at Grade A, enabling the girls to gain places at top universities.
Headmistress Jane Carwithen said: “We are very proud of the girls’ successes and give them all our best wishes as they start out on their chosen courses.
Ms Carwithen added, they have worked hard to achieve these results and deserve every success in the future.”
Heart of England School had a pass rate of 99.5% with 63% of students gaining grades A or B. Student Lucy Hayes achieved one of the top five marks in English Literature.
Saint Peters is congratulating student Tom Pass for achieving grade A’s in all of his
A Level subjects, he will study History at Magdalen College, Oxford.