100% pass rate for Selby College A Level students

Staff and students are today celebrating news of the best ever A Level results at Selby College! It was revealed the Class of 2018 had achieved a fantastic 100% A Level pass rate across all subjects, with over 50% high grades and 22% at grades A*-A.

The Exams team opened the doors to the College’s Sixth Form Academy bright and early at 7am this morning for those eagerly awaiting their results.

Despite the visible nerves from students, teaching staff and parents, there were tears of joy all round, with this year’s leavers heading off to esteemed Russell Group destinations across the UK including Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University of Warwick and University of York. There are also a number of students progressing on to Higher Education here at Selby College to study programmes such as HND Art & Design.

Selby College’s overall top performer Matthew Dales, formerly of Brayton Academy achieved A* grades in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and an A grade in Physics and Chemistry. He is going on to study Physics at Durham University. Matthew said, “I found my courses challenging but enjoyable as the teachers were really supportive. It has been a great experience at Selby College – all my lecturers have been brilliant!”

The top female student, Madison Whitaker, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A* in Mathematics, an A in Further Mathematics and Physics, and B in Chemistry. She is going to Warwick University to study Mathematics. Madison who had to be woken up by her mum to come in and collect her results was one of the last through the door at the College. She said, “I am really pleased with my results, it hasn’t really sunk in yet!”

Oliver Seaman, formerly of Brayton Academy, achieved an A* in Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. He is heading to Durham University in October to study Mathematics. He said, “I am really pleased with my results – I’ll be celebrating with my family first before heading out with friends! My maths lecturers at Selby were great.”

Oliver’s girlfriend was also a high achiever - Ellie Bloxham, formerly of Selby High School, achieved A grades in Sociology and Psychology, and a B in History. She is going on to study Psychology at the University of Lincoln in the autumn and ultimately would like to be a Child Psychologist. She said, “Studying A Levels was a big step up from GCSEs, but I have really enjoyed my time at Selby College. The staff encouraged me to study independently which will help prepare me for university. They have high expectations and wanted me to achieve my best.”

Peter Spencer, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A* in Mathematics, an A in Computing and Physics and B in Further Mathematics. He is going on to the University of Manchester to study Computer Science and Mathematics. He said, “I am really happy about my results, my family will be really pleased.”

Nathan Creaser, formerly of Howden School, achieved an A* in Mathematics and an A in Physics and Chemistry. He is heading to the University of Nottingham to study Physics and is the first in his family to go on to higher education. Nathan commented, “I have made lots of friends at Selby and have really enjoyed my time here. The teaching staff are great – Sam Hunter, my maths lecturer is the best teacher I have ever had!”

Beth Brown, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A* in Biology and History, and A in English Literature. She is going on to study History at Edinburgh University. Beth said, “I found it stressful but really rewarding now I have my results! I am extremely happy and have done better than I expected. I would really like to thank my lecturers, especially Alan Brown – he is a legend!”

Anna Lindley, formerly of Brayton Academy achieved an A* in Biology and A grades in Chemistry and Psychology. She is going to the University of Manchester to study Midwifery. Anna said, “I am pretty surprised by my results but really pleased. We are going out for a big breakfast and then going into York for the day to celebrate. My family are really excited.”

Adrian Szlosek, formerly of Brayton Academy, achieved an A in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He is going on to study Chemistry at York University. He has done exceptionally well as he didn’t speak a word of English 4 years ago!

Richard Holliday, formerly of Selby High School, achieved an A in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. He is having a gap year to travel but has a deferred place at the University of Newcastle to study Biomedical Science.

Georgia Dominic, formerly of Snaith School, achieved an A in Mathematics and Accounting, and a B in Law. Georgia has gained a place on the Apprenticeship programme at Price Waterhouse Coopers.  

Lydia Stannard, formerly of Holy Family High School achieved an A in Business Studies and Accounting, and a B in Law. She is going on to Northumbria University to study Business with Financial Management. She said, “I am so relieved to get such great results. I am now going off to work so will be celebrating at the weekend!”

Other high-achievers include Johnathan Ellerington, formerly of Goole Academy, who gained Business Studies (A*), English Language & Literature (A), History (B) and Law (B); Alexander Hinchcliffe , who attended Snaith School and gained Business Studies (A*), Law (A), History (B), and Luke Roche, who achieved Chemistry (A), Biology (A) and Further Mathematics (B).

Allan Stewart, OBE, who is soon to retire after 26 years as Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, said, “We are delighted by these truly excellent results achieved by our students this year. To gain a 100% A Level pass rate across all subjects represents their determination and hard work and we are pleased to see such a high number once again gaining places at top universities. The students’ success is testament to the dedication and commitment of our staff.”

Published: Thursday 16 Aug 2018