Selby A Level Students Make 'Smart' Moves for the Future

Selby College was celebrating retaining its position in the top ten percent of colleges in England as once again students attained some amazing ‘A’ Level and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma results. This year’s students achieved a 98.4% ‘A’ Level pass rate overall, with 49% passing high grades. Students scored a 100% ‘A’ Level pass rate in 17 out of 21 subjects.

The rain did not dampen spirits for eager students collecting their A Level results at 7.30am yesterday morning! Senior staff joined lecturers and Guidance & Support Tutors in the Sixth Form Academy Building to support the final year students as they nervously opened their envelopes!

The class of 2017 sees students heading off to world-class, research-intensive Russell Group destinations including Durham University, University of Manchester, University of Leeds and the University of Southampton. There are also a number of students progressing on to Higher Education here at Selby College to study programmes such as a HNC in Business and Computing & Systems Development.

The top-achieving female result came from 18-year-old former Crawshaw Academy student Tegan Smart, who lived up to her name with A* in French, Sociology and Psychology and a B grade in Law! The aspiring lawyer is heading to Huddersfield University in September and described the feeling of opening her results as: “Complete and utter shock, I just wanted enough to get in to uni, but this is amazing. I got a text from Huddersfield this morning to say I had been accepted but I couldn’t believe it until now!”

Joe Umpleby-Thorp, also 18, will also be celebrating today after achieving four A grades in Maths, Computing, Chemistry and Physics – the top male result for his year group. A former student of The Snaith School, Joe has been accepted by Durham University to study a degree in BSc Natural Sciences at Grey College. Speaking of his time at Selby College he said: “The teaching and support I have received has been brilliant, I’d like to thank my lecturers for all their encouragement. I’m heading to my cousin’s 18th party later so no doubt all my family will be celebrating with me.”

Abby Broderick, another former student of The Snaith School, is one step closer to achieving her ultimate ambition of becoming a lawyer after successfully gaining an A* in Law, and A grades in English Literature and French. The 18-year-old opened her results surrounded by family, and was ecstatic to discover that she had earned an unbeatable 100 marks out of 100 in her Criminal Law exam. In September, Abby will begin studying Law with French Law at the University of Leeds. She said: “My degree includes a year abroad, which will really push me out of my comfort zone, but I’m excited and keen to continue developing my French skills alongside studying Law.” Speaking of her time at Selby College, she added, “All of my lecturers were so dedicated and supportive. I could always rely on English Lecturer Trish MacLean to make me smile when I was stressed during the exam period!”

Originally from the West Midlands, Topaz Cartlidge, aged 18, celebrated gaining an A* in Maths, and two A grades in Biology and Chemistry, and confirming a place at the University of Southampton to study Biochemistry. She said “Selby is a really good college and everyone is so supportive. The lecturers treat you like adults; they really encourage you and want to help you succeed. I couldn’t have achieved this without them.” Speaking of her future, she added, “I plan to carry on after my degree and study for a Masters and a PhD and my results will allow me to achieve my long-term goals.”

Ambitious Mathematician Luke Lightowler, 18, formerly of Brayton Academy, confirmed his place at the University of Leeds, gaining an A* in Maths, A in Further Maths and a C in Accounting. Maths Lecturer Sam Hunter said: “It’s refreshing to see someone strive for understanding like Luke does. He managed to combine hard work with a real enjoyment of what he was doing, and I’m really pleased that he’s done so well. Seeing him succeed is heart-warming, and an inspiration to others that hard work really pays off.”

Fellow student Kyle Shead was also a top performer, achieving AAB in Law, Biology and Chemistry. He is planning on taking a gap year but hopes to study Medicine at university. The former Barlby High School student, aged 18, from Hemingbrough said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here, I’ve made some great friends and the staff have been really supportive.”

Other high-achievers include former Goole Academy student Holly Franklin who gained three A grades in History, English Literature and Media and is heading off to the University of Manchester in September, and former Selby High School student Montgomery Hutton who achieved three A grades in Business, Geography and Accounting.

There was also plenty of cause for celebration amongst the AS Level students, who produced a very impressive set of results, setting them in good stead for their second year.

High-achiever Madison Whitaker got an amazing five AS Level A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology! Both Madison and her mum, a teacher, who had the added pressure of her own students’ results today, were ecstatic to discover how well she had done. The former Selby High School student is planning on applying to Trinity College at the University of Cambridge to study Maths next year and said: “I’m happily surprised at my results, I had a vague idea that I’d done ok, but I’m so happy. I’d like to thank my Maths Lecturer Ian King and Chemistry Lecturer Clint Wastling for all their help. I’m going to York for a celebratory Nando’s now!”

Aspiring Child Psychologist Ellie Bloxham, formerly of Selby High School, was thrilled to achieve three A grades in Sociology, Psychology and History. She said: “I’ve exceeded all my expectations today. I’m really pleased that my hard work has paid off, and these grades will help me achieve my goals for the future!”

Former Brayton Academy student Oliver Seaman achieved four A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business. Speaking of his success, he said: “I’m over the moon and so glad all my hard work has paid off.” Oliver will continue his studies at Selby College next year, and has high hopes for the future, as he plans to study Maths at the University of Cambridge.

Elsewhere, fellow Brayton Academy alumnus Anna Lindley earned two A grades, as well as a B and a C in Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Maths. Anna hopes to continue with Science and eventually realise her dream of becoming a Midwife. Speaking of her time so far at college she said: “All my lecturers have been really supportive, especially Sam Hunter from Maths who has really helped me to progress and build my confidence throughout the year.”

Principal and Chief Executive Allan Stewart, OBE, said, “We are all tremendously proud of these excellent results achieved by our students. Their individual determination and hard work have been rewarded and we are delighted to see such a high percentage again gaining their first choice university places. Our whole staff share in the success of our students and it is really gratifying for them also to see all of their efforts and dedication pay off.”


Published: Friday 18 Aug 2017