Students and staff at John Smeaton Academy are today celebrating their most successful set of A Levels results to date.
Students completing A Levels have broken school records with the number of grades at A* and A at 14% and grades of C or higher at 62%. This progress is also evident in the significantly improved AS results at the academy.
In addition, more than 20 students have secured their first choice university place; the highest number in many years.
Notable individual successes included:
- Ben Skerrett, who achieved three A* grades in Maths, Chemistry and Biology as well as an A grade in AS Physics. Ben, who had secured a place at the University of York to study Biomedical Science has now decided to take a year out and reapply for Medicine. Ben is the most successful student in the history of the Academy and predecessor school.
- Tom Coleman (Maths A, Physics B, Business Distinction*), who will be studying Maths at the University of Leeds.
- Jake Cosgrove (English B, History C, Physics C, Product Design B) who will be studying Product Design at Northumbria University.
Other students will be attending universities including Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and Hull in a range of courses from Genetics to Psychology. Students who have decided not to study at university have all secured employment or further training, including Poppy Fowbert and Kerri Johnson who start their prestigious NHS apprenticeships in September.
Becky Carter, Assistant Headteacher, said:
“We are delighted this year to have achieved a pass rate of 97%, which is a significant improvement on 2015. We have also increased the number of students achieving A* and A grades and securing places at the top universities in the country. It really has been a transformational 12 months at John Smeaton and we are excited to see the progress and success continue into the future.”
Congratulating students on their success, Julian Snape, Head Teacher of John Smeaton Academy, said:
“These results are very good news for our students and for the academy. They mean that our Sixth Formers will now be able to take up their university offers or enter further education and the workplace well equipped for the opportunities ahead.
“Over the past two years, our Sixth Formers have worked hard for these grades and have been well supported by our staff whom I would like to take this opportunity to thank for their commitment and enthusiasm.”