From left to right are students from the Harrogate area: Alicia Walker, Edward Kerr, Anna Poskitt, Max Elgot, Chris Whitehead, Thomas Davidson
From left to right are students from the Harrogate area: Alicia Walker, Edward Kerr, Anna Poskitt, Max Elgot, Chris Whitehead, Thomas Davidson

Leeds Grammar School students A-Level success

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Thomas Davidson, an upper sixth form student at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) from Harrogate, saw four stars before his eyes when he opened his A-level results.

Tom attained these stellar results in chemistry, maths, further maths and physics. He has a place at Imperial College, London to study computing (international programme of study). Fellow student Edward Kerr also attained stunning A-level results with A* grades in economics, geography and maths. He has a place to study economics at University College, London.

Other successes were celebrated by GSAL students from the Harrogate area with Harry Martin of Ripley attaining A* in economics and history with A grades in English literature and Latin. He has a place to study Chinese at Wadham College, Oxford. Ellen White attained A* in geography with A grades in biology and maths. She has a place at Manchester to study biomedical sciences with industrial professional / experience. Jim Beresford of Weeton achieved A* in chemistry, with an A in maths and B in physics and will study physics at Sheffield. Anna Poskitt achieved A grades in economics, French, maths and Spanish. She will read economics and Spanish at the University of St Andrews.

The school is celebrating as a record number achieved the coveted A* grade in three or more subjects.

Of the 20 who gained the top grade, one student notched up a stunning six A*s, four achieved four A*s and a further 15 achieved three A*s.

  • 23 per cent – almost a quarter of this year’s grades – were passes at A*
  • 81 per cent of students achieved A*-B
  • 59 per cent of GSAL students achieved ABB or better – the entry requirement of leading universities
  • 15 students are celebrating securing places at Oxbridge universities.

For the second year GSAL has offered the extended project qualification (EPQ) in conjunction with the universities of Leeds and York, with 36 students – up from 21 last year – taking the qualification. Some 23 students, 64 per cent of the cohort, achieved an A*, while 83 per cent received an A*-A.

The EPQ is the equivalent of half an A-level and is increasingly being used by universities as a ‘tie-breaker’ when making offers.
Principal Mike Gibbons said: “We are very proud of what our students have achieved which will enable them to study at the universities of their choice. For them, today is the culmination of years of hard work and we would also like to express our thanks to parents and staff for all their support and guidance.”
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