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Halesowen students celebrate bumper crop of A levels
4:13pm Thursday 16th August 2012 in News
STUDENTS across Halesowen are celebrating their A-level results today.
Windsor High School's first crop of A-level and BTEC results netted a 97 per cent overall pass rate with a 100 per cent pass rate for almost all subjects.
The school's new £6.5 million sixth form opened two years ago.
Outstanding individual A level successes included Katie Danks who gained four A* grades and is going to Oxford to study materials science.
Jim Cole achieved two A's and an A* and is going to read aeronautical engineering at Bristol, while James Bayley gained four A grades and a B to study civil engineering (international study) at Birmingham University.
Headteacher Keith Sorrell said the BTEC results were also “exceptional” with Francesca Pinchin gaining a double distinction* in sport and media and Xenon Smith, a double distinction* in sport and business.
All 24 BTEC business students gained a starred distinction, which Mr Sorrell described as a “truly exceptional performance.”
It was another record year for A level and vocational results at Halesowen College – with students achieving a 98.6 per cent pass rate and a third gaining top A*, A and B grades.
Twenty-seven A level subjects achieved a 100 per cent pass rate including archaeology, economics, law, media, film studies and environmental studies.
Record numbers of advanced vocational students attained triple distinction star grades in their extended diplomas - equivalent to three A levels.
Among the higest achievers Gavin Kelleher will study international business at Leeds University after earning an A* in business studies and an A in accounts and Information and communication technology.
Sophie Beckley achieved an A* in media and an A grade in English language and literature and history to prepare her for a marketing degree course at Aston University, while Natalie Lampett, received an A* in communications and culture and an A in media and sociology. She is taking a gap year before applying to university.
Principal Keith Bate said: “All our students have worked extremely hard and this has paid off leading to their choice of options for the future. I would like also to praise Elaine Cammies, faculty director, and the highly committed and professional staff who delivered support for students in achieving their potential.”
So far more than 1,000 students have applied for higher education in 2012/13 – another record for the college.