GREAT grades were being celebrated at schools and colleges across the district when students collected their A-level results yesterday.
Hard work certainly paid off at Wakefield College where the overall pass rate exceeded 95 per cent for the seventh year in a row, reaching 96 per cent.
Director of sixth form, Tony Rex, said “We’re all really pleased with this set of results which bear out our Ofsted rating of outstanding.
“Our students can be justifiably proud of all the hard work that has underpinned their success.”
Nationally the pass rate rose slightly from 97.6 per cent to 97.8 per cent.
The overall pass rate at Ossett Academy was 97.6 per cent with 46.2 per cent of students achieving three or more grades A* to C.
Headteacher Martin Shevill said: “We are really pleased for and proud of our students. We are particularly impressed with the increase in the number of A* and A grades this year. The grades are a result of a great deal of hard work by students and staff. Congratulations to all for one of our most successful years.”
Smiley faces said it all at Outwood Grange Academy too where the overall pass rate was 100 per cent, with 55.41 per cent of pupils achieving more than tree A* to C grades.
Academy principal Michael Wilkins said: “Our students have achieved phenomenal results. It is a testament to the hard work of all students, their families, staff, the trust board and governors at Outwood Grange that we have yet again performed so well.”
Students at the city’s private schools were jumping for joy too. Silcoates School also had an overall pass rate of 100 per cent, with 63 per cent of pupils achieving three or more top grades.
Headteacher, Darryl Wideman, said: ‘We are delighted with the overall pass rate achieved this year and we congratulate all our students. There were some outstanding individual successes, with several students getting a full set of A* and A grades, and lots more to celebrate in terms of personal triumphs across the year group.”
The overall pass rate at Wakefield Girls’ High School was 98 per cent with 86 per cent of students getting three or more A* to C grades.
Headteacher Gillian Wallwork said: “Once again, the girls have achieved excellent results with the vast majority securing places at their first choice university and all our Oxbridge candidates achieving their places.
“These results are a just reward for all the hard work and commitment demonstrated by girls and staff alike, and the successful partnership between home and school.”
David Craig, headteacher of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School was equally proud, with an overall pass rate of 97.8 per cent, and 83.5 per cent gaining three or more A*-C.
He said: “They were a super year group in so many different areas of school life and we wish them well.”