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A Level Results - Borough students going for gold!
Friday 17th August, 2012

Sixth form colleges across Wigan Borough are celebrating after going for gold in their A Levels.

Students at St John Rigby College in Orrell have achieved a pass rate in excess of 99% in their A Level courses, the highest ever pass rate for the College.

Twenty out of twenty seven A Level courses had a pass rate of 100%, many achieving this for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, high grades have increased by more than 5%, representing the College’s biggest ever increase in grades A*-B and building on the 3% improvement in each of the two previous years.

The Principal at St John Rigby, Peter McGhee, says: “We are delighted that students have achieved such high grades. We are an inclusive College which means that, as well as having a number of students with high GCSE grade profiles, we have many students who would not be afforded the opportunity to study A Levels at other colleges.

“There are many outstanding individual success stories with students gaining top grades in all of their subjects. More students than ever before have surpassed their target grade expectations and exceeded the grades that they might have reasonably expected to have achieved at other colleges.

“It is my hope that these rewards build upon our work of raising the aspirations of these young people. I hope that they are as proud as I am of their achievements and I am delighted that our staff, following their hard work and dedication, can share in these celebrations.”

And whilst the national proportion of A-levels resulting in the top A or A* grades has declined for the first time in two decades, students at Winstanley College have bucked this trend with 39.8% of students achieving A or A*, well above the national average of 26.6%.

A very impressive 11.2% of grades awarded were A*s and a total of 218 students achieved three A grades or better. A*B grades increased by just under 10% and 10 students have gone to Oxbridge.

Altogether, 99% of students at Winstanley College achieved a pass grade.

Principal, Jo Bailey, is understandably delighted. “Once again our students’ examination results have done the college proud. The years pass and times change, but Winstanley College’s performance remains truly outstanding.

“Of course, the results belong not only to our students but to the talented and dedicated teachers and support staff who have enabled them to fulfil their potential and my sincere thanks go to all our staff for their fantastic efforts.

It seems particularly fitting in this Olympic year that not only Team GB but ‘Team Winstanley’ have put in a fabulous performance, through sustained hard work and commitment to their goals.”

St Mary’s Catholic High in Astley is also celebrating its best ever A Level results. The school recorded a 99% A* - E pass rate and achieved an excellent 78% A* - C higher grade pass rate.

Andrew Dawson, Headteacher, says: “The grades achieved by this year group are excellent and this outstanding set of results is due to the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the students and the support they received from their families and school. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their professionalism and dedication in raising achievement for all.”

Meanwhile, 97% of students at The Deanery in Wigan and 91.1% of those studying at Wigan and Leigh College achieved a pass grade.

Senior politicians at Wigan Town Hall were equally delighted, commending students for another great year. Cllr Susan Loudon, Wigan Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for children and young people, says:
“This summer has seen the highest number of young people achieving pass grades at A Level and students across the borough should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. These grades are the result of years of hard work and are testimony to the dedication shown by both the students and teaching staff alike. On behalf of Wigan Council, I wish to congratulate all the students and wish them well for their future.”

Overall pass rates:

Winstanley 99.4%
St John Rigby 99.2%
St. Mary's 99%
The Deanery 97%
Wigan and Leigh College 91.1%

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