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17th August 2017

York College is excited to announce an outstanding A Level pass rate of 99.7 per cent with a record of almost 60 per cent high grades achieved (A* - B). Yet again, the College’s results will be significantly above the national average, as they have been for 23 consecutive years.

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Over 30 students gained three or more A* or A grades, with an amazing seven students achieving 3 A*s or more. The College is also delighted to report a 100 per cent pass rate in 35 A Level subjects.

Oxford and Cambridge university places were successfully secured by the following students:

  • Georgie Bryan (formerly of Joseph Rowntree School) achieved superb results: A* in Modern History, A in Religious Studies, B in Maths and an A* for her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). She will study Philosophy at Queens' College, Cambridge.
  • Ed Coidan (formerly of St Peter’s School) achieved an impressive range of A Levels including Ancient and Modern Languages, he will study Classics and Oriental Studies at Wadham College, Oxford.
  • Jack Hughes (formerly of Millthorpe School) achieved a fantastic three A*s in Early Modern History, French and Spanish and an A grade in German. Jack will study History & Modern Languages at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
  • Will Osborne (formerly of Millthorpe School) is heading to Exeter College Oxford to study Earth Sciences having achieved A*A*A* in Geography, Maths and Physics and an A grade in AS Level Further Maths. 


Particular congratulations should go to the following inspirational students:

Thomas Adams (formerly of Manor CE Academy) gained three A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and will study Maths at Durham University.

Rui Chen (formerly of Archbishop Holgate's School) achieved three A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and will study Computer Science at UCL.

Callum Charlton (formerly of Kenilworth School) attained A*s in Economics and Maths, and two A grades in Further Maths and Physics, he will study Economics and Statistics at UCL.

Georgina Fishwick (formerly of Millthorpe School) achieved an A* in Law and A grades in English Language and Sociology. She will study Law at the University of Birmingham.

Phoebe Frere (formerly of Joseph Rowntree School) achieved an A* in Maths, and A grades in Computer Science and Further Maths. Phoebe also achieved an A* for her EPQ. She will study Computer Science at the University of Southampton.


Jessica Heap (formerly of Ryedale School) the winner of the Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation Psychology Prize this year, achieved an A* in Psychology and A grades in Sociology and English Language & Literature. Jessica will study Psychology at the University of York.

Sara Jenkins (formerly of Ryedale School) achieved an A* in Sociology and A grades in Law and Early Modern History. She will study Law at the University of Liverpool.

Rana Mallah (from Iraq) achieved three A* grades, in Maths, Further Maths and Biology and will study Actuarial Science at LSE.

Hannah Park (formerly of Manor CE Academy) achieved three A grades in Biology, Geography and Sociology, she will study Medical Sciences at the University of Leeds.

Lucy Ross (formerly of Joseph Rowntree School) achieved an A* in Maths and A grades in Further Maths, Economics and Religious Studies, plus an A* grade for her EPQ. Lucy achieved the required grades to meet her offer for Cambridge University and she has decided to study Politics & Quantitative Methods at the University of Manchester.

Jay Smyth (formerly of Monkwearmouth College) also attained three A*s in Business Studies, Maths and Psychology. Jay will study Business and Management at Durham University.

Dominic Sorrell (formerly of Millthorpe School) achieved a remarkable three A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, and an A grade in Economics. Dominic will progress to the University of Edinburgh to study Physics.


Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, said: “Yet again I am immensely proud of York College’s A Level results and the achievements of every single student in our A Level Faculty.

“This academic year has seen our students and their tutors getting to grips with new specifications and linear assessments in many A Level subjects, and these record high grades show just how well they have risen to this challenge. The College’s specialist tutors have done a great job in preparing and supporting students so that they can now progress to some of the very best universities in the country.

"At a time when many schools and colleges have dropped AS Level exams, we are also delighted to see our very best AS results, which will have prepared our first year A Level students for next year and help them secure top offers at university or from employers.

"This has been a difficult year for students and staff alike and I am so proud of this wonderful set of results. I would like to place on record my congratulations to the students, and my thanks to the staff for working so hard to understand the new examinations so quickly.”


See below for our A Level Results Day 2017 video filmed by That's York TV:


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