A level Success - Nearly a quarter of all pupils achieved all A* or A grades

Yarm School is celebrating a year of outstanding A-level achievements with nearly a quarter of all pupils achieved all A* or A grades. The A*-A grade rate is comfortably double the national figure.

Nine pupils securing places to study at the highly-selective Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

They comprise Natalie Forrest, Brandon Lockey, Aidan Rigby, Lucy Walker, Ellen Bower and Sam Wasson, who are off to Cambridge and Naman Garg, Neha Vaze and Freddie Wiles, who all achieved their required grades for Oxford.

The pupils will embark on a wide range of degree courses in subjects including music, natural sciences, chemical engineering, economics and French. 

Eighteen-year old Lucy Walker is a talented musician well-known to the local community for her performances in school concerts; most notable was her stunning recent piano performance of Rhapsody in Blue.  She is heading to Cambridge to read music with a prestigious music scholarship for Gonville and Caius College.  

Top-performing pupil, Natalie Forrest, has achieved outstanding results, with five A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths and General Studies. Natalie will read Natural Sciences at Cambridge.

Twelve pupils secured 3 or more A* passes: Aran Banerjee, James Brooks, Oliver Dixon, Natalie Forrest, Naman Garg, John Hunter, Brandon Lockey, Joe Luke, Aidan Rigby, Yasmin Soeldner, Lucy Walker and Freddie Wiles.

Yarm Headmaster David Dunn said: “We are proud of all our A-level students, but in particular those who have secured places on highly competitive courses.  They have dedicated so much time and effort to their studies and extra-curricular activities, the places they have earned are fully deserved.

“This success is alongside 14 pupils who have secured places on highly-competitive Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses. This further demonstrates the excellence of our teaching across the board.

“At Yarm, we are committed to developing pupils’ skills beyond the classroom, from improving interpersonal and leadership skills to developing a ‘have a go’ attitude. These are the attributes leading universities and employers look for, coupled with excellent results.

“I would like to wish all students the best of luck with their studies and future careers.”

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