Sixth Form students excel once again at Settle College

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Settle College students celebrated great successes today, marking another year of excellent academic results and personal achievements. 54% of students achieved the top grades of A*, A and B with a 99% A*-E pass rate. The percentage of students achieving the top grades has improved by 20% in the past two years.

The majority of exam entries were in the A Level facilitating subjects but as an inclusive comprehensive Sixth Form performance was also strong in vocational subjects. Mathematics and the Sciences represented over 1 in 4 of all entries with 80% of students achieving A*/A in Chemistry, 57% in Mathematics and 75% in Physics. Another outstanding year for students studying vocational subjects; out of 42 entries 64% were the top grades of Distinction/Distinction*, the equivalent of A/A*.

Claire Squires, who achieved an A in Biology, an A in Chemistry and an A in Mathematics, said, ‘’It is a dream come true. I have spent the last two months doubting myself but I did it and I can’t believe I am going to be a doctor’. Claire is going on to study Medicine at Bristol University.

Kate Beresford, who has just been awarded the Diana Award for her work raising funds for defibrillators for the local area, achieved an A in History, a B in Psychology and a Distinction* in Forensic Science, and is going on to study Criminology and Forensic Science at Northumbria University, said, ‘I am delighted with my excellent results that I have achieved whilst also fundraising for ‘bringing the heart into Settle’, a much needed cause in my area. Hard work pays off!’

Daniel Middleton, who achieved an A* in Maths and Physics and an A in Biology, and is going on to study Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University, said, ‘I am over the moon with my results. I can’t wait for the next few years at university’.

Principal, Michele Costello, said, ‘We want to congratulate all students receiving their results today and wish them every success in their future studies and careers. These results demonstrate the outstanding efforts of both students and staff and, yet again, the vast majority of students have achieved their first choice university places. We are also proud that our students contribute to the wider life of the school and the community. The skills they have learnt during their time at Settle College will be invaluable as they move on to new and exciting challenges ahead. It is always a real pleasure to see such happy faces on results day. Our Year 12 students also achieved success and are well placed to produce excellent A2 results in summer 2016.

Enrolment for the Sixth Form will take place on Thursday, 20th August from 10am. For further information on Sixth Form courses, and details about joining our inclusive Sixth Form, contact Mr Gareth Whitaker, Director of Sixth Form (

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