In the first year when all A-Level results have been awarded using the more rigorous, linear exams, Yarm School is celebrating its best A-Level results in several years.
The School’s A* and A*/ A rates are above the five-year average (23% and 55% respectively), and over three quarters of all students secured a B grade or better. One third of the students attained A* or A*/ A grades across all of their exams.
Six students have been accepted to read at the prestigious and highly selective Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, with their courses ranging from Chemistry to Architecture. For the fifth year in a row, one of Yarm School’s students has a place to study German at Oxford.
Amongst the students who have been accepted into the esteemed Oxbridge colleges are high performing national standard rowers Hazel Wake and Sarah Portsmouth. Hazel will be reading Biochemistry at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, whilst Sarah is heading to Newnham College, Cambridge to read Architecture. Could they be rowing against each other in a future boat race?
At least fourteen of Yarm’s students will go on to attend Medical Schools, with a further two studying Dentistry and one joining Edinburgh Veterinary School. Other courses include Engineering, Performing Arts, Classics, Agriculture, Humanities, Finance, Management, Teaching and Computer Science, many of which are at Russell Group Universities.
One half of the cohort took the Extended Project Qualification in addition to their three or four A-Levels, with an exceptional two thirds of these students achieving A* or A grades.
Yarm School’s retiring Headmaster David Dunn and his successor Huw Williams were both thrilled with the results and praised the dedication of the pupils and the outstanding support of their teachers.
David said: “These excellent results cement Yarm School’s reputation as North East Independent Secondary School of The Year, as recognised by The Sunday Times.”