I often use the words ‘privilege’ and ‘pride’ when describing working with the young people of Boston Spa School, and it is never more evident than on days like today. We have celebrated so many great achievements, and sent such great potential on into the wider world.


A massive 96% of applicants got into a university of their choice today. It is really significant that we continue to have this very high level of success; it is one of our most important performance indicators, if the targets we set ourselves do not match the goals students set for themselves, there is something very wrong!


Our average points per entry is 36. This is currently the highest APE for any Leeds school and gives us a positive value added score of 0.2. It is difficult to get excited about decimal places, but it is a really important figure that demonstrates that our young people achieve more at 18 years old than was expected of them nationally when compared with their starting point. Their results include 10% of grades at A*,  27% at A* or A, 54% at A* to B and 98% of examinations were passed.




All four Oxbridge candidates secured their places. Helen Essell A*, A, A will go to Cambridge University to study Geography; Molly Lockwood, A*, A*, A* will go to Oxford for French and Spanish; Joel Summerfield, A*, A*, A*, A*, will go to Oxford University for Maths and Florence Toone with A*, A*, A* will also go to Oxford University to study French.




Katie Barlow :A*, A, A (Edinburgh to read Medical Sciences); Phoebe Coster: A, A, A (Durham University, Biomedical Science); Charles Davison: A*, A,* A* (Durham University, Engineering); Joshua Hinchcliffe whose A, B, B results enabled him to use the UCAS ‘adjustment’ process to secure a place at a Russell Group university to read History and Molly Garrbutt whose A, A, B secures her a place on the prestigious Sports Science course at Loughborough University.


Some students chose a curriculum with both A Level and vocational subjects, and notable achievements here were Ellie Brooke: A, B, Dist* (Northumbria University, Business Studies) and Rebecca Burton: C, Dist*, Dist* (Leeds, Nursing)


Exceptional performance amongst our vocational courses included Connor Broughton: Dist*, Dist*, Dist (Manchester University, Education Studies);Kerry-Leigh Todd: Dist*, Dist*, Dist* (being interviewed at Huddersfield for mid-wiffery); Marie Hilcoat: Dist*, Dist* (Salford University, Theatre and Performance) and Kelsey Green: Dist*, Dist*, Dist* (Leeds Beckett, Childhood Studies)




Particular success in subjects include Maths: 64% of grades at A* or A; Geography: 44% at * or A; Further maths, 100% at A* to B; History, 83% A* to B; Government and Politics, 86% A* to B and Geography, not only 44% A* to A, but also 81% A* to B.  Results in Economics, French, Spanish, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature and Physics all included students achieving A* grades.


We are really pleased with our results today; there is much to praise. In a turbulent year with many new courses there is much to celebrate, and credit is due to all the young people who grappled so hard with their studies last year, and to the staff who prepared them so well so well for new course specifications.


We will watch with pride as the ‘Class of 2017’ progress. Well done to you all you have made us very proud, and it has been our privilege.


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