A Level Success - Oxbridge All the Way!

Published on: Friday 17 Aug, 2012

Grant Bellis and Laura Perry both achieved 4 A star grades at Selby College and now going to Oxford and Cambridge respectively

Selby College students again achieved another set of amazing 'A' Level results, with two Oxbridge candidates and a set of triplets among some of the highest achievers at the top-performing college today, as it celebrated an overall 99.1% pass rate in this summer’s ‘A’ Level exams, with students achieving a massive 100% in 23 out of 26 subjects.

Grant Bellis from Goole gained four A star grades in Mathematics, Biology, Further Mathematics and Physics securing a place at Cambridge University to study Engineering, he said; "I'm so relieved to have achieved the grades I needed to go on to study Engineering at one of the world's leading universities, but I couldn't have done it without the help and support of all my tutors at Selby College."

Also heading to one of the country's top universities, but not until 2013 having deferred entry for a year, will be Laura Perry, who also gained four A-star grades in English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry and who has gained a place at Oxford University to study Biological Science. She said; "I've been working towards this for so long I can't believe I'm one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a Research Zoologist. It's a real honour to be offered a place at one of the most prestigious universities in the world a year before you intend to go, I'm so excited and I'm just going to try and get as much experience as I can during my gap year."

Two of three triplets, from Thorpe Willoughby, who gained high grades at league-topping Selby College, were Amy and Sara Thompson. Amy achieved an A Star Grade in Mathematics and two A Grades in Further Mathematics and Accounting, and Sara achieved A grades in English Literature, English Language and a B grade in Media Studies said "it had been a long wait" since sister Emma discovered she'd been awarded the top Distinction star grade for her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.  However, all three now intend to celebrate in style before heading off to different universities in September.

Sara said; "there's always been a certain amount of sibling rivalry, but it's brilliant that we've all achieved the grades we needed for university and that we can all go on to pursue our individual goals. It will be strange not having my sisters around all the time at university, but I'm really proud of them and I'm sure we'll all do well."

Other students gaining fantastic grades today included; Seren Mably from Selby gained four A grades in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Further Mathematics, and will now be going to study Chemical Engineering at Manchester. Seren said " I'm still in shock; I never expected to do so well. I did work quite hard and I desperately hoped I'd do ok, but this is a real surprise, I'm so pleased."

Frances Lindley also gained four A grades in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Accounting  who is going to Durham University to study Chemistry, said she'd really enjoyed her time at Selby College, everyone there is brilliant, they really want you to do well."

Selby College Principal, Allan Stewart OBE, said; "In this Olympic year, it's good to see Selby College students, paralleling that success, with our students achieving some of the highest exam results in England, which again proves there is no better place to study locally for qualifications than Selby College."

Allan added, "The grades achieved by our students is fitting testimony to the efforts of everyone involved, reflecting the students' hard work and commitment to their studies but also the considerable efforts of parents, college staff and others involved in encouraging the students to do so well. We are immensely proud of all our students and we wish them every success and happiness in the future, whether they go to a university of their choice, choose to study a further degree level qualification at Selby College or find work."

Vernon Wells, Chair of Corporation at Selby College said, "It is a great reward for the students who have worked so hard to achieve these results and a reflection of the high standards staff set at Selby College. I would personally like to thank the teaching and support staff for helping the students to achieve their full potential - and my warmest congratulations to those students celebrating success today."


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