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All smiles at Audenshaw as sixth form celebrates A-Level results
Thursday 16th August 2018 @ 17:26 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw Education News Tameside

Sixth formers at Audenshaw School are celebrating after receiving their long-awaited exam results, with one student securing a place at Cambridge after achieving four A*s.

Neil Herbert, Head of Sixth Form at the school, congratulated students on their results and said many students had exceeded expectations.

He said: “We are immensely proud of the performance of our A Level students. They’ve worked exceptionally hard over the last two years and their grades reflect their commitment to achieving results they need to secure university places and apprenticeships at prestigious institutions.”

This year, Audenshaw Sixth Form had a 93 percent pass rate for grades A* to E, with a 59% pass rate for A* to C. The school also secured a 100 percent pass rate in a number of popular subjects including History, Geography and English Literature.

Mr Herbert added: “We encourage a friendly but supportive atmosphere at Audenshaw and work with students to set tailored, personal goals that will really challenge their aspirations.

“Seeing the smiles on students faces is what it’s all about. Knowing that we have helped them get to their next destination is satisfying.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank the fantastic teaching and support staff at the school for all their hard work. They have really gone the extra mile to help students prepare for their exams.”


Mark has stars in his eyes

Mark Turner has proven that you get what you put in – after gaining four A*s at A-Level and securing a place at Cambridge University.

Mark, 18, received the grades in Maths, Further Maths, Psychology and Chemistry and is now off to study natural sciences at the coveted university.

Mark, from Hyde, has undergone a gruelling selection process for the prestigious university. He said: “I knew I had at least four As after receiving the UCAS email this morning, but I didn’t know I’d done this well. I was worried so it’s a relief after the work I have put in for the last two years.

“The teachers have been so supportive and have really helped me with the selection process, my application and my personal statement. I couldn’t have done all this without the help from Audenshaw. The teachers really helped me to focus on the offer.”

The clever teenager is unsure what he’d like to do for a career, but already has his sights on a post graduate degree and further research projects. He is looking forward to continuing his studies and living on campus. He added: “I am a bit nervous about uni as I’m not quite sure what to expect.”

His twin brother Adam Turner is also celebrating after achieving an A in Design Technology, B in Art and Design and C in Maths.

He has an offer for a fine art degree at Lancaster, but is also considering a foundation degree in creative arts at MMU. He said: “All the teachers have been great and you really feel like part of the school community.”

18-year-old Mark Turner gained an incredible four A*s to secure a place at Cambridge University.


Jonny looking forward to promising political future

One budding politician is hoping for a career at Westminster after securing a place at Newcastle University to study Politics.

Jonny Winbow, 18, received an A in Politics, A in History and a C in English Literature from Audenshaw Sixth Form and is looking forward to pursuing his future in politics.

Jonny, from Glossop, who was a member of Audenshaw School’s debating society, said: “I would like to work in a political setting at Westminster and hope to get some experience while I’m at University.

“I was relieved to get the email confirming I had got my place, but it was still relieved when I saw the results,” he added. “Politics was definitely the lesson I enjoyed the most. All the teachers at Audenshaw have been really supportive. They have helped me with my UCAS application and personal statement, and I have had great subject teachers. All the staff have been the best I could have wished for.”

Jonny, who also took his GCSEs at the school, said: “I already have my accommodation all sorted and I look forward to settling in at university. I’m looking forward to new experiences.”

Jonny Windbow, a budding politician, secured a place at Newcastle University.


History ahead for sports star Niall

Keen rugby player Niall Metcalfe will be tackling a history degree after scoring a trio of excellent A level results.

The 18-year-old, from Ashton, is celebrating after achieving grades of A, A and C in History, English and Biology at Audenshaw School.

He is now set to study history at the University of Leeds after a successful two years at the school.

He said: “I felt like I’d done well after the exams, but I’d put it out of my mind until today. It was a huge relief when I found out I’d got into my first choice university and I’m really pleased with my results.”

Niall joined the sixth form from West Hill School, attracted by the sports provision on offer. “I play rugby and Audenshaw was the only college in the area to have its own team,” he said. “I’ve had chance to represent the sixth form at rugby, which I’ve really enjoyed, and I hope to carry that on at university.”

He praised the teaching staff at Audenshaw for their hard work and support during his two years in the sixth form. He said: “The teachers have been really helpful and I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I’m really looking forward to going to university and carrying on my history studies.”

Niall Metcalfe hopes to continue playing rugby at the University of Leeds, alongside his history studies.


Dan keeping his options open after exceeding expectations

An Audenshaw teenager is keeping his options open after getting better A-Level results than expected.

Dan Johnson, 18, who attends Audenshaw Sixth Form, was surprised to see that he’d achieved an A* in product design, A in Business Studies and a C In PE.

He said: “I’m buzzing. I’m really happy with my results – they are a lot better than I expected. It goes to show that if you work hard you see good results. I really enjoyed product design and building stuff.

“Having great teachers has helped a lot and they’re all been really supportive. I would have liked a B in PE but you can’t have everything.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do now. I might go to university next year but I’m not sure. I didn’t expect these results.

“My favourite part of Audenshaw was making friends and memories that I won’t forget.”

Grades were better than expected for Dan Johnson, who is keeping is options open after surprising himself with his results.


School has helped me improve, says high achiever Ethan

A career in software development is the goal for Ethan Shapely after he made the highest improvement of any sixth form student at Audenshaw School.

Ethan, 18, earned an A in Maths and B grades in Further Maths and Computer Science and is set for a computer science degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

A former GCSE pupil at Audenshaw, he said he had developed hugely thanks to his time at the school.

He said: “I’ve improved a lot since my GCSEs, as an individual and academically, I think because I settled in to sixth form life and enjoyed being able to interact with teachers a bit more casually.”

Exam pressure was increased for Ethan, of Hyde, as he decided to resit some of his AS levels to boost his overall grades. That meant he had a packed schedule of exams, including weeks where he had to sit five papers, which he describes as “tough but manageable”.

“If you’re able to deal with the hardest exam then you can take the rest, so it actually wasn’t too bad to sit them all at once,” he said, adding that nerves hadn’t really affected him on results day.

“I wasn’t really nervous about getting the results because I’d already taken the tests and knew I’d done my best, so I knew I’d just accept what I’d got without getting upset.  I’m really pleased that I was able to do better than my target grades to get my place at university.”

Next up is a degree in computer science and he is relishing the chance to take on the challenge, with a career in software development in his sights. He said: “It’s a chance to do something that I want to do that nobody else can and make my mark on an industry I’m interested in.”

Ethan Shapely improved more than any sixth form student.


Aspiring teacher Anna follows in sisters’ footsteps

Aspiriig teacher Anna Bynom is looking forward to following in her big sisters’ footsteps.

Anna, 18, has secured a place at Edge Hill University to study Teacher Training (Primary) – the same university sister Amanda Levy completed 15 years ago.

Anna received an A* for her extended project, B in ICT, B in psychology, C in General Studies and a D in English Literature.

She said: “I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love children. I’m really pleased with my results and I’m going to be studying the same course my sister did.”

Anna said she burst into tears while completing her paper round after seeing that she had been accepted on the course. “I’m hoping that’s I’ll be going from the classroom to a classroom – hopefully forever. My mum is so proud.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Audenshaw. It’s such a close community – it’s like a family. You feel like a person rather than a number.”

Anna Bynon and family celebrate after her excellent results.


Success all adds up for Matthew

Maths whiz Matthew Boardman has his next step all figured out thanks to his impressive A level results. The 18-year-old earned A star in Maths and A grades in Further Maths and Physics.

He is looking forward to continuing his studies with a degree in maths and computer science at Durham University. He said: “I’m really pleased with my results. I was quite confident after my exams but it’s nice to see the results on paper after such a long wait.”

Matthew, of Audenshaw, continued in the sixth form after studying for his GCSEs at the school. He praised staff for their support during his two years studying towards his A levels and was due to celebrate by going out with friends.

“I rang my dad when I found out and he was really happy for me,” he said. “Some of my teachers were at school when I opened my results and they were really happy, it’s a success for them as well as for me.”

Looking forward to the next stage of his studies at university, Matthew said he would take a lot from his time at Audenshaw. “It was a natural progression for me to stay on after my GCSEs and I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” he said. “What I’ve learnt while I’ve been here is that hard work really pays off.”

Maths whizz Matthew Boardman earned a place at Durham University to study maths and computer science.