A-level joy

RECORDS were smashed as Wigan’s A-level students enjoyed another bumper crop of results.

The borough’s five sixth form centres today declared themselves highly delighted and proud with their 2012 cohorts, several of whom reached new academic highs. This despite a first slight decline in top grades across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in more than 20 years.

Lauren Hartshorn, 18, and Amber Tyldesley, 18, right, are pleased with their results, as students get their A-Level results at St Mary's Catholic High School, Astley

Lauren Hartshorn, 18, and Amber Tyldesley, 18, right, are pleased with their results, as students get their A-Level results at St Mary's Catholic High School, Astley

Winstanley College again headed the local performance league table and will no doubt be jostling for a top national position too.

The number of A* or A grades accumulated rose from 31.4 per cent last year to 39.8 this; likewise the number of A* to Bs shot up from 63.1 to 71 per cent.

Orrell St John Rigby College’s overall pass rate of more than 99 per cent was its best ever figure and the Deanery High’s headteacher Stepehn Brierley paid tribute to his sixth form after three-quarters of students enjoyed 100 per cent pass rates.

Across the borough at St Mary’s High School in Astley, its students too were celebrating their best ever results with 78 per cent of exams gaining a C grade or above.

St John Rigby College student Emma Gibson, 18, from Hindley, received top grades and is planning a career as an architect.

She said: “I’m really happy, I got three As in Art, Religious Studies and Psychology and I’ve been accepted onto the Architecture course at Newcastle University. The tuition fees didn’t put me off applying for university at all, I’ll pay if off eventually when I have a job. The best thing is I got better results than my brother!”

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