Ellesmere College students celebrate exam success in A-levels, IB and BTECs

Posted on 17th Aug 2023 in School News, A levels, International Baccalaureate, BTECs

Students at Shropshire’s Ellesmere College are celebrating their A-level results today with an overall pass rate of 98% with some outstanding performances and securing places at top universities across the UK and overseas.

The good news follows on from the excellent results achieved by students who completed the IB Diploma course and BTEC Diploma.

The 2023 results saw 66% of IB students achieving 30 or more points, the gold standard for the IB Diploma and the top performing student this year, Iris Grigoras from Bucharest achieved an impressive 44 points out of a maximum of 45 which equates to four A*s and one A grade at A-level and places her in the top 1% of IB students worldwide. She will be taking up her place at the University of Miami, USA to study Law.

The BTEC Diploma results continue to impress with students celebrating another year of 100% pass results that included several Distinctions (A* at A-level).

Another student off to study in the USA includes BTEC Diploma students, Jemimah Choi from Gresford, Wrexham who secured distinction/merit in her diploma and a tennis scholarship in Ohio to study Global Sports and Culture.

The BTEC top performer of the year with three star distinctions (equivalent to three A* at A-level) Tom Boggemann from Diemen, Netherlands is staying closer with his place at Surrey to read Psychology.

Places have been secured at universities that cover the length and breadth of the UK and around the world.

Aditi Chezhian from Chirk, is both a talented tennis player, representing Wales and a high achieving academic, securing three A* grades in Biology, Maths and Chemistry to secure her place at Girton College, Cambridge to read Medicine.

Anna Farrow from Rugby, managed to combine an outstanding swimming career with outstanding A-level results including four A* grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Economics to secure a place at Bath to read Chemistry and continue her swimming career.

Tessa O’Brien from Llangollen, achieved an impressive set of four A-level grades A*, A, A and B in Art and Design, Maths, Chemistry and Physics securing her place at Durham to read Chemistry.

Carmen Kilgannon from Ellesmere, is also off to Durham University having secured A*, A and an A in Religious Studies, History and Politics and will read Religion, Society and Culture.

Alex Norris from Ellesmere, secured three A's in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and a B in Chemistry to read Computer Science at Exeter.

Lili Harvey Hemming, also from Ellesmere, secured A’s in Biology and Psychology and a B in Chemistry to secure her place at University of Surrey to read Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Molly Fry from Whitchurch, achieved A’s in Latin and Music and a B in Spanish and will be reading Classics at the University of Birmingham.

Naomi McGuire from Fleet, achieved A, A, and a B in History, Biology and Chemistry and will read History at the University of Glasgow.

Staff said Naomi is a student who has effectively combined her sport with her academic commitments as a member of the Ellesmere College swimming academy.

Archie Neaves, another outstanding swimmer at the Ellesmere College swimming academy has managed his training regime and is academic work successfully securing A* in Geography alongside two B grades in Economic and History and will be taking up Geography at Swansea University.

Brendan Wignall, Headmaster at Ellesmere College said: “It is a pleasure to see how well pupils have achieved and they are commended for their positive approach to the examination experience, having had the GCSEs interrupted by the pandemic.

“These results are a testament to their hard work and determination, to the diligence of their teachers and the constant support of parents.

“These pleasing A-level results follow the excellent results in July for IB Diploma and BTEC. The breadth of courses and destinations that our students move onto is particularly pleasing to see as an outworking of being a school with a global focus and in keeping with our high-performance learning (HPL) philosophy.”