Exam Results

2014

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The class of 2014 had plenty to celebrate as GCSE results were handed out at Leek High School. A fifth of the year group achieved at least 10 good GCSEs and the star students picked up clutches of 13 and, in one case, 14, top grade passes.

Top achievers were Lucien Dobel-Ober (13 passes including five A*s and 6 As), Sam Belfield (13 passes including 5 at grade A and A*), Billy Goldstraw (13 passes including 5 As), Laura Grindey (13 passes including 5 A and A*s), Charlotte Taylor (13 passes including distinctions in IT and Sport) and Holly Johnson (14 GCSEs as well as an AS level).

Most of the shining stars are staying on to study A levels in Leek High’s sixth form but Holly Johnson, the proud holder of 14 GCSEs and an AS level in dance, will be leaving her home town at the tender age of 16 to study performing arts at the prestigious Expressions Academy in Mansfield, Nottingham. There were tears from proud mum, Sonia, who said: “Since she was a little girl Holly has always loved singing and dancing and she’s hoping to travel the world with a career in the performing arts. I am happy that she will be staying with a host family in Mansfield and that she will have a motherly person looking after her.”

Fellow star student Sam Belfield picked up 13 passes including five at A and A* grades and will enter Leek High’s sixth form where Physics, taught by his dad, David Belfield is among his choices.

Sam said: “I’ve been waiting for these results for six weeks and have had more sleepless nights than usual. It’s been quite worrying.

“I’ve never had my dad as a teacher before but people tell me he’s OK and quite funny so I assume they know what they are talking about.”

Dad David Belfield said: “I am delighted to see Sam do so well. I have three more sons so he’s set the standard for his brothers to follow. He’s set his sights on a good university, preferably Manchester. I wasn’t good enough to go there so I went to Salford.”

Headteacher John Spencer said: “In a year when results are expected to be volatile, our outcomes have nudged up. And following the excellent performances in English and Maths at 6th form level last week, other subjects have stepped up to the plate this time.

“Sport and Biology both got 100% pass rates, Physics 95%, Chemistry 90% and English Literature just over 90%.

“The class of 2014 were a terrific bunch of young people and a great many of them are staying with us into year 12. As a year group they started from a low base but they have made great strides and we celebrate the special needs student getting a well-deserved grade E just as much as a bright youngster getting an A*.”

 

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It was a morning of agony and ecstasy for students arriving at Leek High School to pick up their A level results. Though the class of 2014 had achieved some of Leek High’s best ever results, fierce competition for places meant not all got their first choice of university – even after achieving a clutch of A* and A grades.

Star student Reilly Knight from Bradnop was celebrating getting into Oxford to study Computer Science after achieving three A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and IT and an A* for his extended project.

But for high achieving Hannah Gordon, from Horton, it was a tear-filled morning after she was rejected by both Cambridge and Warwick universities despite achieving two A* grades in Maths and Further Maths, an A in Physics and a B in Chemistry. She had to wait until midday to go through the clearing system and accept an offer of a place to study Maths at Birmingham University.

She said: “I’ve had a really stressful morning. I never really expected to get into Cambridge but I did get the exam results I needed only to fall a few marks short on the university’s own entrance exam. Now that I’ve confirmed my place at Birmingham though, I am happy with the outcome.”

Also happy was Daniel Bentley, 18, from Leek who is off to Reading University to read English after picking up a B in English Literature and C grades in Art and History. He said: “I’m just really happy today. It’s been a long wait – two months in fact since my last exam – and I’m looking forward to starting uni and eventually either teaching or going into journalism.”

Kyle Steele, 18, from Leek, will be the first in his family to go to university after securing a place at Bangor to read History, inspired by his teacher, head of Leek High John Spencer.

Kyle, who was accompanied by proud parents Joanne and Adrian as he picked up his results, said: “I had set my sights on an Engineering apprenticeship and never really thought about university. But, the more I got into history, the more I enjoyed it and wanted to take it further. I was lucky to have a really good teacher.

“I needed a B in History to get my place and I got a C with a C in IT and a D in Design and Technology. Because I was only one mark off my B grade, I’ve had my place confirmed and it’s a big relief.”

Car-mad Tom Day from Blackshaw Moor will be studying Automotive Engineering at Warwick University after gaining an A grade in Maths and Bs in Physics and Art. He said: “I’m off on holiday with my family now then I’ll be packing my bags for uni and will make my mum cry. I’d like to work for a big car company like Land Rover or Aston Martin.”

Kieran Wood from Leek will be studying Sport and Exercise at Chester University after gaining Distinction * in his BTEC Sport course and one of Leek High’s performing artists, Abby Buxton, from Rushton, is off to the same uni to study Dance with her sights set on a career in theatre.

Headteacher John Spencer, who had spent the morning pacing the school grounds like an expectant father, said: “We’ve had some excellent results and our Year 13 leavers have scored a 100% pass rate at A level. In Maths, half those passes were at A* level which is a phenomenal achievement.

“We are truly delighted with the progress our youngsters have made this year, not only the very gifted, but also those who have made the very best of their talents.

“I am pleased with the outcomes today. Leek High is a very small school and every student here counts. It’s great to see so many young people doing well and to see our AS results which bode well for the future. Our Music department has had amazing results with every student getting a distinction and seven gaining distinction stars.”

 

Performance Tables Link:

Secondary School Achievement and Attainment Tables

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