Results Day

Durham Uni

Staff and students at Prior Pursglove College are celebrating yet another historic results day performance.

Students secured the college’s highest ever A-level pass rate at 99.4%, up from 99% in 2014, with 80% of A-level subjects achieving a 100% pass rate.

Of the college’s 1,225 A-level entries, almost half received the prestigious ‘A*’, ‘A’ or ‘B’ grades needed to secure competitive places at the country’s top universities. 36 students also achieved highly-regarded A* grades.

Celebrating a place at Oxford University was Daniel Gittins, who studied A-levels in Geology, Maths, Further Maths and Physics, securing A*A*AA grades in his final exams. Daniel, a former pupil of Sacred Heart School, will study Earth Sciences at the prestigious institution in September.

Elsewhere in Science, three friends followed in each other’s footsteps as they each gained their place at Durham University after excelling in their studies. Aaron Smith (ex-Rye Hills), Jack Britton (ex-Hillsview Academy) and Michael Schneider collectively achieved 3 A*s and 6 A grades.

Prior is renowned for getting students to university, but as Rebekah Singleton showed, top grades can also earn you a place on a highly competitive local apprenticeship scheme. Rebekah achieved A*A*A grades and was delighted to successfully secure her place on a Dental Nursing apprenticeship with Shape Training. 

Judy Burton, Principal at Prior Pursglove College, said: “The college has exceeded its target in securing a record A-level pass rate of 99.4%, which we are exceptionally proud of.

“These historic results follow a remarkable year for Prior which saw the college regain its ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted, an accolade which is testament to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic staff team.

“Prior has an excellent record of getting students to some of the best universities in the country, and this best practice continues. Our high grades performance has allowed students to secure their places at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, studying highly competitive courses in Sciences, Medicine and Law, to name but a few.

“Our results are particularly strong in Science, Mathematics, English, Health and Social Care, Law and Business – highly desired sector areas for North East employers. We are very pleased to continuing our outstanding contribution to the education and training of young people in this region.

“I would like to extend my best wishes for every student leaving us this summer.”