A-level Results Day 2018: Salford students achieve outstanding results

16 August 2018

Staff and students at Pendleton and Eccles Sixth Form Colleges are celebrating outstanding results on advanced level courses. More than 39 subjects boasted a 100% pass rate with exceptional numbers achieving high grades.

Head of Pendleton Sixth Form College, Kimberley Cash said: “We are delighted with the excellent A-level results our students have achieved this year, especially the high grades. I would like to thank the students, parents and staff for all of their hard work over the past two years; it has certainly been worth it.

“We are very proud of all of our students and wish them the very best as they progress onto some of the country’s top institutions and follow in the footsteps of our very successful alumni, including Taryn Challender, who has just received a First Class Honours Degree in English from the University of Cambridge.”

Former Ellesmere Park High School pupil, Daniel O’Shea, from Salford, achieved two impressive A* grades in biology and chemistry and an A grade in physics. The star student said: “I chose Pendleton because of their excellent results and am happy I’ve done very well today.” 

Daniel’s grades were amongst the highest in the country and have secured him a place at the University of Manchester to study Dentistry. He dreams of becoming an oral and maxillofacial radiology specialist and thanks staff at Pendleton Sixth Form College for their excellent level of support and the trips they put on to support interviews for dentistry. 

(Daniel O’Shea) 

Kaid Robinson, also a former student at Ellesmere Park High School said: “I’m really happy with my results and believe they will help me accomplish my goal of becoming a Formula 1 Aerodynamicist. The college has really helped me get to this point.”

Kaid achieved a very impressive set of results with an A* in chemistry and A grades in physics and maths. He is progressing on to the University of Manchester to study Aerospace Engineering.

(Kaid Robinson)

Former Bridgewater High School student Laura Bradley achieved A grades in business, economics and psychology. She commented: “Receiving my results today has been the perfect end to my time at Pendleton. The college has a friendly environment and the teachers have been amazing.” Laura will now progress on to the University of Sheffield to study business with economics.

(Laura Bradley)

Overall, 97% of Pendleton students passed their A-level exams with 67% achieving top grades. This has opened up fantastic progression opportunities with many students accepting places at Russell Group Universities and prestigious drama schools including RADA, Guildford School of Acting and Mountview. It was a similar story at Eccles Sixth Form College where advanced vocational students are celebrating a 100% pass rate with 74% achieving high grades.

Head of Eccles Sixth Form College, Rebecca Parks said: “All the staff would like to congratulate their students on receiving outstanding results this year.  We are proud of the level of commitment and dedication they have demonstrated towards their studies and we are confident they will continue to excel in the future.”

Eccles student, Jacob Golda, achieved the highest accolade of Triple Distinction Star (D*, D*, D*) in his Advanced Level Public Services Course and will now go on to study law at The University of Manchester.

Ceire McCardle-Donaghey gained a Triple Distinction Star (D*, D*, D*) in her Advanced Level Animal Management Course.  She is one of only 20 students in the country who has been accepted to study zoology at Newcastle University.

Rebecca continued: “There were also outstanding results from Emmie-Rose Eastwood who achieved the highest possible grade of Triple Distinction Star (D*, D*, D*) in her Advanced Level Vocational Sport Course, all whilst representing Great Britain in Water Polo.”

Staff from both Pendleton and Eccles are delighted with this year’s results and extremely hopeful for the year ahead.  

Kimberley said: “At Pendleton we are currently in discussions with NASA to secure extraordinary opportunities for students within our Centre of Excellence for STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  Our Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts has secured fantastic partnerships with some of best drama schools and conservatoires in the UK and our Season of Shows promises to be the best yet. We have continued to invest in our college and facilities for our students and we are extremely excited about the new academic year.”

Rebecca said: “At Eccles we have established excellent working relationships with local and national employers so students can gain valuable industry insight and be prepared for their next steps.  The college has a highly successful partnership with Manchester United Foundation, NHS, North West Ambulance Service and Royal Horticultural Society. Eccles has also undertaken significant development in the Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing Department to create industry-standard facilities for all our students.  The department houses over 250 different species of domestic and exotic animals across 5 acres.”

Applications for 2018 entry are being accepted now and enrolment will take place in the week commencing 20 August.

For more information visit www.salfordcc.ac.uk.

Please see the full gallery of photos from A-level Results Day at Pendleton Sixth Form College below: 

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