Yorkshire's independent schools and grammars celebrate A Level results success

Independent and grammar schools in Yorkshire have reported a successful year of results for their A-level students.

More than half of students at Bradford Grammar School achieved solely A* and A grades.

Of the 125 students who were given their results, 51 per cent achieved A*/A grades, while 77 per cent were awarded A* to B grades and 92 per cent secured A* to C grades.

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Harrogate Ladies’ College, an independent day and boarding school, achieved top results across all subjects, with 85 per cent of grades at A* to C level.

Pupils from Harrogate Ladies' College their A level results. Elsa Thompson, who got two A* and one A, Amnelia Braithwaite the head girl, who got three As and Lucy Kendrick, who got A*and one A. Picture: Gary Longbottom.

It was in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects that girls excelled, with more than 75 per cent of physics and 50 per cent of chemistry and further maths students being awarded grades A* to A.

Principal Sylvia Brett said: “We are enormously proud of the achievements of all our girls who have worked incredibly hard in these exceptional and challenging circumstances.”

At Harrogate’s Ashville College, 39 per cent of results achieved were A* and A grades.

Acting headteacher Elspeth Fisher said: “We want to pay tribute to our most senior pupils who have lost out on many activities and privileges throughout their final year at school but have continued to actively engage with staff through online lessons until May half-term. Each individual deserves to be proud of their achievements.”

At Ripon Grammar School, 79 per cent of grades awarded were at A* to B, and more than half of all grades at A* or A.

Student and cyclist Abi Smith confessed she has arrived at a crossroads. The 18-year-old, who is a member of the British Cycling Junior Academy, is considering focusing on a professional sporting career after being awarded A* grades in geography and PE and an A in biology.

She is thinking of deferring her offer of a place to study biological sciences, along with a coveted sports scholarship, at Loughborough University to concentrate on her sport.

She said: “I would love to go to university at some point, but I don’t think it matters if it takes me ten years or more if I am going to try and have a career in cycling first.”