High Peak academics university bound after A-level success

King's School A-level students Maddie Townley, Edd Austin and Louise Marchington. Photo contributed.
King's School A-level students Maddie Townley, Edd Austin and Louise Marchington. Photo contributed.

Three High Peak academics were all smiles after receiving their A-level results.

Maddie Townley, Edd Austin and Louise Marchington, all students at King’s School, are now heading for top universities.

Maddie, 18, from Kettleshulme, gained two A*s and an A grade to study chemistry at Bristol, while Edd, 18, from Whaley Bridge, achieved an A* and two As to read economics at Leeds.

Louise will read English literature and language at Nottingham after getting an A*, A and B in her A-levels.

Overall, the Macclesfield school recorded another bumper set of A-level results.

Around 80 per cent of all grades were at A* to B, the same figure as last year, but this year over 50 per cent of all grades are at A* and A up from 44 per cent last year, while 22 per cent achieved the ultimate A* grade up from 19 per cent last year.

Ten students achieved three A*s or better; three students achieved an amazing four A*s, while 50 students achieved three As or better.

The results saw the vast majority of students progressing to the universities of their choice to study their preferred subject, while all six young men and women with offers from Oxford or Cambridge met the stiff grade requirements.

King’s School headmaster Dr Simon Hyde said: “These are among the best results in the school’s history, only marginally behind those achieved in 2014, confirming the strong improvements in teaching and learning at King’s over the last five years.

“This exceptional level of success is not achieved overnight or through last minute revision but through hard work from the early years up to the sixth form and the teachers’ insistence on a rigorous attention to detail and disciplined working routines.”