VIDEO: A-level success at Buxton Community School

The pass rate is up and the A-level grades are better than ever at Buxton Community School.

Headteacher Craig Yates is so proud of the student’s results.

Buxton Community School, Imogen Howson, Lauren and Jade Ashmore, Will Gilchrist and Shannon Booth

Buxton Community School, Imogen Howson, Lauren and Jade Ashmore, Will Gilchrist and Shannon Booth

He said: “This is a great year and everyone has done so well.

“This year students getting three A* to Bs has increased by eight per cent and we have seen a six per cent rise in pupils who have gained three A*s to Cs.

“The average grade has improved half a grade from last year and that is down to the hard work of all the pupils.

“This isn’t my success, this is their hard work and they should be so proud of what they have achieved.”

Lydia Weston with three A stars was Buxton Community's highest achieving student

Lydia Weston with three A stars was Buxton Community's highest achieving student

He added that the majority of students had got their first or second places at university.

Lydia Weston was the top-performing pupil at the school and achieved three A*s in English language, English literature and history.

She said: “I can’t believe it. It all seems a bit surreal.

“I was expecting two As and a B so I can’t quite believe it.

Buxton Community School, Imogen Howson, Lauren and Jade Ashmore, Will Gilchrist and Shannon Booth

Buxton Community School, Imogen Howson, Lauren and Jade Ashmore, Will Gilchrist and Shannon Booth

“I had to resit a piece of coursework so I never thought I would get one A*, never mind three.”
She will be studying politics at Newcastle University in October.

Shannon Booth got an A* in art, an A in applied science and a B in psychology.

She said: “I’m so shocked and so pleased. I’m heading off to Loughborough University to do psychology and I can’t wait.”
Lauren Ashmore was pleased with her grades. She said: “I got an A in applied science, A in psychology and a B in English.

“I’m going to do a degree in speech and language therapy in Sheffield.”
Her sister Jade got an A* in psychology, an A in history and a B in science.

She said: “In October I’m going to be a student at Chester University and I’m studying midwifery.

“I got a B last year and I didn’t think I would get an A*. I’m so pleased.”
Student Will Gilchrist is heading to Durham to do a masters in maths.

He said: “I was expecting to do well and I’m really pleased I’ve got the grades I needed for my four-year course.”
Imogen Howson was delighted with her results. She added: “I’m really happy with what I got.

“I got an A* in psychology, an A in history and a B in media.

“The A* has surprised me loads. You know if you have got into your first choice university before you get your results, so I knew it was good news but didn’t think it would be this good.”
Imogen will be studying sociology at York University.