Richmond School students celebrate A-level success

Students at Richmond Sixth Form College are celebrating outstanding A-level results at the end of an academic year like no other.

There were notable successes with many students exceeding their predicted grades and securing outstanding destinations at university and degree apprenticeships.

Uchenna Anyadiegwu, James Longstaff and Sam Potter achieved straight A*s in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics.

The students have known each other since they were toddlers and have been friends throughout their seven years at Richmond School and Sixth Form College.

James is heading to Cambridge to read natural sciences, Sam will read maths at Edinburgh and Uchenna, former headboy, will study mechanical engineering at Leeds.

With a trio of A*s, former headgirl, Joely Weston, is looking forward to reading marketing and management at Durham.

Former deputy headgirls Millie Aston and Katie Wood have also done well.

With three A*s and an A, Millie is delighted to be going to Oxford to read chemistry and Katie, with two A*s and an A, is heading to Leeds to study economics.

Lola Cross achieved three A*s and a B and will read physics at University College London (UCL).

Following in the legal footsteps of Baroness Hale, alumna and former president of the Supreme Court, four students — Kaelan Richards, Erin Bell, Campbell Warren and Cristina Vaidos — are studying Law at Newcastle, Liverpool, East Anglia and Manchester Met respectively.

For Cristina, this is an amazing achievement.

Her resilience, incredible hard work and determination have been outstanding, as when she joined Richmond School in Year 9, she couldn’t speak any English.

A number of students have secured highly competitive apprenticeships.

Charlotte Addison gained three A*s and has accepted a five-year chartered accountancy apprenticeship with the NAO in Newcastle.

Josephine Cooper achieved two A*s and a B and her degree apprenticeship is in product design with DS Smith Packaging.

Jess Kelly is starting a Level 3 dental nursing apprenticeship with Phillips & Co in Darlington and Daniel Norton is joining the merchant navy and doing his training with Clyde Training.

Alongside their A-levels, some students also took the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which demands huge commitment and independent study.

Betsie Scott Hall achieved an A* in her EPQ and two A*s and two As in her A-levels and will be studying chemistry at York.

With two A*s, an A, plus an A in his EPQ, Jacob Marshall will read politics and sociology at Manchester and Zoe Tizzard, with an EPQ grade A and three As at A-level will be studying linguistics at Lancaster.

There have been some outstanding distinction and distinction* results in the performing arts CTEC qualification which will see Charlotte Harrison and Kassie Jeffels take up unconditional offers in dance practices at Middlesex and Musical Theatre at the University of Lincoln.

Archie Forbes is heading to Liverpool Hope to study music and music production and Rosie Jowett will study drama at Manchester.

Students who joined Richmond after their GCSEs have also celebrated good results.

Eleanor Donaghy’s three As have gained her a place to study psychology at York.

With three As and an EPQ A, Naomi Baird is studying Medicine at Sunderland, while Tom Prime, with an A* and two As, will study Economics and Finance at Leeds,

Jenna Potter said: “This is a superb set of results for our students and I am immensely proud of their achievements, despite the unprecedented challenges they have faced over the last 18 months.

“They have shown high levels of maturity, tenacity and commitment to their studies to not only achieve so much in their exams but to prepare themselves for the next chapter of their lives.”