Richmond Sixth Form students celebrate A-level success

1. Emma Scott, Peter Longstaff and Izzy Lundberg, who all gained places at Oxbridge.

More than 100 Year 13 students from Richmond Sixth Form College achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in their A-Level and CTEC results today.

School leaders say these results have allowed every single student to progress to the chosen next stage of their lives, be that further academic study at university, starting an employment-based degree apprenticeship, taking a year out to gain employment and life experience, or to move straight into employment.

Once again, Richmond Sixth Form College has a select number of students who have gained places at Oxbridge.

Peter Longstaff, former Head Student, gained two A* grades and an A and will move on to study Geography at the University of Cambridge. Izzy Lundberg, one of Richmond’s high-flying linguists, achieved 2 A grades and a B, and is looking forward to starting her French and Russian course at the University of Oxford.

Emma Scott gained an A*, an A and a B, with full marks and an A* in her EPQ and will be moving on to the University of Cambridge to study History.

The CTEC Sport students achieved particular success this year, with Ellen Atkinson, former head student, gaining a clean sweep of three Distinction* grades.

Ellen has gained a place at Teesside University to study paramedic practice.

Josh Newell, one of the UK’s best junior golfers, who placed 18th in the 2022 European Open Championship, joined Richmond Sixth Form from Bedale High School and also achieved a clean sweep of three Distinction* grades.

He will move on to study Sport and Exercise Science at Durham University.

Ellie Spencer gained a Distinction* and two Distinction grades, with Katie Leversuch, who joined Richmond Sixth Form College from Risedale School, achieving two Distinction grades and a Merit.

Both of these students will move on to study sport and exercise science, at Edge Hill University and Teesside University respectively.

Cora Aked, a former deputy head student, achieved four A* grades and will move on to study mathematics at the University of St Andrews.

Will Mawer, another former deputy head student earned an A* and two A grades, plus an A* in his extended project qualification.

He will be studying geography at Durham University.

Josh Kind, Dominic Galloway and Will Mawer.


Leila Gray, who joined Richmond Sixth Form from SFX, achieved three A grades and an A* in the extended project.

She’s looking forward to starting her law course at the University of Sheffield.

Amongst many other individual success stories are Ruby Weaver-Cooke, with a Distinction* and two Distinction grades.

She’s going into a gap year and Lydia Cooper, who joined from SFX, with two A grades and a Distinction*.

Lydia will be joining York St John University to study occupational therapy. Continuing the diversity of our students’ destinations, Florence Quinton-Bottley has earned a place at the University of Central Lancashire to study veterinary medicine and surgery.

Alana Teasdale has a place as a chartered rural surveyor apprentice at Bell Ingram in Thirsk. Ross Wheatley will join Chipchase Manners as an accountancy apprentice and Jacob Moore will take up his position as a civil and structural engineering apprentice at Align Property Partners, Northallerton.

Finally, Harry Laviolette starts as an apprentice Architectural Technician at WardmanBrown, Darlington.


10. Ruby Weaver-Cooke, Georgie O’Reilly, Lucy Wilson, Daisy Binks and Poppy Mortimer.


Further standout stories include a number of students who have secured success on courses that will give them access to the highly competitive world of film, television, media and music.

Poppy Mortimer will start her television and radio production course at the University of Salford in 2024, after taking a gap year. Alice Brown will also be heading to the University of Salford to study film production.

Edie Heringman, one of Richmond’s outstanding musicians, is heading to SOAS University of London to study Music and World Philosophies and Freya Millar will be taking up a course in Music Production at Leeds Beckett University.

Jenna Potter, head teacher at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, congratulated the students on their success: “This cohort of students were not able to sit their GCSE exams because of Covid, so these are the first public exams they have experienced.

“It makes us very proud to see that these students have risen to this challenge and demonstrated resilience and determination to achieve what they have.

“To be in a situation where every single student is moving on to their chosen destination, without anyone having to resort to the UCAS clearing system, is absolutely fantastic.

“We wish our students all the very best with the next steps of their lives, and look forward to staying in touch with many of them as their successes continue.”