A Level results day: hard work pays off handsomely for Crompton House students

Date published: 10 August 2021


Crompton House School students will deservedly celebrate after collectively achieving an impressive 100% pass rate for all A Levels this morning.

A total of 32.1% of all A Level grades achieved were A*-A and 61% of all grades were at A*-B.

A total of 67% of the Extended Project cohort achieved an A* or an A grade for their independent projects.

Mr Karl Newell, Headteacher at Crompton House, was unsurprisingly proud once again.

He said: “Our Year 13 students may not have sat their final exams, but the grades that they have received carry the same value as any other year and will allow them to compete on a level playing field with students from previous and future years.

"Over the past two years our A-Level students have grown in confidence as they have progressed academically, socially and as leaders within the school and they can now look forward to a bright future at university and beyond.

"Their excellent results confirm that the class of 2021 have worked incredibly hard over the last two years and deserve considerable praise for their efforts.

"The outstanding commitment of the Crompton House students, staff and parents has been reflected in the results."

Mr Newell added: "This has been a culmination of thousands and thousands of hours of work, lessons, assignments, and they've sat lots of internal assessments too.

"It certainly looks like the vast majority will be going on to their first choice of university, which is also wonderful news.

"This is a great school, with fantastic pupils and really supportive parents, and a very dedicated staff team.

"I think that combination has led to this terrific set of results."

Mr. Richard Smith, Head of Sixth form, said: “We are so proud of all our Year 13 students who, despite all of the lockdowns, self-isolations and remote learning sessions, have stayed positive and worked incredibly hard over the last two years.

"As a result, they have achieved the results that they deserve and that will help them successfully progress on to the next stage of their lives.

"With students moving on to top universities, competitive courses, apprenticeships and into employment, we congratulate them all and wish them all the best for the future.”

Three students achieved three or more A* grades.

Natasha Farrand

Melissa Critchley achieved her A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Geography and will read Dental Surgery at the University of Sheffield in September.

Melissa also achieved Distinction in her ABRSM Grade 8 Flute exam in the summer term, along with an A* in her Extended Project, in which she studied the effect of dental anxiety on oral health in children.

Kyle Charles’ A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics were accompanied by an A in Chemistry.

Kyle was also the first of this Year 13 cohort to complete his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Kyle is moving on to study Mathematics at Durham.

Cailin Shepherd also received a clean sweep of A*s in Politics, English Literature and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.

Cailin completed the University of Oxford’s OxNET Philosophy and World Religions course in preparation for university and will be taking up his place at the University of Manchester to read Law.

Both Danny Duru and Ryan Chipchase received three A grades, along with A grades in their Extended Projects, and are moving on to read Medicine at Aston and Newcastle respectively.

Declan Finegan, Thomas Guilbert, Liam Heap, Emily Musgrave and Keaton Wright join Cailin Shepherd in moving on from Crompton House to read Law, having achieved an impressive 14 A*, three A and four B grades between them.

With consistently good links between Crompton House and local universities, Crompton House staff are delighted that so many of their students are moving on to the University of Manchester this year.

Alongside Cailin (Law), Drew Mason achieved A*AA and an A* in her EPQ and will be studying Biology.

Joshua Stott achieved A*AA and is planning to read Mathematics. Alicia Bennici achieved a Distinction* in her BTEC, along with grades A and B in her A Levels and will be studying Educational Psychology.

Joining Alicia in the Psychology Department will be Ryan Jenkins who achieved A*AB.

Crompton House Sixth Form continues its tradition of supporting students in successfully gaining competitive places to study Nursing and Midwifery, with excellent results in Health and Social Care as well as Psychology and Biology. 

Olivia Newton (right) celebrates her results

Although the majority of students move on to university after Crompton House, increasing numbers are, like Molly and Beth, choosing to apply for Apprenticeship and Degree Apprenticeships, combining study with work for local, national or international companies.

Holly Rimmer, who achieved A*AA grades in her A Levels and an A in her Extended Project, has been offered a Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship with Astra Zeneca focusing on the biology of cancers.

Crompton House Head Girl Natalie Oldham will be working for Rochdale Council on a Project Management Apprenticeship focusing on the redevelopment of Rochdale’s Town Hall.

Tom Barlow has been offered a place on Sainsbury’s Retail Management Apprenticeship programme.

Tom Bailey, Mia Atherley and Mollie Hadfield have all successfully interviewed for financial-based apprenticeship places, with Tom moving on to AXA Financial Management, Mia to Dywidag, a steel infrastructure company, and Mollie to the Accountancy department of 24/7 Car Finance.

With Crompton House's largest ever cohort of students studying the Extended Project Qualification, an impressive 18 students (67%) achieved A or A* grades, with all students being awarded A*-C grades.

The EPQ is seen as a highly valuable addition to A Levels as students research their project independently, learning project management, communication and referencing skills that are vital for Higher Education and their future careers.

Titles this year have been as varied as ever, with Natasha Farrand achieving her A* for an essay entitled “Should we all go vegan?”, whereas Thomas Davys designed and modelled a garden office space in his A* graded project.

High Crompton-based James Hadfield, who lives on the same road as last week's Olympic hero and former Crompton House pupil Matt Walls, secured an A in Biology, A* in PE and an A in Psychology.

He plans on taking a year out imminently, befiore then considering a degree apprenticeship.

"I don't think it's sunk in properly yet," James (pictured above) told the Chronicle this morning.

"I can't quite get over it, especially the Biology result as that was a subject I struggled with at the start of the year.

"I managed to turn it around so I'm really happy."

Olivia Newton secured an A in sociology, a B in PE, a B in Mathematics Studies and a C in business.

She will now move onto Manchester Met to study Business and Finance.

Olivia said: "I'm over the moon because I've got in Uni.

"I knew I wasn't going to fail so I wasn't too nervous beforehand.

"I think I'll be heading into the finance sector because I do like maths."

Natasha Farrand (mentioned earlier) bagged a B in Biology, an A in Geography and an A* in Psychology.

She will now study nutrition at Nottingham.

She said: "I did a lot better than I expected so I'm really happy.

"Learning from home was difficult and a lot different from learning at school.

"It was so much harder, so because of that I feel I do deserve these grades."


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