'Superb' results are the highest yet for John Taylor students

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By Lichfield Mercury | Friday, August 24, 2012, 09:00

STUDENTS in Year 13 at John Taylor High School in Barton under Needwood are celebrating a "superb" set of A-level and BTEC results.

The 2012 pass rate was well over 99 per cent, the highest yet achieved at the school, with 59 per cent of grades being achieved at A*, A or B – five per cent higher than last year's record.

"We are delighted with these achievements," said principal Mike Donoghue. "They are a testament to the hard work and ability of our students and staff, and a recognition that we are preparing our young people to contribute positively to our society.

"The overwhelming majority of our students will be in a position to accept a place at a university of their choice or move on to the employ- ment or apprenticeships they aspire to.

"For each and every one of them, exciting futures lie ahead, built upon a firm educational foundation.

"We wish them all our congratulations and continued success in further study and employment."

A number of students achieved exceptional results. They included Ben Hendon (4A*s), Jack Moss (3 A*s and 1A), Joe Matchett (3A*s), Claudia Russell (2A*s and 2As), James Lane (1A* and 3As), and Emily Orton, Harry Laing, Lizzy Sharkey, Kathryn O'Connell (all with 1A* and 2As).

Destinations and subjects for these youngsters include Cambridge University (chemical engineering); Edinburgh University (medicine); Leicester University (medicine); Manchester University (chemical engineering); Bristol University (law); St Andrew's University (French and Spanish); Warwick University (history); and Newcastle University (chemical engineering).

In total, 21 students at John Taylor attained three A grades or above.

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