There were many happy, smiling faces on A Level results day as students, parents and staff celebrated another fantastic set of results for Gateways School in Harewood. This year saw the first results for reformed A Levels in 13 subjects including the sciences, psychology, history and art disciplines.
The 2016-2017 academic year has seen an outstanding 100% of pupils achieve A*-B grades in subjects including Spanish, media studies, further maths, food technology, English Literature, music and physics. As a non-selective school, Gateways has received a 100% overall pass rate, the national figure having fallen to 98%. Celebrations are also in order for art & design and art & photography as two students were awarded the elusive A* grade, something which is extremely difficult to achieve in these subjects.
Headmistress Dr Tracy Johnson commented: “It is particularly pleasing to consider our results on the understanding that we are a truly non-selective school with an extremely broad student ability base. With that in mind, to achieve a 100% pass rate at A level is fantastic and shows that the individual attention our students receive in our uniquely small classes really does pay off. The icing on the cake is that the students also achieved 43% of grades at the coveted ABB benchmark level and the cherry on the top is that 90% of all grades were between A*- C! My sincere congratulations go to all and my deepest thanks also goes to the dedicated and hard-working teaching staff who inspire the students to achieve the very best they can.”
Isabel Laughton, who is going to read Psychology at Newcastle University, commented: ‘I’m really happy with my results but I’m not quite ready to leave the comfort of Gateways!’