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GCE Results 2023

GCE Results 2023

A-level Press Release – Thursday, 17th August 2023

Following the well-publicised return to pre-pandemic grading criteria in England this year, the students and staff at Bishop Heber High School are delighted to be celebrating yet another set of consistently excellent results with an impressive 29% of all A-level grades awarded being either an A* or A. Furthermore, 55% of all A-level grades were grade B or higher. These outstanding results demonstrate once again that Bishop Heber High School is one of the leading comprehensive Sixth Forms in Cheshire. Many students will now be looking forward to taking up their places at prestigious universities across the country or in highly valued apprenticeship schemes, whilst others will be entering employment or taking gap years abroad. Performance across all subjects was impressive, but of particular note were Art, Computer Science, English Language, Extended Project (EPQ), Further Mathematics, Physics, Politics and Theatre Studies where over two thirds of all grades achieved were A*- B. BTEC vocational courses in the Sixth Form continue to excel with almost 70% of entries across Business, Health and Social Care and Sport achieving Distinction or higher.

A huge congratulations to the many students who have achieved outstanding results. William Whitehill (Malpas) has achieved four straight A* grades and will attend the University of Warwick to study Mathematics. Luke Pearse (Malpas) has achieved excellent results with three A* grades and an A in Further Maths securing his place to read Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Christopher Gray (Cefn-y-Bedd) also gained three A*s and an A and is looking forward to studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath in September.

Alice Dermody (Whitchurch) and Arthur Faithful (Malpas) gained three straight A* grades each, each successfully gaining places on the History course at the University of Manchester. Leila Humphries (Marford) and Grace Parry (Farndon) are also celebrating achieving three A* grades and will take up their places at the University of Manchester (International Relations) and Cardiff University (Psychology) respectively.

The following students have done exceptionally well to achieve two A* grades including Henry Dollemore (Farndon) with two A*s and two As who will attend the University of Exeter to study Evolutionary Biology. Jeremy Shorthose (Nantwich) has gained two A*s, an A and a B, while Keira Smith (Clutton) is looking forward to studying International Relations at the University of Liverpool following her two A*s and a B. Ioan Crump (Wrexham) will attend the University of Birmingham to study Nuclear Engineering following his excellent achievement of two A* grades, and an A.

With one A* grade, we celebrate the results of Kathryn Denman (Whitchurch), who gained one A*, two As and an A* in EPQ and will go on to study International Relations at Newcastle University. Georgina Jones (Stretton) gained an A* and two As and is planning to enrol at the University of Bath next year to study Natural Sciences. Sophie Deponeo (Malpas) has achieved one A* and three A grades (including A in EPQ) and will attend the University of York to study Biochemistry. Harry Ames (Churton) also achieved a great set of results with A*, A, B and an A in EPQ. Harry intends to go to the University of Nottingham to study Chemical Engineering. Jasmin Miller (Malpas) achieved A*, A, B and has a deferred place for 2024 at the University of Bristol to study Philosophy.

Further congratulations go to the following students: Daniel Jones (Norbury) – with straight A grades to achieve his goal to study Business Economics at Lancaster University. Louis Jones (Bangor-on-Dee) who plans on studying Medicinal Chemistry at Loughborough University. Miles Dougan (Malpas) with three A grades and an A* in EPQ who will be studying Chemistry at University College London (UCL) next year. Finally, Head Prefect Alanah Green (Farndon) also excelled – achieving three A grades and an A* EPQ and will pursue a Geography degree next year.

Well done also to the following students who have achieved the highest possible Distinction* grade in their BTEC / vocational courses: Daisy Bardsley (Whitchurch), Imogen Griffiths (Gresford), Charlotte Haycox (Wrexham), Harry Lyon (Whitchurch), Emily Marshall (Malpas), Deputy Head Prefect – Chloe Morris (Rossett), Ella Morris (Tattenhall), Bethan Williams (Farndon) and Libby Williams (Farndon).

The Headteacher, David Curry was delighted with this years’ results and commented: “With all the uncertainty and disruption of the past few years we are especially thrilled with the outstanding success of our students today. We are extremely pleased that so many of our students have achieved their expected places at a wide range of universities. Students have once again secured places at top/prestigious institutions such as Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Lancaster, Liverpool, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, UCL, Warwick and York, amongst many others. These achievements demonstrate yet again that the School continues to provide exceptional education to students across Cheshire and the wider area, and most importantly, that our students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best.  Bishop Heber High School is an established centre of excellence for A-level and these results again demonstrate the outstanding efforts of both the students and staff.  Finally, I am sure that the students would also wish me to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the teaching and support staff at Heber who work tirelessly to help students achieve the best results they can.”

 I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all my colleagues and Governors at Heber to wish all ‘Leavers’ our best wishes for the future – please keep in touch.”

Director of Sixth Form, Mr Garnham remarks that he is extremely proud of the effort students have made during their time in the Sixth Form. “Our Year 13 students have been a real source of inspiration over the last two years. This cohort have overcome the challenges faced during their GCSE years via a combination of their tireless hard work and the excellent working relationships with their tutors and teachers. They have continuously demonstrated positivity and have made a valuable contribution to wider school life during their time in the Sixth Form. I wish them all the very best with their exciting future plans and destinations.”

GCE (A-level) Qualifications 2023

Subject Entries A*- A % A*- B % A*- E %
Art & Design 9 22.2 77.8 100
Biology 32 31.25 59.38 100
Chemistry 27 44.44 62.96 100
Computer Science 9 22.22 66.67 88.89
Design & Technology Product Design 18 5.56 27.78 94.44
Economics 21 28.57 47.62 100
English Language 9 33.33 77.78 100
English Literature 2 0 50 100
Extended Project (EPQ) 36 38.89 69.44 97.22
Geography 28 35.71 71.43 100
Government & Politics 14 64.29 92.86 100
History 17 29.41 47.06 100
Mathematics 30 33.33 53.33 93.33
Mathematics Further 6 66.67 83.33 100
Media Studies 19 21.05 36.84 100
Physics 13 23.08 69.23 100
Psychology 44 34.09 47.73 100
Religious Studies 3 33.33 33.33 100
Sociology 22 22.73 50 95.45
Theatre Studies 2 50 100 100

Level 3 (Diploma) Qualifications 2023

Subject Entries A*- A % A*- B % A*- E %
L3 Applied Diploma in Tourism 5 40 60 80

Level 3 (BTEC) Qualifications 2023

Subject Entries Distinction*-Distinction % Merit % Pass %
Business Studies (Ext Cert) 16 68.75 100 100
Health & Social BTEC Ext. Cert. 11 81.81 90.90 100
Sport BTEC Ext. Cert. 5 40 100 100