Principal “delighted” with improved Sir Harry Smith Community College A-level results

Jonathan Digby, principal of Sir Harry Smith Community College.

Jonathan Digby, principal of Sir Harry Smith Community College. - Credit: Archant

More than half of A-level grades (55 per cent) achieved by Sir Harry Smith Community College students were A*-B.

This represents a 11 per cent improvement on last year’s performance (44 per cent A*-B). Those achieving A*-C grades rose from 72 per cent to 80 per cent. One tenth of exams achieved the top A* grade, with a 98 per cent overall pass rate.

The college’s vocational students all achieved a Distinction* to Pass grade, 97 per cent achieved a Distinction* to Merit grade and 92 per cent achieved a Distinction* to Distinction grade.

Individual success stories include Jack Moseley Hutchinson (2A’s, B, C) who will be going to Warwick University, while Jack Harris (2A*s, A) and Jacob Harris: (A*, 2A’s) will both be going to Leicester University. Max Lutkin (2A*s, A) is off to Loughborough University.

George Ford, who excelled on Countdown earlier this year, achieved (A*, 2A’s) and is off to Exeter University to study Maths.


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Alex Thurgood achieved a Distinction* to go alongside B, B, C grades at A-level. He is going to Nottingham Trent University to read Business Studies.

Luke Baxter (3A*s, A) is going to read Computing at Cambridge University.

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Principal Jonathan Digby said: “I am delighted with the results that the students have achieved this year. I am particularly pleased with the fact that 10 per cent of the results were at grade A*, which is a great achievement for the students and their teachers.

“For our vocational students, 100 per cent received a Distinction* to Pass grade. Again I am delighted by the success of these students.

“The students have worked extremely hard this year to achieve this level of success and they deserve to feel very proud of their exam results.

“The results also reflect the hard work and dedication of the teachers and staff at Sir Harry Smith Community College.”

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