Students at Newcastle-under-Lyme School dispelled fears over grade boundaries and worries that new A Levels are getting more difficult by achieving a breathtaking rise in top A Level grades.

As the National press reported on grade boundaries and the demands of the new qualifications, NULS students led in the County and secured an incredible 14% rise in top grades year on year, pushing the school’s standards higher. Over 72% of all examinations were awarded the top grades of A*-B and nearly 90% at grades A*-C.

The School’s Headmaster, Michael Getty, expressed his pride in the students saying ‘This hardworking and talented bunch really embody our holistic approach and have achieved these grades whilst pursuing an enormous amount of extracurricular enrichment too. They deserve great credit.’

Fifteen students secured straight A*/A grades alone with subjects like Mathematics, Languages, and Sciences, which have hit the headlines over their difficulty, proving particularly successful. ‘We actually have five students who have secured the blue riband of straight A*s in all of their subjects. Where there have been concerns in the media, it is lovely to see that this year group has met the challenge head-on, and will now depart to study at the likes of Cambridge and leading Russell Group Universities on vastly diverse courses from English to Engineering, from Mathematics to Medicine!