A level success
Ben Harris


We have continued our track record of A level success with a 100% pass rate, 63% of grades at A*-B and A*A grades well above the national average. 85% of our Year 13 students received offers from a Russell Group university and these results have now secured their places at some of the foremost centres across the UK and overseas.  

We had a strong showing in science subjects, with 100% A*-B grades in physics and students securing their places for medicine, biochemistry, veterinary science and dentistry. Giggleswick’s excellent reputation for performing arts was also reflected in some impressive results for both music and drama, with 100% A*-B grades in theatre studies and George Collins who has won a place at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.  

Headmaster Mark Turnbull said “We are delighted by the results with so many pupils performing above expectations and putting in so much hard work to realise their ambitions at top universities. Beyond the raw statistics of results are lots of individual tales of triumph and we congratulate them all. 

“I believe the true measure of a good school is how well the curriculum in its broadest sense supports students in getting grades that are better than they expected. That is genuinely what Giggleswick does best.” 

Alongside their A level study, all our sixth form students take the highly regarded Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and this year more than 73% of them achieved A*-C grades.  

Tom Russell was delighted to hear that he had secured his place to study medicine at Plymouth University and puts it down to the EPQ that clinched it for him. His research investigation into the impact of concussion in sport was awarded a top A* grade. 

We are proud of our reputation for nurturing talent of all kinds and the range of university destinations and subject interests is clear evidence of this. George Collins is a talented guitarist and is delighted to be heading to America to study.  

Eve Hutchinson from Clitheroe achieved three straight A’s and will be taking a gap year before starting a dentistry degree next year. Eve said “I don’t think I am naturally academic but my teachers worked so hard with me and encouraged me every step of the way to always try my best.” 

Our sixth formers are heading for wide ranging further study and careers from cyber security and law, to business, product design, interior design, ancient history, sport and real estate.

More and more students are choosing BTEC subject options as well as A levels and this year more than half of our BTEC students have achieved the top Double Distinction (D*D*) grade. They will be heading to universities including Durham, Oxford Brooks and Northumbria. 

Mrs Coward, Head of Sixth Form welcomed students to collect their results with a team of staff on hand to provide help and guidance on their final university decisions. She said “There are so many highlights for our students to celebrate. They have exciting futures ahead of them and we wish them well as they start on the exciting next step into further education and careers.”