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Local schoolboy wins Scientist of the Year

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A local schoolboy has won the Key Stage 2 Scientist of the Year at a science fair organised at the University of Surrey this week.

Run by the multi-academy GLF Trustm students from a range of local primary and secondary schools competed in years groups head to head to be named Scientist of the Year.

Max Barr of Salfords Primary School was named winner for his Key Stage with a project on how to make gases at home.

Winner of the other Key Stages were:

Sophia Briscoe, of Merstham Primary School, for Key Stage 1 Primary Scientist of the Year for her work on the subject of whether boys are completely hygienic.

The Key Stage 3 winners were Faith Walker, Poppy Wigley and Elsie Wright from The Beacon Secondary School on the taste of coffee.

Hillcroft School pupils at the Science Fair

The event was held at the prestigious venue on Wednesday when the university’s Professor Jim Al Khalili was one of the key note speakers along with Jo Fox, US Space Ambassador and head of Spacefund.

Each school, all members of the multi-academy GLF Trust, held its own science fair prior to this week’s final to choose a winning project and runner-up for the university date. Pupils had worked on their own projects at home in order to take part in the event.

“The standard of children’s science projects this year were exceptionally high. It was amazing to see so many excited and engaged children enjoying science and sharing their love of this awesome subject with others,” said Tom Holloway, GLF Primary Science Leader.

Subjects chosen by the students ranged from how to make gases at home to the chemical composition of coffee and a number of businesses and organisations gave up their time to help with the event.

“It would not have been possible without the support of so many, including Pfizer, Atkins, SES Water, Pirbright Institute and Electronic Arts,” added Mr Holloway.

The KS1 winner was Sophia Briscoe, of Merstham Primary School; KS 2 was Max Barr, of Salfords Primary School with a project on how to make gases at home. The KS3 winners were Faith Walker, Poppy Wigley and Elsie Wright from The Beacon Secondary School on the taste of coffee.

The complete list of schools taking part:
Chestnut Park Primary School
Cuddington Croft Primary School
Danetree Primary School
Hammond Junior School
Lime Tree Primary School
Lorraine and Pine Ridge schools
Marden Lodge Primary School
Salfords Primary School
Warlingham Village Primary School
Windmill and Wheatfied Primary School
Whyteleafe Primary School
Hillcroft Primary School
Merstham Primary School
Cordwalles Junior School
Southgate Primary School
Lightwater Primary School
The Beacon secondary school
de Stafford School

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Crawley students’ A-Level success!

Find out how students across Crawley got on in their A-Level exams.

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Students in Crawley and across the country have today be finding out their A-level exam results.

Tears of joy, relief and possibly sadness will be shed as pupils open the envelope that decides their fate for the next few years.

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One success story from St. Wilfrid’s Catholic School was that of Toby Read. He was left momentarily speechless after seeing his results.

Toby (right) and his friend opening their A-level results at St. Wilfrid’s.

He was awarded two A* and a B in his A-levels and was listed as one of St. Wilfrid’s ‘outstanding performers’.

Toby said:

“I’m surprised. I’m surprised about Maths – I got an A* which is better than my predicted A.”

Toby is off to Loughborough University in September to study Maths for three years.

“There’s been a lot of work [this year], especially in Maths. I mean, I probably could’ve put more work in though as I got a B in Economics.”

Although he’s not sure what he wants to do for a career yet, Toby is happy with his decision to study Maths further as “Maths goes into many things”.

Toby from St. Wilfrid’s received two A*s and a B and will continue to study Maths at University.

Michael Ferry, Headteacher at St. Wilfrid’s said:

“We’re in the second year of massive changes in A-Levels, lots of exams have moved towards terminal exams at the end of two years, the value of coursework has been reduced, so it has become harder by the very nature of those changes.”

“Given the fact that predictions yesterday were going to be that the top grades were going to, nationally, drop because of all the unconditional offers that have been made by universities, we haven’t experienced that hit.

“We’ve done really well, this is our second best ever set of results, from a progress point of view. We’ve maintained and improved some of our top grades. Students have worked phenomenally hard, staff have as well in terms of making sure that they’ve adapted to the changes in all of the specifications and we’ve been blessed with some fantastic results. There’s going to be a lot of happy people this morning.”

Some of the students have already gained apprenticeships since leaving Year 13, with many being successful in gaining university places from September.

Mr Ferry added:

“Although it is early days, we believe that every student who applied for university has been offered a place. We wish them all the very best for the future.”

Over at Hazelwick, the school is celebrating an A-level pass rate of 99 per cent. An incredible 78 per cent of these were A*-C.

Headteacher at Hazelwick, Ann Fearon said:

“We are delighted at another hugely successful year for Hazelwick sixth form, particularly in light of the increased demand of the new linear A Levels.

“We are very optimistic that, with these excellent results, the vast majority will be able to progress to their university of choice.

“One of our top-achieving students has gained a place at Oxford University. One student has been accepted for Medicine at King’s College London.

“These fine results are the reward for two years of dedication and hard work from students and teachers alike – our students have once again risen to the challenge admirably!

“We are not only proud of our sixth formers’ academic success, but also immensely grateful for the enormous contribution they have made to the wider life of the school community”

Hazelwick’s Keely Holland aims to study English Literature after getting three A*s in her A-levels.

Hazelwick student, Anand Boldbaatar plans to study Economics in Manchester after receiving two As, a B and a C.

Rahul Patel will be staying in Sussex as he studies Law at the University of Sussex after getting an A* and two As.

Oriel High School are also celebrating the achievements of it’s Year 13 students. In a year when many new qualifications have been assessed for the first time, there were successes across the board. The school say they “saw strong performance and fulfilled potential in both A-Level and BTEC qualifications, reflecting the diverse nature of our student body and their passions.”

A spokesperson for the school continued to say:

“The range of destinations and pathways open to students is ever increasing. Whilst the largest cohort ever from Oriel High School are now headed to university, many having received unconditional offers during their application process, others are embarking on their first full time employment or beginning one of the increasing numbers of Degree and Higher Level Apprenticeships available locally and nationally.

“A number are seizing the opportunity to complete a Gap Year and voluntary work. We are incredibly proud of our students wherever their next steps may take them. We wish them every success for the future.”

Students from Oriel High School including some top achievers: Lydia Grahamslaw (2nd from left), Charlotte Cole (4th from left), and Holly Boaks (right).

Lydia Grahamslaw (2nd from left in photo) will be studying Biology at York University after receiving two As and a B. Charlotte Cole (4th from left in photo) aims to study Nursing at Surrey University after getting two Distinction* and a Merit. Holly Boaks (right in photo) will go to Lancaster University to study Maths after being awarded two As and two Bs.

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One student at Ifield Community College receiving a lot of praise today is Harry Poil, after he was awarding fantastic grades despite battling leukaemia in his school years.

The school say:

“Harry Poil stands out as a student who has overcome so much diversity to achieve distinction and merit in double Sports BTEC and merit in Health and Social Care BTEC.  When Harry had begun year 7 at ICC he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

“He undertook a programme of chemotherapy which caused a severe reaction, resulting in him spending a year in hospital, throughout most of which time he was completely paralysed. Harry had a long battle of recovery with ongoing physiotherapy but with his strong determination to succeed, today he is deservedly celebrating these results.”

Headteacher, Rob Corbett said:

“Sixth Form Results Day is about securing young people’s futures. I am extremely proud of all of our students and the staff who have supported them so well.

“We set ambitious and challenging targets for our students, work with them to develop their confidence and provide an ethos in which they can study and thrive.

“We wish them all great success in their futures and we now look forward with tremendous enthusiasm and excitement to welcoming the new sixth form joining us in September.”

Ifield has seen a large increase in the number of students achieving university places this year, most especially in top universities, as well as securing highly competitive apprenticeships. They’ve had an increase in the number of top grades for a third year running; 43 per cent of passes are grades A*-B (or equivalent).

Students at Ifield Community College celebrate final A-Level results.

Despite cuts and problems with funding, Thomas Bennett Community College have achieved an overall pass rate of 80 per cent at grades A*-C (or equivalent), with many students meeting and exceeding their national predictions.

Head of Sixth Form, Shouvick Ghosh said:

“It’s been a difficult school year for various things that have been well charted in town, but considering the challenges that the school’s had and the sixth form’s had I think we’ve had a fantastic set of results and it’s a credit to the students and the teachers that they’ve got past that.

“Our vocational results were our best ever but that is just down to the work of the staff and students that they’ve done it. We got 80 per cent A* to C, overall and 72 per cent of our kids got Distinction or higher for BTEC.”

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