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A Level Results Open Door To Wide Range Of Sought-After Courses For Tollbar Students

Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College A Level students celebrate their results today with Simon Ritchie (left) Head of Sixth Form, and Victoria Watts (right) Tollbar Academy Interim Principal.

A large number of Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students have gained places at prestigious Russell Group Universities, including Birmingham, Durham, Leeds, York and King’s College, after receiving their A Level results today.

This year grades were awarded by teacher assessments based on a wide range of relevant evidence, including a full mock exam sat under strict exam conditions. Students received their results this morning from their teachers who offered support and guidance.

Among those scoring highly in their A Levels and taking up places at top universities are Amy Walton, who has gained a place at the University of Birmingham to study Mathematics, and Sophie Read, who will study Marketing and Management at Durham.

Sophie (18), who has studied at Tollbar Multi Academy Trust for the last seven years and was a high performing GCSE student, achieved 2 A* grades and an A in her A Levels and was very pleased with the overall outcome. Earlier in the year, Sophie was awarded the trophy for “Greatest Contribution to the Sixth Form” and was a Student Ambassador for the College.

She said: “I am really pleased with myself. My time at Tollbar has been so good and I am really going to miss it. It has set me up for everything I wanted to do.”

Amy (18) is on her way to the University of Birmingham to study Mathematics with A* grades in Maths, Physics and Chemistry. The former Oasis Academy Wintringham student was the highest achieving member of Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College this year.

Amy said: “I am really happy today. I didn’t expect this but my time here at Tollbar has been great because the smaller classes meant that we could really focus on what we needed to do.”

A high number of Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students have achieved impressive grades and are now heading to some of the country’s top universities. Ella Holness is bound for the University of Liverpool to study Bioscience. Carima Salameh is going to the University of York to study Accounting, Business and Management. Olivia Payling will study Modern Languages and History at the University of Leeds. Zara Crawford will study Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science at De Montfort University, and Lewis Kidd will study Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University. 

Carima (18), who achieved three A grades, said: “My time at Tollbar has been the best experience. I don’t think I will get one like it again. It has been a difficult time but everyone has been amazingly supportive. I am heading to university next and after that I want to go travelling.”

William Lonsdale will study Sports and Exercise Medical Science at King’s College, London. Will (18) already has an impressive sporting history having been selected for the British Senior Fencing Team at the age of 16. He has won Bronze and Silver medals at both Budapest and the Under-17 Team Internationals. In 2019 he fenced at the under-20 World and European Championships where he took 23rd place at the European Championships and 19th place in the under-20 World Cup. 

Will achieved three A Levels (one A* and two As) and is heading to London to pursue a degree which he hopes will see him land a career as a sports scientist for a professional team, possibly in the Premier League. “Studying at King’s College means that I am close to the National Fencing Centre so that I can continue my fencing,” he said.

Emma Taylor-Lonsdale (18) will follow in her father’s footsteps to study engineering at Sheffield University. Sadly, Emma’s dad Jon passed away last year in the middle of her A level course, but she has done him proud by achieving two A* grades and an A today. 

“My dad was an electrical engineer and he was always doing things at home. I used to follow him around from an early age watching what he was doing. I am studying mechanical engineering because I like the fact that there’s always a new challenge, always something new to do.”

University is not the only destination for Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students and a number are embarking on other pathways. These include Olivia Simpson, who has already started a high-quality apprenticeship in Business with local firm Viking Inspection, and Evan Balch, who is looking forward to starting his training course to become a Commercial Pilot at Skyborne Airline Academy.

Evan (18) will combine 18 months of training for his pilot’s licence with a degree in Airline Management at the University of West London. He said: “I have wanted to be a pilot since I had my first flying lesson at 10. I joined the Air Cadets and since then it has been all I wanted to do. I am so pleased that my time at Tollbar has resulted in my being able to do this.”

Victoria Watts, Tollbar Academy Interim Principal, said: “I am immensely proud of each student and their individual achievements. Their results reflect the dedication and commitment they have demonstrated to their studies over the last two academic years. They are a credit to the Sixth Form College and their families and I want to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for their futures as they move to the next chapter.”

High-achievers Amy Walton, Emma Taylor-Lonsdale and Carima Salameh with their results.

Evan Balch will now train to become a Commercial Pilot.

Sophie Read (centre) opens her results.

Will Lonsdale, who is an accomplished fencer, will study Sports and Exercise Medical Science at King's College, London.

Carima Salameh is heading to York University to study Accounting, Business and Management.

Zara Crawford will now study Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science at De Montfort University.

Olivia Payling will head to Leeds University to study Modern Languages and History.

Students smile happily after receiving their results this morning.

Lewis Kidd will study Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University.

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Interim Principal

Victoria Watts