Congratulations to JCSC’s A level students

Posted on 18th August 2022 | in Community , Education , James Calvert Spence College - Acklington Rd

Congratulations to the young people who sat A levels at JCSC this year, with all 29 of the year 13 students able to continue on to their chosen next step. The students had experienced two years of lockdown and had not sat formal GCSEs, so were unfamiliar with a formal exam setting. Teachers praised the students’ hard work and wished them well for their futures.

Staff were delighted with the school’s results, which included top grades in Physics, Graphics, English Literature and Geography. Every student who took Applied Science achieved either a distinction* or a distinction.

L-R: Caitlyn Brotherton, Faith Bell, Erin Harrison, Dee-Anne Common, Lily Tibbitts

Lily Tibbitts achieved an A* in Graphics, A in English Language, A* in English Literature, and an A* in EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). She told The Ambler how pleased she was, and how much her teachers had helped her over the years:

“I’m really happy with my results and I’m looking forward to going to Newcastle University next year to do even more creative writing! The school have always been so supportive and all my teachers have helped me so much, so I definitely couldn’t have done this without them.”

James Moore, Head of Sixth form said: “Congratulations to all our Year 13 students. The results achieved today have enabled all our students to progress on to their chosen pathways whether that be university, college, apprenticeships or employment. We are so proud of the hard work and dedication all the students have demonstrated throughout what has been an unprecedented and challenging two years. Our students have been a true credit to themselves and the school, and they fully deserve every success as they embark on their exciting futures.”

Neil Rodgers, Executive Headteacher said: “Our excellent 2022 A-level results are a testament to the resilience and superb work ethic of our students and staff who, through unbelievably challenging times, have retained their focus and fully deserve the subsequent rewards.


“This cohort of students did not sit their GCSEs due to the pandemic, so their A-level exams were the first external tests they had sat since their KS2 SATs at 11 years old – yet they took them in their stride and performed incredibly well.

“All students achieved the grades that enable them to progress to their destination of choice, with the vast majority securing places at their first-choice university.”

Some subject highlights include:

  • 100% A*-B grades in physics
  • 100% A*-C grades in graphics
  • 83% A*-C grades in English literature
  • 83% A*-C grades in geography
  • 100% Distinction*/Distinction grades in applied science

    Executive Headteacher Neil Rodgers

Mr Rodgers continued: “We pride ourselves on our sixth form being small enough for us to know each of our students as individuals, yet big enough to run courses that excite and provide pathways into higher education or employment. This September, for example, we are introducing new courses in e-Sports and Hospitality in order to provide even more opportunities for young people in our community. This evolving offer, paired with small class sizes and personalised support is key to our continued success.

“As ever, I am incredibly proud of our students and of all the staff who work as one team to ensure James Calvert Spence College continues to improve, giving our students the best possible support, care and education.”

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