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Students Celebrate A Level results at Tupton Hall School Sixth Form

The class of 2023 returned to Tupton Hall School, part of  Redhill Academy Trust, to receive their A Level results. Overall, the cohort achieved a brilliant pass rate of 99.4%.

The percentage of A* to A grades was 13.7%, with 44.4% A* to B and 71.6% A* to C; a cause for celebration and joy for the students, their families and staff at the school.

Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Charlotte Burton, said: “It is often forgotten that this cohort of students did not get the opportunity to sit their GCSEs; making their A Level examinations the first external exams this year group has sat since primary school.”

“They did not let this disruption define them though, instead they caught up on lost learning, developed their independence and embraced the challenges of completing new qualifications with requirements to complete coursework, sit multiple exams and demonstrated expertise through practical assignments.”

“It is worth highlighting how hard these students have worked to achieve these results; the time, energy and passion with which they worked was remarkable and it has been a privilege to see the class of 2023 develop into strong, independent young adults, ready for any new challenge that awaits them.”

“We are also delighted to see students secure their dreams of a career on the stage – with students Evie Pullinger, Olivia Gilbert and Jamie Leigh Jones securing places at Italia Conti, BIMM and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts; world renowned industry leaders in creative arts education.”

More than 100 Tupton Hall Sixth Formers are off to Universities through England and Wales to pursue courses in a broad range of subjects such as Law, Social work, Maths, Business and Linguistics. Many students will pursue Apprenticeships in Business, Science, Finance and as an Ambulance Technician; carrying on the school’s success with securing competitive and successful apprenticeship opportunities.

Ben Harding has earned his apprenticeship as a Level 3 Insurance Professional at NFU mutual after achieving 1 A, 2 Bs and 2Cs in his A Level examinations. Ben praised the Sixth Form for the supportive staff and great experience, stating: “Being at Tupton Hall Sixth Form has really boosted my confidence. Staff have been supportive and have helped to refine my goals and give me a clear direction to work towards.”

Tupton Hall Sixth Form is one of the most inclusive Sixth Forms in Derbyshire, welcoming students each year from as many as 11 local schools. Students can choose from a diverse range of A Level subjects and are able to flourish and achieve their goals in a supportive environment.

Mr Andrew Knowles, Headteacher of Tupton Hall School, said: “We are delighted for our students. Their diligence and hard work in the Sixth Form has been duly rewarded, particularly considering the difficulties that the pandemic presented for them throughout their GCSE and then A level and equivalent studies. We are all very proud of this wonderful group of individuals who now go on to the next exciting phase of their lives, equipped with the qualifications and confidence to achieve further success. I would like to thank our highly skilled staff and supportive parents and families who have provided great teaching, pastoral care and encouragement for our students throughout this time.”

  • Tabitha Bruty studied for 3 A Levels and an Extended Project Qualification, securing an A in History and three Bs in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature. During her Tupton Hall career, Tabitha has run the Sixth Form’s Student Union. In September, Tabitha will now study Medicine at the University of Sheffield. She said: “Staff at Tupton Hall School didn’t just support my academic success, they also helped with life skills and personal development. There is such a supportive environment.”

  • Jake Hartshorn studied Maths, Further Maths and Physics, attaining an incredible 3A*s. Jake will go on to study Mathematics at Warwick University. Reflecting on his time at Tupton Hall Sixth Form, Jake commented; “Sixth form has helped me to get where I want to be. The teachers have been so supportive.”

  • Jemma Ford has been awarded an amazing 3 As in Sociology, Psychology and English Language and will head to University of Manchester to study Sociology. She said: “The main thing about Tupton Hall Sixth Form for me is the in-depth knowledge that subject teachers have. They go above and beyond to help students. I have really enjoyed meeting people, being a member of the community and the supportive staff.”

  • Olive Swallow has been awarded 3 Bs and 1 C. Olive has done exceptionally well both in and out of studies, winning a national award in a prestigious film competition earlier this summer. Olive will continue to pursue this passion for the film industry at Sheffield Hallam University, studying Film and TV Production. When asked to reflect on studying at Tupton Hall Sixth Form, Olive commented; “Sixth Form has helped me to boost my confidence. I was the only student from my secondary school to come to Tupton Hall Sixth Form, but I felt comfortable and supported.”

  • Amber Booth aspires to be a Business Translator, and has secured a place at the University of Sheffield reading Korean Studies. Amber said; “The teachers at Tupton Hall Sixth Form have such specific and helpful knowledge for each subject. They are supportive and patient, making sure you understand what you’re learning.”

Other high performing individuals:

  • Aimee Cashmore: Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Extended Project.
  • Alfie Cordon: A in Maths, Bs in Computer Science and Further Maths.
  • Amy Smith: A* in Art, Bs in English Literature and Media Studies.
  • Evie Pullinger: A* in Psychology, As in History and Drama.
  • Hannah Shaw: A in Extended Project, 3 Bs in English Language, English Literature and Psychology.
  • Jakeh Leach: A* Maths, As in Computer Science, Physics, B in Further Maths.
  • Luke Peterson: 4 Bs in English Language, History, Maths Extended Project and A in AS Film Studies.


A further selection of student destinations:

  • Ben Slater: Law at Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Callum Martin: Apprenticeship to become an Ambulance Technician.
  • Ella Gascoigne: Accountancy Apprenticeship.
  • Ellie Cutt: Primary School QTS at Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Myles Williams: History at the University of Sheffield.