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Students excel in A Level examinations placing Cockermouth School in the top 10% of schools nationally

Some of the 17 outstanding A Level students who gained A star & A grades in ALL of their subjects

Cockermouth School has announced an outstanding set of results at both A Level and GCSE.

At GCSE level, performance in the new maths and English GCSEs both increased by 10% with a similar increase in nearly every other subject, enabling our headline figures to jump by the same amount.

GCSE Figures

Attainment 8


% of students obtaining both English & maths at grade 5+


% of students obtaining both English & maths at grade 4+


% Entered for E Baccalaureate


% Achieving E Baccalaureate (5+ incl. English & maths)


% Achieving 5 or more A*- C (4+)


An exceptional individual performance from Ellie Peck saw her achieve three grade 9s in maths and English, along with seven A*s in her other subjects. Ellie was one of only 2000 students nationally to achieve the maximum three grade 9s, a remarkable performance.

Other noteworthy performances came from Joseph Humpage who excelled with 6 A*s, 1 A, a grade 9 and 2 grade 8s, Abigail Pickering and Katie Beresford both achieved exactly the same grades: a grade 9, 8 and 7 in the new English and mathematics qualifications along with 6 A*s and 1 A and Jack Watson who gained 4 A*s, 3 As, 2 grade 9s and a grade 8.

Dr Rob Petrie, Headteacher said “Although we have been advised by Ofsted not to make a direct comparison with historical results, an increase of 10% in our GCSE performance is a phenomenal achievement by students and staff at Cockermouth School.”

At A Level students have made outstanding progress across the board with 100% pass rate. The A* to B rate is nearly 60% which is an increase of 10% on last year’s figure. Results now see Cockermouth School being placed in the top 10% of schools in the country.

A Level Figures

% A*- A grades


% A* – C grades


ALPS progress measure

2 (top 10% of schools nationally)

Average grade for A Levels


% Progress in GCSE resits for English & maths


% Retention


% Destinations:

University (Russell Group + top 20 Universities)


Further Education


Gap Year

83 (34)





Headteacher Dr Rob Petrie said: “As a truly comprehensive school we are thrilled to have achieved A Level results that put us in the top 10% of schools nationally. We are delighted with all our student performances and congratulate them on their achievements. We wish them all every success in their future careers.”

Seventeen students gained all A* & A grades. Congratulations go to Luke Ely, Jack Wilson and Jonathan Wynne on their outstanding performance achieving A*s in all of their subjects and gaining full marks in the majority of their papers.

Four Oxford and Cambridge candidates successfully achieved the grades needed for their courses: Jack Wilson, Hazel Naylor and Matthew Proctor will study Medicine, Geography and History respectively at Oxford with Jonathan Wynne studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge. In total, ten students from Cockermouth School have gone to Oxford and Cambridge in the last two years.

A range of institutions and courses will greet our students on the next step of their education, these include Law at Leeds, Film & Television Production at York St John, Fine Art at Lancaster, Sport & Physical Education at Liverpool Hope and Biology with Industrial/Professional Experience at Manchester. Higher and degree level apprenticeships include Project Management and Engineering.

Congratulations must also go to the fantastic staff who work tirelessly encouraging students to fulfil their potential and to strive to be the very best that they can be.

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