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Results on the up for Wigan students

Wigan students jumping for joy. Credit: Wigan Council

Students in Wigan helped the borough’s colleges and sixth forms celebrate some of their best A Level results to date.

Over 6,000 students received their A Level, AS Level and BTEC results from the borough’s five colleges and sixth forms after a nail-biting wait since taking their exams at the start of the summer.

Overall results show that the number of students achieving A* to E in two or more subjects in the borough has increased to 95 per cent, compared to 94 per cent in 2013.

"I’d like to congratulate all of our A Level students, whose hard work and dedication has paid off and those who teach them, for helping them succeed.

"I’d also like to wish them luck in whatever the future holds for them.”

– Councillor Joanne Platt, cabinet member for children and young people at Wigan Council.

Busy day at university's clearing centre

Manchester University staff answer their clearing hotline. Credit: Manchester University

The University of Manchester’s hotline team has processed just over 1,400 enquiries in the first three and a half hours since results were published at 8am.

in the same time, the clearing page on the university's website has had 80,000 visits.

Year-on-year improvement for Manchester students

Students jump for joy. Credit: PA

A-level students in Manchester have helped the city improve its year-on-year results.

Those achieving an A* increased from 5.3 per cent in 2013 to 8.3 per cent this year – beating the national average of 8.2 per cent.

Cllr Sheila Newman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “Results day is the culmination of a pupil’s education experience and the end of more than a decade of study to arrive at this point. That is a momentous achievement for any young student.

“This year’s result reflect that hard work and dedication shown by both the pupils and teacher’s in the city’s schools – enabling students to get great results and go on to succeed and make a contribution to their communities.”

Weatherhead students in 100% pass

Students at Weatherhead High School. Credit: Weatherhead High School

Weatherhead High School in Wirral welcomed a 100% pass rate for all students with over 40% obtaining top scoring A* to B grades.

Over 120 students secured places at the university of their choice.

"It is a very rewarding day to see so many of our young people achieve their ambition after so much commitment and hard work.

"With 100% pass rate and most students securing grades for their first choice places at top universities, I am delighted.

"The governors would like to thank all staff for their focus and support that has led to these achievements. And congratulations to all our students.

– Neil Dyment, headteacher of Weatherhead High School

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Joy for South Cheshire students

Students celebrate at South Cheshire College. Credit: South Cheshire College.

South Cheshire College said its students achieved an outstanding set of A-level results.

The college in Crewe earned an overall A-level pass rate of 99.7% and 82% of A-Level passes were achieved at grades A*, A, B and C from 861 A- Level entries.

Almost a quarter of students achieved A* and A grades and 37 out of 40 A-level subjects achieved 100% pass rates.

In English Literature, a third of students who took the qualification celebrated the top A* grade.

Aspiring doctor wants to give back to her community

Hana Barzinji, who is originally from Iraq, receives her A-level results at Rochdale Sixth Form College Credit: PA

An aspiring doctor from Rochdale who fled strife-torn Iraq to the UK at the age of six wants to "give back" to the country after she achieved four A* A-level grades.

Rochdale Sixth Form College student Hana Barzinji, 18, will now go on to study medicine at the University of Manchester where she is determined to repay Britain for taking in her and her family.

In 2000 - before the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein three years later - her father, Hiwa, 43, and mother Tka, 42, decided their native Kurdish region of northern Iraq was too volatile to bring up their children.

Qualified teacher Mr Barzinji came to the UK that year and did any odd job he could find to pave the way for his wife, also a teacher, and their then two children to follow in 2002.

"I spoke to my mum after I opened my results and she was ecstatic. It will make them proud but it is a great feeling of satisfaction for myself predominately.

"I am really grateful to this country for providing the opportunity.

"Hopefully I can contribute back by becoming a doctor. This is my chance to give back."

– Hana Barzinji
Hana shows off her results. Credit: PA

"My father first needed to establish some sort of life to come here.

"My parents wanted a safer environment for their children to grow up in. A better place for an education. I was only very young at the time but it was a turbulent place.

"The situation in Iraq that we are seeing on TV at the moment is precisely the thing they were trying to protect us from."

– Hana Barzinji

The family are now settled in Norden, Rochdale, with Mr Barzinji studying for a computing degree at Bolton University while Mrs Barzinji works as a teaching assistant at a local primary school.

Hana, who has two younger brothers, Taman, 16, an engineering student at Bury College, and nine-year-old Ara, is the first member of her family to go to university.

Hana achieved top grades in biology, chemistry, maths and an extended project in which she looked at the effects of calorie restrictions on people with age-related neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

Historic WW1 march recreated in Rochdale

Marchers in First World War uniform. Credit: Ralph Blunsom

Rochdale has been commemorating a march which took place between Todmorden and Rochdale town hall.

The historic reenactment marked the hundredth anniversary of a march by members of the Lancashire Fusiliers on their way to the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey.

It's been described as one of the most bloody campaigns of the first world war.

The clock turned back 100 years in the centre of Rochdale. Credit: Ralph Blunsom

Full Report: Remembering WW1 - Discipline as deadly as the enemy

In the First World War discipline for service personnel was very tough.

Men accused of cowardice or desertion were executed by firing squad.

Most were later pardoned by the Ministry of Defence in 2006.

Private Thomas Downing, a young man from Widnes, was shot at dawn because he fell asleep at his post.

Paul Crone has the story.

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