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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.
– Councillor Joanne Platt, cabinet member for children and young people at Wigan Council.
"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.”
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.
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 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.
– Neil Dyment, headteacher of Weatherhead High School
"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.
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.
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.
– Hana Barzinji
"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
"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."
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.
A man who killed his mother just days after moving back in with her has been given a hospital order.
Matthew Brierley, 45, of Calf Hey, Littleborough, was sentenced today after he pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Shortly before midnight on Saturday 14 December 2013, Brierley called police from a public telephone, telling the call handler to get a police car to the address as he had “just murdered somebody”.
Officers attended and discovered the body of his mother, 64 year old Glennis Brierley - a local artist and trained counsellor and psychotherapist.
She had been stabbed in the throat and chest.
Matthew was arrested in the town centre the following morning near to Rochdale Town Hall. It was established he had moved back into his mother’s home just two days before he killed her.
During his interview he told police that he confronted his mother over a missing lamp that he had been storing at her house and had attacked her after she had said she thought he was "delusional".
– Senior Investigating Officer, Duncan Thorpe, Greater Manchester Police
"Glennis was a very popular and respected member of her local community and her death continues to be keenly felt, not just by her family and friends but also the people of Littleborough.
"For her to have been killed in her own home by her own son was as needless as it was absolutely tragic."
A rescue dog who had her leg amputated after being battered by children has become a surrogate mum to a litter of kittens.
Meg, a cross-breed rescued by Rochdale’s RSPCA centre as a puppy back in 2008, turned doggy detective when she helped staff to find five young cats in the ceiling of the animal centre on Redcross Street.
Jean Spencer, centre manager, who adopted Meg after the ordeal, often takes the dog to work with her.
Late last Wednesday evening, Jean noticed Meg was looking up at the animal centre roof and whimpering as if to indicate something was amiss.
Knowing Meg was trying to tell her something, Jean started to investigate, and several hours later, after she and helpers made a huge hole in the building’s plasterboard ceiling, the five kittens were located and brought to safety.
– Jean Spencer, centre manager RSPCA Rochdale
“It was a really unusual rescue,” said Jean, 51. “I know Meg and she was obviously worried about something in the ceiling so I thought I’d better have a look and it was a good thing I did.
“There was only a space in the ceiling cavity of about eight inches, so we had to make a big hole in the ceiling and work through the night to get them out.
“We think the kittens’ mum must have sneaked in through the roof to have them.”
Jean believes the centre is also caring for the kittens’ mum, as a female cat who has recently given birth was recently found in a cat trap left outside the centre to catch a different feline.
But the suspected mum will not look after the babies, so centre staff and volunteers are working around the clock to feed them, with a little help from Meg.
“Meg is really fond of the kittens,” added Jean. “She is really kind and gentle with them and is always licking them, it is very sweet to see.”
Despite losing a leg, she has thrived under Jean’s care and is a friendly face to visitors to the centre.
Staff and volunteers are now facing an uphill battle to care for the kittens at the centre, which is so busy some gerbil enclosures are having to be used for cats.
To enquire about rehoming a cat or to donate, call 01706 861897 or visit the RSPCA Rochdale Animal Centre Facebook page.