Ousedale School students are celebrating another successful batch of results, with 53 per cent of passes at Grade A*-B and 12 per cent of students achieving three or more A grades.
There is also a large number of students taking up options to join Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities, including Matthew Turner studying maths at Warwick with two A*s and three As, Josh Rose’s four A*s to study natural sciences at Magdalene College Cambridge, Sam Gorf achieving three A*s and an A to clench a place studying medicine at Kings College London, and Anna Manning who is heading to Oxford for geography thanks to one A* and two As.
Headteacher Sue Carbert said: “We are particularly pleased that so many of our top performing students studied the sciences at A level.
“Congratulations all students, staff and parents who have worked together to contribute to individual and school success. At Ousedale, we have very high expectations to maintain the high academic standards that we set for ourselves and once again this has been achieved.”
The Hazeley Academy celebrated its fourth year of A level, BTEC and IB Diploma results with its best-ever performance.
75 per cent of students achieved the equivalent of at least three A level passes, with a record-breaking number achieving the highest grades A*-A.
Some of the delighted students who opened their envelopes on Thursday included Kristiana Brink, who with four A*s and an A in the bag looks to study biology at Leicester. Both Alisha Sattar (three A* grades) and Alex Bolam (one A* and three As) move on to study medicine at Birmingham and Leicester respectively.
Talented performer Harry Durcan gained an unconditional place at RADA whilst Max Collins goes on to study at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
Mark Bennison, outgoing principal, said of the results: “It has been a privilege to be the principal at Hazeley for the past five years; working alongside a fantastic team of staff, talented, hard-working students and committed families. It is wonderful to leave on such a high note.
“I am confident that Tony Nelson, who is picking up the reins as principal in September, supported by the head of sixth
form Nick Summers will continue to build on this fantastic and firm foundation.”
Shenley Brook End School has once again bucked the national trend with an improved cache of A level results. While the number of top grades fell across the country, the school’s A* and A grades have once again increased.
Two students in particular have done fantastically well gaining an incredible four A*s. Phoebe McCrostie and Joe Dolling each gained the perfect score; Phoebe is going to study English literature at Warwick, and Joe is going to Nottingham to study law.
Joe was a member of the school’s successful debating team that won the regional trophy at Westminster last year, and his co-debater Cameron Prentice will also be going to Nottingham to study history. Many other students will be heading off to university, including Jumana Awad who is going to Leeds to study dentistry.
Nearly a quarter of all students gaining at least two A* or A grades and 40 per cent gaining at least one such grade.
Headteacher Glen Martin said: “It was fortunate that we were granted approval to expand our sixth form as well as for intake into Years 7-11 because the number of applications keeps increasing each year; and with results like this it’s understandable why.”
Oakgrove School headteacher Peter Barnes said that he was “delighted” with this year’s A level results.
Half of all entries at Oakgrove have been awarded A*-B grades, and almost all students secured A level passes. Oakgrove Sixth Form only opened in September 2009 and this is the highest-ever points per entry in the school’s area.
University applications have been hugely successful with students studying a variety of degree courses including architecture, medicine, law, public relations, air transport management and even Viking studies.
Top achievers included Gisella Omole, who earned a place to read chemistry at Oxford thanks to her A* in maths and A grades in biology and chemistry. Tiria Barnes gained three A*s in history, mathematics and English literature. She will be going on to read architecture at Liverpool.
Benjamin Handley gained three A*s in physics, maths and further maths and an A in psychology; he will be going on to read physics at Birmingham.
Kai Diep gained two A*s in maths and chemistry plus an A in physics, and will be going on to read computer science at Bath. Patiya Green has also achieved success in securing a place to read medicine at St Andrews.
Mr Barnes said: “I am delighted with the high grades our students have achieved. They should be congratulated on their outstanding results.”
Sixth Form students at Stantonbury Campus are celebrating another year of strong results with 114 students completing their courses.
Students following academic courses achieved a pass rate of 99 per cent, with more than a third of results at the top grades of A*-B. There were particularly strong performance at A2 in English, maths, communications and dance - where between half and two-thirds of students were awarded A*-B grades.
Students on vocational courses again achieved outstanding results, and 100 per cent success rate in subjects such as sport, creative and media production, performing arts, health and social care and finance.
Over 100 students now have the grades to go on to university.
Head of sixth form Jon Adamson said: “We are delighted that, on first analysis, our results have held up, despite reports of a national drop in grades awarded.”
Principal Chris Williams added his congratulations to students and staff for their sustained hard work and dedication in another good year for the campus.
Post-16 students at Walton High are celebrating excellent examination results, with a rise in the percentage of students gaining the highest grades.
Outstanding individual achievements include Tom King with the four A* grades which earned him a place to read natural sciences at Cambridge, and Eleanor Atkinson and her three A* grades who is going to Oxford to study chemistry.
Other high-flyers include Alice Marsh with three A*s, Peter Diamond with two A*s and two A grades, Tom Yates and Amy Gillions who each achieved two A* and an A and B, Philippa Rosewell with one A* and three As, and Peter Carr with four A grades.
17 subjects had a 100 per cent pass rate, with the majority of students gaining A*-B grades in chemistry, economics, geography, maths, politics and philosophy. The proportion of A* grades achieved has trebled, including over 20 per cent of students in geography and maths.
In 2013 Walton High was ranked 37th in the country for achievement in vocational courses and students’ exceptional performance; this year’s 91 per cent of grades awarded were distinction*/distinction is expected to see the school ranked similarly highly again.
Executive principal Michelle Currie said: “These outstanding results are a fitting reward for our Post-16 students’ endeavour over the past two years and is testament to the high quality education they receive at Walton High.
“They, along with their parents and their teachers, should feel very proud of what has been achieved and we wish them continued success in the future.”
The Radcliffe School is celebrating the publication of the A Level and Level 3 examinations results.
2014’s results maintained the trend of year-on-year improvement, with a 100 per cent pass rate and many students exceeding their target grades.
The overall improvement in achievement was the equivalent to one complete grade when compared to last year’s outcomes.
High achievers include Mia Ford (A*, A* and B), Peter Downing (A, A and A), Stanley Ho (A*, A, C and two Distinction* grades), Mitchell Ferroni (A*, B, B, and a Distinction*), Shirajul Hussain (A, A and B), Rachel Baker (three Distinction* and a Distinction), Caroline Hall (four Distinction*), Joe Marangos (A, B and B), Jadine Lane (two Distinction* and a Distinction), and Yan Phong (two Distinction* and a Distinction).
AS and A2 students from the Webber Independent School are rejoicing having received an impressive set of A level grades this morning. Many months of hard work and dedication have culminated in 96 per cent of students achieving A*-E grades, 72 per cent A*-C grades at A2, and 89 per cent A*-E grades at AS level.
High-flying head girl Tesni Williams was over the moon with her A in media studies and pair of B’s in art and design and English literature securing a position at the Goldsmiths University in London to study design.
“I am totally buzzing,” she said. “The interview process at my university was really challenging, but I am so happy I was able to make an impression and now coupled with the results I have received today I am guaranteed my place - I hope to go into graphic design or architecture as a career.”
Daniel Khan was also speechless having achieved two B’s and a C - the exact results needed to pursue his dreams of becoming a sports correspondent for a major newspaper. Daniel will now go to the University of Lincoln to study journalism and continue working on his blog which he set up during his studies as a means of expanding his knowledge of the industry.
“Today is the happiest day of my life” he said.
Principal Sue Vig said: “Congratulations to all of our students collecting results today. They have spent many months working with their teachers, as well as incredibly hard independently, to ensure they maximise their potential and although there will have been challenges along the way, today they have triumphed. Good luck to our year 13’s progressing onto their universities of choice – I have no doubt you will continue to shine and make exceptional progress in your fields of study.
“And for our Year 12s they must now maintain the momentum to ensure this time next year they too are on top of the world.”