Students celebrate A Levels success

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Kineton High School students celebrate their success this morning.

STUDENTS will be opening their A-Level results today, Thursday, after an anxious summer of waiting.

The Herald’s team are out and about throughout the morning to find out how our schools performed, and sharing some of the students’ success stories.

Results are posted here as we get them:

11.30

 

Clive Sentence, principal at Alcester Grammar School said: “It’s been the best ever year again. I’m very happy with the top grades we’ve achieved. It’s down to the ethos we have here at Alcester; the hard work of the students and the outstanding teaching of the staff.”

 

11.20

Stratford School:

Neil Wallace, head teacher at Stratford School said: “We’re really pleased and it’s lovely to see so many smiling faces. It’s been a very strong performance and we’ve tripled the number of A* passes this year.”

Students celebrate their A-level results at Stratford-upon-Avon School, left to right: Ailsa Gavan McHarg, Gurrashpal Khakh, Oliver Beaven, Emma-Jo Ashfield, Kane Knight and Chloe Bramble.
Students celebrate their A-level results at Stratford-upon-Avon School, left to right: Ailsa Gavan McHarg, Gurrashpal Khakh, Oliver Beaven, Emma-Jo Ashfield, Kane Knight and Chloe Bramble.

11.00

There are many happy faces at Chipping Campden School this year, with principal John Sanderson declaring the results “as good as last year”. (Full result report is pending.)

Meanwhile the Herald spoke to two of the school’s star students who both gained Oxbridge places.

Anastasia Unitt and Arthur Griffiths from Chipping Campden School
Anastasia Unitt and Arthur Griffiths from Chipping Campden School

Anastasia Unitt gained A* biology, A maths, A art, B chemistry, and an EPQ distinction [Extended Project Qualification, which is equivalent to half an A Level] and is going to study biological sciences at Oxford.

Anastasia said: “I am really relieved. I thought I might have done badly, but I think I just worked so hard it made me ill and worried!

“My ideal job after university would be to be a field researcher; working on a tropical island to save the turtles!”

Arthur Griffiths gained A*s in EPQ and geography, and As in English literature and history, which has won him a place to study geography at Cambridge.

Arthur said: “I’m very happy and surprised – in a good way. I’m really grateful for all the support I’ve had from the teachers and the school.

“I’m not sure what I will do after university, I’m just going to enjoy the experience and see where it takes me.”

10.40:

Kineton High School: Students at Kineton High School recorded a pass rate of more than 99% at A Level, a result that ensures that 100% of students were successful in accessing their chosen route for next year. All those applying to go to university were also celebrating after all their offers of places were confirmed.

At AS almost 30% of entries resulted in A or B grades which will act as a fantastic springboard for students as they return to start their Year 13 course September.

Siona Robson, headteacher at Kineton High School, said: “We are immensely proud of all our Sixth Form students who through their hard work and commitment, high quality teaching and support, achieved their personal best.”

10.10:

King’s High, Warwick: The school is celebrating an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, with 60 per cent of girls who sat exams getting one or more A* or A grades.

The highest possible grades – four A*s – was achieved by Emma Loveridge, who is women’s World 29er Sailing Champion. She was also voted Youth Sailor of the Year during her A Level studies.

All King’s Oxbridge candidates secured their places.

Headmaster, Richard Nicholson, said: “Congratulations to our girls whose results reflect the level of their hard work and dedication.”

Rebecca Ritchie, Kate Hammond and Harriet Green at King's High in Warwick
Rebecca Ritchie, Kate Hammond and Harriet Green at King’s High in Warwick

9.55am:

Alcester Grammar School: The school is celebrating its best ever A Level results, with over 67 per cent of entries graded A*­ to B – the figure is even higher (over 75 per cent) for those students who have been at the school for the whole of their secondary education.

Clive Sentance, principal, said: “We’re so proud of our wonderful sixth formers who yet again have achieved excellent results and made so much of their time here.

“These results are thoroughly deserved ­ our students have put in a great deal of effort to make the most of their talents and our skilled and dedicated staff team have worked tirelessly to support them. The sixth form team, ably led by Vice­principal Ian Young, have once again shown why AGS is one of the best places to study for A levels.”

This year, 51 students achieved at least three A grades and over a third achieved at least AAB. There are numerous other personal successes across the A Level ability range and virtually all students are set for a destination of their choice.

Results at AS level are also very strong, said Mr Sentance, who added: “Many commentators have been really concerned about the potential detrimental effect on schools of significant reforms to A and AS Levels. But our results show that the AGS ethos, along with hard work and great teaching, means that our sixth form students can be confident that they are getting a superb deal and the best preparation possible.

“This year’s results confirm that AGS remains one of the country’s most vibrant and successful sixth forms.”

9.51am:

Warwick School: The pass rate at A* to B was 84.6 per cent with over 54 per cent of students gaining A* or A grades, which exceeded last year’s results.

Some 49 students achieved three or more A*/A grades with a remarkable 112 boys in a cohort of 143 students achieving at least one A or A* grade. Mathematics results were particularly notable with 76% of candidates securing A* or A grades.

AS Level results were the best ever with A* to A at 61.9 per cent – up on the 48.9 per cent in 2015), and  A to B at 83.8 per cent – compared to 72.4 per cent in 2015.

Head Master, Gus Lock, said: “Congratulations to all our Upper Sixth students for an excellent set of A levels results. Once again, I am delighted that our boys have performed so well, improving on last year’s results and securing places at a host of elite universities in the UK and beyond.

“Warwick School boys have, once again, attained these super results through sustained hard work, unfaltering support from their parents and the expertise and commitment of our teachers, and I am equally pleased that they have done this whilst also enjoying a fully rounded education with school sport, music, drama and other activities all as strong as ever.

“We will miss this group of young men immensely – they have been a real credit to the school and enormous fun – and we wish them every success and enjoyment in their continuing education.”

9.28am:

Sibford School, near Shipston: 18 per cent of the 38 students who sat exams got A* and A grades, half got A* and B grades, with an overall pass rates of 98 per cent.

Cate Mallalieu-Needle, head of Sibford Sixth Form, said: “The overall results reflect some significant personal achievements and I am absolutely delighted.

“I would also like to give special commendation to those students who have shown tremendous resilience in the face of challenging personal circumstances.

“Finally, the school would like to mention the posthumous achievement of B grades in History and Design & Technology awarded to Angus Oakey who tragically died on 23 March this year. I know his family will be extremely proud of his achievement.”

Twins Alex and Daniel Bullard-James, who go to Sibford School near Shipston. They achieved A*, AB and ABB respectively
Twins Alex and Daniel Bullard-James, who go to Sibford School near Shipston. They achieved A*, AB and ABB respectively

9.26am

Cllr Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s cabinet member for education and learning, said: “Once again Warwickshire’s young people have worked very hard for their exams and deserve these great results, we are extremely proud of their successes.

“The good set of results we are expecting is a testament to each individual and also to the first class teaching, support and encouragement provided by school and college staff, parents and carers.”

9.20am

King Edward VI School (KES): For the fourth time in five years, KES has recorded record results, with 86 per cent of papers were graded A* to B and 54 students obtaining three A grades or better.

Ten students who will be taking up their places at Oxbridge colleges.

Bennet Carr, headmaster, said “These are truly outstanding results and I am particularly delighted for this year group. They really are a most impressive group of young people who deserve our congratulations for their hard work and commitment.

“I have no doubt that they would also be the first to recognise that they could not have achieved such success without the dedication of their teachers or the support of their families, so I think we can all be rightly proud of their wonderful achievements.”

 

There will be a full round-up with reactions of headteachers and pictures in next Thursday’s Herald. GCSE results are published the following Thursday, 25th August. You can also contact us with your exams stories by calling the newsdesk on 01789 412819 or e-mailing news@stratford-herald.com