The anxious wait was over for students across the Advertiser and Review region yesterday, Thursday, as the A-level results were released.
> At Sponne School in Towcester 70 per cent of students gained the highest A*-C grades with all students passing.
Headteacher Dr Jamie Clarke said they were proud of their students and that more than a fifth of the results were at the very highest grades of A* and A.
He added: “We are very proud of all our students who have done so well in gaining these excellent results. It is reassuring that the grades reflect the hard work that students put in and they are taught so well by our excellent teachers. Well done to all our students, including those who have secured their good university places”.
Victoria Austin, head of sixth form from Sponne, said: “What a pleasure it is to see our students gaining such outstanding results. I am so pleased for them and wish them all the best in the future”.
Among the highest achievers were Hermione Hymers who gained four A-levels, three at A* and one A, Jack Clare with one A* and three As and Helena Cooper with two A* and one A.
> Ian Colling, headteacher at Magdalen College School in Brackley, said they were delighted to report a 100 per cent pass rate at A-level this year with 45 per cent of grades at A*-B.
He added: “Average points per entry are the highest ever this year and this reflects the hard work that students have put in to prepare for their exams.
“We would like to offer our congratulations to all our sixth form students who have done well this summer and wish them well as they progress to the next stage in their education.”
Some of the high achievers at MCS included Emily Collinson and Gregory Thompson who both earned two A*s and one A each.
> Headteacher of Buckingham’s Royal Latin School, David Hudson, greeted a “really wonderful set of results” with more than 18 per cent of entries receiving A* grades and 76 per cent gaining A* to B grades.
Sixteen students gained a minimum of three A* grades, and 44 gained all A* and A grades.
Ten students secured places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities, more than 80 per cent of students will go to Russell Group universities and six have been awarded places for medicine and veterinary studies.
Mr Hudson said: “This is a really wonderful set of results and I am delighted to see so many students moving on to a wide range of courses at top-level universities. I wish all of our students the very best of luck as they move on to the next stage in their education.”
> It was another successful year at the Buckingham School.
Deputy headteacher Joe Ryan said: “Students performed exceptionally well. Huge congratulations to our head girl Kayleigh Watts, who achieved six A grade qualifications and is one of a number of students now going on to a top university which is part of the Russell Group.
“A huge number of students were highly successful, including Stuart Ironmonger, Emma Brazier, Katrina Bridgeman and Sian Mason.
“All students who applied to university have secured their places and are now very excited about their courses starting.
“Our new centre of further education is now open, with an ethos of learning and achievement enabling students to succeed at all levels.
“We have seen an increase in numbers every year and continue to grow successfully.”
> Vanessa Leas, associate principle at Elizabeth Woodville School in Deanshanger and Roade said there had been an overall improvement, but the percentage increase had not been calculated at the time of going to press.
She added: “One of the main stories for us is we have a set of twins, Imogen and Rhiannon Alflatt. The girls studies exactly the same courses throughout the A2s and have come out with exactly the same results, A* in biology, A* in chemistry and an A in maths, and are both going off to university – Rhiannon to read chemistry in Warwick and Imogen is to read natural sciences in Southampton.
“They just represent some of the fantastic results from our post-16 students here at EWS, where we have seen an increase in the quality of results and grades from our students.”
> At Bicester Community College, 27 students sat their A-levels with 98 per cent receiving A* to E grades and 27 per cent receiving A* to B grades.
At The Cooper School 72 students sat their A-levels, with 97 per cent getting A* to E grades and 46 per cent getting A* to B grades.