HAPPINESS, excitement - and disappointment - could be seen on the faces of students from across the Advertiser and Review region yesterday, Thursday, as they picked up their A-level results.
>> The Royal Latin was ahead of the game this year, opening its doors at 8am for students to get their A-level results.
And there were lots of beaming smiles from students finding they had gained the required grades for their university choice.
More than 17 per cent of entries received A* grades and 73 per cent got A* to B grades.
Headteacher David Hudson said: “The top performers this year are nearly all boys. Only three of the top performers are girls. It bucks the national trend.”
Top student Ming Chung gained five A* grades and four others - Neil Adams, Henry Miller, Ben Schellenberg and Robert Taylor - achieved four A*s.
Other outstanding achievers include Jenny Bell, Nathan Hill, Dan Ingle, Robbie Mason, Josh Mulholland, Rustin Nourshargh, Natasha Stotesbury and Bethinn Ward, all of whom gained a minimum of three A* grades.
Ten students have secured places at Oxford or Cambridge, and 10 more have been awarded places for medicine and veterinary studies.
Mr Hudson said: “This is an excellent set of results.
“They’ve been a bit more stringent in the marking on the As and A*s this year, so I’m particularly pleased, and I am delighted to see so many students moving on to a wide range of courses at top-level universities.”
Nathan Hill from Buckingham said he was “surprised and discombobulated” to get three A*s. He will be studying economics at Bath.
Rob Taylor from Buckingham said he was delighted with his four A*s.
His mum Julie Hunwicks said: “I’m excited now because he can go to university and do what he wants to do.”
>> At the Buckingham School, headteacher Angela Wells said the achievements had been “absolutely brilliant with really positive results all round”.
In an improvement on last year’s results, the overall level of A* to C grades was 71 per cent.
Miss Wells said: “We would like to congratulate all our students on their examination achievements.
“Thanks are also due to parents and staff for guiding and supporting students throughout their time studying for their exams.
“This year in English literature and photography we have seen over 90 per cent of students receiving A* to C grades and almost 80 per cent in psychology.
“Individual praise goes to Sian Lake, Adam Schofield and Molly Rushton for their outstanding achievements.”
Top performer Adam Schofield from Buckingham achieved two A*s and a B. He is going to study graphic communications at Northampton University.
His mum Teresa told the Advertiser and Review: “I’ve been really nervous but he’s worked so hard over the last year that I think he deserves it. I’m very proud of him. All the teachers he’s had have been amazing.”
>> At Magdalen College School, several students were celebrating their success in their exams.
Cameron Anderson received an A* in maths, an A* in physics, and an A in biology and will be attending Durham University next year to study physics.
He said: “I knew I’d got into university, I just didn’t know my results, but it was really good, higher than I needed which makes all the hard work seem worthwhile.”
Danielle Healing received a B in communications, a B in applied business, a C in psychology and will be going to Banbury College to study beauty therapy. Bethany Hughes received an A in fine art, a B in English literature, a D in biology and is going to Manchester University to study nursing.
Abi Foster got As in home economics, sociology, and health and social care, and a B in English literature. She said: “I’m not going to university this year, I’m taking a year out to do another A-level in psychology to add another string to my bow, and hopefully I’ll be going to university next year to study psychology.”
In a statement head teacher Ian Colling said the school was celebrating another bumper set of results after recording its best set of results in 2011, and added: “Students have gained a record number of points on average, and this has shown a steady progression since 2010. We would like to congratulate them all and wish them well as they continue their studies.”
>> At Sponne School, Penny McDonald received an A* in law, an A in economics, and a A in history. Having achieved better than expected she was ringing universities from a school office to explore her options. She had already been offered a place at her first choice of Sheffield University, but by mid-morning she also had an offer from the University of York. She said: “It just feels so worth it after all the hard work I’d put in. I can’t wait to go to uni.”
She added: “There’s hours of revision, and so much work, I suppose you have to be determined to put the work in, and there is a sacrifice in terms of social life, but hopefully now I’m going university I’ll make up for it.”
>> Excited students collected their A-level results from Bicester Community College yesterday morning.
In total, 95 per cent of the examinations achieved pass grades, with eight per cent at A*, 27 per cent at grades A* to B, and 62 per cent at A* to C.
Principal Jason Clarke said: “This year’s results reflect the hard work of our students and the commitment of staff to ensuring that all students realise their potential.”
One of this year’s top students was 17-year-old Sejal Desai from Southwold in Bicester, who came away with an A in English language and literature, an A in media and film studies, an A in psychology, and an A* in sociology. She will now go on to study law at Birmingham University.
Sejal said: “I did much better than I expected and I was very relieved.” She said she had not yet decided whether to pursue a career as a barrister or a solicitor.
Michael Betts, 18, who got a B in chemistry, an A in law and an A in mathematics, said he was very pleased with his results, and now hopes to qualify as an accountant.
“I was stunned. I was slightly confused at first as I wasn’t expecting to do particularly well at law,” he said.
Michael, from Keble Road in Bicester, aims to take professional AAT qualifications instead of going to university.
Oliver Jackson, 18, from Leach Road in Bicester, got an A* in Spanish , a B in geography and a B in English language and literature.
He said: “It was better than I was expecting to get. I was a little bit surprised but happy as well.”
Oliver will go to university in September to take up a course in Hispanic studies.
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