Students across the Advertiser and Review region have been collecting their A-level results this morning, Thursday.
Early indications are some schools in the region have achieved some of their most successful results yet.
Nationally, there has been a slight fall in A* and A grades and the pass rate is down for the first time in 30 years.
But there are a record number of university places available.
> Sixth Form students at one of the oldest schools in the country, Sponne School, have found out their fate as they received A-Level results.
They all received their exam grades this morning and headteacher Jamie Clarke said he is ‘very proud of their excellent results’.
He said: “It is reassuring the grades reflect the hard work students put in and they are taught so well by our outstanding teachers.
“Well done to all our students, including those who have secured their good university places.”
One of those is Matt Carmichael, 18, whose two A grades in Chemistry and Geography and a B in Maths has earned him a place to study Law at the University of York.
He said: “It was relief this morning. I logged on to UCAS and kept refreshing the page and there was a bit of a debate whether I look or not.
“But I’m really pleased and most people got their first choice which is really good - even the people that didn’t think they had done well. Everyone did what they had to do.”
Around 40 per cent of Sponne students gained the very highest A*-B grades and a fifth of all grades were an A or A*.
Twins Julian and Nicholas Woods, both gained four A-levels including 2 A* grades and a further A and B.
William Wilkins, Katy Davis, Beth Noble and Megan Elphick all also gained four A-levels with the highest grades.
Victoria Austin, head of Sixth Form, said: “I am always amazed by the high standards our students achieve with these outstanding results.
“I am so pleased for them and wish them all the best in the future.”
>At Magdalen College School in Brackley, AS level results were the best for many years with the highest ever pass rate (A-E) at 91 per cent. Thirty per cent A*-B grades were achieved at AS level, the best since 2009.
The overall pass rate at A-level was 97 per cent and 41 per cent of grades were at A*-B.
Headteacher Ian Colling said: “We are proud of our students’ achievements this summer with a record average points score across the board.
“It’s a pleasure to see so many happy faces. All the hard work has paid off and we are delighted students have done so well. We wish them well as they progress to the next stage in their careers.”
Among the school’s successful students are Megan Knowlden, with A* and two Bs in sociology, English language and literature and PE and Ellie Robbins with two As and an A* in communication studies, English literature and language and sociology.
> The Buckingham School continues to drive up its A-level results, under the headship of Angela Wells, with its best ever results this year.
Head of sixth form Joe Ryan said the school had seen its highest number of confirmed university places - above the national average - with more students getting into the uni of their choice.
Mr Ryan said: “We’re really proud of our students and all the staff. They’ve done a fantastic job.”
And he added the school has seen record numbers applying to join its recently refurbished sixth form.
Miss Wells said: “We are very proud of every student that attended our Centre of Further Education this academic year and the effort they put in to gain these results. The brand new state-of-the-art studying facilities have allowed many students to reach and exceed their individual targets this year.
“In addition, students have had an exceptional year developing their teamwork ability and have improved their leadership skills by organising and running local and county-wide sporting events.
“They have also organised community events, such as the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party and have continued to raise money for many charities. The development of rounded individuals is an important aspect of the ethos and culture of the school.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all the students that are starting training or have found employment good luck and all the best for their future.”
> There were many happy faces at the Royal Latin School this morning as students achieved the grades necessary to enter their university of choice.
Over 17 per cent of entries received A* grades and 73 per cent of entries were A* to B grades.
Seven students gained the rare distinction of a minimum of three A* grades, while an amazing 50 students gained all A* and A grades. Cameron Bayley, James Kendall and Anna Smith, all gained four A* grades.
Twelve students secured places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities, over 80 per cent of students will go to Russell Group universities, and six students have been awarded places for medicine and veterinary studies.
Headteacher David Hudson said: “This is a 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. So many students have worked incredibly hard and they deserve all of the success that has come their way.
“The high number of A* and A grades is a testament to both our students’ commitment and to the high-quality teaching they have received over the last two years.
“I wish all of our students the very best of luck as they move on to the next stage in their education.”
> In Bicester, The Cooper School celebrated its second set of A-level results.
The school changed status to become an 11 to 18 school in September 2011 and this summer 62 students took A Levels in 26 different subjects.
Twenty-one per cent achieved A*/A with 48 per cent achieving A*-B, 66 per cent achieving A*-C and 96 per cent achieving A*-E.
Adam Sapnik achieved outstanding results of three A* grades and will now take up a place to read Chemistry at Oxford University.
Ben Baxter, headteacher at The Cooper School said: “I am delighted with these results which continue to build on previous achievements. The year 13 students can now look forward to taking up their university places. It has been a tremendous three years for this school and these results reflect the commitment of the staff and students who are to be congratulated on their successes.”
> Akeley Wood School achieved a 98 per cent overall pass rate with 52 per cent of pupils achieving A*-B grades. Sixty-five per cent of students who studied maths achieved A*-B grades.
Head of Sixth Form, Paul Dyson said: “I am thrilled so many of our students achieved grades above those indicated by national predictions. This is a real testament to their hard work and the significant investment that has gone in to our sixth form provision.”
Top perfomers are Fiona Sharland with an A* in English literature and two As in history and psychology, who will be studying law at Bristol University, and Natasha Willcock with two A*s in business studies and textiles and one A grade in psychology, who will be studying fashion retail at Manchester University. Other top destinations include University College London, Leeds, Bath and Durham.
Headteacher Dr Jerry Grundy, said: “First of all, may I congratulate the students of Akeley Wood. I am absolutely delighted by these results, which yet again reflect an improvement on previous years. I am especially pleased to note an unprecedented number of students far exceeded their predicted grades. This is the true measure of academic success: how a student’s progress is measurably improved by the combination of hard work and teaching excellence.”
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