Long wait finally over
NORTH Somerset celebrated outstanding A-level results across all of its secondary schools and Weston College.
The pass rate increased this year from 98.1 per cent to 98.5 per cent, which was above the England average of 97.6 per cent.
North Somerset Council's executive member for children and young people, Councillor Jeremy Blatchford, said: "These are staggering results and our results just keep getting better and better.
"Warmest congratulations to all our pupils and to all those in our schools who have helped them achieve their potential. It is particularly pleasing to note the percentage of A*-B grades has increased by more than five per cent to 51.8 per cent."
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In Churchill, head teacher Dr Barry Wratten, was delighted as A-level results showed a 99 per cent rate – a four per cent increase on last year.
Elspeth Westaway-Heaven, who lives in Rickford, was just one of those who were celebrating after getting two A*s and an A.
The 18-year-old, who is off to study Veterinary Medicine at Bristol University, said: "I can't believe it. I was shaking as I was so nervous but the fact that I got these grades and am off to university now is so exciting."
A total of 74 per cent of all grades were A*-C.
The proportion gaining three A grades doubles this year and there was also a 10 per cent rise in the overall percentage of A grades, including A* for the first time, of which students amassed 39.
Dr Wratten said: "This year Ofsted came and said that students do well in the Sixth Form and that the Sixth Form offers outstanding care and guidance. These results are the proof of the pudding. I say well done to our Year 13 students who not only worked so hard in their A-level years but who also added so much to the life of the school in so many ways."
Clevedon Community School was also celebrating a 99 per cent pass rate with 71 per cent of students getting an A* or A grade.
Head teacher John Wells was extremely pleased with all the results but there were a few students who excelled.
Rob Wadsworth and Joe Mason, both 18, gained four A*s which earned them places at Oxford University where they will study Physics and Chemistry respectively.
Imogen Harper, 18, from Clevedon, will study medicine at Leicester after gaining one A* and two As and Emily Hocking, 18, who also got four A grades, will study Veterinary Science at Nottingham.
Suzanne Vickers, 18, was delighted to discover she had got three A grades in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and General Studies. She will study Bio Medicine at Manchester University.
Mr Wells said: "This is a superb set of results with students exceeding predictions at the A/A* and A/B level particularly. It is a fitting reward for their many hours of hard work and the excellent student/teacher working partnerships we have at Clevedon.
Gordano School head teacher Graham Silverthorne got the best leaving present he could have asked for from his students – the best ever A-level results in the school's history.
Cheers rang out among the classrooms as the school 79.2 per cent of students achieved A levels at grades A* to C while 57 per cent of students of A level students got passes at A* – B grades.
Two students that were celebrating success were head boy Dominic Jefferies, 18 and head girl Maisy Griffiths. The pair, who have been dating for 10 months, are now planning to head off to separate universities.
Dominic had an A* in psychology, an A in history, an A in politics and a C in economics and is heading to Southampton University to study politics and sociology. Maisy, 18, from Failand, got A grades in history and politics and a B in psychology and is heading off to Sheffield University.
Dominic said: "I worked really hard for the exams but it's paid off. I will be sad to leave Gordano and have enjoyed being head boy.
"The teachers are amazing here and really go the extra mile to help students. Maisy and I are going to different universities and I am really going to miss her."
Head teacher Graham Silverthorne, who is leaving in September to take up a post as head teacher of a school in Hong Kong, said: "In January I asked the year group to give me a leaving present that I would be able to treasure and they haven't disappointed.
"We break one record or another every year but all previous performances have been overwhelmed by the endeavours of these wonderful young people. This set of results cements Gordano's place as one of the highest achieving truly comprehensive sixth forms in the country and we are all extremely proud."
At Backwell School out of the 165 Year 13 students, 11 per cent achieved the new A* grade.
One student standing out was 18-year-old Lewis Vincent, who got four A*s in Math's Further Maths, Economics and Physics.
He said: "It is a relief, I worked really hard to get the best grades and hoped I would after being predicted them."
Head teacher Julian Baldwin said: "The is the result of many years hard work and our students truly deserve their success."
Buckets of tears were cried at St Katherine's School in Pill as students reacted with happiness when opening their A-level exam results. The school posted record exam results this year with 71 per cent of candidates getting grades A*-C. The overall pass rate for grades A-E was 96 per cent, with 51 per cent of students getting A or B grades.
Sarah, 18, of Pill, got an A grade in AS film studies, an A in media studies and a C in English and a distinction in a BTEC performing arts.
Sarah is now off to take up a place on a musical theatre course at Thames Valley University in Ealing.
She said: "My results are better than I expected. Eventually I want to go into musical theatre and I have taken part in a lot of school productions over the past few years."
Head teacher Stephanie Quayle said: "We are all thrilled with this year's results. Our students deserve these excellent results. They have worked extremely hard and they, their families and their teachers are very proud of their achievements."
Staff at Nailsea School described this year's A-level results as 'outstanding' – beating records set last year.
Nearly 79 per cent of all students achieved A*-C grades with 12 per cent of pupils achieving three or more A or A* grades. A total of 29 per cent of student achieved either A* or A grades.
Five students have all gained places at either Oxford or Cambridge while Lukas Hank secured a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music.
Nailsea School head of sixth form, Jon Reddiford, said: "These are outstanding results from a lovely group of young people. We are very proud of their achievements.
"During the two-year A-level course, these -students had to overcome the disruption caused by the completion and move to the new school. The dedication and commitment by all of the staff to ensure that the students' academic achievements came first, have been rewarded by this excellent set of results. Students paid tribute to the hard work of their teachers as they collected their results."
Weston College saw a 10 per cent increase this year in the number of students gaining A*-C grades at A-level. The college has seen the number of students getting top grades rise to 80.3 per cent – a 10 per cent increase on last year.
The overall pass rate for the college for grades A-E is 99.76 per cent.
Principal Dr Paul Phillip said: "It's wonderful to be able to celebrate academic success and I know how much effort, commitment and dedication has gone into achieving these results.
"The sterling work carried out by our teaching and support staff and the encouragement of the students' families played important roles, but ultimately we must pay tribute to the young people who have worked so hard and done so very well.
"We don't underestimate the importance of academic achievement, but our primary aim is to look at each student as an individual, and to provide them with a holistic education that gives them the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to move forward into the future."
Badminton School student and sports captain Anna Coveney, from Clevedon, has secured a place at Durham University after gaining one A* and two As in Economics, Maths and Geography.
The 18-year-old, who is a keen traveller and has played county netball, hopes to train as a pilot and fly helicopters for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm Museum after university.