3:02pm Thursday 15th August 2013
By Sarah Taylor
CELEBRATIONS were had by students across the Vale and the Cotswolds when they received their A-level results.
There were a few nail biting moments for some pupils as they waited until early Thursday morning to find out if they had made the grades after months of hard work.
Students at Evesham High School were celebrating after 99 per cent achieved a Level 3 qualification.
Three A-level grades were achieved by 87 per cent of pupils and 30 per cent of these were all A and B grades, an increases on the last two years at the school.
This rise was coupled with a slight rise in students’ point scores.
Caroline Browne, headteacher, said: “We are very proud of the efforts of our students to achieve their best grades, and these results show commitment to their studies and considerable success, from A* grades to across the range. Congratulations to students and staff for their dedication and achievement.”
Headboy Reuben Grace, aged 18, of North Littleton, was over the moon with his three A grades, English, History and Geography and plans to head to Exeter to study history.
He said: “I was relieved after all the hard work. It was nice to know I had been accepted in the morning no matter my grades.”
Fellow pupil Emily Waters, 18, of Harvey Road, Bengeworth, was still waiting to find out if she would be accepted into Oxford Brooks University to study mental health nursing after recieving an A*, A and D grade, when she needed two A’s and a C.
At Prince Henry's High School they were also celebrating an overall A-level pass rate of 99 per cent.
Of those, 29 per cent of the grades were at A* or A, 57 per cent A* to B and 82 per cent A* to C.
The average points per student stands at 864 and the average points per entry was 212.
Two students, Frank Syvret and Shanti Daffern, obtained places at Cambridge and nearly all students have secured their first-choice University placements.
Frank achieved 5 A* grades and Shanti 3A* and an A grade.
Dr Tony Evans, headteacher, congratulated everyone, saying: “My staff and I are delighted that they have achieved their desired grades. These are truly stunning results and are a testament to the hard work of the students, their parents and the teachers here at Prince Henry’s who have supported them.”
Speaking about his achievement Frank Syvret, the youngest pupil in the year at 17, said: “I checked my UCAS page as soon as I woke up and had my place confirmed. I have been pretty nervous. I was very happy though as I was really not expecting it.”
Another student who also did well was Paul Retallick, 18, of Balmoral Close, Greenhill, is off to do missionary work in Warsaw, Poland. He said: “I got an A in history, A in economics and a B in maths, which is what I was hoping for and I was really pleased. I am doing a two year mission now for my church in Warsaw and after that I will be looking to go to university.”
At Pershore High School the 122 students entered for A-level examinations this summer achieved an A* to E rate of 99.5 per cent, equalling last year's performance.
About 69 per cent of all grades were obtained at grade C or higher, with almost half of all grades earned at A*, A or a B. The average point score per Year 13 candidate was 787 and 217 per subject entry
Some of individual high achievers included, Esther Chidlow, who achieved an A* and two A grades and Philippa Cole, who got three A* grades.
Headteacher, Clive Corbett, congratulated students and thanked staff for their support.
He said: “The continued high performance of our Sixth Form students against ever more challenging national expectations is something that I am proud to acknowledge. I would like to offer them my best wishes in their future endeavours.”
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