These are the A-level results as they come in from schools in Stamford and the Deepings.
Stamford Endowed Schools are once again celebrating strong results.
Overall the 194 pupils at Stamford School and Stamford High School gained grades of A*, A, B or C in 84 per cent of their examinations. The percentage of A*, A and B grades was 65 per cent. Of the 582 A-level exams taken, 201 resulted in either A* or A grades. Thirty pupils got at least three A grades.
Alex Clark, 18, from Edith Weston, was delighted with his A* in design technology and As in Biology and Chemistry. He was unwell last year and was only predicted Cs, but worked hard and was amazed at his final results.
He will study product design at Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London.
Alex said: “I’m really happy. I was quite shocked when I opened the envelope. My conditional offer was two Cs, which they dropped right down. It’s definite cause for celebration.”
Twins Grace and Alice Cato, 18, from Whitwell, got almost identical grades. Both got As in chemistry and maths, and Grace just pipped her sister’s A in biology with an A*.
Grace will go on to study at the University of Edinburgh while Alice will go to the University of St Andrew’s.
Grace said: “I’m very happy. I didn’t expect to do so well.
“I woke up at about 5am this morning but I have been trying to keep myself busy over the summer.”
Alice was not too impressed to be woken up at 7am by her sister but said: “I’ve been waiting for my results all summer. I’m happy to finally get them.”
Principal Stephen Roberts said: “I would like to congratulate the students on their exam results. Overall the results have been strong, particularly set against a background of changes in the A-level examination system which has led to some lower grades nationally.
“There were many outstanding individual performances which are the culmination of two years’ hard work.
“I would also like to thank the teaching staff for their professionalism and dedication. With rising university fees, students are thinking more about the benefit of university and it is very pleasing that the vast majority of our students who have applied will have gained a place at university. For those pursuing other paths, their good grades and broad education will give them a strong advantage in the job market. I wish all of our departing students every success in the next stage of their educational journey.”
The Deepings School saw another strong year of A-level results, with a quarter of entries achieving A* or A, nearly a half achieving A* to B grades, 72 per cent gaining A* to C grades and a 98 per cent overall pass rate. These grades, especially at the highest end are among the school’s best ever.
There were many outstanding performances, including Olivia Brown (A*,A*A), Matthew Allen (A*,A,A,B), Ava Rangolam (A*,A,A,B), Melissa Sedgewick (A*,A,B), Ella Timms (A*,A,B),Caitlin Walker (A*,A,B), Charlotte Lincoln (A,A,B) and Joseph Bates (A,A,B).
Just as important were the large percentage of students who made fantastic progress over the last two years allowing the vast majority to access university places, apprenticeships and careers of their choice.
At AS many students got strong results giving them a solid platform on which to build this year.
Headteacher Richard Trow said: ‘We are extremely proud of our sixth form students. The Year 13s will be leaving us with the exam grades that will allow them to pursue their life goals. Just as important to us is seeing them grow into such confident, caring and enterprising young adults. Getting the balance right between exam results and life skills is crucial and we are really looking forward to hearing of their future successes.”
Head of sixth form Phil Smith added: “it gives us a real sense of achievement to see the well-deserved outcomes of the efforts made by our students.”
After picking up his grades, head boy Chris Sutton said: “After seven years at the Deepings School I have been offered a place at Nottingham University. The support and great teaching provided by the school has been fantastic and has really helped push me to the next level. The Deepings has been a key part of my life and I am sad to leave, but I am proud of my school and what they have helped me to achieve.”
And New College Stamford students were also celebrating, with many preparing to go to university, some opting for apprenticeships and others going onto further courses.
Director of learning Sarah Young said: “Once again we have recorded some excellent results, so congratulations must go to all of our A-Level students who have worked so hard, and their tutors who have supported and encouraged them during the past two years.
“We wish everyone well in their chosen studies and careers.”
Michaela Tharby, 19, from Peterborough, was ecstatic after obtaining A*, A, A and B in her A-levels. She has accepted a place at York University to study politics, with hopes of working in the civil service – focusing on international development.
She said: “I feel brilliant. I was expecting an A, B, C, so am very happy with my results. I’m so glad I haven’t disappointed my teachers. They have been so helpful – I couldn’t have done it without their support. I’ve had an amazing time at this college.”
Cloe Ringer, 18 of Peterborough, received A, A, B and hopes to become a chiropractor after completing her degree at Bournemouth University. She said: “My grades were on target, so I’m very happy. I will be going out for a meal to celebrate tonight. I have made some really special friends here – the people have been amazing.”
And Mary Brown, 18, also from Peterborough, obtained A*, A*, B, B and is about to start a psychology degree at Lincoln University. She said she was in a daze over her impressive results. “I don’t think I would have done this well anywhere else,” said Mary. “This college has helped me so much. I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”