HUNDREDS of teenagers have ended weeks of anticipation this morning (Thursday) when they found out their A-level exam results.
Schools across the area have been packed with nervous pupils keen to find out if they got the grades needed to go to university.
Our reporters have been at some of the schools getting reaction from pupils.
At Stamford Endowed Schools pupils gained A*, A or B grades in 72 per cent of their exams and 41% of grades were A* or A.
An impressive 91 per cent of examinations were passed at A, B or C grade standard.
Principal Stephen Roberts said: “I am again delighted by the performance of our sixthform students. These exceptional results are the culmination of hard work and determination from our highly motivated students and the support and dedication of our teaching staff.
“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 excellent grades and broad education will give them a strong advantage in the job market. I am very proud of all of our students and our teaching staff for maintaining our high academic standards, and I wish all of our departing students every success in the next stage of their educational journey.”
The Deepings School is celebrating its best ever results. The overall pass rate exceeded 99 per cent, with half of all exams passed at A* to B.
Pupil Tom Lefley who achieved two A* and one A grade which means he can accept his offer to study at Cambridge University; Hannah Pascoe achieved an A* and two A grades has been offered a scholarship at Royal Holloway University; and Jack Hart achieved three A grades and a B.
Ellen Clarke, Nick Cundy, Joely Garner, Connor George, Leanne Hills and Emma Neilson achieved all A* and A grades.
Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “These results are fantastic and reflect the genuine hard work and commitment of our students, staff and parents and will enable the vast majority to move into higher education or employment.”
At Rutland County College 100 per cent of BTEC and 96 per cent of A-level students passed their courses this year and the vast majority were able to secure their places on their first choice universities or have already taken up employment locally.
Head of centre Carl Smith said: “It’s not just about exam results these days, we also pride ourselves on equipping students with the skills they need to be successful in their chosen careers, whether at university or in the workplace.”
Bourne Academy said all pupils should have secured their university places after an excellent set of results.
Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “We are delighted that Bourne Academy’s first set of A-level results have improved upon the previous year when the school operated as The Robert Manning College. The pass rate was 93 per cent and the average points score per entry, published annually on the DfE website, has increased.”
Oakham School’s A-level pupils are celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate with nearly a quarter of pupils achieving the highest grade of A*. Headmaster Nigel Lashbrook said: “I am delighted that so many of this year’s A-level students achieved such impressive A-level results. It is always nice to have a 100 per cent pass rate and it is even more pleasing that virtually three quarters of all A-level entries attained a grade B or above.
“These results also follow on from some excellent International Baccalaureate results in July. My congratulations go to all of this year’s leavers and their teachers.”
Two thirds of pupils achieved at least one A grade at Oakham and 30 pupils achieved straight A* and A grades. More than one third of students managed to achieve two A grades or better.
At Uppingham School more than 55 per cent of grades were at A* or A. For the first time ever at the school, two pupils – Patrick Sun and Andrew Turner – gained five A* grades and 28 per cent of the upper sixth gained straight A* or A grades. Seven pupils gained three A*s or better and of those five gained straight A*s. In addition to a 100 per cent pass rate, 85% of all entries were A* to B.
Headmaster Richard Harman said: “It is very pleasing to report on the achievements of this year’s group of pupils taking their A-levels. They have worked exceptionally hard and these results are a fitting reward for their efforts and those of the staff.”
Grade A and B passes at Prince William School in Oundle have risen from 41 per cent in 2010 to 46.8 per cent in 2012.
There were 23 A*s awarded in a range of subjects, with fine art, mathematics, English and chemistry performing particularly well.
Individually, most of the pupils have met their targets for their chosen universities or colleges. Jennifer Purdy with three A*s is expecting to study mathematics at Durham University; Leilani Barratt with two A*s and a B will study music at Holloway. Other successes included Imogen Chappelow with one A* and two As, Andrew Wade and Joe Taylor with two A*s and one A, and Oliver Herbage with two A*s and two As.
Rachel O’Connor, head of the sixthform, said: “It is pleasing to see the hard work of the students, good quality teaching across the school together with positive mentoring and support by the sixth form team bring about such successful results.”
Oundle School pupils achieved 86.5 per cent A* to B grades, with 18.9 per cent of grades awarded at A*, an increase from 2011.
A total of 79 pupils (almost 40 per cent) were awarded three A grades or better and 34 pupils achieved four A grades or better. Eleven pupils achieved five A grades or better.
Charles Dowell, George Duxbury, Oliver Jackson, Benedict Kennedy, Frank Lam, Jun Lau, Hugo Markland, Clint Wong and Bertram Yap all scored at least four A* grades. Charles and Clint each scored five A* grades.
Twelve per cent of pupils achieved the top distinction in one or more subjects on the Cambridge Pre-U course. This is graded higher than the A* at A-level. Rachel Wong achieved the top mark in the country for Pre-U Economics.
As a result 16 Oundelians so far have confirmed their places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities.
Headteacher Charles Bush said: “Once again Oundle pupils have performed outstandingly well. This tremendous set of results rewards the excellent efforts of pupils and their teachers. We are proud of their achievements and grateful for the academic leadership they have shown during their time at the school.”
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