A-level results day: Oakham and Uppingham

Rutland County College students celebrate their A-level results. Melissa Dolby and Kitty Ellis. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-140814-114320001
Rutland County College students celebrate their A-level results. Melissa Dolby and Kitty Ellis. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-140814-114320001
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A tremendous set of A-Level results have been registered by students in Rutland with almost every single exam taken leading to a pass.

Rutland County College and Oakham School had a magnificent 100 per cent pass rate for their exams with Uppingham School registering 99.8 per cent.

The perfect pass rate at Oakham was the third straight year the school managed that feat.

In total, 27 of its pupils achieved all A*s and As.

In addition, 40 per cent of exams were awarded A*/A grades and 71 per cent of exams were awarded A*-B grades.

Oakham’s pupils will now be going on to study a wide range of subjects at some of the best universities in the UK including Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Bristol, Durham, Leeds and the London School of Economics, as well as across the world including the USA, Canada, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Some of the success stories include Sam Oakley, from Oakham, who achieved three A*s in chemistry, maths, further maths and an A grade in physics, and has won a place at Cambridge to study maths.

Other local pupils who performed outstandingly well include Alice Evans, who has won a place at Cambridge to study education with English, Ivo Nanev, who will study mechanical engineering at Bath, and Angharad Rowles who has been accepted by Exeter to read medicine - all of whom achieved two A* and an A grade in their A-Levels.

Anna Maitland, who will study chemical engineering at Sheffield University, Megan Nagel, who joins Nottingham University to read medicine, and Ryan Waterman, who is studying management at Lancaster, all gained one A* and two As in their subjects.

Oakham Headmaster, Nigel Lashbrook, said: “Whilst we are delighted with our pupils’ achievements, we don’t judge success to be based purely on exam results,”

“I’m confident that our leavers will be taking away what they have learnt from the wide range of experiences they’ve encountered which will equip them for the next stage of their lives - be it higher education, employment and more generally for life beyond school.

“I particularly want to congratulate the students and their teachers and to commend them for all of their hard work over the last two years, especially given that they were the first cohort to go through this more rigorous A-Level system which has removed multiple re-sit opportunities.”

For Rutland County College, their excellent set of results saw almost half of the grades awarded being an A or a B.

The improvement from 99 per cent last year defied the national trend which sees a drop in the overall results.

And over a quarter of those receiving their grades on Thursday have been offered places at Oxford, Cambridge or another Russell Group university of which there are 24 overall.

Amidst the high numbers of As and Bs handed out, one individual who managed to stand out was Tom Radley who achieved the extremely impressive feat of full marks in several of his papers.

Overall, he received threeA*s and one A grade.

Other stand out performers included Katherine Ellis, Tom Kilkenny and Elizabeth Lindley who all got four A grades each.

Carl Smith, head of centre at the college, said: “Every single student succeeded and can move on to greater success in the future.

“Rutland County College is booming and we are delighted that our students are doing so well. This is a sixth from college Rutland can be very proud of”

Out of the 290 results given to students at Uppingham, almost 55 per cent were A*s or A.

Just under one in three (53 out of 166) gained straight A*-A grades and just over 85 per cent of all entries were A*-B.

All Oxbridge candidates received the required grades they needed to be offered a place.

Speaking about his school’s impressive results, headmaster Richard Harman said: “It is a great pleasure to report on the achievements of this year’s group of Upper Sixth pupils taking their A-levels.

“They have worked very hard and these results are the fitting reward for their efforts and that of the staff.

“Pupils at Uppingham benefit not only from the opportunities to attain academic excellence but also from extra-curricular activities, embracing the benefits of an ‘all-round education.’

“They can look forward to the future with confidence.”

The pass rate at Uppingham was the same as last year, but the number of pupils achieving A*-B went up by over four per cent.

Councillor Kenneth Bool, portfolio holder for children and young people at Rutland County Council, praised the pupils for their great achievements.

“This year’s results are a reflection of the determination and hard work of the students, the skills of their teachers and support of their families,” he said.