A level round-up: find out how the region’s schools have fared

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Youngsters across the region have been plotting their futures after picking up top A level grades.

Oundle School pupils have performed outstandingly in their Sixth Form exams, with 25 per cent of grades awarded at A* for the second year in succession. Almost two thirds of results were graded A or better, the best performance of the last five years.

The results mean 26 pupils from the school are going to Cambridge or Oxford University.

Seven pupils scored four A* grades, with Michael Hutchinson achieving five A* grades.

Headmaster, Charles Bush, said: “Once again Oundle pupils have performed extremely well. These results represent tremendous efforts by both pupils and teachers. We are proud of these achievements and grateful for the academic leadership shown by this group of pupils during their time at school. They deserve real congratulations on their success which has set up some wonderful opportunities for their tertiary education in future. In my final year at Oundle I wish to pay tribute to the outstanding teaching that has given rise to increasingly excellent results over the last ten years.”

Sawtry Village Academy is celebrating continued improvement under its new leadership; as A Level students exceed last year’s results.

“The percentage of students gaining A* - E grades at A Level is 99 per cent, which marks a two per cent increase on the previous year and is above the national average. The number of students achieving the highest A* - C grades was also 66 per cent.

Sarah Wilson, Principal at Sawtry Village Academy, spoke about the achievement: “We are thrilled with these results, and I’d firstly like to congratulate all of the students and staff for their hard work and enthusiasm.

“I’m pleased to see that this achievement and desire is being rewarded now with these results. We are confident that they will enable our students to progress to university or employment as planned and we wish all of them every success.”

Notable performances were recorded by Rosie Greenbank, who achieved three passes at A* or A grades. Other high grade passes were achieved by Sophie Batten and Annabelle Davis. Thomas Murphy and Liam Murtagh were the highest performing boys.

At Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey the percentage of students gaining A*-B grades increased from 44 per cent to 55 per cent and those gaining A*-C grades has also increased from 72 per cent to 80 per cent. The overall pass rate is at 98 per cent

Jonathan Digby, principal at the school, said: “The students have worked extremely hard this year to achieve this level of success and they deserve

to feel very proud of their exam results. The results also reflect the hard work and dedication of the teachers and staff at Sir Harry Smith Community College.”

Top marks went to Luke Baxter, who gained A*, A*, A*, A, and is going to read Computing at Cambridge University. Other students with good grades included Jack Moseley Hutchinson, Jack Harris, Jacob Harris and Max Lutkin. George Ford, who stared on Channel 4’s Countdown earlier this year achieved A*, A, A, and is off to Exeter University to study Maths.

Students from Peterborough were flushed with success after receiving their A-Level results at New College Stamford.

The teenagers are now planning the next stages of their lives, with many preparing to go off to university, some opting for Apprenticeships and others going onto further courses.

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.”

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.”

The college celebrated 100 percent success rates in Maths, Chemistry, Computing, Business Studies, 3D, Communication/Culture, Film Studies and Theatre Studies.

It is the third consecutive year that all students who studied Chemistry, Business Studies and Theatre Studies have passed with flying colours.

Sarah Young, Director of Learning at New College Stamford, 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.”

Pupils at Wisbech Grammar School have been celebrating an outstanding set of A level examination results. The School’s Upper Sixth Formers achieved a 100 per cent pass rate once again, with over a third of pupils gaining the top grades A*-A and just over 90 per cent of passes being A*-C grades which is an improvement on last year.

Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley, said: “I am really very proud of the pupils today with so many achieving the grades they required to go onto university. “With over 90 per cent of pupils being accepted by their first choice university, a huge ‘well done’ goes to all the pupils for their hard work over the last year. Lastly I would also like to thank the staff whose dedication, outstanding teaching and support has ensured this year group have achieved their goals.”