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A-level results day 2014

Youngsters gathered at schools, alongside their parents and teachers, to find out their A-level results

Farnborough Hill's Kloe Storrie, Erica Thake, Zehra Rubbani, Annie Starkey and Karen Ellis

The wait is over for anxious teenagers as they find out their A-level results today (August 14).

We have reporters and photographers at schools and colleges across Hampshire today chatting to those collecting their results, proud parents and pleased teachers.

 

The first results to come in were from Farnborough Hill.

Pupils got a 100% pass rate and an A* to C pass rate of 98%, up 2% from last year.

The top performers were Laura Doherty, Vicki Patel and Paloma Vince with 4 A*s each. Erica Thake achieved 3 A* and 2 A*s and an A all went to Amelia Cameron, Emily Ellis, Karen Ellies and Kloe Storrie.

Headteacher Sarah Buckle said: “I am delighted that the girls have done so well and can head off to these top universities with confidence. They have been an outstanding year group in terms of their academic achievement and their commitment to their studies."

Farnborough College of Technology also achieved a 100% pass rate, with 73% of students gaining A*s to Cs. While the overall pass rate was higher, the percentage of top grades was down from 81.7% last year.

Sixth form students at Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton are celebrating after recording a 10% increase in the number of pupils achieving A* or A grades.

For the vast majority it means their places at many of the country’s most prestigious universities are secure. The percentage achieving A* to C grades was up from 86% last year to 90% and the overall pass rate was 99.4%.

This year’s top achieving candidates included Luke Cackett and Anthony Zhang, who both gained three A*s and will go to Oxford in October. Lizzy Heywood, who gained four A*s will join her older brother Robbie at Worcester College.

Some of the warmest praise and congratulation were received by pupils who beat their expectations by as much as three grades.

Headmaster Fergus Livingstone said: "The college is going from strength to strength with improving A-level grades forming only a part of an ambitious development plan.

"It is a very exciting period in the college’s history and we are enjoying the momentum we have generated. This year’s Upper Sixth Form have been fantastic, and I am delighted that they have done so very well in their exams.

Salesian College in Farnborough was also celebrating a 100% pass rate - with 88% at A*-C. This is up on last year, which had an 99% overall pass rate with 87% A*-C.

Thirteen students achieved three or more A* or A grades each.

Thomas Cornford, who got As in French, Spanish and history, and will go on to read French and Spanish at St Anne's College, Oxford, said: "I'm delighted, I don't know what to say, it's fantastic.

"The support I have had from the college has been great, I'm very pleased."

Farnborough Sixth Form College also had impressive results with a 99% pass rate and an A*-C pass rate of 81%.

Oliver Dunkley achieved five A*s in maths, further maths, physics, history and general studies. He is going on to study engineering at Cambridge.

Principal Simon Jarvis said: "The results achieved by our students this year are exceptional. The 99% pass rate is even more impressive given that it has been achieved across 53 subjects by one of the largest sixth form cohorts in the country.

"These young people should be applauded for their hard work and dedication to their studies – we are very proud of them. Plaudits should also go to their outstanding teachers who have ensured that this brilliant achievement has been sustained year on year at Farnborough.”

Yateley School saw a pass rate of 75% A* to C, up from 70.3% in 2013, and 46.2% of all the grades this year year were A*, A or B.

The overall pass rate was 98.4%, in a year when the pass rate dropped nationally.

Around 75% of the pupils achieved a university place which Edward Mather, head of sixth-form, described as “particularly exceptional”.

“We are very pleased with this year’s results, the students did very well,” Mr Mather said.

“As many of the pupils received a text from UCAS early this morning, many of them arrived to school feeling calm and relaxed."

Louise Chegwidden achieved four A* grades in biology, English literature, French and mathematics and is going to Oxford University to read English and French.

Jake Bland achieved three A* in mathematics, further mathematics and physics and an A in chemistry and is set to read maths at Cambridge.

Mark Jackman, headteacher of Yateley School, said: “Our students have been a credit to us, not only in their academic studies, but in their support for the school and the well being of all of our students.

“Our thanks go to their teachers too who have been utterly committed to teaching our students well and supporting them to achieve their best possible result.”

For those whose results did not go according to plan, see our guide for tips on what to do.

For more pictures and A-level coverage for the various schools, see next week's  News & Mail  .

If you'd like to send in a special story, news of an incredible achievement or photos of students celebrating their results then email the digital team

 

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Natalie Garland
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