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Plenty of smiles as many make the grade

Evesham Editorial 15th Aug, 2019   0

CELEBRATIONS were on the timetable for many Vale students as the nervous wait for A-Level results came to an end.

Exam results were revealed with teenagers across Evesham and Pershore discovering whether they had secured the grades they needed to progress to life at university.

Nationally the overall pass rate remains the same as last year at 97.6 per cent for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Teenagers at The De Montfort School were among those picking up their results and headteacher Guy Nichols paid tribute to his departing students.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with this set of results from our creative and vibrant sixth formers. They have worked extremely hard to achieve some top grades and can be proud of their accomplishments.

“To see so many students achieve A and B grades in their A levels and Distinctions in their BTEC studies is wonderful,” he added.

The majority of our students have accepted places at their first choice of university with the rest of students enrolling in higher-level apprenticeships or embarking into the world of work.

A number of success stories were revealed at Prince Henry’s High School as the Victoria Avenue school recorded an overall pass rate of 98 per cent.

Exactly 16 per cent of grades were at A* or 4, 42 per cent at A* to B with three-quarters of pupils notching up grades at A* to C.

The vast majority of the school’s 170 candidates have gained places at their chosen universities and among the top performers where Benjamin Hughes and Eleanor Tarring who both achieved an A*, two As and a C.

Eloise Hedgecott gained a place to study biology at Oxford while Charlotte Brush, Aidan Dyde, Hannah Pitchforth, Zoe Taite, Sarah Willmott, Isabelle Wood and Katie Wood all achieved three A* or A grades.

Headteacher Dr Tony Evans said: “My staff and I are delighted with the performances that we have seen this year reflecting the hard work of the students, their parents and the teachers here at Prince Henry’s who have supported them.

“We wish all our Year 13 students every success with their future careers. They have been a lovely year group and we are all very proud of them.”

Pershore High School headteacher Phil Hanson paid tribute to his students who ‘continued to excel in a far more challenging exam system’ and delivered a pass rate for the school of 99 per cent.

A total of 79 per cent of all grades were C or higher with 53 per cent at A* to B and a quarter of all entries notching up A* or A.

Among the individual successes were Lucy Barker who will read biology at Lancaster University thanks to three A*s while Rebecca Stothard and Kacper Boniecki will study medicine at Birmingham thanks to two A*s and an A.

Matt Bessant, Lara Engelbrecht-Grove and Samara Kings all achieved their first choice university thanks to an A* and two A’s

“Congratulations to all students on the incredible dedication and commitment which has enabled them to achieve such excellent results and I and the sixth form team of Jason Howell, Zoe Starkey and Jo Robinson and all other staff wish them every success in the future,” Mr Hanson added.

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