Excitement for sixth formers as results day reveals excellent grades for many
SCHOOLS across Guildford were celebrating their sixth form students achieving excellent results in this year’s A levels.
Thousands of students across Surrey woke yesterday (Thursday) to find out what their results meant for them and there was tears, chills, thrills and cheers.
At George Abbot School in Burpham, students notched up 65 A* grades, with a further 20% at A grade, with more than one in three awarded A* or A.
In their results, 57% of students were awarded at the A* to B level while 80% of results were A* to C grades.
The BTEC entries also faired well, with 75% of entries were able to get distinction or distinction* grades.
Louise Li and Rachel Sage each gained four A*s while Robert Jin got five A*s in economics, physics, mathematics, further mathematics and additional further mathematics.
These results ensured the school maintains its position as one of the top non-selective schools in the country for A level results.
At Guildford County School, staff and students were also celebrating another set of high A level results with 56% achieving A* to Bs and 31% hitting the A* to A grade.
Overall, the students enjoyed a pass rate of more than 99% – 85% at grades of A* to C.
Three County students are taking places at Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge University) and a record five pupils have a clean sweep of A*s for all of their subjects.
These included Joe Taylor, Nicolas Brown, Hannah Coles, Lucas Joel, Isabel Flynn, Sam Goulden and Harry Barham.
This year also saw the school’s highest number of university applications to date, with 80% of students achieving places at prestigious universities including 455 to those in the Russell Group.
There was a 100% pass rate at A level for 132 students at Guildford’s Royal Grammar School, with 36% gaining A*s. Thirty students received offers to study at Cambridge and Oxford universities.
In all, 71 pupils secured a clean set of A* and A grades, 15 of whom secured all A* grades with 98.4% achieving A* to C grades.
RGS headteacher Dr Jon Cox said: “To have achieved such a remarkable percentage of the gold-standard A* grades denotes a consistent performance across the sixth form at the very highest level.”
At Guildford College, outstanding results were achieved by Jordan Briggs, 21, from Bordon, who secured A*AA in psychology, law and sociology and will sutdy law at Oxford University.
Jordan, who hopes to become a human rights barrister, said: “I’m really, really pleased. My results are even better than I could have expected. The support from the college, both personally and academically, has been great and I couldn’t be happier.”
Thomas Edwards, 19, from Guildford, achieved A*BB in business studies, law and sociology and is seeking a university place to study business or law through clearing.
“The teachers have been outstanding, the best I’ve ever had,” he said. “They’ve been so encouraging and committed to what they are teaching; they’ve supported me every step of the way.” Sandhya Tiwari, 19, from Woking is planning a gap year to undertake some work experience before applying for a degree in medicine. Sandyha, who previously lived in Nepal, achieved AAA in biology, chemistry and maths. She said: “I’m really excited, I just didn’t expect my results to be so good.”
At Farnham Sixth Form College, Catherine Bookham and Liam Trussler both secured places with outstanding results.
Catherine, 18, from Fleet, achieved A*ABB in 3D architecture, geography, maths and physics and will study architecture and environmental engineering at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
“I’m so pleased that I got the grades I needed to get in to university,” she said. “I really enjoyed my time at Farnham and I’d definitely recommend it to others.”
Liam, 18, from Aldershot will be heading to St Mary’s University in Twickenham to study strength and conditioning after achieving AAB in business, psychology and physical education with the hope of becoming a sports coach.
Amy Rimmer and Edward Hartz have decided to tajke a gap year following their exceptional results. Amy, 18, from Fleet achieved AAA in maths, bology and chemistry and will head to York University next year to study natural sciences. Edward, 17, from Alton, achieved A*AAB in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics will be taking a year out, where he intends to spend some time in Germany learning the language, before heading to university in 2018 to study maths.
Principal Jacki Hughes said: “I am delighted with the results our students have achieved at the Guildford College Group, particularly our high A*-C grades.
“This achievement at both Farnham Sixth Form College and Guildford College reflects our commitment to stretch and challenge our students and ensure that their exam results reflect the absolute best of their ability.”
Over at Howard of Effingham, the overall pass rate was 98.5%, with 54% of students gaining A* to C grades and 42% gaining A to A*s.
St Peter’s Catholic School in Merrow achieved a pass rate of 99.7%, with 65.2% achieving A* to Cs and 38.6% gaining A to A* grades.
Girls and staff celebrated a fine set of results at Tormead in Guildford, with one third achieving A* to A grades.
In mathematics they scored an outstanding result of 75% of grades at A* to A and 95% at A* to B. Students taking further maths gained 100% at A*-A.
Seven subjects were passed at all A* or A grades.
Many at Tormead were delighted to discover they had achieved their expected grades, securing spots at their first choice university.
Imogen Howse, 18, from Ockham, achieved A*s in English and French and an A in Spanish. She’s off to Bristol University to study English, as she would love to become an author.
Lucy Porter, 18, from Farnham, was awarded A*s in English, psychology and in her EPQ, and achieved an A in history. She’s going to Birmingham University to study English and Drama.
Ciara Elson, 18, from Guildford, achieved an A* in English and As in history and Latin, secured an offer at her first choice, St Andrews, to study history.
At the time of going to press, Christ’s College, Guildford High and Kings College had not sent in their results.
GFuildford County’s Izzy Flynn, Lucas Joel, Owen Kennedy, Sophie Balchin, Nick Brown and Isabel Gillies
Ciara Elson from Tormead School