Ex­cite­ment for sixth for­m­ers as re­sults day re­veals ex­cel­lent grades for many

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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

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