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Somerset students get their A Level results
Updated 12:17pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
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- Students across the county find out A Level results.
- Schools/college hope to beat last year's statistics.
- Support available for those who don't achieve grades
BRIDGWATER College students celebrated another year of fantastic A Level results, achieving an outstanding 99.4% pass rate.
The national average was 97.5%, and 74% of passes achieved grades A* to C.
Louise Rowley, head of A Levels at the college, said: “Early indications show these are brilliant results for our students and well above national averages.
“We are particularly pleased that 14 students gained three A* or A grades and at least 100 students achieved at least one A grade.”
Mike Robbins, Principal, said the college is delighted with the results.
He added: “We are incredibly proud of our students' achievements.
“They also come on the back of highly successful International Baccalaureate Diploma results where 45% of our students also achieved point scores equivalent to A* or A grades at A Level.
“Congratulations must go to the students, their families who supported them and, of course, our staff who have worked so hard to ensure students have achieved their potential.”
Success stories include Bridgwater student Thomas Howes, previously of Chilton Trinity School, who achieved one A and three Bs and is going to the University of Bristol to study Physics.
Kira Gardner, formerly of Haygrove School, achieved three A*s and is remaining at the College to undertake a Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media.
Kira said: “I never expected to do as well as I did and I'm so delighted with my results.”
Other top achievers include Estelle Davies (A*, B, B), Jessica Thorne (A, A ,B) and Brighid Parker (A, A, B, C), while Natalie Ham, Stephanie Back and Tasha Bletsoe all achieved scores more than 40 points out of a possible 44 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Natalie achieved an amazing 43 points, which places her in the top 2% of students globally.
Emma Buchy-Dury achieved 39 points and has gained a place at St Peter's College Oxford to read Archaeology and Anthropology.
Students also performed strongly at AS Level, with Kate Brailey achieving A*, A, A, A.
Other AS students achieving four A grades included Molly Harding, Ellen Coterell, Dominic Grindle, Charlotte Taylor and Morgaine Stiles.
TAUNTON School head girl Evie Bown achieved three A grades and one B and head boy Ran Jameson was delighted to read he had got one A* and two A grades.
Head of careers, David Hawkins, has had a fruitful day thanks to the students’ outstanding results.
He said: “More than three-quarters of our Upper Sixth have achieved either their ‘Firm’ or ‘Insurance’ choice of university, leaving very few now looking at other options.
“Taunton School’s students now take up places at the most prestigious universities in the UK and overseas, including institutions in the United States, Australia, Japan, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.”
RICHARD Huish College is celebrating another successful year of A Level results as 32 students achieved two or more A* grades.
The class of 2013 has managed to significantly surpass national averages at A level and equivalent qualifications.
It is the sixth consecutive year that they have achieved 55% A* to B grades and 80% A* to C grades and 99% pass rate overall.
College Principal John Abbott said: “This consistent high performance reinforces our position as one of the country’s highest performing sixth form colleges.
These achievements begin with the efforts of our partner schools and are consolidated by work and expertise of students and college staff.”
Fourteen students with offers from Oxford or Cambridge gained the grades they needed and the vast majority of their students will progress to their chosen courses.
Star student, Hannah Jeanes, gained four A* grades making her the highest achiever at Huish this year. Hannah, a former pupil at Bishop Fox School, studied biology, chemistry, Maths and psychology at Huish. She is going to Churchill College, Cambridge, to read Psychology.
A further nine students gained three A* and one A grade including former Castle School pupil Matthew Amos and Bishop Fox School student Alice Shipley, both from Taunton.
Lewis Jones, Leigh Roxborough, James Borne, Edward Dawn, Emma Hope, Benjamin Salter and Matthew West also got three A*s and one A grade.
A further six students who sat three A levels gained three A stars grades. In total, 40 students achieved at least one A* grade alongside A grades.
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Well done to all of our A Level students! Fantastic results - 99.4% pass rate, 820 exam entries and only 3 of those weren't passed!— @Bridgwater_Coll 15 August 2013
The SPACE is celebrating the best ever results achieved by its students.
Today's results have put the college among the top 10% of Post-16 learning providers in the country for this qualification, in terms of the difference it makes to its students achievement.
• 100% of students have scored a Merits or higher exclusively in the BTEC Level Extended Diploma in the Performing Arts (specializing in dance and acting) and also in Production Arts (specializing in technical theatre including lighting and sound for the stage)
• 93% achieved Distinctions and Distinction Stars exclusively.
• Over 50% achieved the top possible grades of three Distinction Stars.
• 100% of students achieved A*-C in the Extended project – a stand-alone qualification eagerly accepted by Higher Education institutions.
• 92% Achieved A*-B in the Extended Project, 73% scored A*-A, 54% scored an A*.
A THIRD of the A Level grades achieved by students at West Somerset College in Minehead this year were A* or As.
This was a 5% increase on last year, was cause for celebration alongside 76% of grades falling between A* and C.
High achiever Alex Christmas gained an incredible four A*s plus an A* in her ‘extended project’.
She said: “I thought my exams had gone ok, but I didn’t expect to get these results.
“I have been a bit nervous, but I am really happy now and am looking forward to studying medicine at Dundee from September.”
Keziah Sanderson is also celebrating after getting two A*s in art and textiles.
She said: “I am really pleased. I have been pretty calm about my results, but only because I was expecting them to be worse than this.
“I can’t wait to start at Bath Spa University, where I have a place to do fashion.”
It’s smiles all round for staff at the college, too.
Assistant principal in charge of post-16 teaching, Joshua Fitzgerald, said: “The overall performance of our students is astounding and we have seen a continued growth in the numbers of students gaining the highest grades this year. I am extremely pleased with the progression of all our students.
“A large majority of our students have already secured really exciting employment and higher education opportunities, including a significant number who are going on to study at some of the best universities in the country. I wish them the vest best of luck in their future studies.”
With record numbers of students logging into their UCAS accounts online to collect results and confirm their places, the college is urging any student who wishes to talk about their results to call on 01643-706061.
GAYNOR Comber, principal of West Somerset College, is delighted with her students' performances, after everyone who received an offer to go to university achieved the grades to get their place.
She said: "This is the first time in my career I have known this. I am so pleased for them all.
"It's absolutely brilliant. Today is a very happy day for the college."
MEGAN Peeks, has just passed her final year at West Somerset College with flying colours, getting one A* and three As in her A Level results.
It means she can take up her offer of a place at the University of the West of England in Bristol, to study archaeology and planning.
She said: "I am very happy - I wasn't expecting to do quite so well, as physics is very hard.
"It has been a nervous time, I got up at 7am today to check that I had my university place.
"I am going on holiday to China with my family on Saturday, so that is my celebration."
KING'S College have achieved excellent A level results.
In a year group of 83 pupils, nearly a quarter achieved three or more A* or A grades and 12% of all entries attracted an A* grade.
Four pupils (Laura Hamilton, Tom Counsell, Ted Vickery and Alex Leung) achieved four or more A levels at A*/A grades.
Laura achieved A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and an A in Further Maths. She will go on to study Medicine at Birmingham University.
Tom Counsell achieved A*s in Economics, History and Maths and an A grade in Spanish. He will go on to read Economics at Durham University.
Picture: Tom Counsell and Laura Hamilton.
Alivia Redman (A*, A, B), Jennifer Yip (Distinction, Distinction *, C) and Chloe Dixon (A, B, B, C)
WEST Somerset College students Alex Christmas, Keziah Sanderson, Megan Peeks, Jake Van Der Veen, George Buckingham and James Dawson celebrate their A Level results.
PHOTO: Steve Guscott
RICHARD Huish's top performer was 17-year-old Hannah Jeanes who got 4 x A*s.
She said: "I was really surprised and did not expect it.
She studied Maths, biology, chemistry and psychology and will now gain her place at Cambridge University to study psychology.
IN the picture, from left, is Richard Huish student James Bevan, 18, who got 3 x A*s in Maths, physics and chemistry and is off to Southampton University to study mechanical engineering.
He said: " I thought I had done well, but it was a surprise to do as well as I have."
Also pictured is Ben Wylie, centre, who is off to Bath Uni to study Business after getting 2 x As and a B.
Jack Bramhall, right, got an A and 2 x Bs and will go to Sheffield University to learn electrical engineering.
AT Queen's College in Taunton, 71% of all A Level papers were graded A*, A and B with an impressive 17% awarded the top A* grade.
Forty percent of students achieved A* and A grades while 88% got A* to C.
All their successful Oxford and Cambridge candidates were able to cinfirm their Oxbridge places this morning.
HARD work and commitment has seen students at King Alfred School in Highbridge achieve record-breaking A-level results.
Figures show the school has broken all previous post-16 results, with the majority of students getting into their chosen universities or colleges.
At A2 level, Year 13 students achieved an impressive 100% A* to E pass rate and an average points score that has smashed the previous record set last year.
Head teacher Andy Owen said: “We are delighted with these brilliant results which reflect the commitment of students, staff and parents.
“The sixth form has been a major area of school improvement and these results are a testament to the hard work and efforts of all involved.”
He praised the excellent results in Maths, regarded as being among one of the most challenging subjects at A-Level, Sociology and Art.
Every students who applied to university has been offered a place.
Head of Sixth Form, Jonathan Gaskell, said: “We are delighted that all of our young people have gained access to their preferred course and University of choice.
“It is fantastic that their hard work has been rewarded and we wish them every success in what will be very bright futures.”
Well done students at King Alfred School in Highbridge for achieving RECORD BREAKING A level results! #alevels— @MercuryKJames 15 August 2013
WELLINGTON School students are to be congratulated after gaining outstanding A level results.
For the second year in a row, 19% of grades were awarded the elusive A* grade, comparable with the most academic schools in the country.
Nearly a third of students gained A grades in 3, 4 or 5 subjects and 41% of grades were awarded A*-A grade.
Headmaster Martin Reader said: "We are very proud indeed of the success of the entire year group with 75% gaining A*-B and 91% of the leavers gaining C or above, equalling previous records. They and their teachers worked incredibly hard.
"I am really delighted with the performance of this year group: they continually exceeded the expectations of their academic profile. They were particularly committed both to their activities and to each other and set a wonderful tone for the younger pupils who really looked up to them."
KING Alfred School in Highbridge has achieved record A-Level results.
Taunton School students recorded another outstanding set of A-level results with 48% of students achieving A*-A grade and 80% A* to C.
Headmaster Dr John Newton said: “Following on from our super set of IB results, I am delighted that once more our pupils have performed so well.
“We will once more be one of the top schools in Somerset for average UCAS points and that is due to the hard work of so many staff and pupils.
“I congratulate, in particular, our successful Oxbridge and medical students who performed so well.
“Taunton School sets out to ensure all pupils move on at 18 not only well qualified but with significant skills to navigate the challenges of the 21st century and I look forward to all that they will achieve in the coming years.”
Lots & lots of happy faces here at College today :-) http://t.co/tt4DcwmkJ0— @Bridgwater_Coll 15 August 2013
THIS is from Bridgwater College's Twitter feed
. @gazettedmilli is now at @richuish for their #somersetalevels http://t.co/B3SSMXtfGu— @CountyGazette 15 August 2013
CHRIS Alcock, head teacher at Queen's College, said: "I am thrilled and what is really special is the pride students are taking in not only their own results but others as well.
"They have worked extremely hard and have been very supportive of one another.
"We will continue to look after them as they look for jobs and into the future."
MOLLY Joyce and Maisey Shepherd celebrate their results at Queen's College, Taunton.
Molly got an A* and 2As, and is now off to King's College, London, to study French.
Maisey received 3As and will be studying English, also at King's College.
PUPILS at Queen's College celebrate their results.
Plenty of students at @tauntonschool celebrating their exam results #SomersetALevels http://t.co/DjWqBFe2f0— @GazetteDMilli 15 August 2013
JAKE Van Der Deen, 18, from West Somerset College in Minehead was also pleased with his results this morning.
He said: "I'm pretty pleased with my A* in Geography. I knew the exam went well on the day; it's possibly the best exam I have ever sat, but I wasn't expecting that."
"I wasn't going to go to university this year, but I've had an unconditional offer from Plymouth, so I'll have a rethink now."
SCORES of students at Taunton School are jumping for joy after achieving the grades needed to go into further education and get their dream jobs.
Deputy head Lee Glaser said: "We are so proud of those that have got what they wanted.
"This is a culmination of many years hard work and on the teachers part.
"It shows what you can get with hard work and most have got into their first choice universities.
"A lot of the students have been with us for 16 years from the pre-preparatory school so this is the end of an era in some respects but also the start of a new beginning as they move forward with the life skills they have and make a success of everything they do."
ANNA East got 2 x A* in Biology and Geography and an A in History.
Anna plans to take a gap year in order to pursue a career in horse-riding, before reapplying for university next year.
She said: "I'm delighted with my results."
JOHN Pincott got 3 x As in Chemistry, Maths and Biology and a B in Physics.
He plans to take a gap year before reapplying to university to study Medicine and become a doctor.
Off to @tauntonschool now where they are giving their A Level results out at 8.30am. #SomersetALevels— @GazetteDMilli 15 August 2013
Good luck to all A Level students.Tweet us your results using #SomersetALevels and we'll include in our live story. http://t.co/TKIdNs4jms— @CountyGazette 15 August 2013
UCAS advisers are ready to help students through the confirmation and clearing process.
Applicants can log in to the redesigned track on the UCAS website from 8am on results day to see if they have been accepted or are eligible for clearing.
They will also receive an email from UCAS confirming their status.
An official clearing choice can be made from 5pm although applicants should call universities and colleges beforehand to discuss courses that interest them and ensure that places are available.
Students can start looking at courses with vacancies on the UCAS website from just after midnight on Thursday morning.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS chief executive, said: "There will be a rich variety of courses offering vacancies through clearing this year, across a range of universities and colleges.
“Some 12% of all enrolments last year were through clearing which has now become a mainstream application route for higher education.
“If you are flexible and open-minded, clearing offers a chance to re-think your choices, make more realistic applications or even to fulfill new ambitions.”
The new UCAS website contains all the information on Clearing that students need.
Expert UCAS advisers are also on hand to answer questions from 7.30am on Thursday morning. The number to call is 0871 468 0 468.
If you don’t get the results you expected (whether higher or lower) and need advice about future options, you might also find it helpful to contact professional careers advisers on the Exam Results Helpline 0808 100 8000.
The line is open from 8am on results day.
HUNDREDS of students across Somerset will find out their results from A Level exams this morning (August 15).
Our reporters and photgraphers will be visiting as many of the schools as possible to bring you the latest reaction throughout the day.
Let us know what your results were and what it means to you and your future by commenting below or by tweeting @CountGazette using the hashtag #SomersetALevels
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