QUEEN Elizabeth Grammar School headteacher Heather Payne has said the school was extremely proud of the recently released A Level results.
“The students made a superb contribution to the wider life of the school and, in addition, many secured the top grades,” she said.
Sixteen per cent of students were awarded at least one A* grade, and Mrs Payne reserved praise for some students who had received multiple A*s.
Mrs Payne added: “Special mention should be made of Ose Ikhena, who gained four grades at A* and one A grade, while Lucy Hanson achieved three grades at A* and one at A.
“Annabelle Bates (Head Girl), Josh Brown (Head Boy), James McDermott and Catherine Ward were all awarded three A* grades.
“The average points per student, as measured by the UCAS admissions system was 366; equivalent to more than three A grades each.”
Head of sixth-form Ged Forster said there was “lots to celebrate” after pupils received results.
He added: “The kids have worked very hard.
“It’s getting increasingly competitive to get in and they have been very worried, but you can see from their reactions that they are delighted in what they have achieved.
“It’s about collaboration. It’s like the Olympics, with trainers supporting athletes.
“Success is a result of hard work from students and help from families and teachers.”
Megan Dalton, who will be studying English at Queens College, Cambridge, received A*A*A grades in her A Levels.
“I’m really happy and relieved because I didn’t know what to expect. It’s quite overwhelming,” she said
“I’m excited about starting university now.”
Like Megan, many of the pupils at the school spoke of their excitement at starting the next chapter in their lives.
George Massey, who will study civil engineering at Leeds, said: “I’m absolutely delighted and I feel ready to get away now.”
Harry Davis, who is going to King’s College, London, to study dentistry said: “I’m looking forward to being in London and living in the capital. I’m looking forward to the challenge of university.”
James McDermott is going to study script writing and performance at UEA, and is hoping to be a playwright after university.
He said: “I want to carry on doing comedy with my friend who’s also going to UEA, and we’re hoping to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and the responsibility of living away from home.”
Ashley Squires is going to study popular music at the Leeds College of Music:
“It’s the social aspect I’m excited about - meeting new people and getting into the uni spirit,” she said.
Robert Corrin, who will also study music, said: “Manchester’s well known for its music and it’s a great city.
“I have three brothers who have left home and gone through the process, so I’m looking forward to catching up with them,” he said.
Pupils also spoke of their relief at getting higher grades than they had expected.
Katy Jarvis, who will study sociology at Loughborough, after securing her ABB grades, said “I’m over the moon - I did better than I was expecting.”
Andrew Moore, who will study engineering and geology, also spoke of his surprise: “I thought I’d get a grade lower in everything. I’m really happy,” he said.
Amber Lilley is going to study journalism at Lincoln She said: “My grades are better than I thought they’d be. I’m ready for a change now and am looking forward to uni, it’ll be awesome.”
Five students gained places at Oxford and Cambridge: Annabelle Bates, studying veterinary medicine, Megan Dalton, reading English, Tom Grant, reading Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Tom Stuchfield, English, and Ose Ikhena, studying medicine.
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