A level results day for Huntingdonshire students

THE nervous wait for results came to an end for A level students across Huntingdonshire this morning.

THE nervous wait for results came to an end for A Level students across Huntingdonshire this morning.

Once again, it was a year of high achievement throughout the region, with many schools matching or improving their results from last year.

• HINCHINGBROOKE School in Huntingdon achieved its best-ever results, with an overall pass rate of 99 per cent.

The A-C rate was 78 per cent, with half of the school’s entries awarded A*, A or B.

Headteacher Keith Nancekievill said: “This is the fourth year of sustained improvement in our A Level results in the context of a significant expansion in student recruitment.

“The results pay testimony to the professionalism of our teaching staff and the hard work and determination of our students. I am delighted with their performance and I wish them every success in their future careers.”

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• AT ST Peter’s School in Huntingdon, 97 per cent of students achieved A-E grades, with 60 per cent at A-C.

Headteacher Val Ford said she was proud of the accomplishments of her students and staff, in particular those who had achieved better grades than expected.

She added: “It is an excellent achievement that 60 per cent of them gained grades A*-C, including nine of the new A* grades.

“However it remains frustrating that the national focus is now on grades A*-C at A level, and this should not overshadow the achievements of students who achieve grades D and E in subjects or their work and commitment in doing so.”

• There were celebrations at St Ivo School in St Ives as two students achieved four A* grades in their A Level exams.

Eighteen-year-olds Anbesan Hoole and Nicola Scobell both swept the board with the outstanding results in the first year that star grade has been awarded to A Level students.

Across the school, almost three-quarters of students achieved three A-C grades.

Headteacher Howard Gilbert said: “Last year was our record year and we have almost achieved that again.”

• AT Kimbolton School the school’s A* - C rate was 89.3 per cent with an overall pass rate of 99.6 per cent.

A total of 31 students, over a third of the year group, gained at least three A*/As. Seven students will now be heading to Oxbridge colleges.

Jonathan Belbin, headmaster, said: “These are very impressive results, borne out of hard-work from our students and excellent teaching. We concentrate on the more ‘traditional’ subjects that are much in demand by the strongest universities and I am pleased that our students have achieved these excellent grades, particularly alongside the added pressure of the first year of A*s, alongside their contributions to the wider life of the school.”

• AT St Neots Community College the A* to C rate was 58 per cent with an overall pass rate of 95 per cent.

Scott Preston, acting principal, said: “We are very pleased with the results achieved by the students. The hard work of the past two years has paid off, and the students are able to move on with some excellent achievements behind them.

“These results are a positive reflection of the work of the college, and another indicator of the progress we are making.

“I know that the students who are leaving have the skills and experience necessary to be successful in the future, and I wish them all the very best.”

• ALSO in St Neots, Longsands College again achieved pleasing results with the A to C rate at 69 per cent and an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.

Robert Whatmough, principal said: “We are really pleased by these results. They reflect the College’s determination to enable each student to make the most of their abilities.”

• SAWTRY Community College secured a 79 per cent A* to C rate with an overall pass rate of 99.9 per cent.

Particularly noteworthy was the performance of Sam Cattell who achieved the new A* grade in three of his four subjects.

Nigel Smith, deputy principal said: “These are, once again, an outstanding set of results. With nearly half of all results achieving at least a B grade these are easily the best set of A level results the college has achieved. The staff and students deserve the warmest congratulations.”

• STUDENTS at Abbey College in Ramsey matched the college’s best ever results, set last year.

The A-E pass rate was 98.4 per cent, equalling 2009’s figure, with 67 per cent of entries in the A-C bracket.

Headteacher Wayne Birks said: “I wish to congratulate students and staff on another set of very good results at A2 to complement those achieved last year.

“In particular, I am very pleased for those students who overcame illness of disadvantage in securing success.”