A LEVEL RESULTS: Pupils across Huntingdonshire celebrate an excellent year

Students at Kimbolton School celebrate their results.

Students at Kimbolton School celebrate their results. - Credit: Archant

Teenagers across the district collected their A Level exam results today (Thursday)

Abbey College head girl Shelby Martin, who achieved three Distinction grades.

Abbey College head girl Shelby Martin, who achieved three Distinction grades. - Credit: Archant

ABBEY COLLEGE, RAMSEY

At Abbey College in Ramsey almost half of results were the highest A* or A grades.

The college maintained its 100 per cent pass rate and saw its higher results soar with 48 per cent of students receiving A* or A grades and 69 per cent achieving A* to B grades – up from 65 per cent last year.

Almost nine out ten students (89 per cent) were awarded A* to C grades, matching last year’s result.

St Ivo Sixth Form pupil, Diana Pereira.

St Ivo Sixth Form pupil, Diana Pereira. - Credit: Archant


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Among the top performing subjects were maths (67 per cent A* or A) and physics (43 per cent A* or A). 100 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades in politics and sociology.

Principal, Andy Christoforou, said: “We are extremely proud to have achieved another excellent set of results this year. The vast majority of our students have secured places at their first choice university.

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“On behalf of all members of staff at the college I would like to wish them the best with their new challenges and congratulate them on their hard work and dedication.”

Among the top performing students at Abbey College were: Jessica Graham, who was awarded three A* grades; Eleanor Hurrell, who managed an A* and two As; Ben Harding, who earned three A grades; and head boy Rowan Wilson, who was awarded an A* and two B grades.

Congratulations also go to Jack Fairhurst, Taylor Goodby, Runa Jefferis, Jade Woodfield and Head Girl Shelby Martin who all achieved three Distinction grades.

HINCHINGBROOKE SCHOOL SIXTH FORM

There was improvement across the board in an “outstanding” year for pupils at Huntingdon’s Hinchingbrooke School.

Figures show that 46 per cent of grades were at A*-B, up from 44 per cent last year, while 76 per cent of grades were at A*-C, an improvement of four per cent on last year. The overall pass rate was 99 per cent.

Among top achieving students, was Rob Fielding who managed four A*s, Alice Pettit (A,*A*, A), Will Taylor (A*, A, A, A), and Katie Buttriss, Jack Burgess, Lucy Inskip, Emilia Brown, Sam Heaton, Katie Smith and Ed Wilson, all of whom got A*, A, A.

In biology, 36 per cent of students achieved A*, 53 per cent made A*-A, and 93 per cent earned A*-B grades (an improvement of 35 per cent on last year).

In the art department, every student who took the subject at A Level, was awarded grades in the A*-B range.

Charlie Fordham, director of sixth form, said: “We are thrilled for all of our students whose results have reflected their hard work and have enabled them to progress to their choice of university or the planned next steps in their career.

“We send our congratulations to all of Hinchingbrooke’s Year 13 students for what they have achieved as a result of their excellent work ethic.

“We send our best wishes to each and every one of them and thank them for their legacy of commitment and leadership which has benefitted the school in so many ways.”

Lucy Inskip, from St Neots, has joined Hinchingbrooke’s long tradition of students going to study at Oxbridge. The 18-year-old has been given a place at Oxford University to study history.

She said: “It is a huge relief as a lot of hard work has gone into these results, it is a huge weight off my shoulders.

“I am very excited for the next chapter as I have done very well on the whole.”

Another of those who received results above his expectations was Dan Cartwright who received three As and is now off to University of Nottingham to study architecture.

KIMBOLTON SCHOOL

Kimbolton School students, families and staff are celebrating some stellar A Level performances.

Overall, 16.4 per cent of the results were at the top A* grade and 44 per cent were at A* or A.

More than 65% of the grades were at A* to B.

Twenty-five students, a quarter of the year group, gained at least 3 A*/As. All four students with Oxbridge offers confirmed their places.

Leading the way at A Level were Rebecca Heath, from Spaldwick, and Clifford Robinson from Bromham who both achieved 4A* grades. Rebecca will be reading economics at Kings College, Cambridge, while Clifford will also be moving to Cambridge, to study natural sciences at Peterhouse College.

Both Anthony Gray (Spaldwick) and Edward Salkield (Kimbolton) gained 3A*s and one A grade.

Close behind were Nikhila Chittoor Satish (Huntingdon) and Harry Twigden (Stonely) both with 3A*s.

Other top performers included Emily Choy Winters (Great Paxton), Matthew Greenland (Great Gransden), Harry Knowlton (Swineshead), Michael Oakley (Eynesbury) and Sasha Semple (Stanwick) who all achieved 2A*s and one A.

A further 20 students gained at least one A*.

Jonathan Belbin, the head master said, “Our curriculum focuses on the so-called ‘hard’ subjects that are attractive to top universities, but we also measure success in many less quantifiable ways. Our students have developed countless skills and undertaken experiences here at school that will equip them for life both inside and outside the university lecture theatre.”

SAWTRY VILLAGE ACADEMY

The number of students at Sawtry Village Academy who achieved A*-C grades rose to 74 per cent this year, an increase of eight per cent on 2015.

Some 45 per cent of students also achieved the top A*-B results, up six per cent from last year. The overall pass rate for students remained at 99 per cent.

Sarah Wilson, principal at Sawtry Village Academy, said: “We are exceptionally proud of these results, and I’d like to congratulate all staff and students for their hard work and dedication.

“I’m pleased to see that the desire to achieve has been rewarded with these results. We are confident that they will enable our students to progress to university or employment as planned and we wish them all every success.”

Notably high performances were recorded by Joshua Nightingale who achieved A* chemistry, A* mathematics, A* further mathematics, and an A in physics. Adam Mulley managed four A grades in physics, business studies, IT, and media. Liam Littlefair was awarded an A in PE, A in applied IT, and a Distinction* BTEC in applied science.

Georgia Gadsby was awarded an A in fine art, A in English language and literature, and an A in media.

Particular praise also goes to the 10 students that took the BTEC applied medical science course, who all achieved two A* grades.

ST IVO SIXTH FORM

The head teacher at St Ivo Sixth Form said he was delighted with this year’s A Level results.

Three quarters of grades awarded were at A*-C, while the overall pass rate was recorded as 98 per cent.

Some 41 per cent of grades were at A*-B, which was a slight drop from the 46 per cent achieved last year.

Head Sam Griffin, said: “We are delighted with the results from our Sixth Formers this year. As well as many strong individual performances these figures show the majority of students meeting challenging targets.

“I would like to congratulate all of our students on their results and wish them well in their next move. My thanks also go to the staff and parents who have supported our students through their time at the school.”

Harry Large, from Warboys, was celebrating with his proud mother and friends after receiving an A* and two A’s in geography, chemistry and maths.

He said: “I expected the results I got a little bit but not really, I am so pleased. I am ready to go university now as I have worked really hard for these grades.” 18-year-old Harry will now be going to Newcastle University to study medicine.

Another St Ivo student who celebrated after getting better than expected results was Samantha Ramsbottom from Old Hurst.

The youth theatre actress received an A* in theatre studies and two Bs in English literature and history.

“I am really happy with the A* in theatre studies and B in history as it was what I wanted.”

Samantha is now looking to go into journalism but will take a year out before heading to university to go travelling.

St Ivo also saw some other stand out students including Giovanni Di Siena who received two A*s and two As, Annie Curtis (A*, A, B), Max Darer who was awarded for his hard work with two As and an A*, Scarlett Kynoch (A, A, A).

And Diana Pereira who gave the loudest cheer of the morning after opening her results of an A*, A and a B.

ST NEOTS SIXTH FORM CENTRE

The St Neots Sixth Form Centre is celebrating another successful year of A Level and BTEC results.

More than 99 per cent of students achieved at least one pass and more than 77 per cent of all grades were at A*-C,

More than half of all grades were A*-B, with particular success in fine art, photography, chemistry, creative writing, history, and further maths (100% A*-C).

Among the highest achieving students were: Katie Angell (A* in maths, chemistry, biology and physics, and an A in AS further maths). Katie, desrcribed her results as “amazing” and said they were “better than I could have hoped for.” The 18-year-old, from Eynesbury, has won a place at Cambridge University.

Other high achievers were: Harriet Glanville (A* in maths, further maths, physics and A in extended project), who has also been offered a place at Cambridge University and Jamie Arber (A* in chemistry and maths, A in further maths and physics).

Jamie, from Little Paxton, said: “I was so pleased to be offered a place a university as it felt like the pressure was off.” He will go on to study civil engineering at Southampton.

Twins Charlotte and Sophie McGinley, from St Neots, will both go on to study at Sheffield University.

Charlotte was awarded: an A* in law and B’s in maths and history and will study law. Sophie received an A* in maths, A in further maths, B in physics and a C in history and will study architectural engineering.

Jordon Affleck, of Eaton Socon, was awarded an A in chemistry and A* in maths and an A in biology and will study chemical engineering at Nottingham.

Michael Minney (A grades in chemistry, economics and physics and A* in maths).

Rick Carroll, the chief executive of the St Neots Learning Partnership, said: “Since September, sixth form students from Ernulf and Longsands Academies have been brought together at the St Neots Sixth Form Centre on the Longsands campus.

“We feel that students from both academies have benefited from access to the wealth of experience and expertise offered by teaching staff from both academies which has allowed us to enhance the curriculum on offer to all St Neots students in the sixth form age groups; this has enabled students to grow both academically and personally, preparing them for bright futures.”

ST PETER’S SCHOOL

At St Peter’s School, 53 per cent of students achieved A*-C grades at A level and 90 per cent achieved distinction star - the highest grade - in vocational qualifications.

Some 27 per cent of grades were at A*-B, slightly down on last year’s 28 per cent, while the overall pass rate was 95 per cent.

Calum Urqhart, who achieved four A*’s which are in physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry, who is moving onto study conservation biology and ecology at Exeter University. Victoria Alcock achieved an A* in maths, and two A grades, in chemistry and biology, and will be studying natural sciences at Cambridge University.

Christopher Bennet, head teacher, said: “This year students have continued to demonstrate both their academic and personal development through attaining the highest grades allowing them to secure places at prestigious universities such as Cambridge, Newcastle, Exeter and Sheffield.”

The school is celebrating after its first pupil for five years has been accepted to study at the University of Cambridge.

Victoria Alcock, collected her results accompanied by family, and opened the brown envelope to see she had been awarded two A* grades and two As.

Calum Urquhart, from Wyton, surprised even his own expectations when opening his grades to find a string of A*s.

“It feels really great to have got these results, I’m so happy about it and I couldn’t have asked for better. It was quite a lot of work to get them especially in the last term,” said Calum.

Another of those who celebrated was former head girl Samantha Newman who achieved an A* in sociology, an A in English and a B in PE.

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