Students have been celebrating after collecting their A-level results this morning.
Pictured are some of the joyous crowd from Berkhamsted’s Ashlyns School, who seem pretty happy with the grades they got.
Headteacher James Shapland said: “We were delighted to see so many happy students here this morning, celebrating their terrific results.
“It is wonderful to see that their hard work, and that of our entire school community, has paid off.”
Pupils from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts also performed excellently in their exams.
Statistic show that 14.2 per cent of Tring Park pupils got A* grades – up from 6.7 per cent last year; 37.7 per cent got As – up from 21 per cent last year; 73.6 per cent got A or B grades – up from last year’s 51.3 per cent; and 91.5 per cent got A to C grades – up from 81.5 per cent last year.
Tring Park principal Stefan Anderson said: “We are very happy about this year’s results which are the best for five years.
“These results should always be seen in the context that they are achieved on only four hours study per day and with a comprehensive intake.”
The rest of his pupils’ time is spent practising the performing arts.
>Berkhamsted School reported that 53.4 per cent of its grades were A* or A – compared to 26.3 per cent nationally – and 28 per cent of its students got at least three straight A grades.
More than 80 per cent of exams passed were graded at A* to B and the school is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate for the 11th year running.
Principal Mark Steed said: “These students achieved the best GCSE and AS-level results in the school’s history, and they carried with them the expectation of following these performances with the best ever grades at A-level.
“I congratulate them on fulfilling this expectation in a year in which there is a dip in A*/A grades at a national level.
“At a time when the bar for entry to the top universities has never been so high, the vast majority of our leavers are moving on to their first choice university.
“It’s no surprise that seven students have gained places at Oxford and Cambridge, but what is most impressive about this group is that they have achieved so much else besides.”
>Students from Kings Langley School are celebrating the best set of exam results in the entire school’s history.
Brainboxes there racked up a total of 16 A* grades including two students - Jack Edmunds and Sarah Roberts - who achieved the top mark in all of their subjects.
Jack will be the first student from the school in Love Lane to study at Oxbridge where he will be reading history at Mansfield College, Oxford.
Overall A Level grades are up for the fourth successive year at Kings Langley and an increased number of students are applying successfully to prestigious universities such as Oxford, Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and York.
>Tring School is also joining in the top grade celebrations after 25 students achieved at least three straight A* and A grades.
Despite their heavy extra-curricular workloads, head boy Jack Roberts and head girl Rosie Hill gained 3 A*’s and an A and two Cs respectively.
Deputy head boy Tom Ballantyne continued the trend with two A*’s and an A, and deputy head girl Maddie Gough joined him with the same.
Emma Lansley also did well to achieve an A* and two A’s after taking on the responsibility of organising the Sixth Form Committee and the annual May Ball leavers event.
Headteacher Sue Collings said: “We are delighted to be experiencing another moment where Tring School continues to ‘Live to Learn and Learn to Live’.
>Many students at Hemel Hempstead’s Longdean School have secured places at the universities of their choice.
Director of learning for post 16 year olds Bex Segalini said: “This is due to the hard work and determination of the students and the support of their teachers and parents.”
Thomas Watson gained four A* grades, Thomas Wilson secured three A*’s and one A, while Emily Lupton discovered that her hard work had secured her three A’s, Will Cain got four A’s and Adeeb Iqbal gained a distinction *, a distinction and a merit.
Miss Segalini said: “We were also very pleased for many of our Year 12 students who have now secured their place here for another year allowing them the opportunity to follow their ambitions and join this year’s leavers at universities next year.
“We would like to congratulate all of the students and wish them the best of luck and good wishes for their next step, whether it be finishing their course with us, a career or university.”
>Adeyfield School is delighted with the results that its sixth form students achieved.
The school has seen an improvement in the two headline measures representing the highest results students have ever achieved with more than 40 per cent of entries gaining the equivalent to an A grade at A-level. This is the fourth consecutive year of improved A-level results at the school in Longlands.
Headteacher Martin Scott said: “We recognise the importance of success and we judge this by the exam results and enabling students to make the transition to employment or higher education. This year we can reflect on the fact that the students completing their studies are going on the either university, apprenticeships or employment.
“We are lucky at Adeyfield School to have such dedicated students who have given their all over the last two years and Thursday was their reward for those efforts. “These young people have been supported by dedicated teachers who are committed to seeing children achieve their best and we all take great pride in our students’ achievements.”
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