The anxious wait is finally over and sixth form students at Wollaston School gathered together to celebrate significantly improved A level and BTEC national results.
A school spokesman said: “The overall pass rate of 99.2 per cent is impressive but what most students and parents were celebrating was the six per cent improvement in the numbers of Wollaston students achieving the top grades of A*, A and B, particularly as this improvement bucks a national decline in students achieving this level of performance.
“Over 50 per cent of entries were graded A*- B which is significant because students require these high grades to win places at some of the top universities in the country.
“The Wollaston students who chose a more vocational route, opting for BTEC National qualifications in Health Studies, Sports Studies or Performing Arts, surpassed themselves with outstanding results.”
Headteacher, Michael Browne, said: “The great joy for teachers at this time of year is to see the students that have worked hard for the last two years fulfil their potential and win places at some of the best universities in the country. I am happy to report that the mood in the Sixth Form Centre today is one of elation, excitement and relief. This is a tribute to the hard work of all the students, the support given to them by their parents, and the dedication and commitment of their teachers.”
There were some outstanding individual performances.
Marissa Hussain, of Prospect Avenue, Irchester achieved an impressive A* in English literature as a result of scoring full marks in both the examination and her coursework. She also achieved two A grades in dance and English language. She now plans to study dance at the Urdang Academy in London.
Her outstanding results were matched by Kirsty Whitehead, of Coulon Close, Irchester who achieved an A* in history, an A in English language and an A in geography. She plans to study geography at Birmingham University.
Hayden Evans, of Park Street, Wollaston achieved an A* in mathematics, an A grade in physics and a B grade in chemistry. He plans to study mathematics at Exeter University.
Claire Painter, of Woodlands Road, Irchester was delighted to learn that she had earned three A grades in English language, dance and art craft & design. She plans to study choreography at the University of Falmouth.
Benjamin Stanbridge, of The Pyghtles, Wollaston achieved an A* grade in mathematics, an A grade in physics, and B grades in further mathematics and chemistry. His results win him a place at Birmingham University to study economics.
Headteacher, Michael Browne, said that he was delighted that so many students had achieved places at their first choice university.