Retiring headteacher David Tristram had to fight back the tears at Kingswood School in Corby today as he had a double reason to celebrate.
The school gained its best ever A-Level results, and also had its first pupil since Mr Tristram joined the school to win a place at Cambridge University.
Kingswood recorded a 98.3 per cent pass rate and an average points score of 280. This means that pupils gained an average of three C grades or above.
Student James Hicks-Williams, from the Beanfield estate, is the first in his immediate family to go to university and will study law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, after gaining As in maths and history and an A* in government and politics.
He said: “These are exactly the grades that I needed so I’m very happy.
“I had an email from Cambridge this morning confirming my place so I knew I’d done well but I had to come into school to see what grades I had.
“Funding is a big issue for people going to university this year but I am going to have to rely on student loans and some money I have managed to save from working at River Island in Corby.”
James attended Beanfield Primary School and has one younger brother at Kingswood, and another at Danesholme Primary school.
Headtecher of Kingswood David Tristram retired at the end of term after 13 years at the school. He said he was immensely proud of his students.
“I am absolutely delighted,” he said.
“The results are definitely the best we’ve ever had although our pass rate has consistently been in the low 90s in recent years.”
Head of sixth form Kaye French also leaves the school this year after 11 years in her role. She said: “I feel very proud of what we have achieved here.
“I think we have had a steady improvement over the past few years because we have made sure our students are on the right courses. We have done a good job of maintaining their commitment and motivation and we have made sure that their aspirations are high.
“The teachers have also become more committed to A-Levels and we also have a very high attendance level for our sixth form students.
“We have more students off to their first choice university than ever before and less going through clearing.”
New head Scott Hudson takes charge of Kingswood in September.