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A-Level results day in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch
Updated 6:11pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
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- Thousands of students are picking up their A-Level results today
- The proportion of A-levels awarded at least an A grade has fallen, official figures showed today.
- In total, 26.3% of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6% in 2012 - a drop of 0.3%. It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels.
- A record number of students have already been accepted on university courses with 385,910 securing a place, up 9% on this time last year, Ucas figures showed today.
- One student from St Peter's School, Sam Phillips, sat his A-Level maths exam with a burst appendix - he achieved four A grades today.
- Twins Lily and Violet Adams from Bournemouth School for Girls are both off to Oxford University.
Also, all the pictures from today can be found at www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/alevel
That's for joining us for our rolling blog today.
We'll have three pages of coverage inside tomorrow's Echo, then on Saturday, don't miss our special 16-page A-Level results picture supplement.
3:54pm Thu 15 Aug 13
Well done to all hope your hard work will get your a job or uni place
Education chiefs are planning to lauch an investigation into foreign languages following another slump in the number of young people studying the subject at A-level.
Exam board bosses said that they had decided to looking into the issue following yearly falls in entries for subjects such as German and French.
The inquiry is likely to look into areas such as the types of students who choose to study a language, their achievements and why relatively few languages students are awarded a top grade, it was suggested.
The move comes as the latest A-level results showed a further drop in the numbers taking foreign languages.
Some 11,272 people took French this year, down 9.9% on last year, while 4,242 people were entered for German, an 11.1% drop.
There were 9,087 entries for other modern foreign languages, 49 fewer than last year.
Harang Yoo and Nadine Kudmany from Bournemouth School for Girls.
It seems hackers attempted to bring down the university admissions website hours before anxious students began logging on to find out if they had secured their degree place.
UCAS said there had been a ''criminal and sustained attempt'' to crash the website.
But chief executive Mary Curnock Cook also insisted that the incident was quickly contained and no personal data had been released.
It is understood that the hackers attempted to gain access early yesterday evening, and the site was offline for around an hour.
Andy Woolley, South West Regional Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said: “Today’s results demonstrate the continued high achievement of students and the hard work of their teachers, irrespective of shifting goalposts and the many unfounded attempts to discredit the qualification.
“It is however likely that in future years, as a result of the decoupling of AS-Levels from A-Levels as well as end to modularity, fewer disadvantaged students will continue in education. The system should work to the advantage of these students, too, many of whom have considerable potential which should be nurtured.
“Having taken youth unemployment over the 1 million mark, failed to protect the Educational Maintenance Allowance and greatly diminished careers advice services, it is hard to see what answers this Government is giving disadvantaged young people. This lack of strategy is baffling particularly given the policy to increase the participation age in education to 18."
Corfe Hills School say nearly all students gained access to the Higher Education courses for which they had applied.
Some pupils who did particuarly well include Hannah Downey (A* A* A ) Sarah Flanagan (A* A A) Sam Hartwell (A* A* A*A) Kathryn Pritchard( A* A A A) Alex Roberts ( A* A A) and Bethany Seare(A A A)
Business lobbying organisation the CBI have commented on today's A-Level results.
Neil Bentley, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:
“We must tackle the perception that A-levels and a three-year degree alone is the only route to a good career. The demand for higher, technical skills will far outstrip the numbers going through the traditional university model alone.
“Universities are now competing directly with firms for the brightest sixth formers. Top quality training, a guaranteed job and no debt is a big carrot for firms to dangle in front of young people. Higher education and business need to raise their game by working together to create courses which meet the demands of the economy.
“Employers want the right attitude; practical industry experience and decent technical skills. It’s no wonder that many more young people are considering higher apprenticeships and other ‘learn as you earn’ options as serious alternatives.”
We've heard from Stuart Turner, Head of Standards and Qualifications at SkillsActive about occupational options available to school leavers.
He said: “With exam results out today, young people need to be given the resources to plan fulfilling and rewarding careers, even if they did not attain the grades they may have expected or wanted for university entrance.
“There are fantastic opportunities available through occupational training. We know that young people are facing challenging employment prospects, and occupational training courses are increasingly seen as offering better job prospects.”
SkillsActive’s comments follow ICM data showing that employers find apprentices 15% more employable than young people with other qualifications, and ranking higher (degree level) apprenticeships higher than degrees.
He added: “In the sports sector, job roles can include coaches, activity leaders, grounds keepers, and professional athletes. It’s vitally important that young people in Dorset get the support and resources they need to progress to being employable. We must encourage school leavers to explore all their options, and realise that occupational training can lead to fulfilling careers in many industries and sectors, including sport.”
We've spoken to St Peter's School student Sam Phillips, who sat his A-Level maths exam despite having a burst appendix.
He achieved four A grades today.
Here's the story.
There are up to 20,000 apprenticeships available online according to the National Apprenticeship Service.
While the number of vacancies available on apprenticeships.org.uk varies from day to day, the highest number of Apprenticeships recorded in the last three months was 20,615.
With 54% of young people in England wanting to do an apprenticeship if one were available, the National Apprenticeship Service is anticipating one of the busiest days for young people to apply for schemes.
Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock said: “With more vacancies than ever before, Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for young people who want to achieve their career goals through an alternative route to University.
"We want more employers to take advantage of the advice and support available from the National Apprenticeship Service and consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business."
Students from Corfe Hills celebrate their results.
Girls at Talbot Heath celebrating their results. Students achieved an 82% A*-B grades.
We have lots more pictures in our A Level results day picture gallery! You can find pictures for your school at bournemouthecho.co.uk/alevel
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have urged the government to look again at A-Level reforms.
Nansi Ellis, head of education policy at ATL, said: “We are delighted that so many students have got excellent grades at A-level.
“It is a testament to their hard work and the dedication of their teachers.
“We are pleased that overall more students are doing maths and sciences, but schools need to do more to encourage girls to take these subjects.
“We are also pleased that more students with high grades will get a chance to go to the most prestigious universities.
“But we are worried about the government’s plans for new look A-levels.
"We hope the government rethinks its plans to return to a system of A-levels that only benefited an elite group of students who did well with an intensive regime culminating in one set of final course exams.
“We think the current system, with AS-levels as the first half of an A-level, is better for the vast majority of students.
"And the government must not ignore the needs of the 40% of students who won’t achieve level 3 qualifications.”
She added: “Exams should not be used for political ends, nor should they be based purely on the needs of businesses or universities.
"Young people’s needs should always be central to any decisions about changes to education.”
This picture of students at Twynham School captures the excitement of results day for many pupils.
The Blandford School’s pass rate has risen again this year.
Among this year’s success stories is Ben Gritton who achieved 4 A’s at A Level and has accepted a place at Bristol to read Economics.
Alex Powell, with two A grades and two B grades, and Adam Turnbull - two A grades and one B grade- are headed towards Reading and Exeter to read Law and English.
Headteacher Sally Wilson said she was ‘thrilled’ at the results. She said: “Those who say A Levels are getting easier are not the ones taking them, it is down to sheer effort and hard work.
“Students and staff should be rightly proud, the increase in our pass rate is especially pleasing."
Emily Sym and Philippa Stringer celebrate after getting their results at The Blandford School.
Experts have warned there is a ''worrying'' gender divide in the subjects chosen by A-level pupils.
Girls are significantly more likely to opt for English and psychology courses while large proportions of boys opt for physics and maths, according to official figures.
This year's A-level results also show that boys are pulling ahead, outperforming girls in A* grades for the second year running.
Overall, 8% of boys' entries attained an A* compared with 7.4% of girls - a gender gap of 0.6%.
Last year there was a 0.1% difference between the sexes with boys on 8.1% and girls on 8%.
It means that while boys' results at A* have fallen by 0.1% year on year, the proportion of girls' entries gaining the top mark have fallen by 0.6% compared with last year.
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Jenny Baldwin, Joe Hussey and Charlotte Reid also from Ringwood Sixth Form after picking up their grades.
Rhiannon Hoggins, Luke Putnam, Danni Bush who collected their results at Ringwood Sixth Form this morning.
Ringwood School says their provisional results indicate the year group achieved a 100% pass rate A*- E grades overall.
52% of all grades awarded were A*- B and over 25% achieved A* - A grades.
A 100% pass rate was achieved by students following BTEC courses.
30 distinction* / distinction results were awarded, accounting for 68% of all BTEC results in Sport and Production.
18 students achieved three or more grades at A*- A, the highest individual results being awarded to Jennifer Baldwin, Danni Bush, Rhiannon Hoggins, Ben Karkera and Jack Pomeroy.
Joe Hussey gained 3 A*/A grades and achieved full marks on both his English Literature and Geography papers.
Headteacher Chris Edwards said: “My congratulations go to all the students who have worked so hard over the past two years to achieve these excellent results.
“My thanks also go to the staff for their dedication and commitment in helping every student to achieve success and to our parents for their continuing support.”
Pola Bevan, headteacher at St Edward's Sixth Form in Poole, said: “There are a number of high achievers at the school, including Helen Strain, who achieved an A* in Biology, Maths, and Chemistry, and Alice Farrell, who got A grades in English Literature, Maths and Biology. They will both be going to Oxford in September to study Biology.
“Sixth form A Level results are again very good this year. Overall A*, A and B grades account for 41% of the A Level grades at the school, and A*, A, B, and C grades are 66%, which are great results for our comprehensive sixth form.
“We are especially pleased with an eight-per-cent increase in the highest A* and A grades.
“Overall, there is a fantastic A Level pass rate of 97.5% with the vast majority of subjects having a 100% pass rate.”
@Bournemouthecho Got my results &now I'm a law graduate about to start a job in London. Uni is worth the cost and great experience.— @Shelley_Green26 15 August 2013
Also, here's Peter Liversage, Oliver Wildsmith and Ryan Storey also picking up their results from Burgate Sixth Form.
Here's a picture of Hannah Lapsley picking up her results at Burgate Sixth Form this morning.
Burgate Sixth Form has seen its best ever year of results with 99.6% A-E Grades at A-Level, with 41% of results at A*-B Grades.
Headteacher David Pover said: "The average A level grade is our best ever this year, right across the cohort of students, representing a comprehensive and diverse range of academic subjects.
“There is a great deal to be proud of in the Burgate Sixth Form and I am particularly pleased by individual results of excellence where students have worked very hard with staff to achieve brilliant grades that were above expectations.
“The experience of our staff in maximising student potential is more apparent than ever this year.”
Friends James King and Tom Player are both off to Oxford. James gained As in A level Economics, English Language, Geography, French, General Studies, Physics, a B in Chemistry and A in an additional Extended Project Qualification enabling him to take up his place to read Geography at St Edmund Hall.
Meanwhile, with an abundance of coveted A*s in Chemistry, Economics, General Studies, Mathematics, an A in French together with an A* in his EPQ, Tom Player will take up a place to read Chemistry at Keble College, Oxford.
Other great success stories include Jack Quantick, Adele Newton, Heather Briggs, Daniel Collyer, James Copp, Alex Lake, Daniel Lockyer, John Naish, Hannah Bradford, Hannah Lapsley, Laura Currell and Kate Horrocks.
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THE Oak Academy - LeAF Campus in Bournemouth is celebrating a 100 per cent A-level pass rate.
A total of 103 students took the exam with the academy achieving the highest number of A*-B grades to date.
Among the individual success stories were:
• Kyle Frewin, 18, who achieved an A* in Maths, A in Physics and B in Chemistry. He's now planning to study Astrophysics at Sheffield University.
• Sasha Hilton, 17, who achieved 3 A's in psychology, sociology and English Literature in her AS levels.
• Louisa Forrester, 18, who achieved a triple distinction in her Sport (Outdoor Adventure) BTEC at the specialist LeAF Studio.
Executive principal of the LeAF Federation, Dr Annetta Minard said: “This is an excellent set of results and my congratulations go out to all the candidates.
“We’re delighted that the Oak Academy has supported this very talented group of students onto the next stage of their career path.
“It is also a reflection on the hard work, commitment and dedication of our teaching staff.”
Megan Davies and Laura Watson celebrate at Leaf sixth form #bmthresults http://t.co/zzlowwUiwL— @SteveSmithEcho 15 August 2013
Brock student Jack Case, from Christchurch, achieved 4 A/A* in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics and has a place at Cambridge to study Maths.
“I am delighted with my results; the support at Brock has been excellent,” Jack said.
“My tutors went above and beyond the syllabus to help me get the results I needed.”
@BrockSixthForm Apologies if you've had problems accessing your A Level results, the student portal should now working.— @brockcollege 15 August 2013
Canford’s 2013 A level results are the best in the school’s history year on year for the fourth consecutive time despite the top grades nationally falling for the second year in succession.
32 per cent of all examinations were awarded the top A* grade, compared with 25 per cent in 2012, 20 per cent in 2011, 18 per cent in 2010 and 16 per cent in 2009.
67 per cent of all grades were A*/A, 88 per cent were A*/B and 96% per centof all grades were A*-C.
13 pupils gained straight A* grades, with 19 pupils gaining at least 3A*s or better.
Over 60 per cent of pupils averaged A grades or better, with nearly half the year group gaining all A*/A grades.
History was also made with results for the first two pupils to join the school in the Sixth Form from The Bourne Academy, Canford’s sponsored Academy in Bournemouth.
Congratulations go to Jack Churchill who gained Bs in Maths and Geography and an M1 in Pre-U Art and to Jay Durham who was awarded an A in Business Studies, B in Geography and a C in English.
Ben Vessey, headmaster, said:“It is a privilege to be Headmaster at a school which has produced such spectacular A level and Pre-U results, underpinned by an obvious passion for learning in a broader and deeper sense.
"It is inspiring to learn what the young people behind these impressive grades have achieved within and beyond the classroom, demonstrating the richness of their wider educational experience at Canford.”
Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Director of Studies, commented:“These results represent exceptional academic achievement by our pupils and are testament to a great deal of dedication and hard work by both students and staff.
"Among the most pleasing grades this year are not only some of the outstanding collections of A*s but also grades from those who do not find academic work easy, who through their genuine commitment to learning have outperformed expectation."
Students at The Bournemouth & Poole College were in high spirits after achieving 94 per cent pass-rate this year - above the national average.
The college, which is celebrating its centenary year this year, reported that there were 100 per cent pass rates in 14 subjects and five students gained A*/A grades in at least two of the subjects.
Head of sixth form, Tracey Griffin, said: “We are very proud of the marvellous achievements of our A-level students.
"Their hardwork has paid off and overall contributed to an increase in pass rates to 94%."
Kyle Wheeler, Emma Wilcox and Dane Lockyer at Leaf sixth form #bmthresults http://t.co/MyCRI0sXbw— @SteveSmithEcho 15 August 2013
Students at Poole High School have achieved 54% A* to B, 77% A* to C and 99.5% A* to E including BTEC.
“We are exceptionally pleased as most students have met or exceeded their targets” said Janet Tuckett, Head of Senior School.
Best performers were Oliver Strong, Alice Barnes Brown, Callum O’Brien, James King and Tarryne Rolle.
Also a record number of students achieved Triple Distinction Star in BTEC National PE.
Head teacher Mrs Heafield said: “I am absolutely delighted with the results."
A breakdown of the results nationally show a continued move towards science and maths A-levels, which are often seen as tougher, and more traditional subjects.
Biology, chemistry and physics accounted for 17.8% of entries, up from 17% last year and 15% in 2009, according to figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
One in eight (12%) entries was in maths or further maths, up from 11.5% last year and 9.8% five years ago.
There were almost 24,000 more entries for the sciences this year compared with 2009, JCQ said, and nearly 19,000 more for maths courses.
Cllr Janet Walton, cabinet portfolio holder for children’s services at Borough of Poole, said: “We would like to congratulate all of our young people who have collected their A level results today and send them our best wishes as they continue their careers in education, work and training.
“Early indications are that students in Poole have achieved well and we are very proud of their success.”
Got my A Level results!! Now officially have an A* in photography, A in Spanish and A in maths :) so happy!!!!— @TomDaley1994 15 August 2013
Two students at Highcliffe Sixth Form are off to Oxford University after getting their A-Level results.
The sixth form's results are among the best ever achieved at the school.
Most students have been successful in gaining places on their chosen courses with the sixth form's pass rate over 98 per cent for all students.
26% of grades gained were A*/A.
51% of grades gained were A*/A/B.
80% of grades gained were A*/A/B/C.
Top achieving students include Phoebe Barnett who is off to Oxford with Francesca Crisante, Jack Radford, Madeleine Bell, James Bonney, Emily-Rose Caine, Johnathon Cann, Josephine Dear, Abigail leakey, Keziah Leary, Emilia McCarthy, Coral Norton, Matthew Runnalls and Michael Smith.
Students studying Diplomas in Business, Dance, Drama, PE and Child Care scored very highly with just under 50% gaining Distinction or *Distinction grades.
Headteacher, Judith Potts said: “A very warm congratulations to all our students.
"These grades are exceptionally good, as ever.
"My thanks go to our students, staff and parents who have all worked so hard together to achieve these excellent results.
"We are very fortunate to be working with a range of prestigious establishments including Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the Russell Group of Universities,
"The Arts University College Bournemouth, Bournemouth University, Southampton University and The Institute of Physics, all of whom help us to prepare our students so effectively for their chosen degree courses.
"I would like to extend a special thanks to these partners.”
Anna Karanja, director of sixth form said: "We again have a record number of students going to University this year.
"This includes our continuing trend of students progressing to Oxbridge as well a wide range of the Russell Group of Universities.
"We are extremely proud of our students and it is fantastic news. We are so pleased that 26% of our students gained all A*/A grades across the board.
"With over 80% of all grades at grade C or above we expect that most students will be taking their first choice University places.
"My congratulations to all the students. This is a great day to celebrate!”
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Ferndown Upper School have seen an improvement on their results with 68% of students getting grades A*-C.
Headteacher Alex Wills said: “I am very proud of all the students who have taken A2 exams this year – it is a good set of results.
"Our students can access Russell Group universities and we have people going to Imperial, Southampton, Cardiff and York.”
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Students at St Mary's in Shaftesbury are celebrating their 100% pass rate at grade A*-D.
They recorded particularly outstanding results in Modern Foreign Languages with 88% of girls gaining A*-A.
The school recently opened Rookwood, a new purpose built academic facility, for English, Geography and History as well as the school’s Learning Support Department.
Their new centre for Creative Arts will also be in use by the end of the coming academic year.
Headmaster, Richard James, said: “These are exciting times and our building programme shows our commitment to provide our students not only with first class teaching, but with state of the art facilities.”
@bournemouthecho Claudia Hill, Holly Morgan, Bethany Howell, Becky Smith & Hannah Little at St Edwards #bmthresults http://t.co/nlmjIWpOLs— @CaitlinM_Echo 15 August 2013
Here's a statement regarding the results from Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union.
He said: "Congratulations must go to young people and their teachers who have worked so hard to deliver yet another excellent set of results.
“This year’s results have been achieved against a backdrop of false claims from the Government that the current A-level system lacks rigour, that exams are getting easier and that more reform is the only answer to this ‘crisis’.
“This undermines the achievements of young people and their teachers and it threatens to fatally undermine the principle of a broad qualifications structure which enables all young people to make their most of their skills and talents.
“Of concern is the increasing gender divide that we are witnessing in students’ subject choices. This is an issue that the Government cannot ignore as it could have serious ramifications for the future education and employment options of boys and girls."
Star AS student Sasha Hilton, 17, got three As at leaf sixth form #bmthresults http://t.co/kdiWC0VmGf— @SteveSmithEcho 15 August 2013
Brothers Aaron, 19, and Sam, 17, Walrond at Leaf sixth form #bmthresults http://t.co/IQKTo6pkf4— @SteveSmithEcho 15 August 2013
Excited students at Parkstone Grammar School have been praised for their A-Level performances.
Year 13 students got 78.9% of all grades at A*- B.
This is an increase of 6% from last year. 12% of those grades were at the challenging A* grade.
There were some exceptional individual performances with Vicky Olive achieving 5 A* grades with a place at Oxford to study Economics and Politics.
Dorinda Chandrabose achieved 4 A* grades with a place at Cambridge to study Medicine.
Both Erin Carlton and Tabitha Pople gained 3 A* grades each.
At AS Level 57% of all grades awarded were A-B grade.
Thirty-three students gained at least 3 A grades.
Akshita Dandawate and Jenni Haskell both achieved an amazing 5 A grades each.
"A huge congratulations must go to all students for their hard work and determination over the last two years.
"This outstanding level of achievement is not possible without the support of the excellent staff team at Parkstone, and the continued support of our parents. We wish our Year 13s every success for the future."
For those not wanting to go to university or exploring different routes, here's some advice.
Liz Field, CEO of the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership, said: “School leavers concerned about their futures need to be reassured they can find ways into work beside traditional university routes.
"Higher apprenticeships, in particular, can open many doors to a rewarding and fulfilling career.
“We must make sure all the right tools and advice are in place so that young people can take those next crucial steps to be best prepared to enter the workplace.
"We have developed several major programmes that can open so many doors for enthusiastic young people.
"Businesses are also realising the benefits of vocational training and e-career mentoring with young people who are eager to learn.”
@Bournemouthecho Louise Humber and Alice Barnes-Brown from Poole High celebrate their A-level results #bmthresults http://t.co/DuvX4YDT7Z— @CaitlinM_Echo 15 August 2013
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Sixth form students at Lytchett Minster School collected their A level results at 8.30am this morning.
A record breaking number of students achieved the A and A* standard - the highest number in the school's history.
The pass rate is 99% with an increase in the top grades with 25% of results at grades A and A* and 83% of results at grades C or better.
Students were left devastated when a fire destroyed their coursework in a fire at the school's creative arts block in December.
But despite being convinced their chances of success had been scuppered, 17 of the 22 art students affected by the fire learnt that they had exceeded their target grades and shared nine grades A, 10 grades B and 3 grades C.
Headmaster, Stuart Clark said: "The efforts of students and teachers in the face of adversity is inspirational and testament to the "can do" attitude that pervades the school."
Results in the other 28 subjects on offer are also impressive, especially in English, Maths, Chemistry, History, Politics, Sociology, Media and Communication, Latin, Food Technology, Performing Arts and Health and Social Care.
The top performing students who all gained grades A/A* in all subjects taken are Stefan Webster, Tom Roe, Rebecca Ledden, Jasmine Revenall- Nuete, Pippa Bridges, Matthew Burton, Raewyn Edmonson and Oliver Govier.
Students at BSG had an overall pass rate of 99.51% graded A*-E, with 72.84% awarded a grade B or above – 12% of all entries were awarded the highest A* grade.
In all, 39 students achieved 3 or more A grades at A level.
Identical twins Lilly and Violet Adams are celebrating a double success having both gained places at Oxford University to study English.
Another set of identical twins Megan and Beth Barraclough are also celebrating top grades.
Beth is set to study medicine at Leicester and Megan is off to study aeronautical engineering at Loughborough .
Headteacher Alistair Brien said: "This is a truly outstanding set of results, well deserved by all our students.
"We wish them all the very best as they go out in to the world."
BS students Ryan Gruss and Harry Amos celebrate their A Level results #bmthresults @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/63NxkhuEkA— @SallyDailyEcho 15 August 2013
Poole Grammar School students also achieved some stunning results this year with just under 100% pass rate.
Several pupils gained 5 A* grades with the majority of students achieving three A*/A/B grades or better.
31out of 32 subjects had 100% pass rates and the school’s Oxbridge candidates produced some quite outstanding individual paper results.
Candidates for other Russell group universities and traineeships/ apprenticeships with local employers also scored some brilliant results.
Headmaster Ian Carter, said: “I am delighted that so many boys achieved the grades their first choice Universities demanded of them, given just how competitive entry to the top universities is now.
"With just under 70% of results at A*/A/B grades this really was a most impressive year. The school was particularly pleased with its Russell Group and medical school candidates who gained places despite increased competition from around the world.
"Those pupils going straight into employment take with them a firm foundation for their careers and we wish them well,
"These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of students and staff over the last two years and should be celebrated as these young men go onto the next stage in their lives whether in the world of work or in Higher Education.”
We're getting more of a national picture now regarding results across the country with grades falling for the second year in a row.
In total, 26.3% of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6% in 2012 - a drop of 0.3%. It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels.
Students queuing up to collect their results at Highcliffe School @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/8GyHXHiK1t— @JennyAwford 15 August 2013
Top grades up 10 percent on last year. BCS bucks national trend again.@Bournemouthecho @BCSPrep— @BCSPrincipal 15 August 2013
Sam Phillips celebrates his 4 A's despite taking his maths exam with a burst appendix @Bournemouthecho #bmthresults http://t.co/dIeYHlqzp3— @RichardBmthEcho 15 August 2013
100% of students at Leaf sixth form have passed A levels and they have their highest number ever of A* to B grades #bmthresults— @SteveSmithEcho 15 August 2013
BS student Dan Chatfield is off to Cambridge #bmthresults @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/HuDZW4Oiiz— @SallyDailyEcho 15 August 2013
Shona Reeves, Hannah Clough and Sam Steele celebrating at Twynham School. #bmthresults http://t.co/dHSdBIYnRc— @CorinDailyEcho 15 August 2013
Sixth form girls at Talbot Heath School in Bournemouth have also achieved some impressive grades.
Over 20 per cent of the grades were A* with an impressive 82 per cent A* to B grades.
Emma Crickmore and Stephanie Potten both achieved four A* grades.
Emma also achieved an A in AS Latin and secured her place to study Natural Sciences at Newnham College, Cambridge; while Stephanie, who was also awarded an A* for her EPQ (extended project qualification), will now study medicine at St Catharine’s College Cambridge.
Another first class performance came from National Youth Orchestra musician Nathalie Green-Buckley, who achieved three A grades and only last month performed with the NYO at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Coronation celebrations.
She is to study music at Homerton College, Cambridge.
Headteacher Mrs Angharad Holloway stated how proud she was of the girls and their individual achievements, adding, "these excellent A level results will enable our students to pursue their chosen studies at University."
Delighted staff at St Peter’s in Southbourne have sent the following statement.
“Another excellent set of results from St Peter’s sixth formers with a large number of students achieving their target grades and accessing their first choice university – the sixth form goes from strength to strength.”
George Hulse and mates celebrating at Twynham School. #bmthresults http://t.co/x9D1XNEJQr— @CorinDailyEcho 15 August 2013
Georgina Paterson, Emma Barfield & Georgina Hume at Bournemouth Collegiate School. @Bournemouthecho #bmthresults http://t.co/T1nhmpLS5p— @RichardBmthEcho 15 August 2013
@Bournemouthecho Max McGinley, 18, from Poole Grammar School, who got 5 A*s & is going to Cambridge Uni #bmthresults http://t.co/obCQ9JPVyi— @CaitlinM_Echo 15 August 2013
BS students celebrate their results #bmthresults @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/bh545PcSQ0— @SallyDailyEcho 15 August 2013
BS students celebrate their A level results #bmthresults @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/6GMrLblGIt— @SallyDailyEcho 15 August 2013
Bournemouth Collegiate School's principal, Stephen Duckitt said: "I am delighted with yet another increase, this time by 10%, on the number of A*/A grades obtained by the school’s mixed ability cohort.
"The latest A level results show that over a third of students, from a non-selective cohort, have gained Russell Group entry and that the average UCAS points score is over 320; yet another indication that students at Bournemouth Collegiate School are now becoming familiar with celebrating record successes in their results and in admissions to top universities.
"Our top student gained a remarkable 540 UCAS points. This is the third year in a row that results have improved.”
Just over 26% of students at the school achieved A*/A with 50% getting A*-B.
Head of Sixth Form, Maria Coulter, said: "We are delighted to have confirmed yet again that our students are significantly outperforming against their potential.
"Our excellent support network, our small classes and the confidence our students gain from the many opportunities we offer them translates into university entries comparative with selective intakes.”
Students at St Peter's school celebrate their results this morning @Bournemouthecho #bmthresults http://t.co/eh62j7iSZN— @RichardBmthEcho 15 August 2013
Twynham School's overall pass rate is 100%,
Twenty two students gained at least three A grades - 810 QCA points.
Fifteen students took the extended project qualification passing with grades A*-C and 10 students getting A*/A.
Twynham’s top students were: Rebecca Alborough, Charlotte Davey, Elizabeth Lockhart , Kane Davis and, Liam Hebron.
Dr Terry Fish said: “I am absolutely delighted with the success of our students, and I’m particularly pleased that our top students did so well; gaining places at the country’s top universities to study subjects such as medicine.
"At a time when students’ efforts are often not recognized I’d like to congratulate our students and to thank their teachers for all their dedication.”
@CaitlinM_Echo @Bournemouthecho cannot believe it was SIX years ago I was there waiting for mine.— @BeckyAndTheJets 15 August 2013
@Bournemouthecho Deborah Cure, Emma Hughes, Harad Burn & Abi Wall from Parkstone Grammar School #bmthresults http://t.co/bhHDBHTeQJ— @CaitlinM_Echo 15 August 2013
Very best wishes to all those receiving their A level results today!— @Annette4MDNP 15 August 2013
Chloe McArthur,18, & Alicia Gibbs, 18, collecting their A-Level results from Parkstone Grammar School #bmthresults http://t.co/j0MB3z3o4E— @CaitlinM_Echo 15 August 2013
BSG twins Lily and Violet Adams are both off to Oxford #bmthresults @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/tHHkzTYAD4— @SallyDailyEcho 15 August 2013
Queen Elizabeth’s School Sixth Form students have also achieved a pass rate of 98%, with a record 43% of these grades being at A*/B and 70% at A*-C.
In the school’s range of vocational qualifications, the number of students achieving a Distinction or Distinction* (equivalent to a grade A/A* at A level) rose to 65% of all entries with results across all vocational subjects being excellent.
Top students included Katherine Joint with 4 A grades, Lewis Shutler with 2 A*grades, Guy Harvey – 2 A* and 1 A, Josh Baum – 2 A and Distinction*, Abdul Odhud – 2 A, Mitchell Parris – 4 Distinctions* and Sam Wells – Triple Distinction*.
Deputy headteacher Tim Farrer said: “I am delighted for our students.
"They have worked incredibly hard, and have been well supported by their families and teachers.
"We are a fully comprehensive Sixth Form offering a range of opportunity to students of all abilities, and we are very pleased to see their endeavour paying off with great results and an increasing number of students being accepted into Russell Group universities.
"It has been another very exciting year, and I am thrilled with the results.”
We're starting to get results through from our local schools and colleges now.
Students at Brockenhurst College have achieved an overall pass rate of 99%.
More than half of students gained A*-B grades, with three quarters of all students achieving A*-C grades across all subjects.
Two thirds of STEM subject students gained A*-B grades (Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology).
AS level course results were also excellent, with an overall pass rate of 92%.
Principal, Di Roberts said: “Once again, Brockenhurst College students have attained outstanding A level results and I am tremendously proud of their individual achievements in this, our centenary year.
"I also take pride in the overall success of the College and thank the staff and parents for the part they have played in our students’ achievements.
"This is, as always, a great day of celebration for us all and I wish all the students who leave us today every success for the future.”
Nervous students waiting for their results at Twynham School in Christchurch. #bmthresults http://t.co/cs9rIOwJfx— @CorinDailyEcho 15 August 2013
Students at Bournemouth School celebrating a 98% pass rate graded A*-E with 67% awarded a grade B or above – 13% of entries were awarded the highest A* grade.
Damien Aries achieved the highest grades possible in 4 A levels, 2 AS levels and an Extended Project.
Damien will be leaving the school to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge.
James Aitkenhead leaves the school with 6 A levels at grades A*/A and an AS level to read Classics at Oxford.
Other high achievers were Harry Amos, Stewart Ball, Michael Braye, Daniel Chatfield, Rhys Dawes, Jonathan Dodd, Ryan Gruss, Michael Henman, Day Hobby, Magnus Lee, Adam Packer, Tom Reed, Daniel Tyas, Jacob Webster, Daniel Wijesinghe, Marcus Willcock and Scott Wiseman.
Year 12 students also achieved some excellent AS results. In all, 30 students obtained 4 or more A grades at AS level, with one third of all entries being awarded the top grade. Joshua De Gromoboy and Alexei Latyntsev distinguished themselves by achieving A grades in six and five subjects respectively.
Headmaster, Dr Dorian Lewis, said: “We are very proud of all our students’ achievements.
"By virtue of attaining at least 2A and 1B grades, almost a third of our Year 13 students have made themselves eligible for places at the very best universities.
"It is particularly gratifying that many of the high academic achievers have also contributed so much to other aspects of school life.
"For example, our School Captain, Jonathan Dodd, who has served the school exceptionally well, achieved 3A* and 1A grade and will leaving us to read Human, Social and Political Science at Cambridge.”
BSG twins Megan and Bethany Barraclough celebrate their results #bmthresults @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/z8aIo6q5lK— @SallyDailyEcho 15 August 2013
BSG students Emily Cowhig and Sally Hughes celebrate their results #bmthresults @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/ilBb2Yi9Gx— @SallyDailyEcho 15 August 2013
Yeay daughter's got into Leeds Uni.....phew what a relief stressful day for parents too!Good luck to all those waiting to hear #bmthresults— @FunkyChoir 15 August 2013
A special good luck to everyone collecting their A-Level results today! #alevels #resultsday" Welcome to all newcomers to @bournemouthuni— @CllrChrisW 15 August 2013
You can get involved and let us know how you've done today by tweeting using #bmthresults
Good luck with your A Level results. If you're not going to Uni ask us about apprenticeships/ advanced apprenticeships #bmthresults— @FNTCTRAINING 15 August 2013
A record number of students have already been accepted on to university courses, official figures show.
As of midnight, 385,910 applicants had been accepted by UK universities and colleges - 31,600 more than at the same point last year, a rise of 9%.
The admissions service Ucas said it is the highest number of acceptances ever recorded.
Good morning everyone. It's results day for thousands of students across the area waiting to find out their A-level marks.
We will be going to all the schools and colleges around Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch throughout the morning.
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