LiveA-level results day in Dorset and the New Forest

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Summary

  • Bournemouth’s newest sixth form Avonbourne College has scored a 100 per cent pass rate
  • 99% of pupils at Arnewood School achieved A to E grades
  • 100% of pupils at Bournemouth School For Girls achieved A to E grades
  • At Parkstone Grammar School, 99.6% of students had grades A* to E

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We've added lots more pictures from A Level results day across Dorset to our galleries. You can see them all here

Bournemouth Echo:

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Canford School has seen one of the highest A* percentages recorded at the school.

24% of all examinations were awarded the top A* grade, against a national percentage of 8.3%, with 57% of all Canford grades A*/A against 26% nationally. 

Nearly half the year group gained an average of straight As despite A grade percentages across the UK falling for the third consecutive year. 

82% of all Canford grades were A*/B and 95% of all grades A*/C.  

Over one third of all entries were awarded the top A* grade, with 74% of Arts subjects and over 60% of Sciences achieving A*/A. 

Individual department highlights included half of all English entries graded A* and 82% of all Economics entries A*/A.

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St Peter’s is celebrating after students achieved an overall pass rate of 97% with nearly three-quarters of results at grades A* to C.

St Peter’s has bucked the recent national trend of a reduction in the number of top grades and the percentage of A* grades increased by two percentage points. 

Several students succeeded in gaining just A* and A grades and one, who achieved five A* qualifications, is now assured of his place at Oxford University to study chemistry. 

One in six of the results in chemistry were A* grades and 17% were A* grades in mathematics. 

With a student accepted to medical school, one to the London School of Economics (entry to which is more demanding even than Oxbridge) and many accepted to Russell group universities there were celebrations all round.

Improvements were seen in the Year 12 AS results this year, with an overall pass rate of 90% an increase of 6% on last year.  Nearly a third of all results were at grades A or B.  

Sarah Middleton, Head of Sixth Form, said: “We are delighted that the programme of progress analysis and intervention has been so successful, particularly with Year 12 students.  We have enabled them to make that important transition from KS4 work to the rigours of post-16 study.”

Headteacher David Todd said: “It has been a great achievement for all concerned – not just those gifted and inspired students with a passion for their subjects but also for those students for whom the challenges of A level have not been easy to master and they have had to work hard to achieve these excellent results”. 

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Students, staff and parents were celebrating at The Purbeck School, Wareham, after another impressive set of A-level results.

Head teacher Leanne Symonds said that in almost all cases students secured the grades they needed to progress onto their first choice university and apprenticeship placements.

Notable students included Oliver Edgar, from Swanage, who achieved four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. He is now looking forward to studying medicine at University College, Oxford.

Mrs Symonds said:  “The overall pass rate is once again just under 100 per cent this year and 40 per cent of all grades achieved by our students were either A*/A or B grades.

“This repeated success represents hard work and commitment by both our students and their teachers.”

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And here's a video from Bournemouth School:

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We've started uploading some of our pictures from this morning into galleries. Here are the ones we have online for you so far:

Bournemouth Echo:

See all our pictures of Talbot Heath School

Bournemouth Echo:

See all our pictures of Bournemouth School For Girls

Bournemouth Echo:

See all our pictures of Bournemouth School

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Here's a video from Bournemouth and Poole College from earlier on today

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We've had some more information through from St Edward's school about some of their high achievers:

Tuesday Alner  - A* in English Literature, History and RE

Andrew Phillips  - A* in English Literature, A in History and Latin -  accepted to Oxford University to study Classics

Matthew Bold  - A* in Maths, A in History and Physics

Vivian MacRow Wood  -A* in Biology, A in Chemistry and Maths

Connor Perring -  A in Chemistry, Physics and Maths

Michael Wadsley  -A* in Biology, A in Psychology and B in Chemistry

Chloe Beer-Jones - Distinction in BTEC Textiles, A in Photography, B in Art

Perry Caines - A in German, B in English, C in Physics, A in AS Psychology and A in AS Spanish

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TheDistrict says

Well done to my niece Megan from BSG who gained 2A and a B in her AS Level Exams. Congratulations, we knew you would do well....xx

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Here's a video of Poole High from a little earlier on

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At Magna Academy, 97% of sixth form students have achieved a Distinction or Distinction* in their Level 3 BTECs, with 54% of entries being the highest possible grade of Distinction*.

33% students achieved a triple Distinction* or more, with Lara Moore and Ben Lane both getting an outstanding 4 Distinction*. 

Connor Smith achieved a triple Distinction* and 1 Distinction and has won a much coveted place at the prestigious Anglo-European College of Chiropractic.

Head of Sixth Form Paul Dallyn said: "I’m delighted for the students and so proud of them. They have worked exceptionally hard, whilst also being great role models for younger students in terms of behaviour and attitude and have played an important part in the life of the Academy during our exciting first year. 

"I’m so pleased that all students have got the fantastic results they deserve, and this will really help them move forward with their future career aspirations, I wish them all the very best for the future."

 

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Ringwood School is also celebrating their results today.

Provisional results indicate that the year group achieved a 100% pass rate A*- E grades overall across over 30 different subject areas well above the national average of 98%.

9.1% of grades were gained an A* this year above the national benchmark of 8.3%

25% of grades awarded were A* - A, with 52% of all grades awarded at A*- B and over 83% of grades in the A* - C range, the top four grades nationally - well above the national average of 76.5% this year.

53 students gained 3 or 4 A*- B grades at A2 and BTEC equivalent

17 students achieved 3 or more grades at  A*- A, the highest individual results being awarded to Chon Hei Vong, Nicholas Malky, Robert Shaw, George Whittingham, Leah Gayer, Jordan Whalen, James Shelton, Shona Graham and Poppy Jenkinson. 

A 100% pass rate was achieved by students following BTEC courses. 23 distinction* / distinction results were awarded, accounting for 89% of all BTEC results in Sport, Production IT and Dance.  

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."

 

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Wise words from one of our commenters:

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Marty Caine says

Well done to all those who got the grades they were after, for those who didn't, it's not the end of the world. Some of the most successful people around didn't get the grades they were after either and it just made them even more determined to succeed.

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Brockenhurst College is celebrating a 99% pass rate in A Level results today. 

More than half of students gained A*-B grades, with three quarters of all students achieving A*-C grades across all subjects. Nearly two thirds of STEM subject students gained A*-B grades (Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology).

Chris Castle, from Poole, achieved 4 A/A* grades in Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and now has a place to study Chemistry at Manchester.

He said: “I am delighted and relieved to have picked up my results today.

“The quality of teaching here at Brock has been unbelievable and I feel college really has acted as a stepping stone on to university.”

Adam Mesout, from Bournemouth, gained A/A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics as well as AS level Computing and Additional Maths, despite having a broken hand throughout much of the exam period!

Adam said: “The Exams Team at Brock was fantastic and really helped me through, despite the setback of my injury! I’m excited to be going on to study a Maths degree at Warwick now, but am really going to miss all my teachers – College has really been a great experience for me.”

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.”

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Students who have just finished their A Levels are being urged to consider the option of starting up their own business by the Forum of Private Business.

Phil Orford MBE, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, said: “The Forum congratulates all pupils receiving their A level results today and urges them consider the option of starting a business.

“The tough youth and graduate job markets have inspired many young people to create their own opportunities by going it alone. There are many sources of support to help would-be entrepreneurs get their idea off the ground, from the very successful Start Up Loans, to many local business support organisations.

“I would say to any students now heading to university to join an enterprise society there. To all those not going to university, there are many excellent apprenticeship schemes to go into but if you want the freedom and excitement of business then consider taking forward your ideas and becoming self employed.”

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Lytchett Minster School said students achieved a record number of A* grades. 

As in the previous 4 years, over 50% of all students have achieved A*-B grades and the overall pass rate this year is 99.3%.

Bournemouth Echo:

Pictured from left to right: Will Fowler, Shelby Bryant, Ollie Matthews and Dan Mulryan

Some outstanding performances include Dan Mulryan and Ollie Matthews who will be studying Chemistry and Languages respectively at Oxford University and Shelby Bryant who has secured a place to study Medicine at Manchester University.

Jenny Evans, Will Fowler and Georgia Ludwig also achieved A* or A grades in all their A level subjects.

Headmaster Stuart Clark said: “Students and staff are to be congratulated on another excellent set of results which mean the vast majority of our Year 13 will secure their University places.”

 

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Interesting views posted by one of our commenters

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BarrHumbug says

Well done everyone, I can't help thinking though 20 years ago they would have been mostly C's and D's? Soon they will have to introduce A** and A***?

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Students at St Edward's School in Poole achieved a 98.2% pass rate with the vast majority of subjects having a 100% pass rate.

Overall A* A and B grades account for 42.4% of the A Level grade and A* A ,B  and C grades are 68.2%, both increased from last year.  

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We've had the following comment on the A Level results from Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK:

“It is clear that standards have been maintained across the board and credit for that must go to teachers who have, yet again, pulled out all the stops to ensure that young people are supported to achieve their best.

“They have achieved these results against a backdrop of savage cuts to pay and funding and attacks on their professionalism and working conditions. In addition, they have been preparing for reforms to the curriculum and qualifications that have been rushed through at breakneck speed. 

“The rise today in the number of entries for so-called ‘facilitating’ or ‘traditional’ subjects is the likely consequence of the introduction of the English Baccalaureate in school league tables in 2010, and changing perceptions of the kind of qualifications that ' elite'  universities value.

“While young people should of course be fully supported to follow such a path if this is where their interests and talents lie, some young people and schools may be feeling pressured into focusing on these subjects to the exclusion of pursuing a broader curriculum, which recognises and values qualifications that lead into high-quality work placements and apprenticeships.

“The Coalition Government’s reforms to the education system, including those currently planned for A-levels, threaten to further narrow the options and opportunities for students, with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds likely to be hit hardest.

“As we celebrate the achievements of today’s students, the Coalition Government must act to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to make the fullest use of their skills and talents.”

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One subject where the number of students has dropped is French. There's been a 7.4% drop in the number of French exams and more than 10,000 fewer language exams were taken this year than at the end of the 90s, according to the British Council.

They say: "The UK needs far more young people to learn languages to a high standard in order to stay competitive on the world stage, and to become the language teachers of the future. Understanding another language is key to understanding another culture - and that’s increasingly crucial for life and work."

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Some interesting details about the subjects studied for A level this year: 

 

Tthe number electing to study biology, chemistry and physics has risen by 2%, while those taking maths has gone up by 0.9% and further maths by 1.5%.

The number studying English has gone down by 4.6%, but even greater decreases can be seen in subjects such as political studies, which is down by 10.6%, and general studies, which has dropped by a massive 24.3%.

Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science, welcomed the A-levels results saying it was a ''good day for the country''.

 ''I think it is great news,'' Mr Clark said. ''The fact we have got record numbers of people going to university is a great day for the students, who worked very hard to get in, and a good day for the country as we want to see people realising their potential."

The cap on the number of students rose by 30,000 this year and the government hopes to remove it all together next year. Suggestions are more than 500,000 students could start uni next month, a record high.

 

 

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Here's what new education secretary Nicky Morgan has said this morning:

"I’m delighted to see more students, especially young women, studying maths and sciences and teachers having more time to push pupils to achieve the very top grades. This will help them secure the top jobs, regardless of their background, and secure a brighter future."

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We have some video of Talbot Heath pupil Philippa Harris talking about her A Level results and her gap year plans. 

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Here's the latest on the national picture from PA:

 More A-levels were handed the very highest grade this summer, but the overall pass rate fell for the first time in more than 30 years, official figures show.
 In total, just over one in four (26%) of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on last summer.
 But the proportion of A* grades handed out rose to 8.2%, up 0.6 percentage points on 2013.
 And the overall A*-E pass rate fell by 0.1% to 98% - the first time it has fallen in 32 years.
 Boys have outdone girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.

 

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Bournemouth’s newest sixth form Avonbourne College has scored a 100 per cent pass rate in its first ever set of A Level results.

Avonbourne Sixth Form only opened its doors in September 2012 and every single one of its first group of students has passed at A* to E.

Executive headteacher of Avonbourne Trust Debbie Godfrey-Phaure said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the results.

“This is testament to the hard work of all our students and sixth form staff and I am proud of every single one of them.”

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The Arnewood School in New Milton has told us it is celebrating its best ever set of A-level results.

This year has seen the school’s highest number of A* to B grades awarded, with 55% of its students achieving these high results.

It is also celebrating the largest number of A*s and Distinction*s awarded – 52 in total.

Across the board, 99% of all students achieved a pass rate (A* to E).

Among the many success stories are identical twins Daniel and Joseph Barker who each scored A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and A in Physics.

Both brothers took their Maths GCSEs when they were just 13 and both achieved an A*.

Headteacher, Chris Hummerstone, said: “It's great to see how many students have achieved outstanding A Level results in an increasingly competitive world.” 

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Here's a video of students from Bournemouth School For Girls from a little earlier on:

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Steven Jenkins, Deputy Head, said: "We had an Ofsted inspection recently and we're the only school in Poole that's outstanding. 

"With these results we’re really pleased with that."

Morgan King, 18, from Poole, got three A* results in psychics, maths and further maths. An A in computing and a B in Spanish and he’s going to study computer science at Oxford.

Robert Rigler Gillingham, 18 from Parkstone, got two As and a B and has won a £20,000 scholarship to Southampton University to study physics. He got exactly what he needed to get in and is very pleased.

Andy Goodworth, 18 from Poole, three A* grades in maths, further maths, chemistry and an A in Spanish and is going to Cambridge to study law.

“It’s brilliant, I’m over the moon.”

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Our reporter is at Di is at Poole Grammar School this morning where 67% of students achieved A*, A and B grades.

  • 69 pupils achieved A*
  • 125 pupils achieved A grades
  • 112 B grades.
  • 134 pupils overall took their exams

Star pupil was Josh Dickerson, 18, from Sturminster Marshall, with five A* in biology, chemistry, computing, maths and further maths.

He is going to Oxford to study biochemistry.

Deputy Head Mr Malcom Turner said: He was a naturally hard worker who is just a natural talent. He is probably one of the best mathematicians I have taught."

Josh's friend Robbie Driscoll, 18 from Sturminster Marshall, said: "We have been competing since first school."

Robbie to got A* results in history and English literature and an A in French and is going to be studying Russian and French at Cambridge. 

He said he's going to start learning Russian over the summer and is looking forward to going to Russia.

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We've also heard from Parkstone Grammar School who said students achieved a 99.6% pass rate with grades A* - E.

There were some exceptional individual performances with Anna Campbell and Harriet Salmon achieving A* grades in all their subjects.

57 students achieved at least 2 A/A* grades. All Oxbridge applicants met their offers to take up places.

At AS Level, 68% of all grades awarded were A-B grade, an increase of 9% from last year. 

59 students gained at least 3 A grades and 21 students gained 4 or more A grades.

Triplets Emily, Rachael and Zoe Beasley achieved 10 A grades between them!

 

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Anna Karanja, Director of Highcliffe School sixth form was thrilled with the results and said: “We again have a record number of students going to University this year.  This includes our continuing trend of students progressing year on year 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 25% of our students gained A*/A grades.

"With over 66% of all grades at grade C or above we expect that most students will be taking their first choice University place.  My congratulations to all the students. This is a great day to celebrate!”

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Highcliffe School 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, The Institute of Physics and the STEM network, 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.”

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We've heard from Highcliffe School who say this year's results are among the best ever achieved. 

Almost 25% of grades gained were A*/A grades.

44% of grades gained were A*/A/B.

66% of grades gained were A*/A/B/C.

Top achieving students include:

Jacob Brennan A*A*A*A*A - Oxford

Christopher Slade A*A*AAB

Nathan Dreifuss A*A*AAB

Oliver Harrald A*A*AB

Alex Field

Laura Clifford

Craig Lord

Theresia Morandell

Laura Reid

Finn Heasman

Benjamin Moore

All of whom gained all 2 or more A* and A grades in their results.

Jacob Brennan will progress to Oxford to study Languages (French and Spanish).

Students studying Diplomas in Business, Dance, Drama, PE and Child Care scored very highly with the majority (70%) of grades at *Distinction/Distinction/Merit levels.

 

 

 

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Students at Bournemouth's Oak Academy LeAf Campus achieved a 100% pass rate for the fourth year running. 

And several subjects even saw every student that studied them get the highest A* to C grades – these were: Media, Sociology, Geography, and Psychology.

Among the individual success stories was Sasha Hilton who was awarded an A* in Psychology and two As in English Literature and Sociology.

Principal for the Oak Academy, Gill Blanshard, said: “We are delighted that the Oak Academy has once again achieved a 100% pass rate at A-levels with some outstanding individual achievements.

“This was a tremendous effort by both our ambitious and hard working students and also our dedicated teaching staff.” 

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We know you've all been waiting for it, so here's a picture of some students jumping for joy...
 

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We have some video footage for you of three students from Bournemouth School on their plans for next year. 

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Here's the latest from Bournemouth's LeAf Studio where for the second year running students achieved a 100% pass rate since it opened its doors in 2012. 

Among the many success stories were Sam Walrond and Sam Allen who have netted excellent A-level results whilst carving out an international career in volleyball.

The pair, who have just been selected to play for England U20s for a beach volleyball tournament in Italy, scored an A*, three As and two Bs between them.

Sam and Sam have been able to combine their academic studies with expert volleyball coaching and some of the best facilities in the country – LeAF is home to the UK’s only indoor beach volleyball training centre.

Executive principal for the LeAF Academy, Dr Annetta Minard, said: “This set of outstanding A-level results show how the LeAF Studio is helping some of the area’s most talented young people to not only shine in their chosen field but to also maintain a high academic record.

“I am very proud of the effort and dedication shown by every single one of our students.”

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Here's some news from Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne, where they've had a record year. 34% of students gained A*-A, over half of all students gained A*-B grades, 75% at A*-C, with an overall pass rate of 98%. 

In vocational qualifications, the number of students achieving a Distinction or Distinction* (equivalent to a grade A/A* at A level) rose to 70%.

They've named some of their top students:

Antonia Gruhn – A*, A*, A, A

Christopher Rimmer – A*, A*, A

Laura Dawson – A*, A, A

Bryony Hughes – A, A, A

Elizabeth Russell – A, A, A

Rosie Pittwood – A, A, A

Mollie Stanfield – A, A, A

Benjamin Humby – Triple Distinction *

Jodi Minney - Triple Distinction *

Courtney Lowman - Triple Distinction *

Headteacher Martin McLeman 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 efforts paying off with great results and further increases in the number of students being accepted into Russell Group universities.

"It has been a very exciting year, and I am thrilled with the results.”

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NATIONAL - A record number of students have been accepted on degree courses with 396,990 taking up places so far - up 3% on last year, initial Ucas figures show.

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As ever, we'd like to hear your stories - did you pass? Fail? Do better than expected? What would you tell your 18-year-old self? Let us know in the comments...

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Good morning. We're running live coverage all day as A Level results come in. Not much idea yet of the national picture, but there's an interesting piece about the gender divide in subjects chosen here

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10:11am Thu 14 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

Well done everyone, I can't help thinking though 20 years ago they would have been mostly C's and D's? Soon they will have to introduce A** and A***?
Well done everyone, I can't help thinking though 20 years ago they would have been mostly C's and D's? Soon they will have to introduce A** and A***? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

10:47am Thu 14 Aug 14

scrumpyjack says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Well done everyone, I can't help thinking though 20 years ago they would have been mostly C's and D's? Soon they will have to introduce A** and A***?
The 98% pass rate says it all (to me).

I think that's higher than daytime TV phone in 'quiz' competitions,
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Well done everyone, I can't help thinking though 20 years ago they would have been mostly C's and D's? Soon they will have to introduce A** and A***?[/p][/quote]The 98% pass rate says it all (to me). I think that's higher than daytime TV phone in 'quiz' competitions, scrumpyjack
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11:04am Thu 14 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

Well done to all those who got the grades they were after, for those who didn't, it's not the end of the world. Some of the most successful people around didn't get the grades they were after either and it just made them even more determined to succeed.
Well done to all those who got the grades they were after, for those who didn't, it's not the end of the world. Some of the most successful people around didn't get the grades they were after either and it just made them even more determined to succeed. Marty Caine
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11:29am Thu 14 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

Well done to my niece Megan from BSG who gained 2A and a B in her AS Level Exams. Congratulations, we knew you would do well....xx
Well done to my niece Megan from BSG who gained 2A and a B in her AS Level Exams. Congratulations, we knew you would do well....xx TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Stereotyped says...

Well done... now get yourselves into the real world.
Well done... now get yourselves into the real world. Stereotyped
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2:36pm Thu 14 Aug 14

bogtrotter says...

These pass rates kind of make it more obvious why it's so much harder to get on in the world these days. If everyone is passing, what makes you stand out against the rest unless you get A*'s galore. Well done to all though, you can answer the questions you're asked, no matter how basic.
These pass rates kind of make it more obvious why it's so much harder to get on in the world these days. If everyone is passing, what makes you stand out against the rest unless you get A*'s galore. Well done to all though, you can answer the questions you're asked, no matter how basic. bogtrotter
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3:13pm Thu 14 Aug 14

ReservoirFrogs says...

I really wonder if the people posting negatives comments about student successes actually know the amount of hard work and dedication that gets put in so these grades are obtained. I would suggest not.
Well done to all who passed , and keep trying to those who did not.
I really wonder if the people posting negatives comments about student successes actually know the amount of hard work and dedication that gets put in so these grades are obtained. I would suggest not. Well done to all who passed , and keep trying to those who did not. ReservoirFrogs
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4:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

ReservoirFrogs wrote:
I really wonder if the people posting negatives comments about student successes actually know the amount of hard work and dedication that gets put in so these grades are obtained. I would suggest not.
Well done to all who passed , and keep trying to those who did not.
Are you trying to tell me the near 100% pass rate today is down to students hard work? Try asking a university lecturer if they think the standard of first year students nowadays backs up that high pass rate?
[quote][p][bold]ReservoirFrogs[/bold] wrote: I really wonder if the people posting negatives comments about student successes actually know the amount of hard work and dedication that gets put in so these grades are obtained. I would suggest not. Well done to all who passed , and keep trying to those who did not.[/p][/quote]Are you trying to tell me the near 100% pass rate today is down to students hard work? Try asking a university lecturer if they think the standard of first year students nowadays backs up that high pass rate? BarrHumbug
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4:27pm Thu 14 Aug 14

twynhamob says...

Well done to all, EXCEPT the Echo writer. These young people even when using 'social-media' (which is usually peppered with mistakes) is written with better grammar/spelling etc, than some of the wording by the Echo writers. Suggest some of these students get a job with the Echo.
Well done to all, EXCEPT the Echo writer. These young people even when using 'social-media' (which is usually peppered with mistakes) is written with better grammar/spelling etc, than some of the wording by the Echo writers. Suggest some of these students get a job with the Echo. twynhamob
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4:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

twynhamob wrote:
Well done to all, EXCEPT the Echo writer. These young people even when using 'social-media' (which is usually peppered with mistakes) is written with better grammar/spelling etc, than some of the wording by the Echo writers. Suggest some of these students get a job with the Echo.
I think you'll find the person responsible at the Echo probably got A*'s in their A-Levels too ;-)
[quote][p][bold]twynhamob[/bold] wrote: Well done to all, EXCEPT the Echo writer. These young people even when using 'social-media' (which is usually peppered with mistakes) is written with better grammar/spelling etc, than some of the wording by the Echo writers. Suggest some of these students get a job with the Echo.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find the person responsible at the Echo probably got A*'s in their A-Levels too ;-) BarrHumbug
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8:19am Fri 15 Aug 14

Stereotyped says...

ReservoirFrogs wrote:
I really wonder if the people posting negatives comments about student successes actually know the amount of hard work and dedication that gets put in so these grades are obtained. I would suggest not.
Well done to all who passed , and keep trying to those who did not.
I was doing my GCSE's 10 years ago and my A levels 9/8 years ago... I know how easy they are, I didn't even revise and came out with great results.

As said above, there is nothing special about passing these days or getting A*'s, when everyone and their dog is getting them.

These results really do mean nothing, common sense and a willingness to learn is what you need in the real world, not an A* in RPSE or English.
[quote][p][bold]ReservoirFrogs[/bold] wrote: I really wonder if the people posting negatives comments about student successes actually know the amount of hard work and dedication that gets put in so these grades are obtained. I would suggest not. Well done to all who passed , and keep trying to those who did not.[/p][/quote]I was doing my GCSE's 10 years ago and my A levels 9/8 years ago... I know how easy they are, I didn't even revise and came out with great results. As said above, there is nothing special about passing these days or getting A*'s, when everyone and their dog is getting them. These results really do mean nothing, common sense and a willingness to learn is what you need in the real world, not an A* in RPSE or English. Stereotyped
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