Saturday, 25 November 2017

A-level pass rates up again

STUDENTS in Henley, South Oxfordshire and Berkshire celebrated an impressive set of A-level results.

STUDENTS in Henley, South Oxfordshire and Berkshire celebrated an impressive set of A-level results.

Pass rates were as good as if not better than in previous years at most schools and colleges, in line with the national trend.

The Henley College recorded a pass rate of 98 per cent, the same as last year. Three-quarters of students achieved A* to C grades and a fifth of all grades attained were at A* or A.

Principal Tom Espley said: “I would like to congratulate our students on their wonderful achievements and to thank the teaching staff for all they have done in enabling so many of our students to perform so well.”

One of the best performers was Elizabeth Crowdy, of Gainsborough Crescent, Henley, who is going to Cambridge University to study English after achieving three A grades in history, classics and German.

The 18-year-old, who wants to be a writer, said: “I phoned my parents and they were very happy. None of my family has gone to an Oxbridge university.

“Cambridge is on the way to my grandparents’ house so I will be able to see them a bit more now.”

Anna Williams, from Goring, achieved A grades in English and sociology and a B in art.

She will be studying fine art at the University of the Arts in London and hopes to have a career in theatre set design.

Anna, 18, said: “My parents are very proud. I was very nervous beforehand and couldn’t sleep the night before. I thought that I might have failed everything.”

Leonor Furtado, of Greys Road, Henley, achieved an A* in economics and maths and A grades in geography, further maths and Portuguese.

“It’s awesome and I’m absolutely delighted,” said the 17-year-old, who moved from Portugal to live with her aunt two years ago to improve her education opportunities.

Leonor, who is to study economics at the London School of Economics, said: “I don’t know what I want to do yet but I like economics and I think I can go into any job with that. I will see where the future takes me.”

She called her parents in Portugal to tell them the news. “My mum started crying,” she said. “They were very proud.”

Sophie Lea, a former pupil at Langtree School in Woodcote, is to study chemistry at Oxford University after she achieved an A* and three A grades.

The Piggott School in Wargrave recorded a 100 per cent pass rate, compared with 98.8 per cent last year, but the proportion of A* and A grades fell to 27.3 per cent from 28 per cent in 2012.

All students in four subjects, including English, further maths and art, achieved a C or higher.

Two Piggott students will be going to Oxford to study medicine while 18-year-old Tom Stockdale is heading to Cambridge.

Headteacher Hilary Winter said: “These excellent results are rich reward for both staff and students at the school for the tireless and enthusiastic approach they have shown. Many students have surpassed expectations and I am delighted that so many have achieved the grades needed for university entrance.

“The governors and I thank them all for what they have given to the school and wish them all well for their future careers.”

Lauren Bird, who achieved an A*, A and B will be studying maths at Cardiff University next year. The 18-year-old said: “I’m very happy.” Leila Naboulsi, 18, from Woodley, achieved an A* in art and design, B in maths and C in geography and will study architecture at Kent University next year.

She said: “I’m very excited about university. My A-levels are over now and I can look forward to next year.”

Jake Holt, 18, achieved A grades in maths, biology and chemistry and is planning to take a gap year before going to university. He said: “I’m going to work and do a bit of travelling during my year out, maybe to America.”

Ross Gordon and Oliver Thornton will both be attending university in September after the former obtained an A and two B grades and the latter an A*, B and C grade in maths, further maths and economics.

At Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre in Emmer Green, 68 per cent of students achieved grades between A* and C, five per cent up on last year.

The school achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in 28 subjects and 99 per cent overall.

More than 60 students are going on to university.

Among them is Robert Brooks, of Brookland Drive, Emmer Green, who was awarded A grades in maths and physics and B grades in further maths, history and computing.

The 18-year-old, who is going to University College London to study physics, said: “I found all five of my subjects really interesting and I didn’t want to drop any of them, so I suggested carrying on with them and the school let me.”

Jenny Boylin, 17, of Peppard Road, Caversham, achieved an A* in maths, an A in further maths and B grades in history and English literature.

Lizzy Gray, 18, of Conisboro Avenue, Caversham, achieved As in maths and physical education and a B in biology.

Headeacher Rachel Cave, who succeeded Tim Royle at Easter, said: “Our focus has been on making sure we push as hard as we can for the highest standards.

“A change of headteacher can make for a turbulent year and we were determined that the students should not be disadvantaged by it.

“There was a real commitment from all staff but of course the students put in the hardest work. We are hoping for further improvements next year.”

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