There were tears of triumph, and some of despair, as A-level students across the region picked up their exam results today.
For many it’s been a nail-biting summer as students anxiously waited to find out what the future holds.
The unfortunate few who failed to get the results they hoped went home to start the long process of clearing – finding an alternative university place.
Despite reports of a drop in the national average of A-level passes, for the majority it was a time to celebrate.
At Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, the overall pass rate has risen from 83 per cent to 100 per cent.
Principal Mike Smith said: “These show a significant improvement in the quality of educational provision that Queen Elizabeth’s Academy provides.
At All Saints’ RC School on Broomhill Lane, it was also a time to celebrate, as students achieved above national average results at A* and A*/B.
Headteacher, Maureen Cobbett commented “I am so proud of all of our students, they have exceeded our expectations and their results are a reflection of the hard work of staff, students and parents.
“To achieve such good results when nationally they have dropped is a phenomenal achievement. We have never had so many A* and As and I am pleased for all of our students.”
At Mansfield’s Brunts Academy, there was plenty to shout about with many making the grade.
Student Rebecca Temple (18), achieved an A* in music, A* in biology and A in chemistry, which will allow her to study music at the University of Nottingham in the autumn.
The multi-instrumentalist said: “I’m over the moon, I can’t believe it. I did not expect to get results as good as this.
“I did not stop thinking about it over tummer but I’m so relieved!”
It was the same for Brunts student Nathaniel Kulasingham, who picked up an A in chemistry and maths, and a B in physics, paving the way for him to take up his place at King’s College in London to study physics.
He said: “They were very tough exams, and I’m not used to doing that many exams in such a short time.
“I didn’t do as well as I should have done, but better than I expected!”
At Garibaldi College in Forest Town, associate assistant headteacher in charge of the sixth-form, Steve Chapman, paid tribute to his students.
He said: “I am so proud of all our students, their hard work, as well as the staff, has been rewarded.
“All of our students are now in a position to progress to the next step in their life.”
Among those to have achieved their dream was Garibaldi’s Kirsty Ancliffe, who achieved an A*, two As and a B and is heading to Leeds University, and Mayo Oliver who picked up three A grades.
Headteacher, Chris James stated: “The outstanding results at A-level build on our GCSE success and shows that Garibaldi College provides real progression for its students.”
Market Warsop’s Meden College is celebrating another year of excellent A-level results, with students achieving a 100 per cent pass rate for the third year running.
Of those, 70 per cent gained an A* to C, while students achieving an A* or A grade increased from 5 per cent to 10 per cent.
Damien Belshaw, the head of college said: “This has been another outstanding set of results for Meden College students who have proved once again that hard work does equal success. I would like to pass my congratulations on to all of the students who received their results today and wish them the best of luck as they continue their studies.”
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