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- Hundreds picking up results today
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- Record numbers have already accepted places
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congratulations #alevel students who have got great results for places @worcester_uni well done!— @StRichardsHosp 15 August 2013
I was terrified when I collected my A-level results as I had to open them live on @bbchw. Luckily, I did OK! #alevelsWN— @SarahDaviesWN 15 August 2013
KING'S School Worcester secured a 100 per cent pass overall rate at A-level for the fifth time running.
A total of 95 per cent of grades were C and above and 83 per cent of all grades were A* to B.
Headmaster, Tim Keyes, said: “We were very pleased that, between them, our pupils received 74 A* grades. We are proud to confirm that we do not offer any subject at A level which is not well regarded by good universities and that 43 per cent of all exams taken were in maths and the sciences.
“We are delighted that all our Oxford and Cambridge candidates have secured their places and the great majority of the year group have achieved their first choice university places.
“Special congratulations should go to Tilly Shackley who achieved four grades all at A*, and to Ben Alexander (last year’s Head of School), Tim Engstrom, Luke Johnson, Beren Millidge and Jessamy Reece who each achieved three grades at A*.
“I congratulate the boys and girls on these excellent results. They have been a delightful set of students to teach and many have also achieved amazing things in their wider activities.
"They have been very supportive of each other, highly organised and demonstrated exceptional levels of maturity in their working habits.
"Their parents should be very proud of them. They are more than ready to embrace the challenges of adult life and many, we know, will go on to be leaders and high achievers in their professional careers.
“Finally, I would like to pay tribute to the teachers at King’s who have so often gone the extra mile in helping these students. Excellent working relationships between staff and students are, once again, at the heart of success at A level here."
Lovely to meet students at @WCT_official and WSFC this morning - many big smiles and exciting plans! #alevelsWN— @SarahDaviesWN 15 August 2013
SIXTH formers at Malvern St James Girls’ School improved on last year's results, with 26 per cent of grades at A*, 67 per cent of all grades awarded being A*to A, 85 per cent A*to B, and 100 per cent pass rate overall.
Thirty-five per cent of girls have achieved straight A* and A grades, with six students securing A* in all of their A Level subjects. The AS results were equally outstanding with 62 per cent at grades A to B.
Almost all of MSJ’s Year 13 will go on to the university and course of their choice, studying subjects including architecture, computer science, biochemistry, medicine and sciences, engineering, law, music, mathematics, accountancy and management courses.
They will take places at some of the very best UK universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, LSE, Imperial College, Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Warwick and Manchester.
Four girls are celebrating places at Oxbridge, including MSJ academic scholarc Sara Devereux, now living in London.
She gained a place at Trinity College, Cambridge, to study Natural Sciences.
Ms Devereux said: "I’m thrilled with my results. MSJ has been my home away from home with my parents living in Hong Kong for the last five years, and boarding here has really prepared me for life after school.
"I can’t wait to start at Cambridge, the next step in fulfilling my ambition for a career in public health."
Headmistress, Patricia Woodhouse, member of the Girls’ School Association, said: "All our sixth form leavers must be congratulated on their results. As a leading British all-girls’ school, MSJ guarantees education in its broadest sense and our girls can be proud of both their contribution in all areas of school life, and these highly impressive results to crown their school career.
"Today we celebrate the girls’ achievements, as well as the dedicated, first-class teaching and facilities MSJ enjoys. With our ethos of providing life-long learning, every girl at MSJ benefits from our personalised careers advisory service, ensuring next steps beyond school are tailored to each individual student. We are immensely proud of our girls and all they have achieved. We wish them every success in all that lies ahead."
Happy A-level #resultsday! Chatting to students at #Worcester Sixth Form College and @WCT_official this morning - good luck everyone! #exams— @SarahDaviesWN 15 August 2013
I did a BTEC instead of A levels, but as I'm where I wanted to be I'm a firm believer in it's not what you do, but how you do it #alevelsWN— @GemaBateWN 15 August 2013
I remember being in the pub by 11am on A-level results day. And look at me now; wishing I was in the pub by 11am. #AlevelsWN— @PogalJoners 15 August 2013
RGS WORCESTER A-level students celebrated impressive results, with a 100 per cent overall pass rate for A* to E grades and 71.8 per cent of subjects taken scoring A*, A and B grades - down six per cent on last year. Just over 38 per cent of the grades were at A* or A grade.
No fewer than 25 candidates achieved at least three A*/A grades at A-level, with several gaining four or five A grades.
Headmaster, Andy Rattue, said: “I am delighted that the hard work of our students has been rewarded, and that they can proceed with confidence to university.
"These results are also a tribute to the professionalism and dedication of the RGS teaching staff, whose attention to detail has helped our students pick their way through the A Level minefield.
"We read a lot about dumbing down in the national press, and the way in which, nationally, teenagers are avoiding ‘difficult’ subjects.
"It’s worth pointing out that some of our strongest results are consistently in subjects such as chemistry, French, geography, mathematics, further mathematics and Spanish, though our candidates have also done very well in less traditional subjects such as art and textiles.
"We also need to see academic results in the context of everything else our students are involved in, such as sport, drama, music, expeditions and charity fundraising. It’s been a great pleasure to see these young men and women keep life in perspective."
My A-Levels results memories are quite vague (nothing to do with age!) But I got what I needed, which is the most important part. #alevelsWN— @SarahTaylorWN 15 August 2013
Holy Trinity International School students Rebecca Blakeway, Asha Bibi and Katie Schofield collect their A-level results.
A-LEVEL students at Holy Trinity International School in Kidderminster achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in this summer's examinations, with 77 per cent attaining A* to C grades.
Over 90 per cent of students have gained entry to their chosen universities. Carla Evans, off to read Theology at the University of Wales, and Melissa Page, off to study Interior Design at Southampton, were among the top-performing students.
Headteacher, Pam Leek-Wright, said: "We are delighted at our students' success and congratulate them all."
Head of sixth form, Ernest Carwithen, added: "We are an expanding sixth form that places emphasis on both academic success and the development of personal qualities.
"I am confident that our Year 13 leavers will be highly successful in higher education."
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Well done to all of you getting results today, I know how hard you have all worked for this. Lots of proud mums & dads about.
Results are just in from Malvern College, where the overall pass rate is higher than 99 per cent with 75 per cent of all grades at A*-C.
Headmaster Antony Clark said: "I am very pleased with the results and very happy for our students.
"We believe that all our students have got into their chosen universities and it is a very positive picture."
The school is also celebrating final confirmation of its International Baccalaureate results, which it has received today after re-marks.
Mr Clark said the school's average score of 36.3 placed it among "the very top performers nationally".
IF university is not for you - and it isn't everyone's cup of tea - then perhaps an apprenticeship would be a better way forward?
New figures from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) reveal that nationally up to 20,000 Apprenticeships will be available online, up to 1,321 of which in Worcestershire.
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."
For more information visit apprenticeships.org.uk
We've just heard from Dyson Perrins CE Academy in Malvern again, where some late results have bumped up the overall A*-C rate to 70 per cent from the previous figure of 66 per cent.
Also, one of my papers was sent back to be re-marked and I ended up going up a grade. There's always hope. #alevelsWN— @iancraigWN 15 August 2013
I got into my 1st choice uni despite not quite getting the grades I needed. Worth phoning up even if you think you haven't got in #alevelsWN— @iancraigWN 15 August 2013
SEVERAL students at Worcester College of Technology secured placed at top universities across the country.
Among the highest achievers were students Jade Moore who achieved two As and a B, Jack Martin who achieved one A*, 2 As and a B, Emil Martyr who achieved two As and a B and Kate Yardley who achieved straight A grades.
Miss Yardley, who completed a fast track course at the college, and is now joining the Army to study nursing, said: “I’m really pleased with my results and didn’t expect to have done as well as I have, particularly as I managed to complete them in just one year.
"It’s been hard work, but I have enjoyed studying at the college and made lots of new friends.
"I’m now hoping to now go on and study nursing in the army for a year and then go on to complete a degree at Birmingham City University."
The college's overall A* to E grade pass rate was 92 per cent - five per cent down on last year - and 62 per cent of the results were A* to C grades.
Head of A-levels for the college, Mark Kirby, said: "Our students and staff have worked hard and we have seen some wonderful results.
"I’m very proud of the success of our students and wish them the best of luck as they go on to further study and work.”
STUDENTS at Evesham High School were celebrating after 99 per cent achieved a Level 3 qualification.
Three A Level grades were achieved by 87 per cent of pupils and 30 per cent of these were all A and B grades, an increases on the last two years at the school.
This rise was coupled with a slight rise in students’ point scores.
Caroline Browne, headteacher, said: “We are very proud of the efforts of our students to achieve their best grades, and these results show commitment to their studies and considerable success, from A* grades to across the range. Congratulations to students and staff for their dedication and achievement.”
Lee Lungley, head of Sixth Form, added: “We are pleased all our students get the opportunity through these grades to go on to higher education, if they choose. This year we’ve had an increase in the percentage A/B and in points score per entry, which is also pleasing.”
@worcesternews Congratulations MSJ girls! An amazing 67% of all #ALevel grades were A*- A grade! http://t.co/hqAQpkSUMO #ALevelsWN— @MalvernStJames 15 August 2013
SIXTH form students at The Chase School demonstrated their academic prowess this year by the highest ever average points score per subject entry, improving on last year’s record performance.
The pass rate again exceeded 99 per cent, more than a quarter of all grades were A* or As and 11.7 per cent of all grades were A* - both of the latter statistics being the best ever achieved at the school.
Leading the way this year were John Evans and Freya Pratty-Williams, who each gained four A*, closely followed by Madeleine Crammond, Myles Cunningham, Yasmin Jones and Stephen Wilson whose multiple passes all included three A* each.
Henry Bergman, Matthew Gilchrist, Jacob Paisley and Helen Stevenson who gained two A*each to go with their other high passes, while Georgia Brittain, Lydia Burgess, Edmund Dable-Heath, Georgia Griffin, Emily Jones, Robin Jones, Lucy Jordan, Holly Perrett, Katherine Richards and Jacob Webb all weighed-in with excellent grades.
Also well-deserving of praise were Jack Clayton, Marcus Hill and Sam Preece who each gained Distinctions in two BTEC subjects. Jacob Londresbrough and Matthew Wren added BTEC distinctions to impressive A-level grades.
Headteacher, Kevin Peck, said: "These results are a tribute to the collective efforts of students, staff and parents and deserve to be celebrated without the usual carping debate about standards. All students and teachers can do is to prepare to the best of their ability for the assessments set by the examining boards.
"The Chase’s 2013 sixth form results again demonstrated that our students and staff are working harder than ever together to prepare effectively for the exams and this is an unquestioned cause for congratulations all round."
My A-level results day memory? Calling from holiday in Austria with the worst phone line possible to find out my grades #alevelsWN— @BroomePaul 15 August 2013
So, 36 per cent of you think A-levels have got easier... Interesting.
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PRINCE Henry's High School has revealed an overall A-level pass rate of 99 per cent.
Of those, 29 per cent of the grades were at A* or A, 57 per cent A* to B and 82 per cent A* to C.
The average points per student stands at 864 and the average points per entry was 212.
Two students, Frank Syvret and Shanti Daffern, obtained places at Cambridge and nearly all students have secured their first-choice University placements.
Frank achieved 5 A* grades and Shanti 3A* and an A grade.
Dr Evans, headteacher, said: "Congratulations to all the students. My staff and I are delighted that they have achieved their desired grades.
"These are truly stunning results and are a testament to the hard work of the students, their parents and the teachers here at Prince Henry’s who have supported them.
"We are looking forward to the AS students returning in September to build upon their successes, and we wish our Year 13 Students every success with their future careers."
Results just in from Tudor Grange Academy Worcester show the school has improved on last year's results, with the A*-E pass rising from 96 per cent to 97 per cent.
Director of post-16 studies, John Holmes, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of our students.
"These excellent results are a tribute to their hard work across two years.
"I know that all of our students would join me in thanking the staff and their families for their fantastic support.
"All of the students with university offers have successfully met the conditions and we’re very grateful to our local university for sharing their expertise so generously."
It was gold stars all round at St Mary's Worcester, as students at the independent girls' school achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, with 86 per cent of students achieving grades A* to C.
There were also 100 per cent A* to A in mathematics and 100 per cent A* to B grades in chemistry, as well as 100 per cent A grades in Art and History, and 100 per cent A*to B grades in French, Latin, Drama and Music.
Headteacher, Catherine Jawaheer said: "This is another set of excellent A level results and I am delighted for our students who have worked so hard to realise their ambitions.
"It is particularly pleasing but perhaps no surprise to see our girls achieve the top grades in Mathematics and the sciences.
“ As an all girls school our students are free from any peer pressure or gender stereotyping affecting subject choices at A level. As a result St Mary’s young women excel as much in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as they do in English, Drama and Art.”
Among the top performers was Philippa Gleed, who achieved straight As in biology, chemistry and mathematics and is going to study medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine.
Meanwhile, Bryony Crossland- Davies achieved an A* in English Literature and an A in Geography is off to study Geography at Exeter University.
Worcester Sixth Form College has also experienced a record year for A-level results.
The college’s pass rate for A*-E grades was 99.4 per cent, making it the 11th consecutive year this figure has been above 98 per cent.
Over half (50.8 per cent) of the college’s entries resulted in A*, A or B grades and over three-quarters (76.8%) in an A*to C grade.
Of its 631 A-level candidates this year:
o 627 (99 per cent ) gained at least one A-level
o 133 (21 per cent) gained three B grades or better
o 45 students gained three A grades or better
o 12 gained at least four subjects at A*, A or B, of whom 8 gained four subjects all at grade A* or A
o 77 A* grades achieved by 56 students
Principal Michael Kitcatt said: "I am delighted that our students have done so well again this year.
"Our pass rate and percentage of students getting the higher grades have both risen this year by significantly more than the national percentages and it is especially pleasing to see that all the hard work of our students and staff has been so well rewarded."
At the tender age of 14 - and four years early - Bishop Perowne CE College student, Sophie Tothill, has achieved an A grade at A-level maths. Stating the obvious to say she has a bright future ahead of her? Well done Sophie!
Worcester uni here I come! @worcester_uni— @jaadeeyyy 15 August 2013
Hanley Castle High School pupils who received their A-level results today, (L to R): Tom Bottomley, head boy, who achieved three A*s, Harriet Snell, Laurence Astill, Sophie Swann and Lizzie Fletcher.
I remember my results day. If you kids are debating going uni, you seriously need to do it! Best 3 years of my life @worcester_uni— @varley_1 15 August 2013
Hanley Castle High School is my old school, so I'm delighted they have had a good year, but also a bit sore that they are clearly so much more intelligent than we were... - PJ
NEWS reaches us of a record-breaking year at Hanley Castle High School - with 75 per cent of A-level passes achieving grades of A* to C.
More than a quarter of passes achieved the highest grade, A*, and headteacher Lindsey Cooke said she was "extremely proud" of the students.
"It has been such a privilege to watch this wonderful year group maturing from their great achievements at GCSE to outstanding success at A level," she said.
"These are young people of great character who have left a lasting legacy at the school and in the wider community.
"We are extremely proud of their A level results, but also of the enormous contribution they have made through their charitable works both locally and internationally.
"We congratulate each and every one of them on their individual success, and hope very much that they will keep us updated as they move on to the next exciting stage in their lives."
DYSON Perrins CE Academy in Malvern is this morning celebrating its best A-level results in six years.
The school is reporting a 100 per cent pass rate in 24 different subjects, with an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.
70 per cent of all results were at grade A*-C and headteacher David Griffin said many students have exceeded their predicted grades.
"The continued success of the sixth form is testament to the hard work and dedication shown by staff, students and their parents.
"I would like to thank all our year 13 students who have contributed so much to the school community over the past few years.
"They are significant role models to the younger students in the school and we are extremely proud of them all.
"I wish all our students every success for the future as they embark on university courses or take up new careers."
STUDENTS at Stourport High School have been celebrating this morning, with early indications showing the average point score per entry and per student are significantly up on last year.
More than half of all students achieved A* to B grades, while almost 30 per cent achieved the highest grades of A and A*.
Once again the vast majority of students have got into their first choice university place despite competition being fierce.
Principal Liz Quinn said: "We are incredibly proud of our students who have yet again achieved results well above predictions and have a great foundation for their next phase in life.
"There are some amazing results from our high achievers and some fantastic stories of students achieving against the odds.
"We are proud to support students and ensure everyone can be 'the best they can be'."
@DonnaAB1: This time back in 2004 I got my Alevel results and got into @worcester_uni best times ever! Met my hubby @RhydianHockey there.— @DonnaAB1 15 August 2013
So, have A-levels got easier? I like to think so, as people seem to do so much better than I did these days.
However, I have no evidence of this, so will refrain from pretending to know.
But do let us know what you think in our poll, or by leaving a comment below...
University of Worcester !!! See you in September :D #resultsday #university #choices #ucas #results #alevel #resultsday— @racingmad1995 15 August 2013
Across the country, 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.
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/18wEW7k
Next up - Pershore High School. Great results!
The 122 students entered for A-level examinations this summer achieved an A* to E rate of 99.5 per cent, equalling last year's performance.
About 69 per cent of all grades were obtained at grade C or higher, with almost half of all grades earned at A*, A or a B.
The average point score per Year 13 candidate was 787 and 217 per subject entry
Some of individual high achievers include:
Martha Browne (ABB), Joe Busby (AAB), Esther Chidlow (A*AA), Kathryn Cobain (A*AA), Philippa Cole (A*A*A), Daniel Comber (AAB), Lucy Ellingworth (ABB), Carys Evans (A*AAB), Ella Gibbons (A*A*A), William Griffiths (AAB), Mark Grimes (A*AAA), Madeleine Hall (A*BB), Curtis Hewison (ABB), Alice Howe (AAA), Anna Lear (A*AA), Laura Madden (A*AB), Rebecca Marks (ABB), Harry Parsons (A*AB), Amy Price (A*BB), Jamie Smith (ABBB), Sarah Tarplee (AAAB), Alexander Williams (A*AA), Sam Witts (A*AB), Charlotte Woollaston (A*AA), Isobel Woolley (A*AC).
Headteacher, Clive Corbett, congratulated students and thanked staff for their support.
He said: "The continued high performance of our Sixth Form students against ever more challenging national expectations is something that I am proud to acknowledge.
"I would like to offer them my best wishes in their future endeavours."
Let's do it then, the cliched poll on any exam results day...
First in with a results summary is Bromsgrove School, who did very well!
BROMSGROVE School has registered its highest ever A level results both in terms of A* and A- to B-grade averages.
The school said 199 pupils sat 650 A levels and 45 BTEC qualifications, with 27.3 per cent of all results being A*, 61.6 per cent A* and A, while 88.6 per cent were A* to B.
The average UCAS point score per A level candidate was 450, equivalent to A*A*A at A level, with an additional AS level.
The school’s International Baccalaureate UCAS average was even higher, at 510.
Amo0ng the high achievers were Fred Alford and Maxime Cox, who led the school's Oxbridge charge, with 10 A* grades between them.
Headmaster Chris Edwards said: "Once again I am delighted and humbled by the pupils’ performance.
"These are massive cohorts taking the traditional difficult subjects, and after July’s International Baccalaureate success [the school's best ever performance], I wondered if we’d seen all the good news.
"I was wrong, these results are close to miraculous given that, on paper at least, this was supposed to be a weaker cohort than last year.
"My unreserved congratulations to staff, parents and, again, the pupils themselves. This is a year we will never forget."
However, it's not always a day to celebrate, with some not getting the marks they had hoped for.
University admissions services, UCAS, is running a helpline giving people free advice on what their options are.
You can call free from a landline on 0808 100 8000.
Well, the big day is here for hundreds of students across the county, who are picking up their A-level results.
How have you done? And how are you planning to celebrate? A quiet night in for most I would imagine...
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