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Live blog: Herefordshire students receive A-level results
Updated 5:11pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
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- Hundreds of students across Herefordshire will find out their A-level results today.
- Reporter Lydia Johnson will be out and about talking to students.
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Congratulations to all the recipients of today's A-level results – we wish you all the very best for the future.
Christ College Brecon
A county pupil who studied at Christ College, Brecon, is celebrating today as he found out he has a place to study chemical engineering at Loughborough University.
Ed was part of a cohort of Christ College pupils who have put in particularly strong performances in 'STEM' subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
At Christ College, 81 per cent of all grades in maths, further maths, biology, chemistry and physics were A*to B, and many of the successful candidates are now heading off to study these subjects at leading universities.
44 per cent of all grades were at A or A* level with a 100 per cent pass rate at A*to E, while 15 per cent of all grades were at A*standard.
Head teacher of Christ College, Emma Taylor, said: "This year’s candidates have achieved spectacularly well, and all the careful guidance and support offered to them at school has paid off; they have chosen their courses and institutions ambitiously and wisely, playing to their strengths and thereby achieving their potential, whatever their particular gifts are.
"Of course the pupils themselves deserve huge congratulation for their talent and hard work, but their teachers and tutors, too, should be applauded for preparing them and advising them so excellently."
Those are some of our results day memories.
What are yours so far?
#ResultsDay05 Headbutting my dad - standing behind me, listening in on my call - as I found out I got into @UoMNews despite missing grades— @AKnight_Esq 15 August 2013
Blimey, A-level results day today. It seems like only yesterday when I picked up mine. Hope everyone got the results that they wanted.— @podge1983 15 August 2013
A-level results day memory - having to fight through a crowd to see my results stuck on the door outside college. Terrifying— @Lydia_Sofia 15 August 2013
Congrats and commiserations to all A-levellers, depending on results. I remember little of my day, probably due to the celebratory Cinzanos.— @FionaPhillips 15 August 2013
#alevelresults Too embarrassed to mention my grades - as low as you can get and still pass: Sweet relief! Well done to all you hard workers!— @twasfridaymorn 15 August 2013
Hereford Cathedral School
Hereford Cathedral students (left to right): Alastair Scott, Emma Ticehurst, Kate Blower, Rosie Hanks, Cassidy Locke, Alicia Davies, Julia Watkinson, Lucy Mackie celebrating their results.
Sixth form students at Hereford Cathedral School have earned themselves places at some of the country’s leading universities.
A third of A-level students achieved all A* or A grades, with 60 per cent achieving no grade below a B and a 100 per cent pass rate.
More than a third of all A-level subjects offered by the school recorded no grades less than a B, with the art, latin and drama departments achieving no grade below an A.
For the third year in a row, the school celebrates some of the best in the county, with 50 per cent of all grades achieved being at an A* to A grade, and more than 75 per cent of all grades achieved above a B.
More than 15 per cent of all grades achieved were at A* level.
The AS results were also excellent with 80.5 per cent of all grades achieved above a C grade and 40 per cent of all exams taken awarded the top A grade.
Paul Smith, head teacher, said: “I am delighted by our excellent A-level results. These fantastic results are testament to all the hard work of our students and staff.
"Our students can now proceed with confidence to the universities of their choice.”
“Our A-level results have once again demonstrated the benefits of small class sizes, high expectations and the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular pursuits.”
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Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls and Monmouth School
Students at Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls.
Another year of outstanding A-level results has given cause to celebrate at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.
There were A*to A grades at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and 39.1 per cent A*to A grades at Monmouth School, against the national average of 26.3%.
All Oxbridge candidates secured their university places and many others gained their first or second choice at other universities.
Mrs Helen Davy, head teacher at HMSG, said: “I am extremely proud of the girls’ results today. Hard work, dedication and excellent teaching have meant that expectations have been met or even exceeded.
"This year we have had strong representation in medicine as usual, with many girls achieving the excellent grades required to study this course at Imperial College, London; Queen Mary University of London; King’s College, London; Sheffield and Cardiff to name only some.
"But the outstanding point today is that girls have followed individual paths producing a diversity of top quality courses as never before and all at good universities for some and mature and sensible gap years for others.”
Dr Steven Connors, head teacher at Monmouth School, said,
“This year we achieved our second highest percentage of A* grades which bucked the national trend. The majority of our boys achieved the grades to take up places at their first choice universities to study a very broad cross-section of subjects.
"Sam Pierce had the distinction of being offered scholarships to the top conservatoires in the UK and achieved four As and will now take up his place at the Royal Academy of Music.
"I have also been very impressed with how our head of school, Hallam Amos, combined his fledgling professional rugby career with his A-level studies.”
Hereford's Play Nightclub is setting off its foam machine tonight for a special A-Level results party
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Headteacher, Mr Davies, praised students and staff, as well the support and commitment provided by parents to ensure all students succeed.
Mr Davies said: “The community will be delighted with the success of our students and will no doubt want to celebrate to show how proud we all are of their achievements.
"Our awards’ evening will be held on September 12 and this is the time we can come together to celebrate the lives of students at Monmouth Comprehensive School.”
Students at Monmouth Comprehensive School celebrating their results.
More than 90 per cent of students will go on to study at universities across the country.
Students studing at AS Level were equally successful.
The head of sixth form, Mrs Caroline Dean praised all students for their hard work and determination.
She said, “We have a very successful sixth form at Monmouth Comprehensive School, which has been praised by the Welsh Inspectorate, Estyn.
"We also have one of the largest and most diverse curriculum offers that allows students with different interests, enthusiasms and passions a great deal of choice."
Monmouth Comprehensive School
Students were joined by teachers and parents as envelopes were opened and the result of hard work and study finally realised.
139 students were entered for A-level and BTEC examinations this summer and the pass rate was 99 per cent, with nearly 80 per cent achieving top grades.
A total 30 per cent of students achieved all A* or As and there was also an increase in students achieving A*to B grades at the school, again well above the national average.
22 students also took the new Welsh Baccalaureate qualification at advanced level, and all achieved grade A.
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management student, Heidi Wyld, was one student who achieved the highest grade of distinction*.
Heidi has already been accepted to Aberystwyth University to study for a BSc in Zoology.
She has also been awarded one out of the 250 Merit Awards available to prospective students nationwide which gives her a £1,000 grant in her first year.
Heidi said: “I’m very pleased to have achieved the Merit Award and an unconditional place at my first choice of university. I chose the subject because of its breadth of topics in areas such as genetics and evolution.
"I’d like to complete my degree before I decide what to specialise in. I am leaning towards conservation genetics at the moment, though that could change depending on how my studies develop and what opportunities present themselves.”
Heidi’s Course Tutor, Laura Clarke added, “We are very proud of Heidi who is the first student to have obtained a distinction* on the course.
"Heidi was awarded a distinction in all but one of the nineteen units she completed. Needless to say she worked very hard and deserves every success in the future.”
Heidi Wyld, above, celebrates her distinction*.
Herefordshire and Ludlow College (formerly Herefordshire College of Technology and Ludlow College)
Students are celebrating with a set of the highest grades possible for Level 3 courses across subjects such as blacksmithing, engineering, public services and childcare.
Many of HLC’s Level 3 courses equate to three A-levels and are readily accepted by universities and employers.
Principal, Ian Peake, said: “I am extremely pleased with the outstanding results of so many of our advanced level diploma students this year, securing university places and good employment opportunities.
"My congratulations to all high achievers and the teachers and other colleagues who have provided excellent academic and pastoral support.”
The National Union of Students has compiled five tips for using the clearing system to your advantage.
Dom Anderson, vice president of society and citizenship, said: “I think it’s really important for every student to do their research and my tips below will help with this.
"My advice is to take your time, don’t panic. Take this opportunity to make sure that you are doing the right course for you.”
NUS tips for clearing:
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Course vacancies in cearing are published on ucas.com from mid-August until late-September.
Do some research into other courses or institutions that you may like to study at.
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Vacancies listed on clearing tend to fill up quickly, so a fast response will increase your chances of being accepted on the course you want.
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Check the requirements and if you don’t have the grades you need for your chosen subject, consider an alternative course and institution.
If you have a specific career in mind, vocational qualifications such as foundation degrees are becoming increasingly popular.
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Think carefully before you accept an offer, as you can only accept one.
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Make sure you have all the financial support you are eligible for.
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If you haven't got quite what you wanted then there are plenty of options available.
Clearing is a system operated by UCAS which matches applicants with suitable vacancies on higher education courses.
If you have applied through UCAS you can take part in clearing and if you have not received any offers it is designed to help you.
Students at John Kyrle High School celebrating their A-level results.
Head of sixth form, Rob Wallace, is delighted that these record results enabled students to pursue a range of courses at Universities and Colleges across the UK.
Mr Wallace said: "The overwhelming majority of our students have gained places at their first choice of university.
"Others move on to training and employment opportunities. It is a great satisfaction for staff at the school to have played a part in helping students to move to their chosen next stage.”
Nigel Griffiths said he was very pleased with high performance across a range of subjects including maths, science, languages, humanities, social sciences and the arts.
He said that these results, which include a third of all grades at A*to A, endorsed further the continued view of Ofsted that the Sixth Form at John Kyrle is 'outstanding'.
John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre
There are plenty of smiling students at John Kyrle High School in Ross-on-Wye today as 63 per cent of students have gained A*to B grades, 87 per cent at A*to C and a 100 per cent pass rate at A Level.
Nigel Griffiths, headteacher, said he was very proud of his students.
He said: "In addition to these exceptional academic achievements, students have involved themselves in all aspects of school life.
"They have participated in music, drama, sport and fund-raising as well as being subject ambassadors working with younger students in maths, modern foreign languages and literacy".
He also praised his staff on their "continued dedication".
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Subject highlights included 100 per cent A* to E grades in mathematics, biology, chemistry, geography, history, English literature, business studies, French, German, forensic science, health and social care, art, ICT and sport.
“As part of the school's gifted and talented student policy, two students were entered on 'stage not age' for AS examination in year-10. Hannah Allaway gained an A grade in AS music and year-10 student Mateuz Partyka gained and A grade in AS Polish," Mr House added.
“All of this reflects high standards of learning and teaching. This results set is due reward for the hard work and dedication of staff, students and their families.”
“I want to say well done to all concerned.”
Year 12 students sat 43 examinations between them and the overall A to E pass rate was 74 per cent with 21 per cent at A, 35 per cent at A or B and 49 per cent at A* to C.
Gary House, head teacher, said: “We aim to provide sustained high-quality education for our students. Students, staff and parents have much to celebrate in this set of results.
“The inclusive nature of the school is reflected in results ranging from three A levels including an A* and two As, one student with three As, one student with one A*, one B and one C, one student with one A* and a year 12 student gaining three A grade passes, three others with two A grades and a mixture of Bs and Cs.
“We are proud to let people know that in addition to this, many students freely gave their time to make a contribution to wider aspects of school life, including leading charity events and activities such as our regular talent show, Pink and Blue Day – for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer and Children in Need.
"There were also visits such as the Uganda expedition, battlefield trip, and exchange activities with our partner schools in France and Germany.
"Finally students also played active roles in school events such as Foundress’ Day and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participating in volunteering, physical recreation, skills, residential and the expedition section.”
Lady Hawkins' School
Students at Lady Hawkins' school achieved an overal A level A*-E pass rate of 96 per cent, with 27 per cent at A*to A, 42 per cent at A*to B and 80 per cent at A*to C.
83 per cent of students gained two or more passes at A*to E and 67 per cent of students secured three or more passes at A*to E.
Lucton’s head of sixth form, John Goode, with Matthew Murtagh who achieved four A grades and one B grade.
The largest year 13 cohort in recent years at Lucton School is celebrating excellent A-level results – with three quarters of all students achieving A* to C grades.
Many of Lucton’s leavers are now destined for some of the UK's leading universities but the school is helping students to reach the best university possible – at all achievement levels.
Head teacher, Gill Thorne, is delighted with the results.
She said: “This is an excellent set of results and it is also worth adding that the vast majority of the A-levels taken in the Lucton Sixth Form are in the traditional, academically-demanding subjects favoured by world-class universities.
"This aspirational spirit was particularly exemplified by Matthew, whose four A grades were in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, plus a B in his fifth A Level, further mathematics.
“Naturally, the ability of the students has been reflected in the offers they have received from prestigious Russell Group universities, including Imperial College London, Warwick, Durham, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton, as well as other established and respected institutions.”
Vicki Stanford, a Hereford Sixth Form College student, emailed us to let us know how she'd got on.
She said: "I got my results at 7.30am this morning and I gained exactly what my targets were meaning I've secured a place at UWE to do early years teaching starting next year.
"I got an A in health and and social care, B in English language and B in psychology."
Hayden Kirby and Sam Thomas are pleased to be heading for the University of Worcester with their EMC grades.
New records have been set at the Leominster school with the following achievements:
• Record-breaking 96 per cent A* to E pass rate at A-Level.
• Record-breaking 63 per cent A*to C pass rate at A-Level.
• Record-breaking 31.5 per cent A*to B pass rate at A-Level.
• Record-breaking nine per cent A*to A pass rate at A-Level.
• Record-breaking one in four students earning distinction at BTEC.
• Record-breaking 98 per cent of students achieving A*to E equivalent Level 3 qualifications.
• Record-breaking average score of 226 points per student (grade C-equivalent).
There were also 100 per cent pass rates in English, maths, biology, geography, history, business studies, fine art, French and PE as well as 100 per cent pass rates in all BTEC courses.
Earl Mortimer College and Sixth Form Centre
It's been a record-breaking year at Earl Mortimer College and Sixth Form Centre in Leominster.
The second cohort of students to complete their A-levels and Level 3 qualifications at the recently built £22million school have done very well.
Principal, Adrian Long, said: “Our students have achieved the best outcomes yet and the college is on a three-year upward trend.
"Every student who applied for university has secured their place; I wish them the very best for their future”.
@HTnewsroom We have spaces on most BA (Hons) courses - great for #CreativeIndustries careers http://t.co/NAsXpClZeq #clearing #Herefordshire— @HerefordArtsCol 15 August 2013
Whole class cohorts achieved C grade equivalents or above in business, dance, English, French, health and social care, ICT, music and Spanish.
Language results continue to be very strong and in French and Spanish 85 per cent of students achieved A* to B grades.
In BTEC music, 75 per cent of students attained the top distinction * grade.
More than half of the school's BTEC students achieved the top distinction or distinction* grades (A* and A equivalents).
John Masefield High School
Students at John Masefield High School achieved a 99 per cent pass rate this year, with 71 per cent of all grades at A* to C.
Many students will now go on to their first choice universities.
Twins, Ben and Laura Bulson are celebrating after achieving two A* and four A grades between them.
Ben will now go on to study chemistry at Bristol and head girl Laura will study biology at Sheffield.
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John Beddoes High School
Year 13 students at John Beddoes High School have achieved a 98 per cent A-level pass rate.
100 per cent of students achieved the level three threshold which is two A* to E grades or equivalent.
Students who combined a Level 3 subsidiary diploma course with their A-level studies achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.
80 per cent of these entries achieved top distinction star grades in subjects like forensic science and music technology.
Mrs J Pryce, acting head teacher, has congratulated all students as well as those who accessed courses at the school while based at other centres.
One Hereford Sixth Form student happy with his results is Jamie Blanchard.
The 19-year-old from Bartestree achieved a grade B in biology, psychology and business studies as well as a grade C in PE.
Although he said he was expecting an A grade, Jamie said: "I'm really pleased with my results.
"The results mean I've secured my place at Loughborough University to study human biology.
"I'm really interested in the human body so the course will be great for me and I can't wait to go."
Despite the number of students going into college to retrieve results falling each year as more opt to get them online, the first few students have started to arrive at colleges around Herefordshire.
@HTnewsroom Good luck to those getting their results! I remember when I was waiting for mine almost 3 years now!— @Misspjade 15 August 2013
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