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Katie Marsh is celebrating double success after following up her A-Level results by passing her driving test this afternoon.

The St Gregory the Great School pupil Katie Marsh, 18, got an A* in philosophy and ethics, a B in sociology and a distinction star for her media studies BTEC.
It meant she got her first place choice at Bath University, studying childhood, youth and education studies.
She then passed her test first time in the afternoon.
Miss Marsh, one of 13 children who lives in Knights Road, Blackbird Leys, earlier said: “I was shocked about the A* and in one of the papers I got 100 per cent.
“I questioned whether I would get the grades a few weeks ago so it’s exciting.”

She added: “I passed my driving test too so can now drive on my own - double success.”

3:27pm

Pretty much got as many results for schools in our table now.

1:17pm

A Gosford Hill spokesman said: "We are really pleased with the progress that our students have made this year across many different subjects. Congratulations to our students and we wish them all well in their new adventures as they move on from us."

Travis Gordon achieved A* in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics and grade As in Chemistry and Physics. Travis is going to Imperial to study Mechanical Engineering. On receiving his results Travis said: “I didn’t realise how at home I had become at Gosford until I knew it was time to leave. Gosford Hill has the best mathematics department there is”.

Matthew Kerby achieved A* grades in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and grade A in Physics. Matthew is going to Warwick University to study Mathematics. Matthew said: “Through my time at Gosford Hill I have had a lot of help through A levels with extra lessons. Staff are very forward to help and really care about the outcome”.

Maisie Siret achieved A* in Mathematics and B grades in English Language and Literature as well as Psychology. She said: “The support in helping me to make progress with specific targets has enabled me to achieve more than I thought was possible.”

Max Jones achieved A* in Geography, A in English Literature and B in Mathematics. Max said: “I have greatly enjoyed my time at Gosford. The variety of teaching styles and methods, including individualised support, has helped me achieve my maximum grades.”

Max is going to Loughborough to study Geography.

12:57pm

Witney Gazette:

  • The MCS leavers

At Magdalen College School, head boy Freddie Illingworth achieved 5A*s and has represented England in World Championships in Maths and Bridge this year. Freddie travelled to Belfast in March with the English Bridge Team, where he won the Peggy Bayer Trophy. In July he went with the British Mathematical Olympiad team to Cape Town for the 55th International Championships where he won a bronze medal.

The U6th Economics Team Imogen Mulliner (4A*), Ditya Astrini-Herlambang (4A*), Jonathan Carr (4A*) and Eamon Devaney (2A*) all represented MCS in the final of the Bank of England Target 2.0 competition.

Dominic Hand (2A*) won the Christopher Tower Poetry Award along with Foyle’s Young Poets of the Year Award.

And the MCS debating team including Sam Deans (5A*), Ed Farrow (2A*) and Helena Christensen (2A*) reached the finals of two national debating competitions.

MCS master Dr Tim Hands said: "This is yet again a formidable set of results. What is particularly significant is the high achievement of all our pupils in the traditional, demanding, hard, ‘facilitating’ subjects such as Maths and Further Maths that universities and the Government now favour.

"This is an outstanding year group and our pupils have enjoyed many extra-curricular successes alongside their academic achievements this year. MCS firmly believes that extra-curricular activities enhance academic performance and contribute to making MCS the fine school that it is.

"These A-Level results are the culmination of hard work, excellent teaching, and strong pastoral support. MCS remains, year on year, one of the most consistently high-performing schools in the country. I am delighted for the pupils, their teachers and their families."

12:49pm

Rowan Edbrooke, the headmistress at St Helen & St Katherine, said: “Many congratulations to all our pupils on their A level examination results.  This year has seen exceptional success, at the highest grades, across a wide range of subjects demonstrating the strength and depth of the results achieved.

"This is demonstrated by our highest ever number of A* grades – 41%.  At St Helen’s we aim to nurture each individual, providing a wide range of A level subjects and the opportunity and encouragement to pursue particular interests and passions.

"The vast majority of pupils have achieved their first choice university places to study an ever wider range of highly competitive degree courses and this ably demonstrates the success of our approach.

"The quality of teaching, dedication of staff and the strength of the careers and higher education advice on offer all contribute to this success and I warmly congratulate the girls and staff on all their hard work and success."

 

 

12:34pm

Katie Marsh, 18, is hoping for double success today as she bids to follow up her A-Level results by passing her driving test this afternoon.

The St Gregory the Great School pupil got an A* in philosophy and ethics, a B in sociology and a distinction star for her media studies BTEC.

It meant she got her first place choice at Bath University, studying childhood, youth and education studies.

Miss Marsh, one of 13 children who lives in Knights Road, Blackbird Leys, said: “I was shocked about the A* and in one of the papers I got 100 per cent.

“I questioned whether I would get the grades a few weeks ago so it’s exciting.

“I’ve got my driving test later so will see how that goes now.”

Witney Gazette:

12:30pm

Listen: Cheney headmistress Jolie Kirby speaks about her school's performance this year

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Henry Box School headteacher Wendy Hemmingsley said the school has bucked the trend this year, with a slight increase in overall pass rates and in top grades. 

She said: "We are hugely pleased. Our predictions were accurate and our work with student interventions has worked. 

"We have just tried to focus on the main things and really know our students as individuals."

12:13pm

We now have our picture gallery online as well, and it will be updated throughout the day

11:57am

Chipping Norton School pupils Charlotte, Sam, Kate, Phoebe, Chloe, Jessica, Seb, Flossie and Joe

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Cassie Cooper-Bagnall (AAAA) and Meggie Woodman (ABB) celebrate their results at d'Overbroeck's

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Eloise Broadway and Livi Hunter with their teacher Kate Palmer in the background from d'Overbroeck's

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Three photos from St Gegory the Great

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Simone Fernandes, left, and Alice Walker are two of Cheney's six successful Oxbridge candidates.

Simone, 18, from Cowley, got 3A* and is off to Cambridge to study Spanish and Italian.

She said: "I was up early checking online this morning, it was certainly a shock but a very pleasant shock."

"We have some amazing teachers who have done an amazing job of preparing us. They've helped us to understand what you are passionate about and I think that's why we've been so successful."

Alice Walker will be taking up her place at Oxford having achieved one A* and three AS to read Physics and Philosophy. 

11:39am

Judith Carlisle, the head at Oxford High School, said: "We are celebrating a rise in A*/A grades at Oxford High School, in a year when nationally the percentage of top grades has fallen.

"A third of all grades awarded are A* and over 95% of entries are awarded A*– B grades. 12.5% of the girls achieved straight A* grades in combinations of subjects including Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Latin, Maths, History, Physics and Russian with 55% of the year group achieving 3 or more A*/A grades.

"OHS students are looking forward to embarking on degree courses at top universities across the country, including 12.5 per cent of the year group who will be reading Medicine. All 15 girls holding offers from Oxford and Cambridge will be taking up their places across the sciences, arts and humanities.

"Knowing the individual students so well means that we focus on their results in relation to their university offers. As specialists in educating girls, with maths and sciences the most popular A level subjects, it is fascinating to see the breadth of their future studies, from Architecture to Zoology. This year, we are celebrating our first two students leaving to study Chinese at SOAS and Manchester, following the introduction of Mandarin for Year 7 girls some years ago.

"I am always delighted with the quality of results across the full range of subjects including 100% A*/A grades in Art, (with a third of candidates taking places at Oxford and Cambridge this year),Textiles and Design Technology, Russian, Latin and Ancient Greek.

"With 26 A level courses on offer and timetables created around students’ choices, the girls also clearly benefit from the huge range of opportunities that enhance their A level studies. For example, the largest number ever took the Extended Project Qualification this year, with 88 per cent achieving A* or A .

"This is just one part of the Sixth Form programme that prepares them for the rigour and challenge of their future academic lives. I am very proud of their achievements."

 

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Michael Goodwin, head of Sibford School, was delighted with this year’s A Level results despite the fact that, in line with national trend, statistics show a decline in the percentage of entries A* to A.

He said: “Anyone who knows anything about Sibford School will be well aware that we believe that the statistics tell very little about the true picture.

“Behind the figures lie tales of fabulous achievement and I think our students should be very proud of their results.

“Of the 23 students sitting their exams more than half were, or had been, on a support programme and of those, eight have gained at least one B grade or above and two have gained an A or A*. This is the true achievement and shows the real value of the support they have been given.”

Top grades were spread across the subject areas with Isabella Clarke-Price receiving an A* in Media and As in RS and Psychology. Tom Smith received an A* in Geography and an A in History. Alexander Stewart received an A* in Maths and Alice Weil received an A in Art.

“The fact that we have students receiving A* - A in such a wide range of subjects illustrates the strengths across the whole curriculum,” said Michael.  “My congratulations go to all our students and we wish them well in their future endeavours.”

Pictured is Isabella Clarke-Price (who gained an A* in Media and As in RS and Psychology) with her mum Lisa

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11:29am

Andrea Johnson, headmistress at Wychwood School, said: "I am delighted that once again the Year 13 girls of Wychwood Sixth have excelled  - achieving 100% A*-C grades at A2 level and a superb increase in A*-B grades to 82 per cent.

"The strong academic focus and work ethic that they demonstrated was not their only achievement – throughout the girls have maintained their individual and varied interests and passions such as modern dance, singing, hospice volunteering, drama and developing friendships.

"They will be strong and self-reliant people who have a real care and consideration for the world outside their immediate circle.  Wychwood is immensely proud to have equipped them to move into this world so that they can begin to make a difference.

"My thanks go, as always, to the staff here, without whose commitment to their pupils, none of this would have been possible. Having spoken to all the girls, for the second year running everyone will be going to their first-choice university – congratulations girls."

                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

11:19am

Cherwell headteacher Paul James said: “As one of the largest and most successful state funded school Sixth Forms in the country we are delighted to see so many students having done extremely well; students and staff in schools are all to be congratulated for their efforts.

"There have  been changes to the A level system of examinations and all schools and students will have been concerned as to how these changes will have affected their results, but we are delighted that this year we have seen a further improvement to our already impressive results compared to last year.”

Head of sixth form Clark Lawfull added: "Our headline figures for the highest grades are very good, with 62% A*-B grades, around a fifth of students getting three A*/A grades and over half of the year group getting at least one A* or A grade, and students have also performed well across the whole ability range; it is important to remember that these results matter for each individual student and what they do next.

"With results like these our students are very well placed to take up their places at the most competitive universities and access other career routes as suits each student;  they are a wonderful year group and have deserved every success."

11:18am

Miss Felicity Lusk, head at Abingdon School, said: “A tremendous set of results with an exceptional 33% of all passes being awarded an A*; very many congratulations to boys, their families and our staff.  

"For the fourth consecutive year, over a quarter of all A level passes achieved the highest grade and well over 60% of all passes have gained an A* or an A. To achieve such excellent results so consistently is very impressive and a great credit to pupils and teachers. 

"Our aim at Abingdon is to achieve the highest academic standards alongside a broad and stimulating education experience.  Many of the boys receiving results today will also have spent time this summer performing in a music tour of Barcelona, rowing with the junior GB team in Germany, running a summer school for children in Moldova, representing the UK in the International Linguistic Olympiad or taking part in CCF camps or DofE expeditions. They thoroughly deserve to celebrate all these achievements.”

11:17am

John Hussey, from St Gregory the Great, said: “I’m so pleased for all of our students and their families and teachers for the outstanding success they have achieved again this year. I’ve had a huge grin on my face all morning.

"Once again we have a student heading for Oxford University and our first Veterinary School student going to Nottingham. More than 30 offers were received from Russell Group Establishments and more than 35 from top Universities such as Bath, Reading, Goldsmiths, Sussex and Surrey. Indeed the Senior Tutor from Surrey wrote a personal letter to me commenting on the outstanding level of preparation of our students. 

"With 2A* and A B we have a student at Durham studying Natural Sciences. At the time of writing only 4 of our students are still waiting to be placed.  We’ll have that done by 8.30am.

"Two major developments have enhanced our performance this year. Firstly, the support of 30 Undergraduate Tutors from Oxford University who have given their time freely twice a week for the whole year to mentor our young people. Secondly, the Extended Project completed by virtually all of our students has yielded over 3000 UCAS points and clearly supported the students in their applications.

"Our Sixth Form continues to grow as we take students onto appropriate courses. I’m delighted to see so many of our students taking Vocational Degrees that will help satisfy some of the skills shortage identified by employers recently. Our vocational A Level results, particularly Science were outstanding.

"So let’s take a moment to celebrate the success of another generation and wish them well all the very best as they move into the next phase of their lives.

As one young man with a huge grin said, “I’ve got to learn to cook now before going to University!”

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Three pictures from d'Overbroeck's

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Listen: Oxford Spires principal Sue Croft gives her reaction

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Wood Green School saw 98 per cent of students achieve A*- E grades, a slight drop on last year. Headteacher Rob Shadbolt said: "We were expecting this result and actually the year group has achieved in line with expectations.
"Over 90 per cent have got into their universities of choice.
"There is still more we want to achieve but it has been an exciting day."
Pictured above, Becky Brooks, 18, and Evie Telford Moore, 18, who got six A* grades between them. Becky will go to Cambridge in September and Evie will have a gap year, before going to Cardiff next year.
Evie said: "I just can't believe it. Last year I came out with ABB so this is unbelievable."

10:59am

Faringdon Community College doubled the number of grades its students got in the top bracket of A* to A and A* to B.

Headteacher David Wilson said he was “delighted” with the results.

He said: “We expected a strong set of results but we are more delighted than we might have been, especially with our results in A* to A.

“The answer is simple and it is hard work on behalf of the teachers and the students.

“Every year is a bit different because you have different students but we have got a good ethos built around hard work and having fun.”

10:52am

Listen: Oxford Academy headteacher Niall McWilliams feels positive about the future after this year's A-Level results

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David Wilson, Headteacher says

Very pleased with the performance of all our Faringdon Community College students, however, particular congratulations to 7 top performers who all achieved 3 A*'s: Catriona Conway, Samantha Thomas, Thomas Micklem, Hayley Smith, Maddie Welham, Sarina Dhoot and Kirsty Dunk.

10:37am

Listen: Headington School headmistress Caroline Jordan

10:19am

Listen to St Gregory the Great executive principal John Hussey talking about this year's results

10:18am

Alice Fletcher-Etherington and Raresh Moldovan. Alice got 3 A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and has been offered a place at Cambridge University.
Raresh achieved 2 A* grades in Physics and Maths and an A in Further Maths. He has been offered a place to study Physics at Exeter

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Julie Fenn, headteacher at the Marlborough School, said: "We are very proud of our students’ achievements. This year A level pupils had the additional challenge of having to take AS level re-sits to enhance grades, alongside their June A level examinations. This was an added pressure for some candidates in schools nationally.

"Amongst our highest achieving students are Imogen Binnian who achieved A*, A*, A grades in Biology, Maths and Chemistry and will be studying Biochemistry at Bristol and Matthew Curtis who achieved A*, A*, A*, A  grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics and will study Engineering, also at  Bristol. Marcus Harvey achieved A*, A*, B in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry, whilst still maintaining his form as a nationally and internationally ranked chess player. Anna James-Bott secured A*, A*, A, B grades in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry and will study Natural Science at UCL.

"We are especially pleased by exceptional individual student performance and the outstanding results in many subject areas. In both English Literature and English Language & Literature all pupils achieved C or above grades and in Maths and Further Maths 80% of grades were at B or above. In Performing Arts all grades were B or above.

"These excellent results are achieved through the hard work of pupils and their teachers and their shared aspiration to achieve their very best."

10:01am

Josh Burgess from Our Lady's in Abingdon was relaxed when he opened his results because he checked the Ucas website in bed at 6am to see he had been offered a university place

9:58am

Lord Williams's headteacher David Wybron spoke highly of the achievements and development of Year 13 students said: “It has been a great pleasure to watch them mature into such fine people over their school careers. Their successful results are borne out of their hard work and ability and the support of their teachers and support staff. I know there will be many well deserved family celebrations this week and I am sure these results will be a foundation for future achievements, in whatever areas they choose to venture.”
It highlighted:

  • Frances Ballaster Harriss, Annabel Basford, Lette Batten-Turner, Jamie Blundell, Roos Bruggink, Joe Gedge, Katy Groves, Jo Haxworth, Caelan House, Chloe Hykin, Sadie Kempner, Eleanor MacDougall, Alex McKeand, James McManus, Michael Oatway, Christopher Stewart and Maja Wilkins.
  • Two students, James McManus and Frances Ballaster Harriss, are taking up their places at Cambridge University and Chloe Hykin takes up her place at Oxford University.

Kate Sheehan, head of sixth form, said: "It is time to celebrate the tremendous amount of hard work that has gone in to these results by students, their parents and staff at Lord Williams’s School. Our students feel relieved and happy to finally receive their results; they have made us immensely proud and I would like to wish them all the very best of luck with whatever they now go on to do."

9:56am

Cheney's head of sixth form Heather Doherty said: "This has been a fantastically positive year group to work with. Their impressive results are richly deserved, and are the result of students’ hard work and the excellent support they have received from staff at Cheney School and their families. We are particularly pleased that so many have secured places at the universities of their choice in this competitive climate."
The school highlighted: 

  • Yahaya Mustapha, known to his friends as Seyi, achieved four A*s, securing him a place to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Wadham College, Oxford.
  • Luke Stamper also achieved exceptionally well with three A*s and two As. He will read Physics and Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford.
  • Simone Fernandes and Esme Garlake gained three A*s each and both are heading to Cambridge to read Modern and Medieval languages, Simone at Magdalene College and Esme at Robinson College.
  • Alice Walker will also be taking up a place at Oxford, having achieved A*AAA, to read Physics and Philosophy at Brasenose College.
  • Rachel Willet has secured a place a Cambridge to read Geography.
  • Congratulations to Maria Marinari has a place at Manchester University to study Physics with Psychology and Lisa von Breugel who has been accepted on the Electrical and Electronic Engineering course at Imperial College, London.
  • Peter McCann has achieved A*, A, A in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and will join Lisa at Imperial to study Biology.

9:53am

Bartholomew School headteacher Andrew Hamilton said: “We are very pleased with the excellent A-Level examination results our students have achieved this year in spite of external manipulation of examination grades.  They are a reflection of the fantastic commitment of our students, and the high quality teaching they have received.  All our students should be justifiably proud of their efforts and the grades they have achieved.”

"The school has generated significant added value for its students, maintaining and almost matching the excellent standards set in previous years. The school has consistently been one of the highest performing state schools in Oxfordshire and these results mean that most students will be able to attend their chosen university.  

"In addition to these fantastic individual performances, the school is very pleased with the achievements of all its students.  These excellent results reflect our dedication to nurture students at all levels of ability.  They are a reward for the positive attitudes shown by all students."

9:48am

From Our Lady's Abingdon:

Of particular note were the results in French, Music, Physics and Religious Studies, with 100% of passes at grades A*-A; and in Drama and Theatre Studies, Geography and Latin, all of which received 100% at grades A*-B.

The year group did well across the board, and special congratulations go to Rosie Abi Aoun, Domenico Angiolini, Alice Habisreutinger, Anna MacMahon, Georgina Mansell, Chloe Smith and Philippa Smith, who all achieved nothing lower than an A grade.

Georgina Mansell achieved A*s in Mathematics and Physics and an A in Chemistry, along with an A grade for AS Level Further Mathematics. She will be going on to read Natural Sciences at the University of Exeter. She said: “The school has definitely helped me get to where I want to go, my physics and maths teachers especially. I’m still buzzing, I’m just really pleased.”

Philippa Smith broke her ankle this year in the middle of her Art Controlled Assessment, but didn’t let it put her off: she achieved A*s in English Literature and History and an A in Art, and will be joining the University of Edinburgh next month to read History and History of Art. She said: “I am really excited to be going to Edinburgh. My leg was in plaster for all my written exams, so I just tried to stay focused on getting the results I needed. I didn’t expect to do so well in the end!”

The year group will be going on to a range of Higher Education destinations, include the University of Southampton, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, King’s College London and the University of Warwick.

Principal Stephen Oliver commented: “My congratulations go to all our students who collected their results today – all their hard work has paid off, and I wish them well as they move on to university life. These results are excellent, with almost 20 per cent of the year group achieving straight A*s and As. I know my colleagues have worked extremely hard this year to support our pupils, and I thank them for their dedication and tireless efforts.”

9:43am

Four students at King Alfred's Academy have secured places to read Medicine: Emma Farrington with three A* grades at Newcastle, Sarah Burge with an A* and two As at Bristol, and Harriet Miles and Luke Smith who both achieved four A* grades a year ago but who applied this year, at Bristol and Nottingham respectively. Additionally two students will take up places at Cambridge University: Isaac Jordan to read English and Alice Fletcher-Etherington, who achieved three A* grades, to read Natural Sciences.

In total 17 students met or exceeded their offers from elite Russell Group universities, including Rares Moldovan with A*A*A to read Physics at Exeter, Victoria Jones with A*AA to read English Literature at Warwick and Daniel Collins with A*AAA to read Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics at Southampton.

Head of Sixth Form Tim Lawrence said “We are delighted with the successes of so many of our students, particularly as so many have secured places at their universities of choice in today’s highly competitive application process. Compared to previous year groups, this cohort has lacked the benefit of January examinations, and given this the progress that many students have made since receiving their AS grades a year ago is really impressive. This is down to dedication and hard work on their part, and excellent support from staff at King Alfred’s and of course from their families.”

Strong vocational results for students following Level 3 BTEC National courses have also secured university places for many students. Particular congratulations go to Kerri Benge and Tyler Curtis who both achieved the maximum triple Distinction star on the Extended Diploma course in Sport. Both have secured a place on Oxford Brookes University’s Sport, Coaching and Physical Education degree course. Overall half of the BTEC National qualifications awarded were at Distinction or Distinction star grades, equivalent in terms of UCAS points to A and A* grades at A level respectively.

Mr Lawrence added: “We are an inclusive Sixth Form and take seriously our responsibility to offer high quality courses and support with university and careers choices to all of our students. Following the success of our Diploma and Extended Diploma Sports courses, particularly in gaining our students places on excellent degree courses such as those offered by Oxford Brookes, we are increasing our offer of Level 3 Diploma courses for our new intake.”

Many Year 13 students have achieved excellent results this year whilst also making a huge commitment to the wider life of the Academy. As ever, a glowing example this year was the production of Miss Saigon which featured Year 13 students in many of the lead roles. For example Alys Gilbert played a lead part and has achieved the grades A*BB – she will undertake an Art Foundation course at Oxford Brookes University – while musical director Oliver Base has achieved A*AA and will read Philosophy with Psychology at Warwick. A testament to the quality of the drama produced at King Alfred’s is Greg Birks’ success in securing a place on the foundation course at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

As in previous years a number of our students strengthened their university applications by undertaking an Extended Project Qualification in an academic area of their choice. All those completing the qualification secured an A*, A or B grade, with top grades going to Yasmin Bahar, Oliver Base, Sarah Burge, Alys Gilbert and Victoria Jones.

Mr Lawrence said: “As a new member of staff at King Alfred’s this academic year, I have been struck by the extent of the involvement of the Sixth Form students with the rest of the Academy, and by the size of the contribution they make in a variety of areas. A remarkable number of Year 13 students have been heavily involved in the support of younger students and members of staff, for example through their work as peer supporters with Year 7 students or their involvement in fundraising and awareness-raising for various charities. They have shown great commitment and perseverance in their studies whilst maintaining this important involvement in the community, and it has been a pleasure to work with them.”

9:41am

Matthew Arnold have sent this in

We are delighted to report great success at A level this year. Results have improved further from our previous years' successes: 58% of grades were at grade B or better, this is an increase from 53% last year.  At the very top grades, 33% of all results were between an A* and A, this is an increase from 28% from last year. Our students have done themselves and the school proud.

5 students have secured places at Oxbridge with the majority of our students accepting their places at their first choice university or jobs of their choice.

The success is due to hard work and excellent relationships between staff, students and families. Congratulations to all our year 13 students.

9:39am

Nationally, 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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Amongst the results in our school-by-school table are

  • Oxford Academy
  • Bicester Community College
  • Matthew Arnold
  • Cheney
  • Sibford
  • Cooper School
  • Headington
  • Oxford City College
  • Magdalen College School
  • Didcot Sixth Form

9:19am

Despite the fact none of the 10 students at Oxford Academy who took A-Levels got above a C, assistant head teacher Katie Screaton said the college was "pleased" with their results. She said: "We are very pleased we got a 100 per cent pass rate, which is a significant improvement over the last couple of years."

9:18am

John Mason School twins and musicians Ellie and Kate Allsop are celebrating getting the grades they needed

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9:17am

Witney resident Ricky Slatter, 26, got an A in psychology and a B in philosophy at City of Oxford College.
The former Wood Green School pupil returned to education in 2012 after eight years working in supermarkets and as a carer because he wanted to go to university.
He now has a place at Oxford Brookes University to study philosophy.
He said: "The principle of coming back was difficult and it was a baptism of fire.
"The staff here and the facilities were very warm and they understood that I was a mature student.
"Early on I would say I didn't want to do homework like making posters and they were fine with it and said they would tailor what I wanted tp do.
"There was no pressure and it was accommodating, which I think is important for mature students."

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Headington School- Rachel Henry, 18, from Headington received 3 A* and got into Oxford to study English.

Rachel Henry, right, said: "The feeling is of disbelief mostly, a far off distant imagination. I couldn't put the results back in the envelope I was shaking so much."

Hannah Lindley, 18, from Bicester, left, got 4 A* and will go onto study Physics at Warwick.

"I don't think I slept at all last night, I didn't expect this at all I was predicted much lower. I'm just giddy now, my mum hasn't stopped crying."

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Pupils at Didcot Sixth Form College celebrating

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Listen: Fitzharrys head Jonathan Dennett reaction to this morning's results

8:42am

Fitzharrys head girl Abielle Hallas said she wept tears of joy when she found out she got an A* and two As. She said: "It was nerve wracking. I made my friend open them."

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8:41am

Future doctors Alex Humm and Tom Leaver get photographed by the Oxford Mail's Damian Halliwell at Fitzharrys after getting 5 As and an A* between them

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8:40am

Wallingford School pupil Matt Reggler has been awarded 4 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. He will be applying to Oxbridge later this year.

8:25am

Witney Gazette: City of Oxford College results are in.

Rezo Agbra, 21, of Woodbine Place in Oxford, got an A in philosophy, A in Russian and B in history.
He previously got C, C and D at AS Levels at St Gregory the Great School.
Mr Agbra returned to education after teaching English in Russia and now has a place at Cardiff University to study law.
He said: "I was a bit unruly at school with poor time management and was very lackadaisical in my education.
"I came back from Russia rejuvenated and just knew I had to finish off further education.
"It took a lot of hard work amd dedication.
"I don't see why people can't go back. It's never too late.
You're more self aware amd especially at college it's a lot more independent."

8:18am

Fitzharrys School head Jonathan Dennett says the school's A* to B grades are up 16 per cent

8:18am

Our first results are now coming in on the results table

8:08am

Good morning and welcome to our blog covering the release this morning of the A-Level results.

We've got photographers and reporters out on the ground to bring you the news and results as they are released. And we'll have tweets and other updates as well, so if you fancy sending in your A-Level selfie, send it to us via twitter @TheOxfordMail.

We'll also have the results running in a table school-by-school for you here.

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10:28am Thu 14 Aug 14

David Wilson, Headteacher says...

Delighted with the A Level results at Faringdon Community College 62% A*-B compared to 39% last year. Well done to our students and staff. Great achievement.
Delighted with the A Level results at Faringdon Community College 62% A*-B compared to 39% last year. Well done to our students and staff. Great achievement. David Wilson, Headteacher
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10:33am Thu 14 Aug 14

David Wilson, Headteacher says...

Very pleased with the performance of all our Faringdon Community College students, however, particular congratulations to 7 top performers who all achieved 3 A*'s: Catriona Conway, Samantha Thomas, Thomas Micklem, Hayley Smith, Maddie Welham, Sarina Dhoot and Kirsty Dunk.
Very pleased with the performance of all our Faringdon Community College students, however, particular congratulations to 7 top performers who all achieved 3 A*'s: Catriona Conway, Samantha Thomas, Thomas Micklem, Hayley Smith, Maddie Welham, Sarina Dhoot and Kirsty Dunk. David Wilson, Headteacher
  • Score: 0

10:50am Thu 14 Aug 14

David Wilson, Headteacher says...

Amazing year for our A Level students at Faringdon Community College with 62% A*-B and 31% A*-A. Very proud of our staff and students.
Amazing year for our A Level students at Faringdon Community College with 62% A*-B and 31% A*-A. Very proud of our staff and students. David Wilson, Headteacher
  • Score: 0

10:51am Thu 14 Aug 14

Feelingsmatter says...

OK David Wilson; we get it. No need to gloat :(
OK David Wilson; we get it. No need to gloat :( Feelingsmatter
  • Score: 10

12:29pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Yes, and many of these school kids will become college or university students, studying for worthless bits of paper which will cost them, their parents or the tax-payer £30K or £40K rollling debt after three or four years, for gaining a degree in the sort of popular subjects which employers don't want! But that degree will probably lead them into professional shelf-stacking at their local supermarket on slightly less than the sort of £25K/year starting salaries they were led to believe they'd be able to command. Them, and the other thousands of applicants with similar meaningless degrees all trying for the handful of jobs which pay more than going on benefits! Even worse, that if they do get a job, the employer will probably demand really outrageous stuff - like turning up for work on-time, being forced to slave-away for an entire eight hours a day for five or six days every week (not just in the Uni hols) and the slow realisation that unless their parents are frightfully wealthy, they won't be able to afford the fuel or insurance even for a moped, let Mummy's old BMW Mini they'd been promised! On the other hand, they could study really difficult subjects which need dedication and lots of hard academic work - like maths and science - and become a doctor or rocket scientist.
Yes, and many of these school kids will become college or university students, studying for worthless bits of paper which will cost them, their parents or the tax-payer £30K or £40K rollling debt after three or four years, for gaining a degree in the sort of popular subjects which employers don't want! But that degree will probably lead them into professional shelf-stacking at their local supermarket on slightly less than the sort of £25K/year starting salaries they were led to believe they'd be able to command. Them, and the other thousands of applicants with similar meaningless degrees all trying for the handful of jobs which pay more than going on benefits! Even worse, that if they do get a job, the employer will probably demand really outrageous stuff - like turning up for work on-time, being forced to slave-away for an entire eight hours a day for five or six days every week (not just in the Uni hols) and the slow realisation that unless their parents are frightfully wealthy, they won't be able to afford the fuel or insurance even for a moped, let Mummy's old BMW Mini they'd been promised! On the other hand, they could study really difficult subjects which need dedication and lots of hard academic work - like maths and science - and become a doctor or rocket scientist. Myron Blatz
  • Score: -10

2:37pm Thu 14 Aug 14

oxman says...

Sorry you never achieved the results to go to university Myron. If you had you might have learned why it is beneficial.
Sorry you never achieved the results to go to university Myron. If you had you might have learned why it is beneficial. oxman
  • Score: 3

6:34pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

The very opposite is true, 'oxman' - but for all those who talk about academic 'performance' let's not forget that primary and secondary schools and pre-university colleges - especially 'academies' - are now rated on results rather than any other socio-educational consideration in life, and that children and students have become money-making fodder for the 'education factories' and universities. Nor will this or any future government be able to sustain the low-cost/no-cost un-secured loans of £30K-£40k per student - something which has already been admitted - and about the only factor which has enabled universities to 'blossom' in recent years. Still, at least it keeps students off the official unemployment statistics for three or four years, creates more jobs for well-qualified lecturers, gives extra business to our hard-pressed banking friends, and enables parents and grandparents to be able to say their children have been to University.
The very opposite is true, 'oxman' - but for all those who talk about academic 'performance' let's not forget that primary and secondary schools and pre-university colleges - especially 'academies' - are now rated on results rather than any other socio-educational consideration in life, and that children and students have become money-making fodder for the 'education factories' and universities. Nor will this or any future government be able to sustain the low-cost/no-cost un-secured loans of £30K-£40k per student - something which has already been admitted - and about the only factor which has enabled universities to 'blossom' in recent years. Still, at least it keeps students off the official unemployment statistics for three or four years, creates more jobs for well-qualified lecturers, gives extra business to our hard-pressed banking friends, and enables parents and grandparents to be able to say their children have been to University. Myron Blatz
  • Score: -4

7:08pm Thu 14 Aug 14

livid99 says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Yes, and many of these school kids will become college or university students, studying for worthless bits of paper which will cost them, their parents or the tax-payer £30K or £40K rollling debt after three or four years, for gaining a degree in the sort of popular subjects which employers don't want! But that degree will probably lead them into professional shelf-stacking at their local supermarket on slightly less than the sort of £25K/year starting salaries they were led to believe they'd be able to command. Them, and the other thousands of applicants with similar meaningless degrees all trying for the handful of jobs which pay more than going on benefits! Even worse, that if they do get a job, the employer will probably demand really outrageous stuff - like turning up for work on-time, being forced to slave-away for an entire eight hours a day for five or six days every week (not just in the Uni hols) and the slow realisation that unless their parents are frightfully wealthy, they won't be able to afford the fuel or insurance even for a moped, let Mummy's old BMW Mini they'd been promised! On the other hand, they could study really difficult subjects which need dedication and lots of hard academic work - like maths and science - and become a doctor or rocket scientist.
What a W*nker.....Clearly the success achieved by all the hard working students on display today is too much for a loser to take.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Yes, and many of these school kids will become college or university students, studying for worthless bits of paper which will cost them, their parents or the tax-payer £30K or £40K rollling debt after three or four years, for gaining a degree in the sort of popular subjects which employers don't want! But that degree will probably lead them into professional shelf-stacking at their local supermarket on slightly less than the sort of £25K/year starting salaries they were led to believe they'd be able to command. Them, and the other thousands of applicants with similar meaningless degrees all trying for the handful of jobs which pay more than going on benefits! Even worse, that if they do get a job, the employer will probably demand really outrageous stuff - like turning up for work on-time, being forced to slave-away for an entire eight hours a day for five or six days every week (not just in the Uni hols) and the slow realisation that unless their parents are frightfully wealthy, they won't be able to afford the fuel or insurance even for a moped, let Mummy's old BMW Mini they'd been promised! On the other hand, they could study really difficult subjects which need dedication and lots of hard academic work - like maths and science - and become a doctor or rocket scientist.[/p][/quote]What a W*nker.....Clearly the success achieved by all the hard working students on display today is too much for a loser to take. livid99
  • Score: 9

9:32pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Feelingsmatter says...

At least he didn't resort to expletives livid99.
At least he didn't resort to expletives livid99. Feelingsmatter
  • Score: -5

9:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

livid99 says...

Feelingsmatter wrote:
At least he didn't resort to expletives livid99.
I used the most appropriate word, that's all....
[quote][p][bold]Feelingsmatter[/bold] wrote: At least he didn't resort to expletives livid99.[/p][/quote]I used the most appropriate word, that's all.... livid99
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Fri 15 Aug 14

oxman says...

Myron's comments are misinformed and typifies incorrect information spread by sensationalist gutter press journalism.
If Myron had gone to university, he/she wouldn't be so blinkered.
Myron's comments are misinformed and typifies incorrect information spread by sensationalist gutter press journalism. If Myron had gone to university, he/she wouldn't be so blinkered. oxman
  • Score: 2

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