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THE poor weather couldn’t rain on their parade, as jubilant students received their A and AS level results at Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis.
The school once again performed well with an overall pass rate of 97 per cent, with 42 percent of students gaining an A*, A or B.
Headteacher Dr Steward said: “As ever, this is a very impressive set of results and I am delighted that so many of our students have done so well. I am particularly pleased that the vast majority have secured places at the universities of their choice and I wish them every success in the future.
“A-level students work incredibly hard nowadays and, though it is fashionable to assume that standards have declined, the amount of work sixth formers now have to do has made gaining qualifications at this level in many ways much harder that it used to be.
“The hard work of A-levels students should not be underestimated, nor should we forget the added pressures caused by the demands of the university system and the increasing competition for places.
Head of sixth form Jim Thomas added: “Overall I am very pleased with this set of excellent results. It reflects the hard work these students have put in over the past couple of years. Students have a lot of pressure on them to do well so I am delighted for them all.”
Sixth form students headed to the school at 10am today to collect their results after two years of hard work.
Head Girl Scarlett Down achieved some excellent results, getting three A*’s in art, history of art and English, plus an A in geography.
Scarlett is taking a year out from her studies to do some voluntary work in Ecuador for 12 months before going to Durham University to study social sciences.
She said: “I was not expecting these results at all. It was very stressful and I got so stressed out during the exam period, but I am so happy and it was worth it all in the end.”
Jacob Crofton, 18, attained an A* in mathematics and two A’s in physics and chemistry and will be heading to the University of Bristol to study mathematics.
He said: “I was hoping to get these results as I needed these to go to my first choice university. I’m very pleased I got these results, as a lot of hard work has gone into them.”
Another high performer was Kristian Beckers, 18 from Wootton Fitzpaine, gained an A* in mathematics, A’s in further maths and physics and a B in chemsitry. He will be going to the University of Bristol to study Chemical Physics.
Kristian said: “I am very pleased. I did better than I expected, and I’m pleased the hard work paid off.”
Emily Voysey, 18 couldn’t quite believe her results of an A* mathematics, A in further maths and B in chemistry, and she go to the University of Leeds to study maths.
She said: “I have done better than I needed to, and better than I thought, I can’t believe it. Now I am really looking forward to going to university.”
Emily was also accompanied by sister Tessa, 17, who still has another year left at Woodroffe, and Mother Su Cotton, who was understandably ecstatic.
Su said: “I am very proud of both my girls. I am very pleased for them, and I am also very excited for Emily to be heading off to university.”
Dom Kirtley, 18, from Lyme Regis, said he was incredibly excited to go to Goldsmith College , part of University of London, to study popular music after getting an A* in music technology and two B’s in Spanish and music.
Izzy Peters, Molly Savage and Hannah Gaid also picked up their results. Hannah said: “It still hasn’t sunk in yet, but we’re all pleased with our results.”
RT @Lymeregis_news: News: Woodroffe pupils celebrate top grade A level results: THE poor weather couldn’t rain on their parade, as... http:…— @Dorsetecho 15 August 2013
More than one in five of the top A-level grades awarded today went to youngsters living in the South East.
The results show that 22% of A* grades went to pupils in the region.
As the area accounts for 19% of A-level entries, it means that pupils are picking up more than their share of the top marks.
London is also over-represented, with 16% of entries and 18% of the highest grades, while the Eastern region has 12% of entries and 13% of A*s, according to data published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
The South West was responsible for 10% of A-level A*s and 10% of entries.
At the other end of the scale, Yorkshire and Humber had 9% of entries and 8% of A*s, the North West made up 13% of entries and 11% of A* grades, and the North East accounted for 4% of entries and 3% of A*s.
East Midlands candidates made up 8% of entries and 7% of the A*s, while in the West Midlands 9% of A* grades were awarded against 10% of overall entries.
Girls from Leweston School, Sherborne, Dorset celebrate unprecedented A*and A grades.
All girls got into their first choice university, which the school called a ‘wonderful achievement.’
Student Esmée Kate Roach won the school's cup for drama donated by Kristen Scott Thomas, a former pupil, who went on to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Esmée received an A* for Drama and 3 other A's at A level and has also secured a place at the CSSD.
Budmouth A Level results
Alistair Sterling, 18, received 3 A* grades in Chemistry, Maths and Biology and will be studying Law at St Annes College, Oxford University.
He said: “I had no idea how well I did in my exams and I worked hard for them but didn't expect this.
“All my hard work has paid off; I am so excited and my parents are delighted.”
Frankie Pearce, 18, is off to University of East Anglia to study Architecture after getting two A* grades in Art and Graphics and a B in Maths. She said: “I thought I was going to fail my exams and was so nervous but today I am over the moon.”
Luke Puckett, 18, said: “This year I have been accepted for an apprenticeship on Portland to gain a Logistics NVQ qualification.
“I plan to go to university next year and I'm so excited for the future.”
Matthew Day, 19, received a C in English Language, a B in English Literature and a B in Media. He has been accepted to Winchester University to study English and said he wants to thank his 'brilliant' English teacher Rose Bryant.
He said: “I'm delighted with my results, they are exactly what I was hoping to get for university so I am so pleased.”
English teacher Rose Bryant, said: “Matt has worked so hard this year and he deserves this, he's been fabulous and as his teacher I am so proud of his achievements.”
Students at Shaftesbury School have been celebrating getting their A Level and BTEC results.
Headline results show a 100 per cent pass rate for students taught at Shaftesbury School, with 39 per cent of results at A*-B grades.
Every result is valued but there were particular successes for seven students who gained 2 or more of the highest grades - Jessica Cox-Martin, Rachel Dunn, Charlotte Hill, Rebecca Jones, Georgina Rayment, Amy Mutton and Joe Wahab.
They are all now off to uni.
The school said across the board students have done really well with their qualifications.
The school has a boarding house and students who board have again performed exceptionally well.
Headteacher, Mark Blackman said, “It is fantastic to see the hard work and dedication of the staff and students pay off this summer.
“Every single result marks and individual success of which we are extremely proud. A level and BTEC examinations are truly demanding qualifications and it is great to see the students in the school being as successful as those in independent and selective schools.”
He added: “I would like to thank every member of staff who helped prepare the students for their exams and the parents who work so well in partnership with us. My hearty congratulations go to each and every student.
“I wish them all well for their next steps and it is wonderful to see so many heading off to university or directly into employment. In these harsh times for young people we are delighted that we know our students are being successful and progressing to their chosen destinations.”
Sam Meacham from Budmouth College got 3 A* grades and an A in Physics. He said: “I thought I'd do well but not this well." #dorsetresults— @DorsetEchoTara 15 August 2013
Budmouth College student Jackie Hanger is off to Plymouth University to study education after A Level results of B, C, D. #dorsetresults— @DorsetEchoTara 15 August 2013
Budmouth College student Jeremy Elliott, 18 got A*, A, A in his A Level results and will study law at Leicester University. #dorsetresults— @DorsetEchoTara 15 August 2013
Weymouth College- thanks to Laura for the pictures
Weymouth College students celebrating their results. Thanks to Laura from Weymouth College for the pictures.
Jake Connolly, 18, Budmouth College, achieved A grades in biology, chemistry and maths and a C in physics, and will be studying chemical engineering at UCL.
He said: “I’m really very happy and really looking forward to university.”
Mum Julie said: “I’m very, very proud of Jake.
“He’s worked so hard and I’m really pleased for him.
“There’s so much pressure on them at this age and this will be a good step along the road.”
Rachel Maybery, 18 from Budmouth College, got an A in Textiles, a B in Art and a C in History. She will be studying Fashion Design at Falmouth University.
She said: “I’m delighted, I haven’t told my parents yet but I know they’ll be so excited too.”
Sam Meacham, 18 from Budmouth College got 3 A* grades and an A in Physics.
He said: “I thought I was going to do well but not this well, I just rang my parents and they were so happy and relieved for me.”
Emily Elliott, 18, is studying Psychology at Plymouth University after getting a B in English Language, a B in Photography and a C in Psychology.
She said: “I’m really pleased with my results and am looking forward to going to university with all my friends.”
Budmouth College students Jackie Hanger and Katie James, both 18, are going to Plymouth University to study primary education.
Jackie got a B in Dance, C in English Language and a D in Psychology, and said: “I am delighted and so happy, this whole experience is so exciting.”
Katie got a B in English Language, a B in Drama and a C in English Literature and said: “I am so excited to start my course at University and getting your results gives you the best feeling.”
Briony Bennett, 18 from Budmouth College, was delighted with her A Level results. She will be studying a journalism degree at Cardiff University after receiving a B in History, a B in English and a B in Drama.
She said: “After my exams I was so worried but now all the hard work has paid off which is a great feeling.”
Budmouth College student Jeremy Elliott, 18 got an A* in Law and two A’s in English Language and Literature. He said: “My grades are what I need to study law at Leicester University.
“I’m so pleased and my parents are so excited – I’m looking forward to it.”
Edwin Gateshill, 18, Budmouth College, will be going to Warwick University to study chemistry after getting an A* in chemistry and an A in maths and physics.
He said: “I’m really relieved and happy to get into the university I wanted.
“This summer I will be getting ready for university and learning how to cook.”
Budmouth head of Sixth Form Mark Henman said: “There’s been a lot of celebrating, it’s been very, very good.
“Yesterday was all anticipation and today made it reality.
“These guys are well ahead of their targets so we are very pleased.
“This has been a very good year and they’ve improved on the results from last year.
“Every year I get very nervous and the holiday only really starts today.”
Budmouth College student Bethan Stacey, 18, will be going to Manchester Met to study fashion design technology after getting A grades in her A-levels including textiles and art and design.
She said: “I’m really happy, I’ve been quite nervous.
“I thought the exams went OK but I wasn’t too sure.”
STAR pupils exceeded targets at Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester.
A total of 378 pupils sat the A level exams- and only 15 of those needed to use clearing to secure a place at university.
Overall, the school achieved a 99 percent pass rate and was on par to match last year’s record-breaking results.
English literature student, James Baird, scooped a place at Oxford.
The 19-year-old was whisked away by teachers before he could even open his envelope and told the good news.
Annabel Armstrong has lined the path for a very fashionable future after she secured the grades she needed to for a place at Epson University for the Creative Arts.
She achieved an A in media and C grades in English and photography.
“I’m really happy. I’m going to be studying fashion promotion and imaging.
“I expect there will be a few bottles of champagne to celebrate tonight,” she said.
Lydia Miller and James Ashington are off to Bath Spa University together after getting the grades they needed.
Lydia achieved an A and two Cs and James said he was ‘stoked’ with his B, B, C grades.
Alice Read was delighted to have ‘finally’ achieved an A grade in one of her biology modules.
Overall the 18-year-old got an A in music and C grades in biology and chemistry.
She will be heading to St George’s University in London to study biomedical science.
Marcus Smith, aged 19 from Weymouth, was over the moon with his A* in business, A in travel and tourism and C in history.
He said: “I was very nervous but I tried not to think about it.
“I checked UCAS first and I knew I had my place at university, so then I could relax.
“I’m going to Winchester University to study business management.”
His friend Pui Law, also from Weymouth, said ‘a lot of hard work’ went in to her A, B, B grades.
She said: “It was hard work but it was worth it.
“I’m going to read classical studies and philosophy at Royal Holloway in London.”
Headteacher Micheal Foley said staff are ‘delighted’ with the results.
Proud mum Marina Mulholland said she would be taking daughter Lisa out for lunch to celebrate the 18-year-old’s A* in law and B grades in English literature and history.
Lisa said: “I’m going to study law because I want to be a barrister.
“Hopefully we’re going to book a holiday and go shopping and have a few glasses of champagne to celebrate.”
Guy Buttle is one step closer to a mechanical engineering career after he achieved an A* in maths and B grades in physics, English literature and further maths.
He will start at Birmingham University in September.
Happy Harriet Burton achieved two A* grades and an A.
The 18-year-old from Dorchester said: “I’m so happy, I can’t believe it.
“I’ll probably go out with friends to celebrate at the weekend.”
WEYMOUTH College students celebrated as all five full time students gained places at university.
The college also had a number of students studying A Levels in a year or part time.
20 -year-old Ieuan Houghton from Weymouth, got C in history, B in psychology, B in business and C in sociology.
He has won a place to study psychology and sociology at the University of Winchester.
He said when he opened his results he jumped in the air with joy.
He said: “I’m happy I got into uni.”
He added: “I’m pretty excited for it now.”
Jacob Powrie, 20, from West bay got B in sociology, B in psychology and A in world development. He is now off to study International politics and Third World studies at the University of Aberystwyth.
He said he was delighted with his results.
He battled with depression and credits Weymouth College with helping him and boosting his ambition.
He said: “Weymouth College really got me through the tough times- I was so unconfident with my abilities.”
He added: “It’s really Weymouth College who have really defined me as a person.”
Peter Tampin-Copp, 19, got B in literature, C in psychology and A in AS language.
Last year he took an A Level in Philosophy. He will now be continuing his studies in English literature at Birkbeck College, University of London.
He said he was pleased to get the results even though he had an unconditional university offer.
He said: “It’s relief mostly. I’m pleased I got the grades I wanted.”
Becky Nash, 20, from Dorchester, took her law A Level in one year while working full-time job. She received a B and is off to study law at the University of the West of England.
She worked from 6am-2pm every day before going into college.
She said the college were very supportive and helped her.
She said: “They were fantastic.”
Becky especially thanked law teacher Jim Foster for all his help.
She said she was delighted to get the result.
She said: “Hard work does pay off.”
She added: “No sacrifice, no victory as they say- it defiantly pays off in the end.”
Principal Liz Myles said this year was a year of transition as the college moved towards providing 36 different subjects at A Level starting this September.
The Sixth form area has undergone a major refurbishment and Ms Myles said they were looking forward to the future.
Ms Myles said: “We are very proud of the students.”
She added: “The A Level provision will be very exciting for next year.”
In over a third of subjects there was a 100 per cent pass rate- including in math, history and law.
@Dorsetecho I didn't take any sciences at school; I got an E for Maths. I'm a science teacher with a BSc now! #alevelresults didn't stop me.— @trace_adams 15 August 2013
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So any older readers out there, lets give some reassurance - did you do well at A Level? Did it matter? What career are you now in?— @Dorsetecho 15 August 2013
SHERBORNE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Sherborne School for Girls are celebrating after 53 per cent of exam papers were graded A* or A.
Of all papers, 91 per cent were graded at A* - C.
Also almost 25 per cent of examinations passed at A*, compared to the national average of 7.6 per cent. While 81% of papers achieved A*, A or B grades compared to the national average of 52.9 per cent.
The results are the best results for the school to date.
Students also did well in the AS Levels and the International Baccalaureate.
Headmistress Jenny Dwyer said she was delighted: “These results are excellent news for our girls and truly reflect their commitment and application to their academic studies. Equally impressive is that so many of our girls have experienced similar success with their extra-curricular activities this year, across music, sport, drama and other interests.”
She added: “Our congratulations go to everyone and we wish our leavers every success in the future. Thanks also must go to parents and families who have supported the girls through their studies, and to the wonderful dedication of our staff in ensuring the girls achieve their full potential.”
Congratulations to Camilla Llewellyn from Thomas Hardye School for getting A*, A, A, A in her A Levels. She will be going to uni in September
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Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said it is important that the exams system is ''rigorous and challenging'' and that young people's achievements are ''properly reflected in the grade they are awarded''.
''The continued rise in maths and science entries that Labour began is welcome,'' he said. ''However, the fall in the number of students taking languages is extremely worrying.''
Matt Harvy, Thaddias Price-Bramble, Morwenna Neve & Charley Vincent from Budmouth celebrating #dorsetresults http://t.co/unX1AASj5h— @DorsetEchoTara 15 August 2013
Still lots of students to collect A Level results but many delighted students here at #BudmouthCollege shocked & celebrating #dorsetresults— @DorsetEchoTara 15 August 2013
Richard Stone happy with his AS and A2 results today at Budmouth College #dorsetresults http://t.co/5vOdYxsUoh— @EchoRBurnett 15 August 2013
Jack Kessock-Philip, Gregor O'Malley and Luke Puckett celebrating #dorsetresults at Budmouth College http://t.co/LvSHv0SAQ1— @EchoRBurnett 15 August 2013
Weymouth College is celebrating after all five of their full time A Level students getting places at uni. #dorsetresults Congratulations!— @Dorsetecho 15 August 2013
#dorsetresults Becky Nash celebrating her Law results at Weymouth College- well done Becky! http://t.co/Am9lY60TC9— @Dorsetecho 15 August 2013
Alice De Kretser and her big sis celebrate her A in maths among other great grades #dorsetresults http://t.co/hjzOUgA8F8— @DorsetEchoSam 15 August 2013
RT @EchoRBurnett: Head of Sixth Form at Budmouth College Mark Henman is celebrating with his students today. He said it's been a fantastic …— @Dorsetecho 15 August 2013
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Thomas Hardye School is celebrating another fantastic year of results- students have achieved 280 A*/A grades- WOW#dorsetresults— @DorsetEchoSam 15 August 2013
Thomas Hardye School has achieved a 99% pass rate- only 15 of 378 have had to go in to clearing for uni places #dorsetresults— @DorsetEchoSam 15 August 2013
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Lots of happy faces and celebrations and a few tears at Budmouth College today. #dorsetresults— @EchoRBurnett 15 August 2013
Rebecca Sherman and Jordan Cormack celebrating results at Budmouth #dorsetresults http://t.co/zFdp8Qrk3d— @EchoRBurnett 15 August 2013
Jake Keenan, Jack Oughton and Jacob Drew at Budmouth College #dorsetresults http://t.co/GU4trFLam9— @EchoRBurnett 15 August 2013
Budmouth College has had a fantastic year of A level results, said headteacher Daivd Akers #dorsetresults— @EchoRBurnett 15 August 2013
The results have started coming in at Thomas Hardye and already some fantastic grades #dorsetresults— @DorsetEchoSam 15 August 2013
Budmouth College: Briony Bonnett off to Cardiff uni & Rachel Maybery will go to Falmouth uni #dorsetresults http://t.co/jLkJIXQHFP— @DorsetEchoTara 15 August 2013
Hazel Coleman off to Winchester University to do American Studies #dorsetresults http://t.co/7hrDoZRuKC— @EchoRBurnett 15 August 2013
Thomas Hardye student Nada Smiljanic has done fantastically well with 3 A* grades #dorsetresults http://t.co/JsBeIfQXlj— @DorsetEchoSam 15 August 2013
Student Matt Day with his English teacher Rose Bryant #dorsetresults http://t.co/Yx7QawyAUG— @EchoRBurnett 15 August 2013
The results show there were huge gender differences in pupils' choices in subject. For instance, girls accounted for more than seven in 10 entries for English exams and four in every five physics exam entries were for boys.
While officials said the gender gap has been present for some time, it has ''extenuated'' this year.
Mark Dawe, of the OCR exam board, said: ''Students are becoming more and more savvy about choices they need to make at A-level for the career they want.
''We are seeing gender choices are often influenced by the degree they want to do and job they want to do.''
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said he was ''worried'' about the huge variance in subjects chosen by girls and boys.
''We need, as teachers, to try and raise awareness of these stereotypical views that occur,'' he said.
''But it's a societal thing as well; in wider society we need to try and break those stereotypical models. We need to show role models of people who are doing different things.''
The proportion of A-levels awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row, official figures showed today.
In total, 26.3% of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6% in 2012 - a drop of 0.3%. It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels.
The A*-A pass rate fell for the first time in more than 20 years last year.
The latest drop comes amid rising numbers of teenagers taking A-levels in science and maths.
It had previously been suggested by some that an increased focus on traditional subjects, such as maths and science, could fuel a slight drop, as youngsters who may not have considered taking these subjects in the past, and may not be as strong in them, are now opting for the courses to help their chances of securing a university place.
In total, biology, chemistry and physics accounted for 17.8% of all entries - up from 17% last year and 15% in 2009, according to figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
And one in eight (12%) of entries were for maths or further maths, up from 11.5% last year and 9.8% five years ago.
There were almost 24,000 more entries for the sciences this year compared with 2009, JCQ said, and nearly 19,000 more for maths courses.
The new statistics also show that the number of entries awarded an A* - the very top grade - also dipped this year, with 7.6% of exams scoring the mark, compared with 7.9% last year.
The overall A*-E pass rate has risen slightly by 0.1%. Some 98.1% of exams achieved at least an E, compared with 98% last year.
More than 300,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A-level results this morning.
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If you are disappointed with your results then learning to accept it could help you move on to bigger and better things, according to an academic.
Dr Matthew Smith, a senior lecturer in psychology at Buckinghamshire New University, said the best way for students to cope is to accept their results and start looking for other opportunities.
Exploring other options helps people to ''move on'' from their failure, he suggested.
Dr Smith said: ''The best way to cope with disappointment is acceptance. Look to get it out of your system as soon as possible and look on the bright side. One of the first and most important steps is acceptance and accepting that you have not achieved what you wanted to achieve.
''This is not easy and can be quite challenging and it comes as a shock to people that they have not achieved what they wanted and immediately wish things had gone better. Here, acceptance must come in as quickly as possible.''
Students should try to turn the situation to their advantage and look for other courses based on the results they have, he said.
He added: ''Exploring other options and opening up other opportunities will help you move on. “Also, keep perspective. This is not the be-all and end-all and what has happened doesn't mean that your life is over. In a way it presents an exciting new amount of challenges and opportunities.”
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Apprenticeships could offer an alternative route to career success for Dorset school leavers, one business partnership has said.
Following today’s A Level results the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership is encouraging school leavers to take a look at the possibility of apprenticeships and other vocational courses as well as traditional University routes.
CEO Liz Field said: “School leavers concerned about their futures need to be reassured they can find ways into work beside traditional university routes. Higher apprenticeships, in particular, can open many doors to a rewarding and fulfilling career.”
Apprenticeships span all disciplines from accounting, payroll, book-keeping and professional services to providing financial services, financial advice and mortgage advice.
Liz Field concludes, “School leavers in Dorset can discover there are viable, exciting alternative learning paths other than university. Those paths combine the practical benefits of vocational learning, with the opportunity to start on the path of a fulfilling career.”
A record number of students have already been accepted on to university courses, official figures show.
As of midnight, 385,910 applicants had been accepted by UK universities and colleges - 31,600 more than at the same point last year, a rise of 9%.
The admissions service Ucase said it is the highest number of acceptances ever recorded.
The figures come as students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland learn their A-level results.
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Figures show that around 345,300 applicants have been accepted to their first choice of university.
A further 98,740 applicants are awaiting results or decisions, while 145,730 are eligible for clearing - the process that matches students without places to courses with vacancies.
Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: ''The gateway to higher education swings open for many people today based on these results - congratulations to all of them.
''Demand for higher education has recovered after a dip last year and universities are keen to accept qualified applicants.
''For some, that means going through clearing where there are plenty of high quality vacancies. The Ucas website has all the information you need.''
Students waiting to learn about university places can check whether they have been accepted by logging on to the Track service on the Ucas website.
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Welcome to A Level results day. our team will be out and about this morning meeting youngsters celebrating their A level results.
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