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Big day for A-Level students in Rugby

Rugby Editorial 18th Aug, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A-LEVEL students have been nervously opening their exam results across Rugby.

LAWRENCE SHERIFF upper-sixth formers achieved an overall pass rate of 100 per cent, with 67 per cent awarded A or B grades.

Six students have gained places at Oxford or Cambridge and five pupils are progressing on to medical courses. Around 98 per cent of students are expected to move on to higher education.

Harry Brignal and Mihir Parekh both achieved four A* grades, and will be joined at Cambridge by Edward Brown who scored two A*s, one A and an additional A grade for an AS-Level.




Head teacher Peter Kent said: “It is great to see so many of our students progressing on to their first choice destinations for either higher education or employment.

“I would like to congratulate students and staff on working so hard to make these excellent results possible.”


RUGBY HIGH students accomplished an overall pass rate of 99.8 per cent.

Just over 41 per cent achieved A*-A grades, with 74 per cent gaining A*-B and 93 per cent of all entries at A*-C.

Four students gained three A* grades, while 46 per cent achieved ABB or better. School leavers will take up university places including at Newcastle to study Marine Technology and Marine Engineering, Aston to study Optometry and University College London to study Neuroscience.

Indicating a trend of alternatives to university, two students will take on apprenticeships with the BBC and with Deloitte, while one adventurous soul will continue her bid to represent Great Britain in downhill skiing.

Top performing students include Simran Johal who will be studying medicine at Clare College Cambridge, and Steffi Hodgetts who will be reading Law at Oriel College, Oxford.

Head teacher Charlotte Marten said: “I am really delighted for our students and proud of their commitment.

“Looking through the huge range of universities, courses and apprenticeships that they will be embarking on in the next few months, one really gets the sense that for girls at Rugby High, there is no such word as can’t.

“Our students have broad horizons. They are not constrained by any stereotypical notions about their careers. They are young women who have the confidence to choose their own path.

“Like our Olympic medallists they know that hard work and commitment are the keys to success. It is so exciting watching them take the next steps on their varying educational journeys. Well done to the Class of 2016.”

PRINCETHORPE COLLEGE achieved a rate of 80 per cent at grade C and above, with over a quarter of all grades at A*-A.

Out of a cohort of 80 upper-sixth formers, the overwhelming majority have got into the universities of their choice. Over 70 per cent of students were awarded the unique Princethorpe Diploma, encompassing academic success, work experience, extra-curricular achievement and service to others in the community.

Head teacher Ed Hester said he was delighted with the results.

He said: “We have had another great year and the results show that the hard work of both students and staff has been rewarded.

“While we are of course delighted with their academic achievements, these students have many other fine qualities: kindness, respect and a strong sense of right and wrong which will be as important for them – if not more so – as they move on to the next phase of their lives. We all wish them well for the future.”

Jumping for joy – left to right: Emily Wood, Harry White, Izzy Snead, Tom Brindley, Headmaster Ed Hester, Evie Bonsall, Nick Bond and Sophie Nicholls celebrate Princethorpe College’s A-Level results. (s)Jumping for joy – left to right: Emily Wood, Harry White, Izzy Snead, Tom Brindley, Headmaster Ed Hester, Evie Bonsall, Nick Bond and Sophie Nicholls celebrate Princethorpe College’s A-Level results. (s)

ASHLAWN SCHOOL students celebrated as over half of them scored A*-B grades.

Olivia Vanstone chalked up three A* grades and secured a place at Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. Meanwhile, Robert Harling got top marks for his Maths A-Level as he achieved three A*s and will be studying for a Maths degree at Warwick University.

Other notable students included Sebastian Coles, who achieved two A* grades and two A grades.

Head teacher Lois Reed said: “Once again we are delighted with the achievements of our students and there have been some exceptional results.

“Many students achieved top grades across the board and are now progressing to university. Students and staff have worked incredibly hard over the past year and we are really proud of our students”.

WARWICKSHIRE COLLEGE GROUP students achieved an overall 98.1 per cent pass rate, with all students across its Rugby and Leamington sites passing 18 A-level subjects including English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and History.

Rugby College student Christie Parker, 19, from Rugby achieved Cs in Health & Social Care, English Literature and Language and a Distinction* in ICT.

She said: “When I first saw my results I was ecstatic – I burst into tears because I was just so pleased and relieved! I am now on my way to studying a Primary QTS course at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln and I cannot wait.

“The tutors have been absolutely amazing – I’ve built some great relationships with the staff at Rugby College and know that they are really conscientious and caring. Once I’ve graduated, I want to work as a primary school teacher and see where my career takes me.”

Rugby College student Christie Parker celebrates.Rugby College student Christie Parker celebrates.

SIR FRANK WHITTLE STUDIO SCHOOL staff congratulated students on exceeding their target grades.

The Lutterworth school, which opened in September 2014, scored a 100 per cent pass rate for its specialist Engineering and Business courses.

The best possible results of Distinction*/Distinction – equivalent to A-Level A*/A grades – were achieved by 57 per cent of students. All

All students have achieved their first choice destination, including university, apprenticeships and employment.

Among seven students achieving three D*/D grades were Amy Betteridge, who is going to Madagascar for a conservation and teaching role, and Perry Butterfield who will work as a Junior Manager at Turbine Control before going to study Engineering in Germany in 2017.

Head teacher Mr Hostead said: “The results we have achieved truly are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and students. This is our first set of results and is an excellent example of how the Studio School model, which combines academic study

and work, really does benefit young people and push them to achieve the very best.

“Students joined us in September 2014 from a number of other schools and based on their prior attainment none of the students were predicted above a Merit grade. The results show that when students are given the opportunity to excel there really is no barrier they can’t overcome.”

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