There are two ways to look at the impressive results achieved by A-level students at the Deepings School.
On the one hand, the 99.6 per cent pass rate and 80 per cent of students who achieved grades of A* to C was the perfect note for outgoing headteacher Chris Beckett to bow out on after 28 years at the Deeping St James school.
But for his successor Richard Trow, the results are an enormous and yet exciting challenge to maintain the high standards set by students such as Sam Hickson (18) of Deeping St James who achieved 3 As in business studies, economics and history.
Sam, who will be studying history at Nottingham University, said: “I’m pleased with the results because it’s what I needed and I couldn’t really have done much better.
“It wasn’t too bad waiting for my results and I was relaxed, only thinking about them in the last two days.
“A-levels enhance your intelligence and I’m more mature now than I was a few years ago, so I’m looking forward to university.”
Phoebe Lucas (18) of Deeping St James collected three As in English literature, general studies and history, along with a B in philosophy and ethics, booking her place at Warwick University to study law from September.
“I’m really, really happy and I’m pleased that my grades were good enough to get into Warwick University,” Phoebe said.
“I was really relieved and it’s nice to finally see what I’ve got from focusing on revision, while being head girl at the same time. I’ll go out with some friends for a drink to celebrate and get some things for university.”
Mr Beckett, who retired last month after nine years as headteacher at The Deepings School, said: “The A-level results are very good and I’ll miss the fact that you get a real buzz from exam results day and being with the kids.
“But with this inevitably goes responsibility and worry.”
Mr Trow said: “We’re really pleased to say that it’s the best set of A-level results we’ve ever had which, for a comprehensive school, is a very pleasing achievement.
“The majority of students have been on a seven-year adventure here and they embraced the culture of what we’re about - relationship and hard work.”
The results were welcomed by South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes who said: “This is an outstanding performance by an extremely good school which I, over the years, have come to know well.
“It’s a product of hard work by the students, with the support of their parents, the professional dedication of the teachers and the leadership by headteachers and governors.
“They can all take great credit for this and should be very proud.”