Lights at the end of A-level exam tunnel at Spalding Grammar School

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The smile on Spalding Grammar School headmaster Steven Wilkinson’s face said it all as A-level students read their results on Thursday.

In his first full year at what is officially The Queen Elizabeth Royal Free Grammar School, Spalding, Mr Wilkinson saw just over 48 per cent of students achieve grades of between A* and B, up from 36 per cent last year.

DURHAM BOUND: 
Oliver Kirkwood set of A*, two As and B mean a place studying Natural Sciences at Durham University is waiting for him.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

DURHAM BOUND: Oliver Kirkwood set of A*, two As and B mean a place studying Natural Sciences at Durham University is waiting for him. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Jack Wakefield (18), of Moulton, can look forward to starting a psychology degree at Bath Spa University after an A* in English Literature, an A in Biology and a B in Psychology.

Jack said: “My grades are so much better than I expected.

“The wait for my results was really hard but thank God it’s over now.”

Oliver Kirkwood (18), of Spalding, collected an A* in Chemistry, As in Biology and Maths, along with a B in Further Maths.

It’s been fairly intense and I’ve had to work hard to get the grades, but they’re good

Luke Cansick (18), of Spalding

With a place at Durham University to study Natural Sciences waiting for him, Oliver said: “I’m happy and excited, but I was nervous before after seeing online that the A-level grade band for this year wasn’t very good.

“It’s been hard work, but it’s just about keeping going and hoping for the best.”

Jack Matthews earned an A* in Physics, an A in Maths and a B in German which will see him study Physics at Birmingham University.

His mum Eleanor Matthews said: “Jack was actually very calm and he just got on with it.”

Psychology degree student Jack Wakefield (second right) with Ellie Chappell, Neve Thompson and Florence Ingrey.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Psychology degree student Jack Wakefield (second right) with Ellie Chappell, Neve Thompson and Florence Ingrey. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Luke Cansick (18), also of Spalding, has won an apprenticeship at Rawlinsons Chartered Accountants, Peterborough, with an A* in History and As in both ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and Business Studies.

“It’s been fairly intense and I’ve had to work hard to get the grades,” Luke said.

Another student heading straight into work is Andre Muir (18), of Spalding, whose apprenticeship with the Civil Service was sealed with an A* in Maths and As in both Further Maths and Physics.

Andre said: “I’m pretty pleased and I got what I expected.

Accountancy apprentice 
Luke Cansick outside Spalding Grammar School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Accountancy apprentice Luke Cansick outside Spalding Grammar School. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“I’m really happy to have the opportunity of an apprenticeship because I think I’ll get a lot out of it.”

Overall, the school’s pass rate was 98.5 per cent, compared to 97.9 per cent last year.

Mr Wilkinson said: “I am delighted by the level of achievement students at Spalding Grammar School have reached at Advanced Level this year, representing our best performance for a number of years. 

“The A*‐B indicator has seen a rise of almost 12 percentage points against last year, from 36.4 per cent to 48.1 per cent, with one in every five grades (compared with one in six last year) being A* or A. 

“The average points score shows that every examination entry returned a third of a grade higher than last year.

“We have a number of students who managed to achieve an average of 120 points (“straight‐A” students) and I take great pleasure in being able to send Tyler DeBarr off to Oxford University with A*A*A. 

Greta Mockute collected two A's and a B at A-level.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Greta Mockute collected two A's and a B at A-level. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“These results are indicative of a huge amount of effort put in across the year and I thank the students and staff for all that hard work.

“Tt is gratifying for all to see that it has paid off andI give my best wishes to all of Year 13 as they move on to the next phase of their lives.”

Ben Atkinson achieved three A's at A-level.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Ben Atkinson achieved three A's at A-level. Photo by Tim Wilson.