There were tears and smiles across South Holland as sixth-formers received their A-Level results this morning.
Spalding Boys’ Grammar School has had an excellent set of results, with four pupils off to Oxbridge - their best since 2010.
The percentage of pupils receiving A* to B grades has risen from 48.5 per cent to 57 per cent and 28 per cent of students received grades of A* to A.
Top performer was Calvin Wilson (16), with 3 A*s and 1A - just weeks after he received the Queen’s Badge - the Boys’ Brigade’s top honour.
At University Academy Holbeach, principal Steve Baragwanath was delighted with a record year at the school.
There was a whopping 98 per cent pass rate at all grades and 46 per cent scored A to B - three times higher thamn in past years.
Star performer was Joseph Baragwanath, who received two As - in maths and biology, a B in chemistry and a C in physics.
The academy also notched up a 100 per cent pass rate for vocational courses.
Mr Baragwanath said: “I just want to say well done to the kids for all their hard work and well done to the staff for all their hard work.”
Three pupils of Spalding High School are off to Oxbridge, including Rebecca Wright, who notched up four A*s at A-level and an A grade AS level. She is going to Oxford University to study theology.
The students achieved 58 per cent A* to B, which headteacher Michele Anderson said was in line with expectation for the year group. The school also had a remarkable 100 per cent pass rate at A-level.
“We are very proud of all our students and their achievements,” she added.
Other high achievers were Tegan Archer and Katie Ridlington, who both achieved three A*s - and Oliver Baker, who an A* and three As.
Head teacher of the Deepings School, Richard Lord, was ‘very pleased’ with the A-level results achieved by students this year, especially the increase in A*-B grades.
The indicative headline figures are as follows: A*-C: 72 per cent, A*-B: 43 per cent; Overall Pass Rate: 98 per cent.
Mr Smith, assistant head teacher with responsibility for the sixth form, added: “It is with a great sense of pride that we recognise the hard work of the Year 13 students in achieving a strong set of results that will enable them to pursue their aspirations in the future. The fact that so many of our students have performed so well is testament to their commitment and desire to realise their potential.”
Among this year’s highest achieving students were Ben Jacklin with A*s in Chemistry, Maths and Further Mathematics; Michael Sedgwick with A*s in Chemistry and Maths and As in Further Mathematics and Physics; and Isabela Malvaso with an A* in Italian and As in French A and Spanish.
Boston College students are celebrating after achieving a 100% pass rate across all 12 subjects - against a national average of 98.1%.
Some 45 per cent of students achieved grades A* to B. Also, more than 60 per cent of students completing BTEC Extended Diplomas have achieved a distinction profile and 31 have triple distinctions or distinction stars, the equivalent of 3 A or A* graded A-levels.
Principal Amanda Mosek said, “We are delighted to have once again achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for A-levels. Our students have worked so hard and it is very rewarding to see them getting the results they deserve and moving on to the next stage in their lives.”
Spalding student Aiden Reeve was thrilled with his A* in Sociology, A in Psychology and B in English Literature. After taking a gap year, Aiden is hoping to study Psychology with Criminology at City University of London with the aim of joining the Metropolitan Police.
The results for students at Bourne Grammar School were impressive, with a 99 per cent pass rate.
There were 154 grades at grade A or better and 45 A* grades were achieved.
Twenty-five students achieved three or more A-Level grades at grade A* or A and 12 achieved more than one A* grade. Of the 155 students, 27 achieved at least one A* grade.
Particularly impressive were Samuel Gutterige from Haconby with 4 A* grades and a further A grade, one of the most remarkable performances at A-Level from a Bourne Grammar student.
Bethany Denial from Witham-on-the-Hill and Daniel Dorcheh from Little Casterton both achieved a splendid trio of A* grades and Cameron Everist from Morton, Alfie Hick from Baston, Isaac Punter from Fletton, Rashmi Ramesh Shankar from Bourne, Miriam Thompson also from Bourne, Robert Ward from Thurlby and Alex Yau from Market Deeping all obtained two A* grades along with one or more A grades.
There was a dramatic rise in the proportion of higher grades obtained by Year 13 students at Bourne Academy. Executive headteacher Laurence Reilly said “We are obviously pleased that our Year 13 students have again achieved a 100 per cent pass rate at A-level, but it is the significant increase in A* to A grades to 33 per cent and the fact that over half the grades (52 per cent) were A* to B that is particularly pleasing.
“In a year in which less students are taking up university places, there has been an increase at Bourne Academy to 72 per cent (all achieving first choices), with the remaining 28 per cent of students taking up an apprenticeship, employment or joining the Armed Forces”.
At A-level, Ben Jagger achieved A* grades across the board in mathematics, physics, chemistry and further mathematics, a remarkable achievement, and he will be taking up a place at Oxford University to study material sciences. Lauren Duckworth received an A* in philosophy and ethics and As in English language and English literature. Georgie James got an A* in biology and As in chemistry and mathematics.