It has been a day filled with excitement and tension for students and teachers across Rugby waiting for A level results.
Students at Rugby High School were thrilled to learn that 71 per cent of entries were awarded A*-B grades.
Some of the students have secured places on very competitive courses. Rebecca Rebis, who achieved three A*s and an A, is heading to Emmanuel College Cambridge to study Geography, where former RHS student Dame Fiona Reynolds is now the master, while Anna Mowbray is going to New College Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Headteacher, Charlotte Marten, said: “The changes to public examinations have meant that it was much harder this year to achieve top grades.
“To do this over range of subjects is therefore really quite special. We are delighted that so many students have the grades that they need to proceed on to the next phase of their education at the university of their choice.”
Students at Lawrence Sheriff School have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate and 70 per cent of entries gained an A or B grade.
Four students are progressing onto Oxford and Cambridge whilst four others have places for medicine or vetinary science.
Headteacher, Dr Peter Kent, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone on yet another set of first class results. This outstanding performance points to a huge amount of hard work on the part of both students and staff.
“Since students join our sixth form from across Rugby, these results represent an impressive achievement that the whole town can be proud of.”
Ashlawn Sixth Form has achieved its highest ever A level results.
Luke Markham, a pupil at the school, was delighted to hear he had achieved an A in Physics, A* in Maths and A in Further Maths. He has secured a place at Oxford University to study engineering.
He said: “I’m really pleased that I got the grades I needed to get on to the course.
“I’ve always enjoyed engineering and my father and grandfather were engineers so it runs in the family.
“Ashlawn has really helped me with my studies and the staff have been very supportive.”
A manager from Alstom has offered Luke a job as a design engineer after hearing him speak at an open evening at the school recently. Luke will work with the company until he goes to Oxford in September.
Rupert Davies, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Ashlawn Sixth Form is delighted with both individual and collective results in what is our most successful year yet.
“Our terrific students leave us well-qualified to pursue exciting opportunities they have chosen in work, training or (as in most cases) university. Last November, OFSTED identified the Sixth Form as Outstanding and it is brilliant that the provision made by our dedicated staff has so effectively supported the hard work of parents, the community and, of course, the students.
“We are sad to see them move on but, at the same time, exceptionally pleased with their achievements and very proud indeed.”
At Rugby School more than a third of A-Level candidates gained three or more A grades or their equivalents in this year’s examinations. The School scored a 99 per cent A Level pass rate and almost 22 per cent of those passes were at the A* level. This is almost three times the national average and is an improvement of nearly three per cent on 2013.
At Bilton School more than 95 per cent of students applying for university got their first offers and 100 per cent got first or second offers.
Bilton student Anikie Blackwood was delighted to secure an A in Sociology, C in Biology and D in Chemistry.
She said: “I was nervous coming to collect my results but I’m really happy with them, it’s a relief.”
Headteacher, Ms Weighill, said: “We are absolutely delighted by the outcomes and progress for the first cohort of students who have been taught in Bilton’s Sixth Form.
“They were a small cohort of students who had not received any offers of places from the other sixth forms in the area.
“Many of our students are the first in their family to go to university.”
Students at Warwickshire College’s Rugby site achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.
Peter Harris, from Rugby, will study English Literature and History at the University of East Anglia after achieving As in English Literature and Religious Studies and a B in History.
He said: “I hated it at sixth form. I really wanted to go to university though so I started looking at other options and decided to come to Rugby for an open day to see what it was like.
“The teaching staff were really nice and they did the courses that I wanted to do so I enrolled.”
Jess Roberts, from Rugby, scored the A she needed in Business Studies to get into her Sociology Course at Leicester University.
She said: “I’m so excited but I don’t think it has sunk in yet. College is so different from school, you have more responsibility and get treated like an adult.”
John Rees, deputy principal at Warwickshire College, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our outstanding A Level results this year – it is a real testament to the talent, hard work and dedication of our students and staff along with the high quality teaching and learning environment here at Warwickshire College.
“Congratulations to the students who have achieved this fantastic success with the college, and we wish them all the very best for the future, whatever they choose to do. They should be extremely proud of their achievements today.”