Photo special: Students celebrate their A-level results in Rugby

Students across Rugby have collected their A-level results.

Rugby High students have set a new school record for the number of entries awarded the top grade of A* (15.4 per cent, an increase of 5 per cent on the previous year).

Students collected their A-level results today

Students collected their A-level results today

Year 13 achieved an average points score per student of 392.9 UCAS points (the equivalent of more than 3 grade As each).

This year’s cohort includes four students who will start medical school this autumn, two who will start their training to become vets and an architect.

Four students have secured places at The University of Oxford and three students will be going to The University of Cambridge. They include Head Girl, Anna Bates, who was awarded 3A*s and an A. She has a place to read Economics at Cambridge. Unlike her peers, Anna had to sit nearly all of her AS examinations this summer at the same time as her A2 examinations. Last summer Anna was in hospital recovering from serious injuries after a car crash.

Anna managed to catch up with all the work that she missed, helped look after other members of her family and established a Sixth Form catering service: inspiring achievements.

This year’s top performing student was Jenny Wilkins. Jenny joined Rugby High School for the Sixth Form and has a place at Cambridge to study Medicine. Jenny, who was formerly a student at Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth, achieved A* in all four of her A levels. Jenny and Atreyi Chakrabarty, who is going to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, have received an award of £3,000 a year each towards the costs of their studies from the examination board, OCR.

Only ten awards of this kind are made nationally each year.

Headteacher Charlotte Marten said: “Our school motto ‘Ascensiones in corde suo disposuit’ invites our students to be ambitious, not just in terms for what they can achieve for themselves, but in terms of what they can do for others. I’m delighted that our students have done so well and that so many of them have realised their dream of winning a place on a highly competitive course at a prestigious university. Success like this stems from an enthusiasm for learning, outstanding teaching and a gritty determination to overcome obstacles when things don’t go to plan. Well done, Year 13.

“Rugby High School is very proud of you!”

Students at Lawrence Sheriff maintained ‘remarkably high grades’ of previous years, with 63 per cent of entries gaining A or B grades.

The school’s pass rate was 100 per cent.

Three students are progressing on to Oxford or Cambridge, while four others are going on to medical or vetinary courses.

The school expects 98 per cent of its pupils will go on to higher education.

Gwen Temple, who has been acting headteacher at Lawrence Sheriff for the past year, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone on these results. These strong grades have been achieved through a lot of hard work by both students and staff.

“I wish our students continuing success as they now progress on to higher education or employment.”

Ashlawn School achieved its best ever A-level results, with 99 per cent of students achieving A* - E grades (up from 98 per cent last year.

More than half of the students achieved top grades of A* - B (up from 47 per cent last year).

Rupert Davies, head of Sixth Form, said: “Sixth Form education at Ashlawn School is incredibly exciting at the moment.

“Not only have we achieved our best set of results ever but we are also having a brand new state of the art Sixth Form centre being built over the next year.

“We will be a fantastic place to go for Post 16 education in Rugby.”

Ashlawn’s top performing student was Alex Pedley who achieved three A*.

Alex is going to Leeds to study Aerospace Engineering and said he is looking forward to the challenge.

Bilton School is delighted with its first set of A-level results after students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

Every student who applied to university achieved their first offer and 67 per cent of students achieved one A* - B grade.

Head Boy James Jankowski achieved A* and two A grades. Alex Pynn received three A grades and a B. Kate Heayberd achieved three A grades.

Two students joined the school after an unsuccessful Year 12 elsewhere and left with two B grades and a C.

One student with Aspergers, who was not given a place at his previous school, achieved two B grades and a D and is going to university.

Headteacher Patsy Weighill said: “It is fantastic to see our first cohort of Bilton students achieve so brilliantly.

“Ours is a truly inclusive sixth form where students from all starting points are successful in achieving outcomes that enable them to make positive choices about their future.

“I am enormously proud of our students and the staff who have supported them to achieve so well.”

Students at Rugby College, in Technology Drive, achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

Connor McGarrity, 20 from Rugby, scored BBC grades in Chemistry, Biology and Maths and is off to Sheffield Hallam University to study Biochemistry.

He said: “After GCSEs I went straight into a full-time job in a local shop but, after two years there I decided it wasn’t for me so I came back to college. I didn’t do very well in my first year but as soon as we started applying through UCAS I realised how important it was so I decided to knuckle down and bring my A game into the second year and, thankfully, it’s really paid off!

“I’ve got exactly the grades I was after and I’m now off to my university of choice. I’m hoping to go into either medical research or toxology when I’ve completed my four years.”

Helen Kinghorn, Vice Principal (Teaching, Learning and Quality) at Warwickshire College Group 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 Group.

“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.”

Out of a cohort of 102 Upper Sixth Formers at Princethorpe College, the overwhelming majority have gained entry into the universities of their choice with over a quarter of all grades at A* or A and over three-quarters of all grades at C or better.

In addition, more than 70 per cent of the students were awarded the Princethorpe Diploma, encompassing academic success, work experience, extra-curricular achievement and service to others in the community.

Headmaster, Ed Hester, said; “We have had more top grades than ever before and the results show how the hard work of both students and staff has been rewarded.

“Whilst 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. I am delighted they have been rewarded for their efforts; we all wish them well for the future.”

Rugby School has once again secured impressive results.

More than one in five grades was an A*, almost three times the national average. The School scored a 99.3 per cent A Level and Pre-U pass rate, while 86 per cent of grades were at A*-B, an improvement of almost 3 per cent on last year’s results.

Nearly 60 per cent of all grades were A* or A.

The key facilitating subjects of Mathematics and English Literature achieved particularly impressive results with 52 per cent of candidates achieving an A* in English Literature.

Arnold Foundation pupil Imogen Astley-Jones received A*s in Biology and Physics and an A in Chemistry, while Rebecca Capewell-Salisbury, a pupil at Rugby since the age of 11, secured the

equivalent of three A*s and an A in Chemistry, Design and Technology, Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Malavika Puri, who joined Rugby from Mumbai for the Sixth Form, achieved D1s in Chemistry and Mathematics, a D2 in Further Mathematics, and an A in Physics. Leading performers in languages, humanities and the arts included Alice Zhao from Cawston and Isobel Pagendam from Stanford on Avon, who both achieved the equivalent of three A*s and an A. Head of School, Geraint Owen, capped an outstanding five years at Rugby with A*s in English and Music, a D1 in Mathematics and a D3 in Further Mathematics. In addition to his academic success, Geraint, among many other things, found the time to write two musicals both of which were performed during his time at Rugby.

Peter Green, Head Master at Rugby School, said: “These are a very good set of results, which represent a pleasing improvement on last year’s strong results. They are testament to the dedication and hard work of the Rugby School pupils and staff and I congratulate all of our pupils on their achievements.”