Students and teachers at Rugby High School and Lawrence Sheriff are celebrating a 100 per cent A-level pass rate this morning (Thursday).
Every single student at the 11 to 18 grammar schools in Rugby passed all of the A-levels they sat.
There were other great results elsewhere, with Niamhh Gold of Ashlawn School being offered a place at Cambridge after receiving two A*s and two As. Sarah Davies was one of three students at Rugby High who achieved four A*s each and also one of nine students who have been offered a place at Oxford or Cambridge universities.
Unlike Sarah who has been at Rugby High School since she was 11, top performing students Gabriela Caldwell-Jones and Maria Bates joined RHS for the Sixth Form. Maria, who joined from Southam College has a place on the IBM Futures programme for a year before heading off to Cambridge to read Engineering. Meanwhile Gabriela, a former Ashlawn student, is going to read PPE at Oxford. Chasing hard on their heels was former Bilton student Nancy Chen with 3A*s and 2 As. Nancy has a place at Cambridge University to read Medicine.
At Lawrence Sheriff the best performers included Rob Fletcher, James Roberts (five A*s each), Alex Eperon (four A*s), whilst Faiz Ahmed, Robert Chan and James Saunders all gained three A*s.
Sheriff headteacher 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 outstanding achievement that the whole town can be proud of.”
Rugby High headteacher Charlotte Marten added: “We would like to congratulate all our students on their success. We are delighted for them. It is exciting to think of the great range of paths that these students are planning to follow. We have students this year with places to study: neuroscience, engineering, accounting and finance, children’s nursing, philosophy, orthoptics, classics, international business with languages, musical theatre, photography, chemistry with a year in North America, primary teaching, mathematics, sports and exercise science, marine zoology, law, agri-business, medicine, veterinary science, physics with study in continental Europe amongst other subjects.
“The highly competitive employment market is making students think carefully about the need for practical and vocational experience. This year we have two students undertaking higher apprenticeships with KPMG and another pursuing an engineering internship with Alstom. I’m sure that this is a trend that will increase over time.”
There were record results this year for Princethorpe’s A-level pupils.
Out of a cohort of 81 Upper Sixth Formers at Princethorpe College, the overwhelming majority have gained entry into the universities of their choice and nearly 30 per cent of all grades are at A* or A and 65% of all grades at B or better.
In addition, over 80 per cent of the students were awarded the new Princethorpe Diploma encompassing academic success, meaningful work experience, extra-curricular achievement and service to others in the community.
The top performer was Rhiannon Edwards with four A*s and an A grade plus an A* in her extended project.
Headmaster Ed Hester said: “These results just pip last year’s record with more students achieving the very highest grades. Whilst we are of course delighted with their academic achievements, these pupils 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 - as they move on to the next phase of their education. This is a year group which has worked exceptionally hard and I am delighted they have been rewarded for their outstanding efforts and wish them well for the future.”
Over a third of Rugby School’s A-level candidates, 64 out of 173 candidates, gained three or more A grades or their equivalents in this year’s examinations.
The school scored a 99.8% A-level pass rate and almost 20% of those passes were at the A* level; this is more than double the national averageA total of 31 pupils scored the equivalent of four A grades or more. Other successes included one pupil achieving an extraordinary five A* grades or their equivalent.
Of these high-fliers, 11 pupils live in the Rugby area. Michael Varley, from Monks Kirby, scored the equivalent of four A* grades in his A-levels and will study physics at Oxford University.
Eleanor Hall, from Leamington Spa, achieved three A* grades and one A grade in chemistry, French, German and maths. She will also take up a place at Oxford, to study Languages.
Sally Rosser, acting head, said, “Given the national decline in top grades at A Level this year, I am really pleased with this collection of results which are a tribute to the hard work of pupils and staff alike.”