Plymouth pupils celebrate A'level results
EMOTIONS were running high for students discovering their A level results yesterday.
Pupils across the city were picking up A-level, AS level and BTEC results determining their next steps in the world.
Nationally there has been a fall in the proportion of A-levels awarded top grades for the second year in a row, after years of steady increases.
But in terms of where the city stands compared to last year, Councillor Nicky Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Whilst we won't know the full picture until October, the overall pattern looks very promising."
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Kieran Earley, chair of the Plymouth Learning Trust, said: "Feedback from city school blogs and Twitter suggests that Plymouth students and staff are celebrating some excellent A-level results this year. It is clear that hard work really does pay off. Plymouth can be proud."
Diving star Tom Daley was among those students picking up their results, and he has added two A grades in Spanish and mathematics to the A* he achieved in photography in 2011.
Posting a film of his reaction on Twitter he said: "Just got my A-level results on email ... the most nerve-racking thing ever, having to open that.
"Anyway, I opened it and now I've obviously got A* in photography, A in Spanish and A in maths so very happy with that."
A number of students across the city have performed well.
Of the 800 post 16 students from the Lipson Co-operative Academy, Tor Bridge High and Sir John Hunt Community Sports College consortium there were positive results.
Deborah Norrish, assistant principal at Tor Bridge High, said: "The partnership takes pride in being one of the biggest and most successful post 16 consortiums in the city.
"This year was the first year for students at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College to complete A level qualifications and the outcomes for students has been outstanding."
Ivybridge Community College has recorded a 100 per cent pass rate across all subjects and one-in-five being either an A or A* grade.
This is an increase on last year's 99 per cent pass rate with 181 students securing places at universities.
"These are terrific results that show exceptional progress in our sixth form," said Rob Haring, principal of Ivybridge Community College. "And I'm extremely proud of both staff and students for their hard work and commitment."
At saltash.net community school, out of 50 per cent more entries than in 2012, the school's overall pass rate was 99 per cent.
Headteacher Isobel Bryce said: "It was a particularly nerve-wracking day today, as I came into school as a parent and as the headteacher.
"I know how much rests on these results and how hard the students have to work to achieve well in their A levels."
And it was all smiles at St Boniface's Catholic College.
Acting headteacher Andrew Davies said: "I am delighted with the results our post 16 students, young men and women have achieved.
"They have worked hard throughout their courses and deserve this success.
"I would also like to thank those who have supported these young adults – parents, family, friends and college staff.
"I am proud of each and every one of them and wish them well with their futures – well done to all."
Meanwhile at Ridgeway School, headteacher John Didymus captured the mood.
"Today is one of those days that makes the whole job worthwhile," he said. "I wish them all every success and I'd like to thank parents and my teachers for supporting them in order to achieve such fantastic results."
Sixth Form students at Torpoint Community College were also celebrating.
Over 33 per cent of students achieved A*-B grades with a 98 per cent pass rate overall, only slightly down from the 100 per cent pass rate of previous years.
David Farmer, headteacher of Plymstock School, added: "This year's results demonstrate that Plymstock School is continuously providing high quality education to students in Plymouth and the wider area and more importantly that students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best."
At Hele's School over 21 per cent of the grades achieved were at A* or A.
While at Marine Academy Plymouth there has been a surge of sixth form students completing A-levels.
Last year, 31 students completed these exams; this year it was 53 students.
Nick Ward, principal designate at Marine Academy Plymouth, said: "It's another year of improvement for our students; 60 per cent of our Level 3 students are going to university this year, we've never seen numbers like that before.
"Marine Academy Plymouth is making a positive difference to our students and its community."
At Lipson Co-operative Academy, principal Steve Baker said: "Yet again, our students have achieved excellent results and we are very proud of all of them."
Councillor Nicky Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: "We've been speaking to schools today about their students A level results and they are very happy with achievements this year.
"And whilst these figures do not paint the full picture just yet, I'm extremely pleased to hear of so many success stories. Well done to you all."
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