THE ANXIOUS wait is over for A Level students across Stratford district as those all important results dropped into inboxes this morning (Thursday).
Others picked up their results the more traditional way by collecting envelopes from their schools.
And it was set to be a challenging year for students with a return to pre-pandemic grading, accompanied by warnings from the Secretary of State for Education that grades could be lower than last year.
It was also the first time this particular year group had sat public examinations as GCSEs were cancelled in 2021.
Here are the results as they come in:
At Stratford School the overwhelming majority of students got the grades they needed to progress to a range of destinations.
Some of the highest achieving students included Adam Fulleylove with A*,A*,A,A, Oli Golding who achieved A*,A,A,A + A in AS, Mia Ellis-Brook with A*,A,A and Lauren Hartnett who achieved A,A,A,B.
Headteacher Neil Wallace said: “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our students and wish them all the very best going forwards. Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure so many of our students are able to progress onto further education and study.”
Kineton High School
At Kineton High 28 per cent of students achieved A*-A grades, 55 per cent achieved A*-B and 76 per cent achieved A*-C. The overall pass rate was 98 per cent.
Head of sixth form Sam Bonfield said: “I am delighted that the vast majority of students have secured their places at their chosen universities and apprenticeships. Well done to Melissa Morley who will take up her place at Oxford University to read Biochemistry with three A*s and an A grade and Eniko Kata who will be studying Veterinary Science at Surrey or Liverpool. Thanks to the incredible sixth form team for all their hard work.”
Other exceptional results included Lewis Mack with 2A*A, Michael McCauley with 2A*B, Joseph Perrot with A*2 A and Ed Smith with A*A B.
Stratford Girls’ Grammar School
At Stratford Girls’ Grammar, 50 per cent of A Level students achieved A* grades and 80 per cent A*/B grades.
Headteacher Jacqui Cornell said: “We are delighted for SGGS students, as they receive their outstanding results, which allow them to move onto their chosen destinations. They are to be commended and congratulated for what they have achieved.
“Knowing how to manage the exam process can be as important as knowing what to write. This means that not taking the GCSE exams in summer 2021 made studying for and taking A-levels this summer a uniquely challenging experience for all students across the county.
“We are proud of them all and pleased that they can finally leave the disruption caused by COVID behind.
“We further congratulate all those who obtained their place on a competitive course across all universities and apprenticeships, including those who obtained their Oxbridge place, as well as those who secured A*s and/or As across all of their A-levels.”
Alcester Grammar School
Students and staff at Alcester Grammar School celebrated their second best results in the school’s history. Forty per cent of A levels were graded A* or A, 72 per were graded A*- B and 91 per cent were A*-C.
Forty-six per cent of the cohort achieved grades of at least ABB.
Fifty-four students achieved at least three A grades – up from 26 students in 2019.
Principal Rachel Thorpe said: “Alcester Grammar School would like to congratulate the 291 students in the Year 13 class of 2023 on their many achievements over their time with us, including A-level results that are the highest achieved by the school in recent history in a ‘normal exam year’.
“It has been well publicised that this year nationally, grades have fallen after adjustments in recent years. However, despite this, AGS students have achieved exceptionally well – recording arguably the second-best results in the school’s history by many measures.
“We wish them all the very best as they head on to whatever they do next – whether it is university, a higher-level apprenticeship, employment, or a gap year. Not only have they achieved superb results academically, but as a group they have shown tenacity, character, resilience and kindness throughout their time with us.”
King Edward VI School, Stratford
KES students are celebrating another year of record-breaking A Level results with 90 per cent of papers graded A*/B.
Ninety-six students obtained three A grades or better, including 21 who obtained the grades to take their places at Oxbridge colleges. The stand-out performances were achieved by nine students who obtained four A* grades – Mohsin Ahmed, Rory Armstrong-Ortiz, Matthew Campbell, Daisy Hague, George Halstead, Lucas Kirk, Teertha Nitin, Daniel Reynolds and Jenny Tian.
Headmaster Bennet Carr said: “I am delighted that our students were able to rise to this year’s unique challenges so magnificently. These were the first A Level examinations with normal grading since the pandemic and also the first public examinations this cohort have taken due to the cancellation of GCSEs in 2021.
“Indeed, the Secretary of State for Education had warned that those receiving their A Level results should brace themselves for lower grades than last year. For our students to achieve record results in these circumstances is therefore quite remarkable.
“It is not only tribute to their hard work and dedication, but also to that of their teachers who have prepared and taught them so effectively over the last two years.”
Warwickshire College Group
WCG received A-Level, BTEC and City and Guilds qualification results for learners across its six colleges.
Staff and students at Rugby College and Leamington College have been celebrating their A-Level results. BTEC results were also received at both colleges as well as at Moreton Morrell, Warwick Trident, Pershore and Evesham colleges.
A-Level students saw significant success in English Literature and Business – with a 100 per cent pass achieved in these subjects.
While the pass rate for psychology, sociology and criminology was more than 90 per cent.
A third of all BTEC students achieved the top-grade, triple Distinction, with more than half the students gaining the top grades in animal management and equine.
More than one-third of students also gained triple Distinction or above in agriculture and construction.
The college group has also celebrated a 100 per cent completion rate for Level 3 City and Guilds Technical qualifications, with qualifications including plumbing, beauty therapy and floristry.
James Stacey, Head of A-Levels at WCG, said: “We would like to congratulate all of our students on their A-Level results this year – they are the results of two years of hard work and dedication.
“These A-Level qualifications will provide a springboard for the next stage in their development, whether that is Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment.”