By Tristan Harris 16/08 Updated: 17/08 15:44
THE WAIT was finally over today (Thursday) for students across Bromsgrove and Rubery when they received their A-level results.
North Bromsgrove High School saw an improvement on last year's results.
Among those achieving high were Colin Hardy, who achieved A*s in all of his A-level subjects, Greg Knowles who got an A*, A and B, Amy Pugh who notched up an A*, A and two Bs and Dan Franks with an A*, A and B.
All of those students have places at leading universities for a variety of courses, inclusing physics, PPE and maths.
Others included Amy Stone who got the grades she needed to get her into Nottingham Trent University, where she will be studying law and criminology.
She said: "I was nervous this morning before I got my results, but I'm happy now."
Holly Gregory, who is also going to Nottingham Trent to study fashion management, said: "I was absolutely terrified, but I'm ecstatic now."
Sam Turner, 18, is off to Hull University after getting a B, a C and a D.
"I have done a lot better than I expected," she said.
Sharne Troth, who is now taking up a job at New College as a teaching assistant, said: "I got the grades I needed - I was very relieved."
Ollie Wheway is going to join the marines, Lauren Croxton is training to be a pharmacist and Iain Kenyon is planning to go to university next year.
David Hadley-Pryce takes over as the new North Bromsgrove High School headteacher on September 1.
He said: "I'm delighted to see that the results have improved from last year.
"We are thrilled for the students and with the success of our sixth-form.
"North is continuously improving and we are delighted with these results."
Deputy headteacher Sue Schofield said: "These results reflect the had work demonstrated by our students who rightly deserve their success.
"Once again we have seen a superb improvement in our attainment in the sixth-form, which has been sustained over the last five years.
"These results reflect the support that teachers and parents have given to the students dueing their time with us at North.
"We wish them well with their future careers."
South Bromsgrove High School achieved its best ever crop of results, with 55 per cent of students achieving A* to B grades or distinctions.
Twelve students received straight A* and A grades at A level, giving them the chance for further studies in fields such as dentistry, medicine and law.
Almost all students holding offers have received confirmation of university places.
Headteacher Paul Topping offered congratulations to all students on behalf of the staff and governors.
"These results highlight, once again, the outstanding standards in sixth-form education at South.
"They are a tribute to the dedication of students to their work, the quality of teaching and the support from parents and families.”
At Waseley Hills High, the overall pass rate at A2 level was 98 per cent, with 28 per cent gaining A or A*s.
The AS level pass rate was over 90 per cent with 44 per cent of those gaining A* to B grades.
Among the high grades were Tim Cox who notched up three As at A-level, Luke Kelsall got two A*s and a B at A-level and Ellis Lawson, Claire Sargant and Matthew Lloyd received two As and a B at A-level. Joe Melland achieved one A and two Bs at A-level.
Headteacher Alan Roll said: "“This is fantastic set of results at A2 and AS examination level which are testament to the hard work of the students and staff at Waseley Hills."
Bromsgrove School's Upper Sixth achieved its best top end A-level results in the school's history.
Elizabeth Leather has won a choral scholarship to her Headmaster’s Oxford College, Merton, after managing achieving an A* in music and 40 points in the International Baccalaureate.
Overall, 170 pupils sat 598 A-levels and 88 per cent achieved A* to B grades, with 61 per cent at A* and A, and a quarter at A*.
Almost half notched up three or more As and A*s and over a fifth achieved four or more A and A* grades.
All Oxford and Cambridge candidates achieved their offers.
The average UCAS point tariff at A-level was 440 - the equivalent of one A* and two As at A-level and an A at AS-level.
Headmaster Chris Edwards said: “To secure these sensational averages in a year when many bright pupils had actually opted for the International Baccalaureate and achieved equally stunning outcomes a month earlier is nothing less than remarkable.
"Staff, pupils and parents should be bursting with pride."
He added 82 pupils sat A-level maths, with half achieving A* and three quarters getting at least an A.
"These young men and women will make a difference in and to the future.”
Among the Students at NEW College to notch up passes were 18-year-old Matthew Clannachan from Northfield who achieved two As and a B in sociology, geography and English language.
Matthew, who will be going on to the University of Birmingham in September to study geography, said he did not expect to do as well as he did.
"I had hoped to achieve these results, but that’s a lot different from actually getting them.
"After doing re-sits in some of my exams in January, I really worked hard to ensure I got my place at uni and now I can’t wait to go.”
There were 11 subjects where all students passed - they included English language and literature, business studies, psychology, sociology and physics.
Principal John Callaghan said there had been improvements in AS-level pass rates as well as the A-level successes.
"Both the A-level and AS-level students have once again done us proud.
"It’s always a pleasure to see the students’ hard work pay off, and this year is no different.”
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