Joy at ‘best ever’ A-level results as rush for uni starts

BIG DAY Students getting their A-Level results
BIG DAY Students getting their A-Level results
Pupils from Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville who have donated their shoes to children in Africa.  Pictured, from left:  Lily I'Bell (8), Scarlett Bugler (10), Lucia Aldred (9) and (front) Lily Bugler (5).  Picture: Sarah Standing (170967-5871)

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YOUNGSTERS were today opening their A-level results – and it’s predicted they will be the region’s best ever.

This year’s grades are more important than ever as tens of thousands more students vie for university places before tuition fees treble in September 2012. Early results showed there was cause for celebration.

Bay House School in Gosport achieved stunning results as 67 per cent of 178 students who sat A-levels achieved the top A* to B grades.

Head of sixth form Jill Eatherden said: ‘We are especially proud of our A* to B pass rate, as this provides a clear indication of the quality of student performance and shows very high numbers achieving the top grades that will enable them to access places at the most prestigious universities.

‘This year’s results are exceptional and reflect both the commitment and energy of the students and the professionalism and enthusiasm of the teaching staff.’

Forty per cent of students at South Downs College in Waterlooville were in the top tier with A* to B passes.

Principal Michael Oakes said: ‘It’s been very stressful for students this year but they’ve risen to the challenge and I must congratulate both students and teachers on their outstanding results.

‘Not only have the percentage of students with top grades increased but out of 44 different A-levels, 33 achieved a 100 per cent pass rate. Many of our students will be going on to wonderful universities.’

At St John’s College in Southsea, two thirds of students got A* to B grades. Headmaster Graham Best said: ‘I’m delighted with our students’ results. Our A* to B grades are up by nearly 15 per cent on last year.’

Rebecca Bunting, University of Portsmouth deputy vice chancellor, had advice for students who did not make the grade. She said: ‘The worst thing you can do is panic and take any course available to get in to university before fees go up. Look at courses close to what you want. If you choose the wrong subject you will put yourself at risk of dropping out or not doing as well as you could.’

Due to a large number of applications from high-quality candidates the University of Portsmouth was last night unsure whether places would be on offer there through clearing.

If places become available the clearing phone line was set to open at noon on 023 9284 8000.