SCREAMS of joy - and cries of relief - filled the air this morning as hundreds of students across region opened their A-level results.
Schools and colleges opened their doors extra early this year as anxious youngsters queued up to see if they had made the grade and secured a university place this year – before the trebling of tuition fees in 2012.
An equally excited team of News reporters made their way to each and every school in Portsmouth, Havant, Waterlooville, Gosport and Fareham to share the good news with our readers on our Twitter feed as well as in tomorrow’s paper.
Bethan Screen, 18, Portsmouth College, got 2 Bs and 1C and will be heading to Rose Bruford Drama School in September. She said ‘I’m so chuffed.’
Shauna Doherty, 18, at Fareham College, got a C, D and E and is looking forward to start work at Next.
Emma Tribe, 18, at St John’s College, in Southsea, got 2 A*s and 1 A and is going to Bristol University. She said: ‘I’m ecstatic.’
Sasha Le-Billon, 27, at Fareham College, got an A and two Bs, and will be training to be a teacher. She said: ‘it’s what I wanted.’
Taneth Evans at South Downs was crying with delight when she discovered she had achieved an A and two Bs, which means she will go on to university to read medicine.
Rachael Scammell, 18, from St Vincent College in Gosport, got a B and 2 Cs, and will be heading to Chichester University to study media. She said: ‘I’m surprised but excited to be going to uni!’
Bay House School is celebrating record high results with 90 per cent of students gaining A* to C grades which will likely place it in the top two per cent of schools the country.
Deputy head David Carpenter, who retires this year after 25 years, said: ‘The results are our best ever. It’s fantastic for both the staff and students.’
Oaklands head, Matthew Quinn, who also scored an exceptional 54 per cent A* to B pass rate: It’s been an exceptional year, and an outstanding performance by students and teachers alike.’
In another record year, the national pass rate for A-levels rose for the 29th year in a row, with 97.8 per cent of entries receiving at least an E, up from 97.6 per cent last summer.
But while many will already be celebrating, others still face a scramble to secure a university place.
More than 384,000 would-be students are believed to have already had university applications accepted, according to the latest UCAS figures, while around 185,000 people are eligible for clearing. Both figures are up on last year.