A-level results: Oaklands Catholic School

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ANOTHER set of great grades were being celebrated at Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College in Waterlooville.

The sixth form students achieved 99.4 per cent of grades at A*-E at A-level.

They also achieved 80 per cent at A*-C, with a 48 per cent return at A*-B grades.

As last year, 100 per cent of students achieved at least one A-level pass.

Headteacher Matthew Quinn said: ‘I am delighted with this set of results – absolutely brilliant!

‘The results are a fitting tribute to the hard work of a truly wonderful group of students.

‘It is fantastic to see the progress made by many of our students.’

Many students achieved two or more As or A*s, two of these were Hannah Homer-Ward who achieved 3A*s in French, English and Maths and Andrew Tickell who achieved two As and an A*.

Hannah, 18, is now off on a gap year with Christian group World Horizons, which will see her put her language skills to use overseas, although she is yet to find out which country but it could be anywhere from France to Venezuela.

After that, she will be heading to the University of Leeds to study Maths and French.

Hannah, from Horndean, said: ‘I am absolutely amazed. It is a dream come true. I never expected it.

‘Coming out of your exams you always hope for good grades but you are never entirely sure.

‘It is so relieving to open the results and finally find out.’

Also collecting their results were friends Oliver Harris, 18, and Sam Hayward, 18.

Oliver, from Havant, got an A* in Maths, A in Economics and B in Physics.

He hopes to go to the University of Bristol to study Physics, but was frantically checking to see if he had enough UCAS points.

He said: ‘It’s not gone too badly. Hopefully it’s enough to get to uni.’

For Sam, from Denmead, it’s back to the books at Oaklands for another year as he resits exams in order to get the UCAS points he needs for a university place.

He said: ‘I’m back here again. I got D, C, D but I’m going to be doing politics again. I’m a little bit nervous. I’m not sure how next year will go but I’ll take it on the chin.’

Matt Davies, 19 from Havant, recovered from the disappointment of not getting what he wanted last year by overachieving this time round.

He said: ‘I did a bit better than expected so I’m really happy about that.’

His BBB in Sociology, Business and Geography means that the Swedish construction and development company Skanska will sponsor his degree before offering him a job upon completion.

A 100 per cent pass was achieved in many subjects including History, Geography, English, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. A*s were awarded in many subjects including Physics.

Picture: Oliver Harris (left) and Sam Hayward