A-level results show hard work has paid off

Portsmouth Grammar School student Craig Winfield 18 from Fareham who got 5A stars at A levels
Portsmouth Grammar School student Craig Winfield 18 from Fareham who got 5A stars at A levels

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STUDENTS across the area celebrated A-level success today with many schools and colleges achieving improved results.

This year’s students will be the first to pay the trebled tuition fees. But that hasn’t stopped students working hard to gain a university place.

At Bay House School in Gosport, 86 per cent of students achieved A*-C grades, which is predicted to be higher than the national average.

Seven students have got places at either Oxford or Cambridge universities.

Jill Eatherden, head of sixth form, said: ‘We are thrilled to see our students are able to compete with the best across the country and to secure prestigious university places. Our students have high aspirations and ability to fulfil their ambitions.’

At St John’s College in Southsea, 62.5 per cent of students achieved A* to B grades.

Headteacher Graham Best said: ‘Once again very pleasing results from a wide ability upper sixth form, hitting our target of over 60 per cent A*-B grades.

‘We’ve seen some excellent individual results and we expect that most students will get their first-choice university course.’

At South Downs College, improved results were seen in the number of students achieving A* to B grades.

Principal Lyn Surgeon said: ‘I am delighted that our students have achieved such outstanding results with so many of them gaining the highest grades and entry into competitive and prestigious university courses or starting careers with leading employers.

‘This excellent achievement is a result of the hard work of both students and teachers at the college and the extensive support that is available on an individual basis to every student.

‘We wish all of our students every success in the future and look forward to celebrating their future achievements.’

The University of Portsmouth says there will be some places available for clearing.

Anne Stanford, spokeswoman for the university, said: ‘This year has been a very good year for applications to the University of Portsmouth and there will be a small number of places in clearing for high quality students which are expected to fill very quickly.’

Students are asked to call the clearing line on (023) 9284 8000 or visit port.ac.uk/clearing to find out more.