STUDENTS across the area are celebrating as they prepare to study at some of the country’s top universities.
Hundreds of youngsters are nervously opening their A-level results today.
The results are a fitting tribute to the hard work of a truly wonderful group of studentsMatthew Quinn, headteacher at Oaklands Catholic School
At Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, 48 per cent of students achieved A*-B grades, with 99.4 per cent achieving an A*-E grade.
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.
‘I would also like to recognise the commitment and dedication of the staff in supporting the students in their studies. Our parents have also made a significant contribution by guiding and supporting students.’
At Bay House School in Gosport, 65 per cent achieved A*-B grades, up three per cent from last year.
Jill Eatherden, head of sixth form said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled with this outstanding set of A-level results which bear testimony to the dedication and commitment of our wonderful students and their teachers.
‘These remarkable results will guarantee our students securing places at some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including three who will be studying at Oxford or Cambridge and a further three who have gained places to study either medicine or veterinary science.’
At Portsmouth College, 42 per cent of students achieved A*-B grades. And at South Downs College in Waterlooville, 48 per cent of students got an A*-B.
In previous years, there have been strict controls on the number of students each university can recruit.
This year, English universities are allowed to accept as many first-year students as they choose.
It is thought this could lead to the biggest expansion of higher education in 50 years.
Professor Paul Hayes, pro vice-chancellor at the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘With the student number cap coming off, the outcomes of this year’s admissions round are difficult to predict. But here, at Portsmouth, we are fortunate to be in a very strong position.
‘Student satisfaction levels are above the national average for the ninth year running and we have an ongoing programme of investing in our staff, buildings, facilities and infrastructure.
‘We have a small number of places available across many of our courses and would welcome conversations with those looking for places to study here in September.’
First figure = 2015 A*-B % pass rate (2014 figure in brackets)
Seond figure = 2015 A*-E % pass rate (2014 figure in brackets)
Bay House School 65 (62) 100 (100)
Bishop Luffa 64 (68) 99 (98)
Churchers College 80 (75) 99 (99)
Havant College 49 (44) 99 (98)
Oaklands Catholic School 48 (49) 99 (100)
Portsmouth Grammar School 87 (84) 100 (100)
Portsmouth High School 77 (76) 100 (100)
Portsmouth College 42 (40) 98 (98)
St John’s College 37 (41) 98 (97)
St Vincent College 30 (27) 98 (97)
South Downs College 48 (41) 99 (97)