STUDENTS and schoolteachers across Staffordshire are celebrating A Level success as thousands of teenagers get their passport to university today.
Schools and colleges in Stafford, Stone, Penkridge, Rugeley and Brewood are hubs of activity this morning as students arrive to collect the dreaded brown envelopes containing their A Level results.
But many anxious frowns will have turned to smiles for those who have landed places at university, such as Weston Road Academy student Holly Musgrave, who gained three A*s to study English at Cambridge. Fellow Weston Road pupil Hannah Kent will be studying veterinary science after scooping two A*s and an A grade.
The Stafford academy is celebrating an improved rate of A*-B grades – up to 61 per cent of entries this year – while a third of students achieved at least three A*-B grades.
Principal Greg Taylor said: “This is a day when dreams come true. Besides building their knowledge in their chosen subjects, the students have reminded themselves that they turn their dreams into reality through their own efforts.
“We are delighted for them as they move now to universities across the country. Their impressive qualifications are the passport to exciting futures, and for the teachers it is terrific to see the product of their excellent teaching.”
Stafford Grammar School has achieved its fifth 100 per cent pass rate since 2010 and 72 per cent of results were A*-B grades.
No less than 11 of the 46 candidates achieved AAA or better. Yash Gupta achieved four A*s and Diya Baker achieved three A*s and an A. Five students achieved two A*s and an A.
Headteacher Michael Darley said: “The fantastic results across all subjects and all students are a testament to the hard work, perseverance and determination of students and the professionalism of their teachers.
“There will certainly be smiles, looks of amazement or relief and a few tears of joy on the faces of many students and parents when they discover just how well they have done.
“Everybody associated with Stafford Grammar School is proud of the achievements of all of our students. It is gratifying to see the rewards for the efforts of our students and their teachers.”
At Walton High School half the exam papers received A*-B grades and the overall pass rate was 98 per cent.
Headteacher Neil Finlay said: “I am very pleased with this excellent set of results. I am especially delighted with the proportion of A* grades that our students have been awarded, which at eight per cent is the highest in Walton’s academic history, and I am happy that the hard work of our A Level students and the support of their parents and teachers have been rewarded.”
The 23 students who gained at least two grade As and a B included Ann Lu, who achieved three A*s and one A, Annie Davies with three A*s, Alice Brocklehurst with two A*s and two As, Niranjan Bhardwaj with two A*s, one A and one B, Liam Caldwell with two A*s, one A and one Distinction and Rebecca Powell with two As* and one B.
In Brewood St Dominic’s School for Girls is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate. Headteacher Harvey Trump said: “We are extremely proud of this year’s results nearly half of all subject grades at A* to B.”