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Updated 6:40pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
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'CLEARING' days for students after receiving their A-Levels have been announced tonight.
Anyone who hasn’t done as well as they expected or is still without a learning place for September 2013 can get help and advice about the next steps to take.
Staff will be on-hand at the county's early intervention hubs to discuss all available options for young people seeking further education or training, and sign-post them to where they can get further help.
The Clearing Days are being held at the following county council hubs:
• Oxford Central Satellite Tue 27th – Fri 30th August (10am - 4pm)
Oxford Connexions Centre, Gloucester Green, Oxford, OX1 2RH
01865 328490/ email@example.com
• Didcot Hub Thurs 29th August (10am – 2pm)
The Vibe Young People's Centre, Park Road, Didcot, OX11 8QX
01865 328480/ firstname.lastname@example.org
• Witney Hub Thurs 29th Aug (12pm – 6pm)
Witney Young People's Centre, Witan Way, Witney, OX28 4YA
01865 328730 / EIWitney@oxfordshire.gov.uk
• Abingdon Hub Tues 3rd & Wed 4th September (10am-2pm)
The Net Young People's Centre, Stratton Way, Abingdon, OX14 3RG
01865 328400/ email@example.com
• Banbury Hub Thurs 12th September (11.30am – 2.30pm)
New Futures Centre, Hilton Road, Banbury, OX16 0EJ
• Bicester and Kidlington hub will be supporting those in need of assistance individually.
Please contact the hub on 0845 602 9298 to speak to a staff member.
Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, education and Families Melinda Tilley said: “Of course, not all students get the news they are hoping for on results day, and others may still be uncertain about the direction they want to take following their exams. I would like to reassure them that there is support available, and urge them to come along to one of our Clearing Days in the coming weeks.
“I would also like to wish all the students future success as they start the next chapter in their lives.”
Further help is also available through the Oxcentric website, support sessions at schools and the National Careers Service which also has a helpline number - 0800 100 900.
OXFORD and Cherwell Valley College has posted a 99 per cent overall pass rate.
There was success across the board, with 17 out of 20 A-Level courses recording a 100 per cent pass rate (A* to E).
Particular highlights include English language and literature, with a 73 per cent of passes at grade A* to B and maths, with 68 per cent of students achieving the top grades, A* to B.
A total of 105 students received their A-level results on Thursday (August 15), having studied at the sixth form centre at the Oxford campus.
Vice principal Ian Francis said: “Our students should be justifiably proud of their achievements. We are delighted that their hard work has paid off and pleased to be able to share in their success.
“As well as some excellent individual performances, we are pleased that we have sustained overall pass rates at such a high level for another year.
This year we were also named in the top 20 per cent of all A-level providers nationally, for adding value to students’ performance. This reflects the grades our students would be predicted to achieve when they join us, compared to what they go on to achieve at the end of two years. This is an important measure of how well we support and stretch our students to fulfil their real potential.”
We think we've got pretty much all theA-Level results by school we're going to get today. Click through for the Results Table
COUNTYWIDE results appear to have remained similar to last year, according to Oxfordshire County Council.
Oxfordshire County Council has said results indicate around 90 per cent of pupils passed two or more A-Levels, achieving two grade A* to Es.
Council spokesman Owen Morton said provisional feedback from schools indicated about 45 per cent of pupils achieving two or more A-Levels at A* to B.
Wychwood Headmistress Andrea Johnson said: "In my first year as Headmistress at Wychwood I would like to congratulate this year’s cohort of A-level candidates wholeheartedly for their excellent A2 results.
"Achieving over 92 % A* to C grades and 18.4 % A* grades, an increase of 3.4 %, all the girls have done magnificently. They have taken full advantage of every opportunity offered to them.
"This puts the benefits of the unique and individual care given to every Wychwood Sixth student into sharp focus, resulting in our largest-ever Sixth form entry for this September.
"My thanks go, as always, to the dedicated staff here, without whom none of this would have been possible. Having spoken to all the girls, everyone will be going to their first-choice university – what a triumph."
Further information in from the Didcot Sixth Form, which covers Didcot Girls and St Birinus:
In summary, for the 148 students who completed their A Level studies this year, taking 398 A2 Level qualifications:
• 9% of all entries gained A* grades
• 30% of all entries gained A*-A grades
• 57% of all entries gained A*-B grades
• 81% of all entries gained A*-C grades
• 98% of all entries gained A*-E grades
Whilst we are very proud of the achievements of all of our students, within these results there are some exceptional individual performances that deserve particular mention. Eighteen students achieved at least 3 A* or A grades and of these eighteen, four students have accepted places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and a further three students have successfully gained university places to read Medicine.
Jamie Blair - A*, A, A [Birmingham - Medicine]
Mark Butler - A*, A*, A*, A* [Cambridge pending - Maths]
Adam Capstick - A*, A*, A [Exeter - Maths]
Zhenzhen Clark - A*, A*, A, A, B [Oxford - Law ]
Sam Couldrick - A*, A, A [Oxford - PPE]
Charlie Cox - A*, A, A [ Lancaster - Natural Sciences]
Charlotte Gregson - A*, A, A [Reading - Politics]
Charlotte Jenkins - A*,A, A [Southampton - Geography]
Ruby Livesey - A*, A*, A [Birmingham - History]
Beth Long - A*, A, A [Birmingham - Physics]
Roisin McCarthy - A*, A, A [Leicester - Medicine]
Libby McGowan - A, A, A [Bath - Maths]
Gabriel Naughton - A*, A*, A* [Oxford - Classics]
Michael Peacock - A*, A, A [Southampton - History]
Oliver Skivington - A*, A, A [Southampton - Physics]
Josh Strange - A*. A*, A* [Manchester - Medicine]
Emma Warr - A*, A, A [Lancaster - Geography]
Megan Westhead - A*, A, A [Sussex - Psychology]
The headteachers of both schools are delighted with these results. Rachael Warwick, Head of Didcot Girls’ School said: ‘These are record-breaking results for our sixth form and reflect the phenomenal effort of both students and staff over the last two years. We are all extremely proud of our students’ deserved success.’
Alwyn Richards, Head of St Birinus School, said: ‘These results represent excellent achievement for our students and continue the trend of Didcot Sixth Form College returning strong results at A’ level year on year – well done to all students and staff! We are very proud of all of our students and wish them all the best for their futures.’
We now have a picture gallery running - are you in it? That too will be constantly updated throughout the day
Running through the list of schools results now on our live table (and if yours isn't there yet, keep coming back because it is constantly being updated):
Didcot Sixth Form
Magdalen College School
Oxford and Cherwell Valley
St Helen and St Katharine
and Wheatley Park...
...and Cooper just about to go up
Chipping Norton headteacher Simon Duffy said: “I am delighted with the fantastics results that our students have achieved.
“The combined effort, hard work and determination of our students and their teachers, supported by parents has contributed to some outstanding grades.
“More students than in previous years have achieved the top grades.”
@TheOxfordMail Well done Hannah Everett on getting A*AA to study Anglo Saxon, Norse + Celtic languages at Cambridge! #awesome— @MRCOxford 15 August 2013
Listen to John Hussey's delight at the results of pupils at St Gregory the Great
Four friends from King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage have won places at Oxford and Cambridge this morning, and a fifth is heading off to study medicine at Imperial College, London.
The school says that 64 per cent of students got A* to B grades, up from 52 per cent last year.
Harry Kent and Elizabeth Hanlon, both 18, are coming to Oxford to study at chemistry and English with history respectively.
Ben Stokell and Sam Burr, also 18, are off to Cambridge, both to study maths, and fifth friend, Catherine Spilsbury will be studying medicine at Imperial College London.
Head teacher Simon Spires said: “We are absolutely delighted for the staff and students”.
Kingham Hill headteacher Nick Seward said: “The A* to B at 61 per cent is a record for us this year so we are quite pleased about that.
“We are non-selective so for us that’s a very good result.”
Lord Williams’s School Headteacher David Wybron said: “It is a great pleasure to celebrate with our students and to congratulate them on their achievements.
“We have talented, hard working students at Lord Williams’s and very dedicated teaching and support staff teams; that combination is a key reason why there are so many smiling and happy faces today amongst students, staff and parents.”
The following students achieved A* or A grades in 3 or more subjects: Iona Caseby, Sarah Dore, Christopher Kew, Chris Leaney, Cameron McGarry, Caitlin Stanway-Williams, Hattie Bailey, Jessica Ballantine, Layla Batchellier, Tanya Batchellier, Sophie Crowe, Matthew Faulkner, Jamie Goetz, Hilary Goode, Emma Hornett, James Myerson, Alice Niedzielski and Emma Pearce.
Iona, Cameron, Chris, Jamie and Emma will be taking up their places at Oxford and Iona and Chris are recipients of New College bursaries. Sarah will be taking up her place at Cambridge.
Head of sixth form Kate Sheehan, said: “This cohort has had a very positive impact on the life of the whole school and not just the sixth form.
“It is very pleasing to see so many of them achieving the grades they need for the next stage in their education or employment.
“They will certainly make a big impression wherever the next stage of their journey takes them.”
Abingdon School Headteacher Felicity Lusk said: “This is an excellent set of A level results following much hard work from the boys and Abingdon staff and tremendous support from the boys’ families.
"The results reflect academic strength across the curriculum with very impressive achievements in the sciences and maths and a stunning 50 per cent, of the 30 boys who took History, gaining an A* grade.
"This is a multi-talented and very successful year group.
"I congratulate the boys and wish them every success for the future."
Record number of students getting straight A*-As at Henry Box School in Witney. Deputy headteacher David Bell said: "This is a really great milestone for the students and the school."
@TheOxfordMail congratulations to Eloisa Wegrzyk for her amazing results... you star— @sjed866q 15 August 2013
STUDENTS at Didcot Sixth Form College, a partnership between Didcot Girls’ School and St Birinus School, are celebrating record A-Level results.
There were 148 pupils taking A-Levels with 30 per cent getting A* or A grades.
And a record-breaking 57 per cent of all exam entries were graded A* to B, with 81 per cent A* to C.
Didcot Girls’ School headteacher Rachael Warwick said the results reflected the “phenomenal effort” of both students and staff over the last two years.
Alwyn Richards, headteacher of St Birinus School, said: “These results represent excellent achievement for our students and continue the trend of Didcot Sixth Form College returning strong A-Level results year on year.”
Saman Ridha, Oliver Lloyd, Joe Biscoe and Matthew Barkham at Cokethorpe School
Gabriella Evans, Hannah Alden and Ally Hutchinson at Cokethorpe School
Zoë Mace with her parents at Cokethorpe School
Latest results in for Matthew Arnold, Cheney, Henry Box and Cherwell on the Results Table
Cherwell School student Harry Hudson achieved 4A*s. He said: "Relieved I think is the word. We have all been fairly nervous." He is going to Cambridge to study Classics.
There are 14 students at Cherwell School who have secured places at Oxbridge.
Results coming in for schools all the time on our Results Table
Cherwell School's Weiyao Li, left, Peter Pihlmann Pedersen, Harry Hudson, Anthony Hoegego
There were screams of delight at Cherwell School as students got their A-Level results. Headteacher Paul James said the school is celebrating its highest ever pass rate with 99% A*-E.
Julie Fenn, the Headteacher at the Marlborough School, said: "Our year 13 students have worked exceptionally hard this year and many have really excelled themselves. We are delighted that our A level results show continued improvement, particularly at the top A*A grades in a year when the national picture is one of results largely in line with 2012. We have achieved a record 10% of grades at A*, and 58% of passes at A* - B. Our average points score per candidate is again our best ever and has increased by 23 points. We are pleased that we have improved on the previous year for the third year running and this is testament to the hard work and aspiration of our pupils and their teachers.
"We are very proud of our students’ achievements and the fact that their excellent results have secured them places on competitive courses. Amongst our highest achieving students are Jack Macintyre and Lauren Woodley who both achieved 3A* grades. There were many other high-achieving students who are proceeding on to prestigious courses at top universities including Russell Group and Oxbridge, studying subjects ranging from Physics, Mathematics and Biological Sciences to Psychology, English and German. Overall 18% of students achieved a combination of 3 A*/A grades."
Oxford High School headteacher Judith Carlisle said: “As results arrive, we always look at the individual girls and their university places, rather than the headline data.
“Statistics often hide stories of extraordinary endeavour.”
Our Lady’s Abingdon principal, Stephen Oliver, said: “Many congratulations to our students who collected their results today – this is the first step on an exciting new journey for all of them. Our teaching staff have worked extremely hard to support and encourage their students from the moment they joined the school, and I extend my congratulations to them too.
“Our ethos is to value each pupil as an individual, and to help them fulfil their potential; this set of results is a strong affirmation of that approach, and a wonderful culmination of a highly successful year.”
St Gregory the Great's Hannah Everett - going to study Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic languages at Clare College, Cambridge.
She got an A* in English Literature and an A in History and Philosophy + Ethics.
She has also been producing a show called Guys and Dolls which will be shown at the Pegasus Theatre from Aug 28 - Aug 31.
On going to Cambridge she said: 'Ive got a slight feeling of trepidation but I get to study want and it's the only place which does it. It's a once in a lifetime kind of thing.'
Her sister Damaris, 21, said: 'Im feeling very proud of my sister but I knew she would do it anyway.'
From left, St Gregory the Great's Max Hodgkins, 18, who got 3 As in Maths, Physics and product design to read Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University; Head Girl Emmalees Furze, 18, who got an A* and 3 Bs in English Literature (A*) and Bs in philosophy, history and an extended project to read English Literature and Ancient History at Cardiff; Michael McGuiness, 18, who got an A* in Fine Art and 2 As in Mathematics and DT to study art and design at Nottingham.
St Gregory the Great's Killian Conway, who lives in Littlemore, who will study Maths and Physics at Warwick after getting 2 A*s in Maths and Further Maths and an A in Physics and critical thinking.
He said: "It's pretty good and I'm happy with that as I was quite nervous."
St Gregory the Great's Dale Ghanem, 19, from Blackbird Leys, who left the Reading FC Academy to do his A levels and won a place at De Montford university to read International business and globalisation. He got an A* in business finance and 3 Cs in psychology, business and his extended project.
Burford School update:
Some individual results of particular note are as follows:
• One student achieved 4 A*/A grades – Hugh Lo, one of our boarding students, who will be going to Bristol to read Civil Engineering
• 8 students achieved 3 A*/A grades – These include Oliver George who will be reading Medicine at Queen Mary University, Ben Jacobs who will read Medicine at UCL, Ed Brook who will read Physics at Warwick, Tara Hodgson who will read English Literature at Sheffield, Flossie Reynolds who is going to Exeter to read Geography.
• Ed Woolliams, who achieved 3 A* grades is going to Oxford University to read Physics.
Subjects who have achieved excellent results include:
• 100% of students achieved a grade A*-B in Further Maths and 42% achieved an A*-A grade in Maths
• In Art 89% of students achieved a grade A*- B
• 14% of History students achieved an A* grade
• In Geography 88% of students achieved an A*- C grade
• 86% of students who took RE achieved an A*- C grade
We had success with our BTec (level 3) courses:
• BTec Engineering (level 3) 72% of students achieved a Distinction Star, this is equivalent to an A*/A grade at ‘A’ level.
• BTec 100% of students passed
• 97% of students achieved at least a Merit in their BTec (L3) courses
• We run BTec Level 3 in the following subjects: Engineering, ICT, Music and Textiles.
Magdalen College School
Magdalen College School's Charlotte Burrows, 18, from Islip achieved 2A*s and 2 As and will read Architecture at Cambridge University.
She said: "I'm pretty happy, it was what I hoped."
She also thinks sport has helped her with her studying and was a bronze medallist at the U18 hockey Eurochampionships in Dublin this month.
She said: "Hockey distracts me. It helps me study better because if I'm feeling anxious about work it gives me some relief."
Joe Gough, 18, and Sam Jenkins, 18, who have 9 A*s between them. They were both in the 1st sailing team which this year won the National and International Schools' Team Racing Championships.
Joe said: "Sailing gives me a routine. I would not usually be up at the time I am for training on a Saturday morning - it helps you study."
THE proportion of A* to Bs at King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage, is up by 12 percentage points.
Assistant headteacher Jon Smart said: “As a college we are obviously pleased with this success.
“We were very mindful that our performance at Post 16 should reflect the tremendous GCSE success of recent years.
“These young people have worked incredibly hard to achieve such outstanding results – today is the culmination of many years’ hard work on their behalf.
“For these students to achieve such good grades is testament to their effort, dedication and talent.”
Lewis Spring, 18, from Headington, got full marks in his history exam and opened the envelope to two a stars and two as today. He said: "I really thought I'd messed up the history exam. I looked at the questions and thought they were horrible. I was shocked by what came up. It was the most enormous surprise to see the results." He is going I Magdalen College, Oxford I study languages.
Sam Baxter, 18, from Crowmarsh Gifford- goes to Abingdon School- said he was overwhelmed with his 4 a stars "years of studying have paid off." He is going to Newcastle Uni to study medicine.
Jesse Boumelha of Cheney School is off to cambridge after getting three A* grades.
St Gregory the Great Headmaster John Hussey said: "Results are up on last year in both attainment and achievement and I am absolutely delighted.
"We have two standouts who have secured places at Oxbridge for the first time at the school.
"This is Hannah Everett in Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies and Anna Pinpiro to do languages at Oxford. 'A third of our students are going to Russell Group universities which is a distinct improvement on previous years.
"Seventeen students have got offers from Oxford Brookes. That's because of the increase in popularity of vocational courses at Brookes and the opportunity to live at home with the cost of fees rising."
Oxford Academy pirncipal David Brown has said: "Oxford Academy is proud to announce the success of its post-16 results, in both vocational courses taken by the majority of our students, and a smaller cohort completing AS and A2 level courses. We are now supporting over 209 students through post-16 study with 75% choosing vocational courses. The development of A Levels alongside vocational study is integral to our growth strategy for the Sixth Form.
"Students on our vocational courses continue to excel with a 100% pass rate in the BTEC Level 3 courses. 65% of these students completed 3 A Level (equivalents).
"We are also celebrating excellent results from our external providers of elite sports performance specifically Oxford United, Derby County Football Clubs and our own internal sports courses. Over 75% of students have obtained the highest grades at Distinction and Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence and Sports Development Coaching and Fitness.
"Over 90 per cent of students following A Level courses passed the A2 and we are thrilled that all the students who have a university offer now have the grades they need to pursue higher education. We are particularly pleased with the results from AS and A2 Business Studies. All students taking these courses passed with four students achieving the highest grades, A-C."
@TheOxfordMail first results in the family ABBC so off to @HarperAdamsUni to study REALM.— @kingjohnsbarn 15 August 2013
Cokethrope School headteacher Damian Ettinger said: “I am delighted that the upper sixth students have achieved our target of sustaining two-thirds at A*-B grades, continuing the upward trend set from the 2007-2011 results.
“My congratulations to all the Cokethorpe students who, as a year group, prepared for their A-Level examinations with enthusiasm, good spirit and great dedication.
“I wish them well as they embark on the next stage of their lives, attending a range of universities to study a multiplicity of courses.”
A* numbers at Magdalen College School up by a third at 44.30%.
New record for #Oxbridge entries at Magdalen College School. 47 pupils have secured places.
Burford School headteacher Kathy Haig said: "Our students have achieved outstanding examination success this year. We are pleased that so many students achieved the top grades in subjects. Congratulations must go to all our students and their teachers who have worked hard over the last two years. We were particularly pleased that so many of our students will be able to take up a place at their first choice University."
Results at d’Overbroeck’s College have shown improvements in the proportion of pupils getting the highest grades, with 58 per cent of exams graded at A* or A.
Principal Sami Cohen said: “We are delighted with the performance of our largest ever cohort of students.”
Banbury Academy maintained its levels in its first year as an academy school, with 22 per cent of results at A* or A and 46 per cent A* to B.
Head of sixth form Deborah Harris said: “We are exceptionally proud of the maintained very high level of performance in our students as shown in our results again this year.
“This is across the board.”
Wheatley Park School has received a record year of A Level results.
Nearly one in four grades were A* or A, and nearly half, 49 per cent, were A* to B.
Headteacher Kate Curtis said: “We are very pleased to announce that the high pass rate of 2012 has been sustained ant that almost a quarter of our grades were A/A* with another year in which over ten per cent achieve the highest possible grade of A*.”
Few more school results in on our results table: Wheatley Park, Banbury Academy, d'Overbroeck's, Oxford and Cherwell Valley
From @hfprior @TheOxfordMail massive congratulations to my daughter Charlotte Prior who has passed her A levels and is off to Leeds Uni so proud
Cokethorpe School has the first results on our A-Level table
@ianhudspeth: @TheOxfordMail @BBCOxford Good luck to all A level students getting their results today
Good morning and best wishes to everyone getting their A-Level results today. We've reporters and photographers at schools right across the county providing results, updates, pictures, messages of congratulations and maybe the odd bit of audio reaction too.
We are also running today a table of schools' results, updated as soon as we get them, so keep revisiting that to see your school of choice has done.
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