Students and staff were full of joy at Queen Elizabeth’s High School (QEHS) in Gainsborough with another great year of A-level results.
This year the school saw 39 per cent of students gain three or more B grades, which is an increase of 56 per cent on last year and 16 per cent of those gained three or more A grades.
More than 40 per cent of students gained at least one A or A* grade and 10 per cent of entries were graded A*.
Almost 30 per cent of students gained an EPQ with 67 per cent gaining an A or A* grade and 30 per cent gained an A*. This qualification is valued by universities for identifying the top candidates and preparing students for university life.
A total of 27 per cent gained grades A, B and B and 63 per cent of students who were eligible for Free School Meals gained at least one higher grade with 25 per cent gaining three or more A and A* grades.
Headteacher, David Allsop, said: “Studying at advanced level is never easy and gaining the highest grades is even harder. I am therefore delighted for those students whose hard work over the past two years, supported by dedicated teachers, has led to outstanding results for them at A level this year. The headline figures are again impressive with more students than ever gaining three or more B grades or higher.
“A levels are still the gold standard for progress beyond sixth form and the grades earned by our students this year will mean they have access to a whole range of options, including university. Having a range of choices significantly increases the likelihood of being able to choose the right course so we are particularly pleased that so many students will be able to pursue their chosen interest or career next year.
“I would like to thank the dedicated and supportive staff and parents who have helped our amazing young people through their A level studies.
“While we tend to focus on the higher grades, it is crucial to remember that behind every grade is a great deal of hard work and all of our students should be pleased with their efforts. Some students in particular have had to tackle extremely difficult circumstances but have still gained grades which will allow them to make those all important choices both now, and in the future.”
Two QEHS students are off to Cambridge to study Law and Veterinary Medicine.
Bethany Durham, aged 18, will be studying Veterinary Medicine after getting an A* in Maths, an A* in Biology, an A in Chemistry and an A grade EPQ.
She said: “I am completely overwhelmed. It hasn’t really sunk it yet. I feel incredible.
“I’m getting excited for university now. I’m going to be saving up for Freshers Week.
Another three students are going on to study Medicine, including Richard Bramley, aged 18, who is heading to Newcastle after getting an A in Maths, Chemistry and Physics, an A* in Biology and an A* grade EPQ.
He said: “I’m feeling good and also relieved.
“I am going to Durham University to study Medicine.
“It’s been a passion of mine for years and years and all the work has come together for today.”
Esther Wilson, aged 18, is off to York to study History after getting an A* in the subject. She also got an A in English Literature, Geography and General Studies and an A* EPQ.
She said: “I’m feeling pretty good. I got the A* I need for University and I’m going to study History at York.
“I have loved History since I was a kid and I can’t wait to study it in such an historical city.”
Mr Allsop added: “Overall, I am really pleased with the results the students have gained this year and I wish all students the very best as they move into the next phase of their lives.”