Outstanding A Level results at Colyton Grammar School

PUBLISHED: 12:46 25 August 2009 | UPDATED: 00:01 16 June 2010

Colyton Grammer School students recorded a 100 per cent pass rate in this summer s A and AS-level examinations. A third of all students achieved four or more straight A s at A-level, whilst two thirds achieved three or more A grades.

Colyton Grammer School students recorded a 100 per cent pass rate in this summer's A and AS-level examinations.

A third of all students achieved four or more straight A's at A-level, whilst two thirds achieved three or more 'A' grades.

Headteacher Paul Evans said: "It is pleasing to see the recognition of the hard work of students, supported by their parents and teachers, in today's results.

"Everyone has worked hard to meet their personal goals and is able to confidently make the next step into higher education."

Among the highest achievers this year are Rebecca Hallet, Francesca Aquilina, Dan Johnson and Daniel Cowen.

Rebecca, who gained five A grades, two distinctions, one merit in Advanced Extension and a distinction in the English Bacalaureate Diploma, said: "I'm so relieved and excited. I've done better than I could have hoped".

When asked if she felt A-levels were getting easier, she said: "I never took the A-levels years ago so I can't say, but I do know that everyone pushed themselves so hard for these exams.

"There was a severe amount of worry and everyone felt the exams were really challenging".

Rebecca will go on to study Japanese at Cambridge University in October.

Francesca, who also achieved five A grades and two distinctions, admitted feeling nervous prior to discovering her results, despite putting in "a lot of hard work".

She believes that the increasing success rate of A-level results in Britain reflects a consistent improvement in teaching and education, rather than a lowering of examination standards. When asked why she decided to continue all her AS subjects through to A-Level, Francesca said: "I felt that doing 5 A-Levels provides you with a choice - you can decide which results you use.

"I had good AS scores so I thought I would just take them on. It was all my own decision though, the school didn't pressure me into anything".

Dan, whose five A grades and one distinction have confirmed his place at Durham University, agreed with Francesca, adding: "No university makes an offer based on five A-levels, so in that respect it is unnecessary.

"However, as I couldn't decide which subjects to drop, my head of sixth suggested I carry them all on and see how I felt.

"I think I coped quite well".

n All A-level and GCSE students qualify for a free 'Congratulations' announce-ment on the Herald's website.


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