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A-levels: Abbeyfield School, Chippenham
There were squeals of delight and tears of joy as students at Abbeyfield School discovered their A level grades this morning.
Almost a fifth, 19 per cent, of all grades at the Chippenham school were A or above, while 42 per cent were A* to B, up on last year’s 38 per cent.
Principal David Nicholson said: “Nationally there has been a three per cent dip so it is particularly great for our year 13 to achieve the second best set of grades since opening the sixth form in 2007.”
Their pass rate this year was 93 per cent, not quite reaching its record of 98 per cent last year.
Anxious to know if she would be given the chance to realise her dream of becoming a primary school teacher, Imogen Johnson cried with happiness as she was accepted into Swindon College to do early childhood studies.
Jodie Sargent, of Hardens Mead, was beaming after achieving ABB. “I can’t stop smiling,” she said. She is off to Reading to read economics, the subject that has this year nationally seen the biggest rise in entries, up 7.4 per cent.
Alex Hallam, of Monkton Park, hopes to become an accountant and is also doing economics at Reading after achieving an A in maths/mechanics, B in further maths and B in economics.
He said: “I was terrified. I was up looking online at 7.30am to see if I’d been accepted. I was half-asleep so I wasn’t sure if it was real. It’s exciting to realise that all the hard work has paid off.”
One pair had even more to celebrate as they both got their first choice of university, meaning they can stay together after 18 months as a couple. Gemma Le Quesne and Fred Birchall are both off to Brunel at Uxbridge, Gemma to study film and television and Fred to do maths.
It was not just the youngsters nervously collecting results. Teaching assistants Kate Taylor, 60, and Jane Jobbins, 49, had been doing an AS level in photography at the school after work, and both passed with a C.
Mrs Taylor, who has worked there nine years and also cooks for homeless project Doorway, said: “The school’s been really supportive. I got my maths GCSE here five years ago as well. I failed it four times when I was 16.”
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