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2009 A level results

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: August 28, 2009

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IT has been an outstanding year for A level results at Sexey's School, Bruton with more than 57 % of students achieving A and B Grades and an average UCAS point of 325.

Headmaster, Raymond McGovern, said "We are delighted by this year's results, which are a reflection of the hard work and determination of the students and staff. The results will mean that most students will be able to progress on to their first choice university. Far from getting easier, the demands and expectations being placed on our young people to achieve well are immense and ever increasing. All those who have passed their A levels this year should be extremely proud of their achievements."

Particular highlights at Sexey's this year were William Miller who achieved four straight A grades in his A Levels: Chemistry; Mathematics; Further Mathematics and Physics. William who lives in Semley, Shaftesbury has been a boarder at Sexey's since year 7, is going on to read Natural Science at Cambridge.

Amber Taylor from Bruton, who formerly attended Ansford school, achieved 3 A Grades in English, French and History will now go on to read Psychology at Exeter.

Sam Holloway and Matthew Chapmen, who both formerly attended King Arthur's, Wincanton achieved three A grades in their studies. Sam's outstanding performance in Geography, History and Sociology will lead him to York to study History. Whilst Matthew's straight As in Mathematics, Geography and Business Studies will see him reading Mathematics more locally at Bath.

Bryony Steven and Laurence Atchison who were both boarders at Sexey's since Year 7 also achieve three A Grades. Laurence, from Holwell, Sherborne studied English, French and History and he is intending to study International Relationships and History at London School of Economics. Following Bryony's success in English, History and Sociology she will be going to King's College London to read War Studies.

Assistant Headteacher, Linda Nixon who is responsible to the Sixth Form at Sexey's said, "We are very proud of the achievement of all our students and we wish them all the very best for their future studies and careers and we very much look forward to hearing from them in the future to learn how they are doing."

WARMINSTER School's Sixth Form A Level students had cause for celebration with 52% of all of the grades achieved at either A or B standard. In addition, with a highly commendable overall pass rate of 98%, the results of this year's cohort have exceeded the consistently excellent achievements of previous year groups.

Top scholars, each of whom achieved three A grades, include Bryony Bain, Stephen Clifford and Head Girl, Olivia Myles. Bryony will now take up her place to read Psychology at Exeter and Olivia will also read Psychology at Cardiff. Stephen, who specialised in Art and Design-related disciplines, will pursue a foundation year before studying for a degree. Also worthy of note were the performances of Hester Gibbons and Alistair O'Grady, each of whom achieved two A grades and a B grade.

Headmaster, Martin Priestley, commented: "Following our exceptional International Baccalaureate Diploma results published in July, these A Level results are very pleasing indeed.

It proves once again that senior students at Warminster School are both talented and committed to their studies. I am proud that, as a school, we have developed a track record of consistently high standards over a number of years.

The proportion of As and Bs is up from last year, and such high proportions of top grades demonstrate that we are stretching the most able – that is something we are committed to achieving, regardless of whether our Sixth Formers choose to study for A Levels or for the IB Diploma.

Looking at all our Year 13 results across both those programmes, this year's cohort averaged a record 368 UCAS points per candidate – breaking last year's record results.

These Sixth Formers can now look forward with confidence to taking up their places at some of Britain's leading universities in September. I was not sure they could manage to break last year's record, but they have – so my congratulations go both to the pupils and to the staff who taught them."

PRIOR Park pupils recorded another excellent set of A Level results with a fifth of the cohort gaining three or more A grades at A Level. Once again pupils achieved over 40% A grades with an impressive 76% of all grades at A or B level. Top performers included Sophie Kneller who gained 5 A grades and will join Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, reading Natural Sciences; Sarah Raby and Sophie Heard who both gained 4 A grades and will read Law at New College, Oxford, and History at St Peters, Oxford, respectively. Benedict Turner also gained 4 A grades.

Headmaster, Dr Giles Mercer, said "I am thrilled for the candidates of all abilities and their teachers who have worked hard and I am delighted to be leaving Prior Park after 13 years on such a glorious day. Prior pupils have achieved a fine set of A Level results, allowing them to move on and proceed to their chosen universities with excitement and confidence."

THE Blandford School A Level students had a higher percentage of students achieving A-B grades and A-C grades than ever before.

Sally Wilson, headteacher commented:

"The school has been performing extremely well both at GCSE and A Level in recent years. Our School Development Plan concentrates on improving the performance of students of all abilities and in addition in the last three years has focused on students who should be targeting A, B and Cs. These results reflect the incredibly hard and focused work of our student body as well as our staff who are determined students of all abilities should aspire to achieve their potential or beyond. I am absolutely thrilled at these results".

Outstanding performance are as follows:

Daniel Daly 3 As; Daniel Hunt 3 As; Lee Pitman 3 As; Stuart Rees 2 As and 1 B; Thomas Bignold 2 As; Jamie Chadd 2 As and 1 C; Hannah Garrett 2 As and 1 C; Amy Rimmer 1 A and 3 Bs; Ben Cox 1 A and 2 Bs; Ryan Keogh 1 A and 2 Bs; Rupchhen Tamang 1 A and 2 Bs and Daniel Wale 1 A and 2 Bs.

Hannah Garrett has gained a scholarship to read Art and Art History at Aberystwyth; Daniel Hunt will read History and Archaeology at Exeter; Jaz Arwand, Music Production at ACM and Rupchhen Tamang will study Dentistry at Sheffield. Other routes include Accountancy, Electrical Engineering, Creative Writing, Maths and Economics.

LEWESTON School is once again celebrating excellent A Level results. Students achieved a 100% pass rate and 74% of the A Levels were passed at grade A or B. 42% of the results were A grades. Average UCAS points per candidate were an impressive 373, the equivalent of over three A grades per candidate. 15% of all candidates achieved at least three As with the top student achieving five A grades.

Students have won places at a wide range of universities. Many students will be going on to the more selective universities and art colleges including Kings, Warwick, Nottingham, Bristol, Birmingham, Exeter and London to study degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Psychology, Music, Engineering, Economics, Classics, History, Art, English and Modern Languages.

Headmaster Adrian Aylward said "These results not only pay testament to the hard work of the students, but also the work ethic of the school, particularly in the Sixth Form. These students should be justifiably proud of their achievements. It is obvious that the way they have worked has supported their own and each other's endeavours."

For the last two years Leweston's average A Level point score has been the best of all independent and maintained schools in Dorset and Somerset and this year's result build on this success.

KING's Bruton 2009 results have maintained the school's high standard of academic performance in recent years. Pupils achieved almost 80% grades A to C while the overall pass rate was well over 99%.

Success was achieved in the following departments: Chemistry 67%, Geography 62%, German 83%, Mathematics 65%, Spanish 67% with Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) topping the charts with 100% of entries achieving the top grades.

There were also many high achievers particularly Peter Archdale 2As 1B, Bruce Bromage 4As, Rebecca Jancis 2As 1B, Lucy Ozanne 2As 1B, James Smith 3As, Louis Smith 2As 2Bs, Winchester Wilmot 3As, Nick Zambellas 3As 1B. Felicity Main who achieved 2As 2Bs also gained a Merit award in AEA Spanish.

Outgoing headmaster Nigel Lashbrook commented, "This year's Upper Sixth students worked hard and thoroughly deserve their individual success. The AS Level results for Lower Sixth pupils were amongst the best on record and indicate that next year's A Level results will set new academic heights for the School. It has been another encouraging year for staff and students alike. However, it must be remembered that academic results are but a part of a all round education and, more important than mere examination results; the latest generation of Brutonians leave King's as balanced, well rounded young men and women."

STUDENTS on full time A Level courses at Yeovil College achieved an outstanding 99.5% pass rate this year. 79% of students achieved A – C grades. Meanwhile, students on equivalent vocational courses achieved a 97% pass rate.

One hundred percent of students studying A Level Physics gained A-C grades, as did 92% of English Literature students, 93% of English Language students and 82% of Chemistry students. A-C grades were also achieved by 86% of Law students and 85% of History students. 81% of Psychology students also gained A-C grades.

Richard Juggins (19) of Yeovil was offered a place at Oxford University after receiving excellent results last year. He said "Today I got two As in Further Maths and English Literature and a B in Music. I also got three As last year in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. I'm going to study Physics at Oxford."

Natalie Hutchings (18) of Yeovil achieved three A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and previously went to Preston School. She said "I'm going to Nottingham University to study Biochemistry. I've always wanted to be a biomedical scientist. I will definitely be celebrating tonight – not only did I get my results, but it's also pay day!"

Hassan Tahir (18) of Yeovil was so nervous about his results that he roped his brother, Hammad, into opening the envelope for him. Hassan said "My brother opened my results because I was so scared! I was thinking what if I don't get into uni? He was creating so much suspense as he read my results out. Once I knew I had three As, I was jumping around though!" Hassan's A Levels are in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology.

James Atkins (19) of Yeovil had already gained BTEC vocational qualifications in Music Practice and Music Technology at Yeovil College, before deciding to stay on for A Levels. He was also part of the Melancholy Moose Society, the student band which played the Glastonbury Festival last year. He said "I got three As, in English Language, English Literature and Philosophy. I'm going to the Royal Holloway to study English and plan to keep up my music too."

Kat Coates (18) of Wincanton got two A grades and a C at A Level and an A at AS. She said "My A Levels were in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics and my AS in Biology. I feel absolutely stunned at the moment, but I'm sure I'll do a little bit of celebrating later! I'm going to take a year out and work at a school."

Laura Entwistle (19) of Yeovil, who previously went to Buckler's Mead Community School, said "I got three A Levels, two As in Geography and Sociology and a B in History. I'm taking a gap year next year and going travelling. I'm hoping to go around Europe and also to Dubai."

Zoe Davis (21) of Yeovil gained straight As in all of her A Level Communication Studies units. She said "I will be coming back to college next year to do Photography and Performing Arts. I hope to go to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff after that."

Ben Venus (17) of Yeovil achieved four As at AS Level and also went to Buckler's Mead Community School. He said "I'm really, really pleased and shocked. I hoped for it, but I wasn't sure how I had done, but it's turned out really well. I'm staying at Yeovil College for the second year and hope to become a teacher or journalist."

Amanda Lisle (17) of Yeovil got four As at AS Level in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology. She said "I'm very pleased and surprised. I'm definitely going to continue my subjects next year at Yeovil College. I really want to be a midwife. I did a careers questionnaire which suggested it as an option. I researched it and really liked the sound of it. Since then, I've done work experience in New Zealand and Cardiff and it's really inspired me to pursue it as a career." Amanda is an ex-student of Preston School.

Students from A Level and Level 3 Vocational courses, such as BTEC National Diplomas and Certificates and CACHE Diplomas, have applied to university this year. Last year, a total 250 students made applications. This year the figure has increased by 12.8% to more than 280 students. Applications were made to prestigious universities including Oxford, Cardiff, Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Warwick and Leeds, as well as University College London.

Students also applied to the University Centre Yeovil (UCY), a partnership between Bournemouth University, the University of the West of England and the University of Gloucestershire, which provide professional and degree courses locally in Yeovil. The UCY recently celebrated excellent results of its own, including 26% of its part and full time Honours degree students gaining firsts, well above the national average of 12%*.

Andy Perlejewski, director of the 14 – 19 curriculum at the College, said "Yeovil College students have achieved excellent results again this year and the fact that more of them than ever are able to progress to university and good employment is very encouraging. Many people don't realise that 53% of university applications made by Yeovil College students are from those on Level 3 Vocational courses, highlighting that A Levels are not the only route to university and Higher Education."

The girls at St Mary's in Shaftesbury have beaten their record-breaking results from last year.

Almost nine out of 10 students – 87 per cent - sitting their final-year exams at the independent girls' school achieved grades of A or B. This is a one per cent increase on last year's record-breaking tally.

"We jumped 10 per cent last year so to top that is a fantastic achievement" said head teacher, Richard James. "I am so proud of the girls because 68 per cent of grades were A. Sixteen out of the 42 girls taking the exams achieved three straight A grades. This reinforces my belief that the pupils thrive in a girls-only school."

Mr James said he was particularly pleased that the three students holding Oxbridge offers have won places there. "Although a small school we consistently have success with our Oxbridge candidates.

"We are a mixed-ability school and take girls from all backgrounds. So while we encourage academic achievement, we don't put pressure on the girls. Instead we create a healthy balance between work and play and offer them a wide range of cultural, sporting and social activities," the head added. "That, I believe, is the secret of our success."

Girls choose to stay for the sixth form because they know that they will succeed academically and achieve places at the top universities.

The Independent Catholic school has about 320 pupils, and though two-thirds are boarders, many of the girls come from the surrounding area.

SHAFTESBURY School's overall pass rate is 97%.

Notable performances were achieved by:

Anne Glaze-Krayer with 4As and one AS a who will attend Warwick University and read History, Literature and Cultures of America.

Karl King got four straight As and will read English at Exeter University.

Josh Barnett who has a place at Leicester University to read English. Abigail Warrener who will read International Management & Modern Languages at Bath University and Gerrit Mending, one of the German boarders who has a place at Amsterdam University to read International Business and Economics, all achieved three As and a B.

Maria Moore who will study Film at a specialist college in Falmouth and Oluwatomigbye Ogunbiyi who will study Business and Management both achieved two As, a B and a C.

Headteacher David Booth said: "We are naturally delighted for the students attending the Shaftesbury/Sturminster Newton joint sixth form who have once again performed so well and achieved so much. These results reflect the outcome of two years of very hard work by the students and the dedication of the school's staff.

Whilst the highest performing students tend to be singled out and deserve the accolades, the great majority of the students have performed extremely well against their targets."

From Sturminster Newton High School, Michael Harwood achieved four very good A levels is going on to study Maths at Exeter University.

In a year when there is pressure on university places all those who applied have secured a place at the university of their choice.

A number of students have successfully opted to start employment with training for professional qualifications. These include Rebekah Bastable in accountancy and Tom Kley as a gold professional.

Jayne Barron, acting head teacher at Sturminster Newton High School said: "We are extremely pleased with the A level outcomes achieved by our year 13 students this year. They have worked hard and, with the support of staff and parents, have achieved grades which enable them to progress in a range of spheres. I am certain that they will be successful and trust that they enjoy their university courses and careers."

LAST year Ofsted recognised that the proportion of students who achieved high grades at Strode College on AS, A level and advanced vocational courses as "impressively high". That trend continues in 2009 with a record number of high achieving students across A level and vocational courses enabling the overwhelming majority of Strode students to secure their first choice higher education place.

The A level pass rate was 99% with 53% of entries graded A or B and 80% at grade C or higher. This has been achieved with a record number of students and examination entries in 2009.

Thirty-three out of the 39 A2 subjects offered achieved a 100% pass rate.

Thirty-three students achieved three or more grade As at A Level, including:

Rachael Barr of Burtle, Henry Bright of Castle Cary, Kirsty Carter of North Cadbury, Remus Knowles of Glastonbury, Briony Miles of Castle Cary, Daniel Scowcroft of Stawell, Aaron Barry of Street and Charlotte Bobbett of Glastonbury, who achieved 4 grade As at A Level; Lydia Cheyne of Barton St David, Natalie Cox of Wincanton, Matthew Deacon of Street, Beth Droy of Kingsbury Episcopi, Henry Edwards of Hurst, Joanna Egan of Martock, Jessica Fry of Street, Tashi Gillett-Skeath of Baltonsborough, Daisy Gooch of Street, Francesca Hill of Street, Harriett Lyall of North Cadbury, Kataya McKeever-Willis of Glastonbury, William Newing of Glastonbury, Harry Proud of Glastonbury, Adam Rees of Chiselborough, Jane Scarth of Wookey Hole, Andrew Sellick of Shapwick, Joseph Sidall of Glastonbury, Elinor Smith of Glastonbury, Laura Sohler of Midsomer Norton, Olivia Taylor of Chilton Polden, Simon Walker of Sparkford, Hannah Wall of Glastonbury, Annie White of Ditcheat and Wenjing Yao of Coxley who achieved 3 grade As at A Level.

The AS pass rate was 90% compared to the national average of 88%.

In the AS examinations, 26 students achieved 3 or more Grade A passes:

Fiona Brannan of Ash, Bryn Dickinson of Glastonbury, Rebecca Girton of Alhampton, Matthew Horton of Baltonsborough, Nancy Jessiman of Cary Fitzpaine, Angus Scott of Castle Cary, Allan Simpson of Holcombe and Queenie Wong of Street achieved an outstanding five grade As at AS Level; Leonard Baker of Shepton Mallet, Daniel Coysh of Butleigh, Rebecca House of Cossington and Kerrie McNally of Shepton Mallet achieved four grade As at AS Level and Charlotte Bibby of Lamyatt, James Chamberlain of Barton St David, Stephen Fuller of Wincanton, Christopher Goodwin of Marston Magna, John Gusman of West Camel, Alice Jones of West Pennard, Sophia Kolokotroni of Yeovil, Olivia Magill of Wyke Champflower, George Proud of Glastonbury, Hollie Roper of Shepton Mallet, Elinor Springett of East Coker, Sarah Squire of Glastonbury, Felicity Whitehouse of Drayton and Thomas Wilson of Glastonbury achieved three Grade As at AS Level.

Philippa Piper, head of A Level studies said:

"We are very pleased with our results, particularly the increase in the overall A Level pass rate and our high A to C A Level passes. Once again our hardworking and talented students and staff deserve every credit – they should be very proud."

Excellent results were also achieved in vocational courses;

Fifty-two students achieved triple distinctions (the equivalent of three grade As at A level) in their National Diploma courses:

Rachel Critchley of Cannington for National Diploma in Sport; Donee Donisthorpe of South Petherton, Stuart Elliott of Bruton, Michael Luscombe of Glastonbury, Dan Singer of Shepton Mallet, Ben Nelson-Smith of Castle Cary, Andy Speed of Shepton Mallet, Michael Waterworth of Glastonbury and Michael Bell of Pitney, for National Diploma for IT Practitioners; Kimberley Adams of Martock, Kayleigh Barlett of Shepton Mallet, Sophie Clark of Butleigh, Jade Crowhurst of Ashcott, William Dunford of Glastonbury, Alisha Farwell of Martock, Rebecca Gilson of Shepton Mallet, Sasha Hatcher of Shepton Mallet, Yasmin Margetts of Somerton, Holly Parr of Wells, Emilee Rolls of Ilminster for National Diploma in Health & Social Care; Lucy Davies of Shepton Mallet, Jenny Ford of Shepton Mallet, Hannah Gearing of Shepton Mallet, Tiffany Whittaker of Shepton Mallet for National Diploma in Business; Edward Vendome-Gardner of Yeovil for National Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed); Mark Edwards of Ilchester for National Diploma in Engineering; Hannah Liljebakk of Long Sutton, Sophie Collier of Keinton Mandeville, Lara Newton-Clare of Somerton, Edward Stables of Wedmore, Zoe Rayner of Glastonbury, Becki Simpson of Street, Molly Martin of Bruton, Rejwana Ferdous of Wincanton, Georgi Phillips of Long Sutton, Bethan Ralph of Ilminster and Sophie Chatfield of Sturminster Newton for National Diploma in Art & Design; Elle Cunningham of Somerton, Olivia Clarke of Yeovil, Matt Prentice of Bridgwater, Ella Harris of Glastonbury, Jess Faull of South Petherton, Becki Daniel of Crewkerne, Becky Spooner of Ilminster, Chloe Curtis of Bridgwater for National Diploma Performing Arts; Shane Costelloe of Wells and Tegan Viner of Shepton Mallet for National Diploma in Music Technology; Carrie Harwood of Shepton Mallet, Ben Hiscox of Radstock and Kirsty Bridge of Shepton Mallet for National Diploma in Media Production; Sam Boxell of Ashcott and Tom Pearse of Crewkerne for National Diploma in Music Practice.

Sixteen students achieved an overall distinction or distinction* in their First Diploma courses:

Alice Packer of Street and Samantha Maycroft of Wells for First Diploma in Sport; Connie Lewis of Castle Cary, Ashley Champion-Smith of Radstock, Kirsty Gardner of Street and Chanelle Lye of Yeovil for First Diploma in Health & Social Care;

Hannah Loxston of Martock, Leanne Vaux of Shepton Mallet and Lucie Syddall of Glastonbury for First Diploma in Business;

Kyle Shepherd of Wells for First Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed);

Tricia Wallington of Wells, Gemma Dunkerton of Baltonsborough and Nadia Burt of Bridgwater for First Diploma in Art & Design;

Gemma Kingston of Wincanton, Lee Rahn of Street and James Hughes of Yeovil for First Diploma in Performing Arts.

Seven students achieved an overall distinction in their Foundation courses:

Robert Ware of Cheddar for Foundation Degree in Public Services;

George Engelen of Glastonbury, Molly Johnston of Somerton, Katie Lenton of Ilminster, Kelly Napier of Yeovil, Miguel Santanta de Silva of Shepton Mallet and Poppy Veale of Glastonbury for Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.

Five students achieved an A grade in their CACHE Childcare & Education courses:

Gemma Baker of Bridgwater, Joanna Davies of Baltonsborough, Rebekah Dyer of Gillingham, Lucy Newbery of Yeovil, Sophie Padfield of Sherborne for Cache Diploma in Childcare & Education

Jill Deakin, Head of Creative Arts and Design, said:

"We are delighted with this year's National Diploma and Cache Diploma results. The success of our students reflects their hard work and commitment over their specialist programmes for the last two years. Their qualifications have combined both academic knowledge and understanding with practical experiences and skills, ensuring that they are suitably prepared to continue their studies to higher education or enter the workplace. Students who emerge with triple distinctions have consistently achieved at the very highest level. They deserve their success. We wish them well for the future."

Ian Bennett, principal said:

"The students who have achieved these excellent results are a credit to themselves, their families and their teachers."

"We also recognise that our students' success reflects well on the work of staff in primary and secondary schools who have prepared them so well for their post-16 studies."

AT the Godolphin School

Jenny Walton achieved four straight A Grades and 10 students achieved three straight A Grades, one of these students Emily Lay gained 100% in two of her English Literature papers.

Headmistress Miss Jill Horsburgh said: "With 74% of all grades at A/B, 90.8% at A-C and 100% pass rate, this has been another very good year for Godolphin. As higher education enters a particularly competitive period, we are particularly pleased that the great majority of our students have met or surpassed their university offers, while also finding plenty of time to complement A level studies with the wide range of other experiences offered within the Sixth Form Centre."

THE Park School A level results are slightly up on last year. The school has again maintained a 100% pass rate with 52% of all grades at A or B and 76% at A to C. Headmaster, Paul Bate, commented: "The students are delighted with their results as the majority will now move onto University. This continued standard of success is a reflection of all the hard work put in by the students and the staff and the excellent relationships that exist within the school".

2009 is another year of outstanding results for The Gryphon Sixth Form students. Results are well above the national average and reflect the considerable dedication and commitment of students and teachers over the last two years. There was a 99.5% pass rate at grades A-E; 27% of exams taken were awarded an A grade; 53% of exams taken were awarded an A or B grade; 76% of exams taken were awarded an A, B or C grade; 29 out of 31 subjects had a 100% pass rate; 15 students achieved three or more A grades at A-level.

A further eight students achieved two A grades and 1 B grade at A level

Two students gained places at the University of Oxford; three students have gained highly prized places in University Schools of Dentistry and one in Veterinary Sciences

This was the first year of the new Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which saw 100% A* and A grades

Headteacher, Steve Hillier said "Once again we are delighted with this year's A Level results. This is the fifth year in a row when over 50% of the A levels taken achieved an A or B grade. With three quarters of the grades being C or above this is the fifth consecutive year that well over 70% achieved the highest results. Our overall pass rate is almost 100%

This has been a very special year for the School with many of these students contributing to the fantastic success in the BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year competition as well as the school film production of Far from the Madding Crowd which featured on BBC Breakfast News and CNN. In February the School received a judgement of Outstanding in an OFSTED Inspection of Music. During this year there is ongoing investment in new facilities including additional Sixth Form study and WiFi access across the site for our students. In September the Sixth Form will be the largest ever at The Gryphon.

Our Sixth Form students are great ambassadors for The Gryphon School Sixth Form. Students show great pride in the school and appreciate the quality of teaching, the level of support and range of opportunities that they have received here. We wish them all every future success at university, in training courses or starting out in their chosen career."

Director of Sixth Form, Jane Tutton, said "Our students and staff have once again worked hard to produce an outstanding set of results which will enable our young people to progress to a wide choice of careers and Higher/Further Education opportunities. We particularly look forward to welcoming back 5 students who have secured teaching assistant roles at The Gryphon School during their gap year prior to University. As well as the outstanding grades listed, many students not mentioned here also made fantastic progress over the two years and achieved excellent results.''

Each individual student should be congratulated on their personal achievements. Exceptional outcomes for the following should also be particularly noted:

Chloe Daniel from Buckland Newton, achieved four As, and is taking a year out before applying to UCAS for 2010 to read Veterinary Medicine

Lianne Edwards, from Yeovil achieved four As, and will read Law at Bristol University

Alex Martin from North Cheriton achieved four As and will read Civil and Architectural Engineering at Bath University

Ahmed Omran from Yeovil achieved four A grades, and is going to read Dentistry at Bristol University

Heather Organ from Yeovil achieved four A grades, and is going to read Architectural Studies at Cardiff University

James Boxall from Sherborne achieved 3 A grades and 1 C grade, and is going to read Chemistry at the University of Oxford

Reuben Harding from Thornford achieved 3 A, 1 B and a C grade, and is taking a year out before applying to UCAS for 2010 for a degree in Physics

Rio Froud from Pulham achieved three A grades, and is taking a year out before applying to UCAS for 2010 for a degree in Primary Teaching

Jessica Scott from Stourton Caundle achieved three A grades, and is going to read Dentistry at Bristol University

Rachel Holt from Bradford Abbas achieved three A grades, and is going to read Mathematics at University

Vanessa Greening, from Thornford achieved three A grades, and is going to read Midwifery at Southampton University

Catherine Jarvis from Henstridge achieved three A grades, and is taking a year out before taking up her place to read Biochemistry at Bath University in 2010

Alan Kell, from Longburton achieved three A grades, and is going to read Business Management at Cardiff University

Vanessa Legg from Yeovil achieved three A grades, and is going to read Dentistry at Queen Mary's University in London

Libby Rogers from Thornford achieved three A grades, and is going to read Mathematics at Warwick University

Alex Hepburn from Hazelbury Bryan achieved two A grades and two B grades and is going to read Agriculture at Reading University

Luka Babiy from Sherborne achieved two A and one B grades and is taking a year out before applying to UCAS in 2010

Laura Bailey from Stoford achieved two A and one B grade and is going to read Business Economics at Cardiff University

Jack Buckley from Okeford Fitzpaine achieved two A and one B grade and is taking a year out before applying to UCAS for 2010

Lee Goddard from Sherborne achieved two A and one B grade and is hoping to read Architecture

Josh Petty from Sherborne achieved two A and one B grade and is taking a year out before applying to UCAS for 2010

Patrick Stewart from Sherborne achieved two A and one B grade and is taking a year out before applying to UCAS for 2010 to read Dentistry

Jo Tabor from Sutton Montis achieved two A and one B grade and is going to read Psychology at Cardiff University

Todd Jensen from Bradford Abbas achieved two As and a C grade and will be reading Geology at Southampton University

Laurence Jullens from Thornford achieved two As and a C grade and will be reading Exercise and sports Science at Exeter university

George Lavers from Tintinhull achieved two As and one C grade and will be reading Economics and Mathematics at Leeds University

CELEBRATION was the order of the day at Bruton School for Girls, where over half (52%) of the A level grades were As. Eleven of the 33 candidates scored three or more top A grades.

Leading the way were two girls whose results confirm their places at Cambridge University. Isabel Hughes of Wincanton is to read Natural Sciences at Newnham College and Emily Pollard of Ansty near Tisbury has gained a place at Clare College on one of the most competitive degree courses in the country, Veterinary Medicine. Head girl, Lydia Newton of Wincanton, and her deputies, Samantha Clarke of Frome and Charlotte Battisson of East Coker, also gained straight As. Lydia will be reading Medicine at Newcastle, Samantha Human Biology at Birmingham and Charlotte will be applying for a Veterinary place in the autumn.

The other students gaining three or more A grade results were: Lindsay Borthwick of Frome (who will read Civil Engineering at Southampton), Jenny Gao (Maths and Economics at Warwick), Amanda Li (Economics at Chinese University of Hong Kong), Sara Shen (Economics at University College London), Victoria Voysey of Sparkford (Sport & Exercise Science at Bath) and Cathy Zhang (Economics at Warwick). In addition there were numerous examples of girls achieving grades that surpassed expectations.

"Everyone at the school is delighted with these A level results" said headmaster John Burrough. "They reflect tremendous hard work by the students and an excellent standard of teaching. I heartily congratulate all concerned, not just those who have achieved top grades but everyone who has worked to the very best of her ability. This is further evidence of the advantages of girls-only education."

THERE was much to celebrate at Wells Cathedral School on Thursday, following this year's successful A-level results. The overall pass rate for the 75 pupils was 98 per cent, and 89 per cent achieved A-C grades. More than 44 per cent of entrants achieved an A grade, an increase on last year, and nearly 72 per cent achieved grades A-B.

Over 27 per cent of entrants achieved three grade As or more, among them – Alexandra Curtis from Westbury-sub-Mendip, Isobel Flett from Malvern, Emily Hennah from Moorlynch, Alice Hudson from Wells, Tom Lloyd Jones from Oakhill, Daniel Macklin from North Wooton, Joseph Shiner from East Brent, and Claudia Carr-Jones from Dorset.

Seven pupils achieved at least four grade As or more, including local twins Alice and Rose Penfold from Westbury-sub-Mendip, who were awarded eight grade As between them in a wide variety of subjects. Alice is going on to study English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in October; whilst Rose will be studying Medicine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Emma Bennett from Wrington, Katie Cheng, Jacky Li and Wai Hang Louie from Hong Kong and Saphora Smith from East Harptree also achieved four grade As or more.

Wells' Science and Mathematics results were again very good this year, with 73 per cent of entrants getting a grade A in Chemistry, over 82 per cent of entrants getting A-B grades in Biology and over two thirds of entrants getting an A grade at Further Mathematics. Language results were also exceptional, with 88 per cent of entrants achieving a Grade A in French and 100 per cent obtaining grades A-B in Italian. Additionally, this year was the first time pupils at Wells were able to participate in the national Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a stand-alone independent research-based course worth up to 60 UCAS points and assessed at A-level standard, and results were excellent, with over 70 per cent of entrants achieving A or A* grades. Miranda Pottinger, from Wells, gained 100 per cent for her project on the letters of the Mitford sisters.

Wells pupils are going on to study a wide range of subjects at university and colleges nationwide, from Medicine through to Psychology, and Economics through to Theatre Studies. A large number of candidates will be continuing with their music studies at Music Colleges and Conservatoires in the UK and around the world, where many have won prestigious scholarships for the forth coming year. More than one third of the candidates have specialised in music during their time in the sixth form and have successfully juggled academic work with intensive music programmes and long hours of practice, many of them achieving very high grades in their A-levels; in particular, Frederic Bager, Katie Honey, Joseph Shiner and Katharine Suthers, who all achieved a full complement of A grades, as well as juggling high profile music commitments. Congratulations also to Dr Hilary Wynn Murphy, one of their music teachers, who gained an A in her self-taught A-level in Art History!

Four pupils have won places at Oxford or Cambridge, to study a variety of subjects, including English, Medicine and Music; and Joseph Shiner has additionally been awarded a prestigious instrumental scholarship for Gonville and Caius, Cambridge.

The three students who featured in the Channel 5 television programme, 'How the Other Half Learns' - Jeremy Lloyd, Thomas Lloyd Jones and Elizabeth Orrett, achieved excellent results, gaining six A grades and four B grades between them. Their counterparts at Preston Manor High in Wembley also did well.

Head Elizabeth Cairncross said, "These results represent much hard work from students, staff and families! We're delighted with individual successes, and even more pleased that so many students are now able to move on to courses they've chosen, many of them musical, and which will give them further good education and brain training. I'm looking forward to becoming old in a world which has them in charge!"

BOYS at Sherborne have achieved excellent A-Level results yet again. Those who sat the IB Diploma have also exceeded expectations with an average performance equivalent to four A grades at A-Level. For the eighth year in succession more than three quarters of all examinations taken were graded at the equivalent of A or B grade and nearly half were at grade A. Nearly a third of the year group achieved three or more A grades or their equivalent.

The school also expects several grades to improve in the coming weeks and so, along with many other similar schools, Sherborne has decided not to release these provisional results to the national newspapers. Therefore, as in 2008, it will not appear in the end of August League Tables which have become so discredited. Detailed results will appear on the school's website in due course.

"These results, which have come up to our usual high expectation, are a good reflection of a positive's year work. We are delighted with the excellent performance of our boys in IB, which they sat for the first time this year," comments Simon Eliot, headmaster. "We are also particularly pleased with the way in which the leavers of 2009 markedly improved their performance from AS level last summer. This is testament to the hard work of the boys and their teachers."

The following local pupils achieved at least three A grades at A level: John Butler of Marnhull, Laurence Blair of Weymouth, Harry Wills of Frome, George Allen of Chilmark, Charles Garnett of Donhead St Mary, Harold Busby of Beaminster, Peter Day-Banks of Sherborne, Oliver Longland of Sherborne, Edward Hughes of Stourton Caundle, Hugh Crawford-Smith of Cucklington and Alexander White of Wareham. Edward Cripps of Stalbridge excelled in the IB Diploma.

For fuller reports visit www.blackmorevale.co.uk

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