Thousands of nervous teenagers across the country have been receiving their A-Level results today.
It may be the last time they have to go to school, with many heading to university, work or starting apprenticeships.
Last year the overall pass rate stayed the same, with 98.1 per cent of students getting A*-E grades.
A record number of students also gained places at British universities, in 2013, after more took ‘tough’ A-Level subjects.
This year Emmanuel School students celebrated going to both Cambridge and Oxford University this year.
Mark Hanley-Browne, headteacher at Emmanuel School, said: “We have got three going to Oxford and one to Cambridge. We have even got one going to Miami University to study liberal arts.
“I think this is going to be a continuing trend because America does have some of the best universities in the world.
“This year there was a lot n the press about the number of top grades going down but we haven’t really noticed that.
The school boasted 34 per cent in A* and A grades, 33 per cent in B grades and 21 per cent in C grades.
Students at St John Bosco College in Battersea achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the college’s first ever set of A-levels.
Headteacher Simon Uttley said: “I am pleased with this achievement. Our school is moving to a brand new building in Battersea next year and these results reflect the incredible journey our school has taken in the last two years since the Sixth Form opened.”
Students at Saint John Bosco College get their results
Putney High School celebrated 87 per cent of entrants achieving A* to B grades with more than half of all entries getting A* or A grades.
Putney High School students Audrey Wightman, Hester Depel, Rosie Shufflebotham and Flora McNeil take a selfie to remember the moment
Amelia Stewart scooped three A*s and one A as well as an A* in her extended project qualification which allowed her to travel to Hawaii to research volcanoes.
Denise Lodge, headteacher at Putney High School, said: “We encourage students to excel academically but also to develop the intellectual confidence and curiosity needed for the next stage of their lives – through A levels, the Extended Project qualification and the many other opportunities available.”
Putney High School’s Laura Carruthers and Miriam Mason break the news
Jumping for joy: Putney High School’s Madeleine Jones, Laura Carruthers, Miriam Mason and Lieze Thielemans
Students at ARK Putney Academy had a record breaking year for results with the number of passes at A* to C jumping from 67 per cent last year to 72 per cent this year.
Year 13 student Aaisha Abdulsalam has just finished her A level exams in maths, physics and art and hopes to become the first ever female Kurdish commercial pilot,
She will study aviation pilot studies in New Buck University in High Wycombe.
She said: “In my country as well in Iraq, there are no women pilots. So if I do become a pilot I will be the first Kurdish person to become a pilot. Education is your oyster. It takes you where you want to go.”
On the way to success: Aisha Abdulsalam celebrates with a friend
Alison Downey, principal at ARK Putney, said: "This is a fantastic set of results for our students many of whom are going on to some of the country’s best universities. I am really proud of the journey they have made, and I wish them every success in the future.”
ARK Putney student Hamza Arshad who got two A's and an A*
Chestnut Grove Academy managed an 81 per cent A* to C pass rate this year.
Headteacher Christian Kingsley said: "These students have got us the best ever exam results. We have got our first student into medicine school to become a doctor so we are pleased.
"The students have worked incredibly hard to get these results."
Students at Gravebey School achieved an 80 per cent A* to C pass rate with almost 30 per cent gaining an A* or A grade.
Head of sixth form Ms Cronin said: “This year, the loss of the January exam period has meant that students have had to take all their examinations in the summer with no opportunity to improve their grades by retaking any A Level units. In this light, these results compare very favourably."
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