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A-level results day in Brighton, Hove and across Sussex - as it happened
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- Sussex schools report improved exam results.
- Bhasvic gets 98% pass rate.
- Vardean gets 98% pass rate.
- Independents perform strongly again.
- Tell us how you got on by using the comments below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
That about wraps it up for today's A-levels live blog.
Thank you for everyone who took part and a big congratulations to all those who got the grades they wanted or needed.
For those who did not, do not despair and best of luck with the clearing system.
Do not forget to pick up tomorrow's Argus for lots more heartwarming stories and photos.
RT @GuardianTeach: A complete breakdown of today's A-level results: how subject, school and sex are affecting success http://t.co/eK7llCPioJ— @GdnHigherEd 15 August 2013
There is still time to take part in our poll on whether university is worthwhile.
Currently, 51% are saying no and 44% are saying yes. What do you think?
Our snappers were out today taking photos of students getting their results.
Here are a few of the best. Make sure to pick up a copy of the Argus tomorrow to see our extensive coverage and plenty more snaps.
Pupils and staff at Lavant House School in Chichester were celebrating this morning as A and AS level results were handed out and, once again, there was good cause.
The independent girls’ school, which recently entered the Times’ Top 200 schools list, was delighted that its cohort had achieved 78% of all A level results at grades A* - C and an excellent 22% of A level grades at A or A*.
Incoming headteacher, Caroline Horton, who will lead the school when all pupils return in September paid tribute to the staff as well as outgoing head, Kate Bartholomew.
She said, “The dedication of the staff and the fully supportive nature of Lavant House School is why I’ve chosen to come and take up the reins this autumn.
"It was clear to me from my first visit here that there is a wonderful enthusiasm for unlocking the potential of each and every girl who studies at Lavant House and this has been borne out, yet again, by these excellent results.
"The girls, and staff, should be justifiably proud of themselves.”
Eleni Kolios was pleased with her A*, A, B, B results and is now heading off to study English Literature at University of Sussex this September.
She said, “I got what I needed so I’m happy with that and I’m really looking forward to starting my new chapter in life.”
Alice Jin and Sophie Deller also received excellent grades but chose to receive their results remotely.
Talented artist, Isobel Darton was thrilled with her A in art but is now heading off to study an equine management course alongside classmate Alex Wade.
She said, “I was going to go to the Royal Agricultural College but have actually managed to get better results than I thought so now I can be a bit more selective and choose a course with a better equine slant.”
RT @uniofbrighton: Holding or seeking a Clearing offer? Come to a drop-in Info Day 16-20 Aug: http://t.co/J53fYksKmE Book or call 01273 987…— @CoolBrighton 15 August 2013
Results have come in from Burgess Hill School for Girls:
- A* to B grades: 81%
- Pass rate: 100%
- Pass rate last year (2012): 100%
Headmistress, Mrs Ann Aughwane, said: “It is another successful year for the girls at Burgess Hill, their excellent examination results will enable them to pursue their dreams.
"Whether it be at their first choice university, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Music College, art foundation course or working through a prestigious undergraduate placement scheme with global network KPMG, we are thrilled that their hard work and enthusiasm has been rewarded.
"We wish them every success for the next important stage in their lives.
"We are particularly delighted with a full complement of A* grades in Further Maths, with two students, Bethan Williams and Natalie Luk heading to Bristol and UCL respectively to study mathematics.”
Ardingly College is celebrating an outstanding set of A-level results for 64 of its students to add to the top International Baccalaureate results achieved by the other 41 Sixth Formers in July which placed them 6% above the worldwide average.
Overall the Year 13 A Level cohort achieved 66% of all grades at A*- B.
Ardingly pupils continue to excel in languages at A-level and 100% of students gained A*-A in German, Greek, Italian, Russian and Turkish and 100% of students gained A* -B in further maths, geography, music, Spanish and Chinese.
Maths and sciences also produced excellent results with local Sussex students Geoffrey Lawrence and Raffaella Freeman both achieving three A*s:
Raffaella is going to study chemistry at UCL and Geoffrey will be starting medicine at King’s College, London in September.
Geoffrey, who comes from Lindfield, said: “I am really happy with my results and really excited to be going on to London.
"I want to thank Ardingly for helping me to get on so well and for giving me the opportunity to make so many good friends along the way.”
Oxbridge successes include Will Durkin, also from Lindfield, who will be studying English Language and Literature at Exeter College, Oxford.
Head Boy Leo Ko achieved an outstanding 3 A*s and 2 As. Leo, who has also been the electronics manager of Ardingly College’s Solar Car team, is heading for UC Berkley to study engineering.
Director of studies Jamie Large said: “Teachers and pupils alike should be extremely proud of the results of their hard work.
"Congratulations are due not only to those with the highest grades in both the IB Diploma and A-levels, but to everyone who has done their individual best and achieved their own full potential.
"In addition to these excellent A-level results our students have achieved their best ever set of AS-level results”.
@BHHSGDST @bhhs smiles around! Congratulations on your results!— @School_HouseM 15 August 2013
Lancing College head master, Mr Jonathan Gillespie, said:
"I congratulate our students on their splendid achievements at A Level. Our Sixth Formers have gained outstanding results in a wide range of the most challenging academic subjects, and they will now go on to study at elite universities both in the UK and further afield.
"These grades represent the culmination of much hard work and enthusiasm on the part of our students who have been encouraged throughout their time at Lancing by inspirational staff.
"A Lancing education combines academic studies with exciting opportunities beyond the curriculum, so that all pupils can develop wide-ranging skills and embrace new challenges which unlock their full potential and which enable them to embark with confidence on their future paths.
"We wish our leavers every happiness and success in the future."
We have some results from Lancing College:
• 36 candidates (31.3%) achieved at least 3 A grades. 20 candidates achieved at least 4 As, and 6 achieved at least 5 As.
• 43 candidates (37.4%) achieved at least 1 A* grade. 19 candidates achieved at least 2 A*s, 6 achieved at least 3 A*s, 4 achieved at least 4 A*s and 2 candidates achieved a clean sweep of 5 A*s.
• 20% of A Levels taken were graded A*.
• 53% of A Levels taken were graded A* or A.
• Lancing’s average of A*-B grades for the last ten years is 82.3%.
• The average UCAS points score for our leavers was 381 which equates to grades A*AA.
Sixth Form leavers from Bede’s came together at the school to celebrate yet another year of A-level achievement this week.
Overall, Bede’s Sixth Formers achieved great things in 2013, including 68% of Art students achieving A or A* grades, 63% of Modern Foreign Language students achieving the same, and 45% of Maths and Further Maths pupils achieving A or A* grades.
Among the school’s success stories, a number of pupils achieved clutches of full marks in their modules.
These individuals included Asher Pearl who, aside from achieving straight A* grades in his 4 A-level courses, scored 100% in over half of his maths, further maths, physics and chemistry modules.
Similar Bede’s accomplishments include Amy Camp from Polegate, who achieved A* grades in biology and chemistry, A grades in Latin and English literature and a B grade in maths and Siobhan Culley who was awarded straight A’s in history, biology and psychology, which she will go on to study at Bath.
Bede’s Deputy Head of School for 2012-13, Kaz Johnson-Salami, also achieved full marks in over 50% of his A-level art modules, and with his A* in art, A inbBusiness and B in politics.
Kaz is well-placed to begin his studies at the Central St Martin’s college.
He will do so alongside the 19 other Bede’s leavers who will also be starting at art schools across the country in September.
Bede’s Headmaster Dr Richard Maloney said of the results, "In a time where grades are being pushed downwards by governmental pressure, Bede's students have bucked that trend.
"Our aim is to add value to each of our students to enable them to strive for what is best for them. Once more, I am hugely proud of Bede's pupils' achievements as academics and people."
Congrats to all accepted by @artsbrighton today - fantastic place #designingforfuture— @ThFuturePerfect 15 August 2013
Cameron Dashwood, Eleanor De and Angus Plummer who all got four A*s
Excited students celebrated unprecedented exam success at Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath today as they collected their results. This year’s pass rate was the highest in the College’s history with 99.7% of students passing their exams – compared to 98.1% nationally.
Vice Principal of the campus, Richard Hailstone was delighted with the students’ achievements, saying: “Results this year are excellent, both in terms of overall success and individual performances from some of the fantastic students here at Central Sussex College.
"We are delighted that 73.4% of A Level students achieved top grades of A* to C and 33 out of 36 subjects saw a 100% pass rate.
"There are also numerous examples of individual excellence, including the 24 individual students who achieved 3 or more A* and A grades and the four outstanding students who will now be taking up places at Oxbridge, as well as all those who have exceeded their own personal expectations – we’re extremely proud of our students’ achievements and wish them every success in the future.”
Among this year’s highest achievers was eighteen year old George Wood, from Haywards Heath. After a sleepless night, George was thrilled to learn that he had scored As in biology, physics and maths, an A* in chemistry and a B grade in AS Level further maths.
He has accepted an offer from Downing College, Cambridge to read natural sciences later this year, and has ambitions to go into biochemical research in the future.
George said: “I’m the first person from my family to go to university and everyone is so proud of me – my mum wouldn’t stop hugging me! I’m just ridiculously happy right now!”
A-Level results: another fine day in Brighton. Pupils studying at Brighton College are celebrating outstanding... http://t.co/Jg2HwvRbl7— @oldbrightonians 15 August 2013
Best of luck to all students receiving A-level results today, we look forward to welcoming those coming to Brighton! http://t.co/ZDxTGHgkxi— @edubrighton 15 August 2013
St Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham have sent through their results:
Number of entries: 173
A* - 11
A - 39
B - 48
C - 46
D - 19
E – 4
U - 6
If you got the grades you were hoping for how are you going to celebrate? A meal with the parents? A party? Maybe even a well-deserved holiday? Let us know how you will makr the occassion.
Hove Park Sixth Form followed last year's record set of A-level results with a huge increase in the number of students achieving the top grades.
Almost 40% of A-levels and BTECs taken at the school were awarded an A*-B grade, up from 25% last year.
The over-all pass mark for A-levels and equivalences was 99%, an incredible achievement for students and staff at the school.
Head of Sixth Form Tania Banks said: "We have been working hard all year to ensure that more Hove Park students achieved top grades.
"This success will open doors for our students, and we have seen this happen already, with one of our most talented students on her way to Cambridge University in the autumn."
Headteacher Derek Trimmer said: "Even though nationally exams are getting tougher, Hove Park School and Sixth Form continues to buck the trend.
"We are always working to narrow the gap between our students and students in the top schools in the country and our Sixth Form has made a huge leap towards that this year."
A-level student Molly Edwards will be reading English at Newnham College, Cambridge when the new term starts.
Molly achieved prestigious A* grades in her English Literature and Psychology exams and achieved an A grade in Spanish to secure her place.
Mr Trimmer praised Molly and her teachers, calling it 'an outstanding achievement.
He said: "Molly is a role model for Hove Park students, showing us all what students with high aspirations can achieve."
Last year's Argus cover star, Grant Connor, had further success, achieving an incredible five A grades at AS Level.
More than 1,000 Sussex Downs College students from across Brighton and Sussex are celebrating today after receiving their A level and BTEC results.
The college celebrated another successful year, with more than 8,000 A level entries this summer in a range of subjects from Spanish to sociology, and from art to accounting.
Sussex Downs College achieved an overall A*-E pass rate of 97.4%, with nearly three quarters achieving the high grades of A-C. Fifty-one subjects had 100% pass rates.
Melanie Hunt, principal and chief executive of Sussex Downs College, said: “I am delighted to congratulate all our students on a wonderful set of A level results for 2013.
"This represents an enormous amount of hard work and commitment, and fantastic support from a range of expert and experienced staff.
"Teachers and tutors work together to provide inspiration, challenge and encouragement to students, and in some cases to help them stay on track."
Melanie added: “This collective hard work has really paid off and I am sure that our students will go from strength to strength in the future.
"For those whose results might not be quite as they had hoped, I urge them to come in and talks to us – there are many pathways to future success and we can help.”
RT @BMS_MrHarrold: @brightonargus Luke did brilliantly finishing full #Alevel in a year an got ABC and is off to Brighton Uni http://t.co/e…— @lucas_parcus63 15 August 2013
Hove MP Mike Weatherley has extended his congratulations to A-level students in the city.
He said: “The weeks leading up to results day are always fraught with tension. However, the years of hard work have clearly paid off for students across Brighton & Hove.
"I wish everyone the best of luck today and in their future endeavours, albeit further education or the world of work.
"A special mention goes to students at BHASVIC who achieved a brilliant 98% overall pass rate.”
Results are in from Our Lady of Sion school in Worthing.
"We wish all our Upper Sixth students every success as they prepare for the next phase of their lives, with the majority looking forward to taking up their first choice university places.
"Once again, we have enjoyed very good results.
"The A* grade accounted for 10.8 % of all results, whilst A* and A grades combined amounted to exactly 30.1%. The A*-B pass rate was 61.5%.
"This indicates that many individuals performed at the highest level and special mention should be made of the following students, each of whom gained at least three A*-A grades.
James Cairns: 4 As
Elliot Gamble: 3 A*s and 1 A
Beau Hayes (Head Boy): 1 A* and 2 As
Hope Maddocks: 2 A*s and 1 A
Rachel Watson: 1 A* and 2 As"
Best ever A level results at Angmering!— @Lianne_Allison 15 August 2013
RT @BMS_MrHarrold: @brightonargus more success from @BlatchMill Fariha, Sophie and Layla all onto courses at Kent, @SussexUni, Reading http…— @SophieeHaynes 15 August 2013
Hot off the cutting room floor, here's a video of students finding out their A-level results at Varndean College in Brighton this morning.
Remember to send in your photos and results to email@example.com or tweet to @brightonargus
Some useful advice within the story about clearing as, of course, some students will not be celebrating today.
The main message is not to panic, according to the University of Sussex.
Professor Clare Mackie, pro vice-chancellor for teaching and learning at the University of Sussex, said: “First off – don’t panic!
"Keep calm and make sure you look at all your options rather than rushing into clearing and picking a university and course that in the long term might not be a good choice for you.
"It might be that you’d be better off deferring for a year to work, travel or gain other qualifications, all of which will help you make a better informed choice of university for next year.
“If you are keen to get into university now, there is advice and guidance readily available – from your schools and A-level colleges and the universities themselves, so don’t treat unexpected results as the end of the world.
"And because of Government changes to the numbers of students universities can admit, it may be that there are still plenty of suitable degree courses from which you can choose, and from a wide range of universities.
“Ultimately, be aspirational.
"Set your sights high but of course, be realistic. Select a course that you want to do and would enjoy and then choose the best university you can get into.”
"Prospective undergraduates can check with UCAS online to search for available courses through clearing as well as with individual universities who will be posting clearing news on their websites.
"An admissions team will be on hand at Sussex’s Falmer campus during results week to give advice and explain the process for gaining a place at the university.
"Open days will be held on campus from Thursday to Saturday for offer-holding students if you’re able to visit.
"Check the website for details or ask the hotline team for information.
"To find out more call the hotline on 01273 678416 or visit www.sussex.ac.uk/clearing and select Home/EU vacancies."
Have you seen our report on the A-level results this morning?
Lots of info and reaction, plus more to come tomorrow in the Argus.
News from Uckfield Community Technology College.
UCTC is delighted to announce an excellent set of A Level results again this year. 70 % of A2 grades were awarded at grades C to A*, with 22.3% being A-A*.
Across the board our students have performed particularly well. In particular we wish to extend our congratulations to students who gained especially pleasing grades.
Principal Hugh Hennebry said "Congratulations to all our students getting their A-Level results today. We are delighted that the dedication, hard work and commitment of staff and student had led to great individual success and we wish all our former students all the very best for the next stage in their lives"
Olivia Nunnerley-Hood, Lucy Phillips and Harriet Pavey - three of their highest performing students, off to study English at Royal Holloway College, to Kings London and to UEA to study Philosophy and Politics
Sussex Coast College Hastings have performed above the national average for the 5th years running:
Students secured an exceptional AS success rate of 82.35%, compared to the national average of 75.05% (11/12). Similarly, final year A Level students produced outstanding results.
Since 2008/09, A Level students have achieved a pass rate of 99% on the range of A Level subjects offered by the College.
Jim Sharpe, headteacher of Academy 6 at SCCH said ‘Our learners and teachers have worked extremely hard for this success and we are delighted with their achievements in both the first and second year of the programmes.
"SCCH would like to congratulate all students on their outstanding achievements this year.’
Sussex Coast College has seen an increase in applications for A level courses over recent months and is about to start enrolments for the new academic year.
"If you would like to study at the college, or have any questions about A levels, contact Student Services on 01424 458 465."
Some great advice from David Ellis via the Telegraph on what to do and what not to do when making a phone call to clearing:
Do’s and don’t s
Preparing for the call and taming the tremble in your voice will get you most of the way. However, there are some important dos and don’ts to adhere to.
Do have your details printed out. An adviser will ask for your grades and your Ucas track number. Be prepared.
Don’t call up until you’ve done your research. Don’t be fooled by the idea that clearing is all over in the first half an hour – it's not. Consider your options and call up, well-informed and confident in your choices. You will have a much better chance of securing a place if you know the place you want.
Do take notes for each phone call. If you’re calling a number of universities, it’s easy to get confused between offers. This would be a catastrophic.
Don’t forget to take down names, emails and direct telephone numbers. You may need to get back in touch with someone you spoke to – don’t start again at the back of the queue.
Do read over your personal statement – the admissions tutor may refer to it. Don’t be tripped up by the little exaggerations you may or may not have written.
Don’t beg or ask for ‘anything going’ – you won’t come across as committed to your education, you’ll only reek of desperation, which gives the impression you don’t care about the university you’re applying to. Make them feel special.
Do be prepared for hold music, or the engaged tone. These helplines are busy! If the line is engaged, hang up, move on, and come back to it later.
Don’t be shy: if ever there was a time to sell yourself, this is it, especially if you’re chatting with an admissions tutor. Make them want you.
Do have your computer to hand at all times. Not only will it prove invaluable for last minute research and blagging, once you've had verbal offers and made up your mind, you’ll want to be on Ucas track to confirm your decision and sort the necessary formalities. Once that’s done, it would be a courtesy to call back universities who you aren’t accepting an offer from – they may be holding a place for you which another student could take.
Jodie Trussler and Natasha Tully celebrating their results at PACA
Ellie Williams,17, Brighton, bagged herself an A in textiles and Two Bs in classics and drama.
She's going to continue with all three in September and hopes to go to university in either Birmingham or Bristol to study drama.
Melita reports from Varndean College:
Sarah McNichol, 18, Lewes, achieved two Bs in sociology and world development and a C in history.
She is excited about taking a break from education to go travelling in Portugal and would maybe like to study sociology or anthropology at uni when she returns.
And news in from Moira House in Eastbourne:
We are delighted for our students here at Moira House Girls School. They have achieved an excellent set of results both at A and AS Level.
The overall A Level pass rate has risen again to 95%, with 35% achieving A* and A, and an exceptional 62.5% achieving A*, A and B. 81.3% achieved A*, A, B and C.
We must congratulate the following girls who all achieved at least 3 As or above at A Level:
Amy Zhang (A*, A, A, A); Emma Grace (A*, A, A); Moonzia Alam (A*, A, A); Susan Su (A*, A, A, C) and the following students who achieved at least 2 As: Charlotte Reynard (A, A, B); Dove Sun (A*, A, B, B); Molly Tian (A*, B, B, B).
Emma Grace, who will be reading Medicine at Bristol University, said: “I am so happy, I can’t believe it”, and Moonzia Alam, who will be reading Psychology at University College London, exclaimed: “I’m over the moon, it’s just so amazing!”
Principal, Mrs Lesley Watson, was delighted for the girls: “I am delighted with the A Level results this year and congratulations must be given to each of our Year 13 students for their outstanding grades and to all our academic staff who have supported the girls throughout their A Level studies.”
Some key A-level result figures from Shoreham Academy:
Pass rate A*-E = 100%
A* - C = 67%
A*-A = 23%
Well done to all those who passed!
Midhurst Rother College is celebrating its best ever A-level results:
Students at Midhurst Rother College are once again celebrating achieving the College’s best ever A Level results. Over a quarter (26%) of A Level or equivalent entries resulted in A* and A grades;a significant rise from 2012.
More than half (53%) of A Level or equivalent entries were graded A*-B, with three-quarters (75%) achieving A*-C.
There were some excellent individual results. Chloe Dudman, former Head Girl, achieved two A*s and an A, she will go on to the University of Chichester to study an Art Foundation Course. Tom Cain, former Head Boy, through his A*, A and B results, including an outstanding grade in Mathematics, has gained a place to read History at Warwick University. Caroline Miller who has specialised in Chemistry and Mathematics achieved two As.
Carter, Tony Scutt, Chloe Dudman (former Head Girl), Dean Altass-Hye, Lucie Challen, Tom Cain (former Head Boy), Paige Taylor, Jack Gander, Alex Piggott, Archie Challen
In addition, 100% of A Level entries in Chemistry, Photography and Product Design received A* or A grades, with 100% of Art and History A Levels achieving A*-B.
Dr Joe Vitagliano, Principal of Midhurst Rother College, said:
"These results confirm Ofsted's judgment of the College as outstanding and show it making year-on-year improvements despite A Level examinations becoming increasingly difficult.
“I am proud of how the students have worked incredibly hard over the past two years; these results are a fitting reward for their efforts and dedication. I wish them all well in the future.
“These results should give huge confidence to those students joining the College's Sixth Form in September. These results are exceptional and show that if you work hard and act on the excellent personal support available at MRC, you can obtain first class grades and a highly sought after university place.
Students at St. Paul’s Catholic College achieved outstanding A level results once again this year with 61% of students achieving A*-B grades, 87% A*-C and 100% passing their A level exams. This is down to the hard work and commitment of students and staff over the last two years.
Exceptional performances came from Sam Ferber Stevenson with 4 A* grades and Michael Rowney who achieved 3 A* grades, both of whom scored over 90% in all A2 papers. Connor Genders, Ashley George, Emily Hunt, Callum Weller all received 1A* and 2 A grades and Cecily Bryant, Millie Carden, Jacob Hollebon, Shea Lawrence, James Leighton, Megan Mullany were awarded 3 A grades, Matt Delaloye and Georgia Hawken-Allison got 2 A* and 1 B grades. Overall 27% of all results were graded as A* or A which shows the fantastic results achieved by students this year.
Sue Homer, Director of Key Stage 5 Achievement at the College said, “We are thrilled by the results achieved this year and are really pleased that the students dedication and commitment have paid off. We will miss our students as they go on to the next chapter.”
Rob Carter, Headteacher, said, “We are very proud of all that the students have achieved. I am very grateful for the outstanding commitment, dedication and support provided by staff and parents to provide the “winning recipe” for students to achieve their potential. It is down to the energy, passion and enthusiasm for learning that the students show every day that has achieved these results. I am sure this will be a firm foundation for future success and happiness at university and beyond.”
Best wishes to A-Level students with their results. Pleased that Crawley now has its own University Centre at Central Sussex College.— @HenrySmithMP 14 August 2013
Best of luck to all Sussex A Level recipients today. We've got some amazing apprenticeship opportunities for you! http://t.co/RQdKP0uBhP— @dv8richard 15 August 2013
Exam results outstanding joy at BHASVIC http://t.co/lV1sZwEeZs— @BHASVIC 15 August 2013
News from Portslade Aldridge Community Academy:
The overall A-level pass rate at PACA was 95% and the B tech pass rate 100%. The proportion achieving 2 or more A levels (A2 or equivalent) rose from 82% - 86% with 59% achieving 3 or more.
As part of the £12.7m refurbishment of its Chalky Rd campus PACA will be opening a brand new 6th form centre in the Autumn.
James Fox, Principal, said: “I would like to congratulate our students and wish them well in their future careers."
Best of luck to those receiving their A-level results today!— @mike_weatherley 15 August 2013
Brighton Film School has got in touch saying they still have places left on their film-making HNC/HND two-year course.
From Mr Harrold at Blatchington Mill:
Five A-Level results for Molly ABBBC and also off to University of Sussex.
Good news for Sussex Downs College students who must be waiting anxiously.
RT @sussexdowns: Technical issues with email have been resolved and all emails should be with you within the next 90 minutes #SDCresults— @jessbethhh 15 August 2013
More form Blatchington Mill School:
Lauren and Kerry great results, Lauren into midwifery at Bedford with A*BC and Kerry got A*AB
Congratulations to @chi_college A level students 98.2% pass rate! http://t.co/pZUGzRMHJs— @Chichester_Biz 15 August 2013
Meera Patel, 18, of Brighton and Hove High School, said: “I’m going to Imperial College to study chemical engineering. It’s a male-dominated field so I’m breaking the mould. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m really relieved and overwhelmed. I don’t know what to say – I’m ecstatic!”
Ellie Thompson, 18, of, Brighton and Hove High School, said: “I’ve got a place at Oxford to read law. I feel great but a bit weird. It feels like a lot of hard work. I want to be a human rights solicitor. I’ve got the summer off to celebrate then I need to get packing.”
RT @SussexUni: @BMS_MrHarrold @brightonargus Congrats, Mo! http://t.co/ANdvPW1Yrl— @BMS_MrHarrold 15 August 2013
Mo has got A*A*A A in sciences and maths and is off to study biomedical science at the University of Sussex.
Blatchington Mill have been tweeting us some success stories.
Here's the first:
Saif got fantastic results. Target for Brighton Uni was BCC and just opened AAC off to study law and business.
Melita Kiely reports: "Lots of screams, tears and hugs from staff and students alike as results come in thick and fast.
"Ellis Dickson, 18, from Portslade got two As in English language and politics and a B in music technology.
"He said he's relieved to know what he got and looks forward to studying politics at Manchester uni. A happy ending to his 18th birthday yesterday."
Ruby Samuels, 18, Rottingdean, got 3 AS levels, Cs in English lit, world development and health and social care. "It feels really good, I'm so relieved," she said.
She plans to continue all three subjects next year then go to university to study primary education and become a teacher.
More form Melita at Vardnean:
Cara Bentley, 18, from Lewes, received A* in Classical Civilisation, As in history and politics and a B in Drama. Shes planning on going to King's College London to read Classical Studies. "I'm pumped - it's exciting," she said.
Seaford College have sent through details of their results:
Seaford College pupils have had another excellent year at A level with a pass rate of over 97% and an A - C pass rate close to 75 %
The results are particularly satisfying considering the non selective ethos of Seaford.
John Green who takes over as the new headmaster in September said: “The results at Seaford remain strong where students have realised their personal bests and the results reflect both hard work and outstanding teaching and learning.
“This is the fifth year that our A - C pass rate has been well over the 70% threshold resulting in Seaford ranking highly in the important value added analysis.”
He added: “We are thrilled that many of our students have secured places at top universities during this very competitive period."
Top performers were:
Charles Cavanagh (from Chichester): 2 A* and 1 A: (to read Geography at Durham University)
Tom Cotterell (from Graffham) : 2 A* and 1 A: (to read Geography at Exeter University)
Roly Montgomery (from Graffham): 1 A* and 2 A's: (taking a gap year)
Yeva Agavan: 2 A's and 1 A*: (to read International Relations and Politics at Leeds University)
Tessa Brumder: 3 A* (to study Dentistry at Birmingham University)
Ana Chiriac: 2 A's and 1 A* (to read History and Politics at Cardiff University)
Roving reporter Finn has now arrived at Brighton and Hove School for Girls and sent us this photo.
Good luck to all our students receiving A level and AS results today!— @BHMusicandArts 15 August 2013
More from Melita at Varndean:
"Francisco Shankland, 18, keeping pretty calm about his 3 A*s and an A which have bagged him a place at Ivy league uni Cambridge to study Architecture.
"He has A*s in Further Maths, Maths, and Design and Art, A in Physics."
The very best of luck to those getting their #alevel results today. Hopefully in a couple of weeks, I'll be your local officer! #resultsday— @BtnSxUniPolice 15 August 2013
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Melita is still meeting pupils at Varndean College:
"More tears of joy from Aisling Lyle, 18, who overcame illness this past year to achieve A* Textiles, A History, and Bs in English lit and drama.
"She's taking a year out to work, travel, focus on her music and apply to study history at Warwick University."
More from Finn at Bhavic:
Edmund Mackeith, 17, said: "I'm really happy. I've done a lot of work and it has paid off in the end. I am more relieved than anything."
Alex Fergeson, 17 from Wivelsfield, said: "It is not what I expected but still good.
"I'll have to find out how it affects me. I am relieved though as the tension has gone now."
Some news in from Brighton and Hove High School:
Sixth Formers at Brighton and Hove High School GDST are today celebrating excellent A Level results.
With a 100% pass rate, almost half the grades were at A*/ A and 79% were at B and above - narrowly exceeding last year’s record attainment.
95% of girls obtained their first choice of university place and all girls with conditional Oxbridge places were successful.
Headteacher Jennifer Smith, said: “We have been delighted with the girls’ hard work and commitment and all the staff and governors at Brighton and Hove want to congratulate them on their achievements.
"We are so proud of our Sixth Form where girls have excelled in such a broad range of subjects (100% A*/A grades in Further Mathematics, Art and Dance) and from where we are sending under-graduates to higher education establishments ranging from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford to Imperial College and St. Martin’s School of Art. We look forward to hearing about our girls’ future successes."
Melita has more from Varndean.
"Tears of happiness from Elizabeth Chapman who got A* in photography and Graphics and Bs in English lit and business studies.
"She plans to do an art foundation course then study graphics at uni."
Our reporter Melita Kiely is at Varndean College meeting students there anxiously awaiting their results.
She said: "There are lots of nervous giggles and wishes of good luck."
RT @sussexdowns: Due to technical difficulties the exam results emails have been delayed - Pls click link for more details http://t.co/i2jH…— @itsmeemillyy 15 August 2013
What do these mean for the futures of our @BlatchMill students? Great things hopefully #ALevel http://t.co/YYqR8bJ6vo— @BMS_MrHarrold 15 August 2013
Brighton singer Robby Stone has composed a ditty on the joy and despair of A-level results day, shared by BIMM. What do you think of the song? Does it sum up how you are feeling?
Meanwhile, Blatchington Mill School has released a statement on its website about its exam results, which are the best ever yet again.
"This has been another excellent year for Blatchington Mill Sixth Form results. Building upon the success from 2012, where the school got the highest results of the past five years, results are again the best Blatch has ever achieved.
"A fantastic 74% of grades at Level 3 were A*-C, equal to the record achievement of last year. In addition 46% of grades at Level 3 were A*-B, the second highest ever achieved at Blatch.
"Our AS students also performed very well, with a quarter of students (23%) gaining A-B grades, whilst just under half (44%) have already banked grade Cs or higher. Overall the pass rate at A-E was 86%, again record figures matching our highest ever pass rate achieved last year.
"We are incredibly proud of the hard work of all of our students and staff, and the results reflect their determination to succeed.
"We are pleased at the pass rates indicated above, but also that these results represent positive value-added for the students based on their personal targets, with many exceeding the already challenging individual targets set by the school."
Finn has been chatting to some more Bhasvic students.
Alice Clarke, 18, from Brighton, said: "I was not nervous on the way but I am now. I'm expecting half good and half not so good. I want to go to SOAS [in London]."
Tom Henderson, 18 from Brighton, said: "I'm nervous but I think I have done okay.
"I have done a lot of hard work and I think it has paid off.
"I want to study computer sciences at Bath."
Our snapper Sam is at Bhasvic and has sent this photo of the envelopes that await the students as they arrive to discover their results.
Finn reports there are about 30 students waiting in the corridor outside the main hall at Bhasvic.
Some are sitting, some standing as friends comfort those showing nerves with a hug.
Our reporter Fin Scott-Delany is at Bhasvic this morning meeting students eager to discover their results.
He's met Hannah Marshall, 18, from Worthing, who checked her results online this morning.
She said: "I've already checked online at Ucas I just need to find out my results. It spoils the surprise but takes the pressure off."
It is good news across the county with early reports of a record year once again.
Despite promising to make school exams harder, Sussex schools last night reported improved A-level results.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has criticised exam standards, saying too many university
undergraduates were getting A grades.
Yet despite a promise of “more rigorous” exams, A-level students appear to have overcome
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