It’s A-level results day, and early signs suggest that Dacorum’s students have done exceptionally well. Here’s our round-up of how everyone performed...
GREAT RESULTS IN THE FIRST YEAR ASHLYNS HAS BEEN A SECONDARY SCHOOL
Outstanding results were being celebrated by many students at Ashlyns School this morning.
Early indications suggest this was a record-breaking set of results for Year 13 students in Ashlyns’ first year as a secondary school.
The vast majority of students moving on to Higher Education achieved the results needed for their first choice of university.
Eleven of them achieved a remarkable clean sweep of all grades at A or A*.
Student Ben Towler gained an A* and three grade As to study history at the London School of Economics.
He said: “I’ve had an absolutely amazing time at Ashlyns; I owe a massive thank you to all the staff.
“I’m really happy with my results today, they couldn’t have gone any better for me!”
Departing head girl Ailish Brown, who gained an A* and two A grades to read Law at Exeter University, was thrilled with her results.
She said: “I absolutely loved Ashlyns – I would recommend Ashlyns School to anyone if they want to set their goals high and achieve them.”
Year 12 student Meera Jadeja, who gained four A-graded AS-levels, was delighted to be on the path towards applying to read economics at LSE.
Headteacher James Shapland said: I would like to extend warmest congratulations to all those students who have deservedly gained such excellent results, and to thank staff and parents on their behalf for supporting them through their studies.
“This year group have shown what can be achieved at this town’s secondary school; these are confident, articulate adults who have world-class qualifications.
“Not only have they been outstanding role-models and guides to our younger students, they have also taken advantage of every opportunity that Ashlyns has provided for them to be able to embark upon the next step in their career paths of the future.
“I am especially proud, not only of the record results, but also of the range of opportunities these have opened up for our students: they are going on to read subjects as diverse as engineering at Oxford, history at LSE, medicine at Queen’s Belfast, maths and physics at Durham, law at Exeter, biomedical science at King’s College London, and many, many more.
“I am also so pleased that so many of our alumni from three years ago achieved such outstanding results in their degrees this summer, including many who graduated with first class honours: I am confident that this year’s cohort will emulate that success.”
IRON MAN TRIATHLON, ENGLISH CHANNEL RELAY SWIM, CLIMBING MOUNT BLANC AND NOW CHARLIE CELEBRATES ALL A GRADES AT A-LEVEL
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Charlie Bicknell, who lives in Berkhamsted High Street, celebrated his A-level results by taking a selfie photo of himself with a model goose on his head.
Writing on Facebook, he said: “Celebrating my A*AAa results by attaching a goose.”
He got an A* in biology and two A grades in chemistry and physics – and an A in AS-level geography.
On top of his studies, Charlie took part in a relay team that swum the English Channel last year.
He recently climbed Mount Blanc – highest mountain in the Alps and the EU – with a friend and has even found the time to complete an Iron Man triathlon.
Participants in ‘Iron Man’ endurance races have to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run a full 26.2-mile marathon.
He plans to study for a medicine degree after taking some time out to travel around Spain.
BERKHAMSTED SCHOOL RANKS HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
Berkhamsted School is celebrating a rise in A* grades from 14.6% in 2013 to 18% and matching the 81.2% A* – B grades achieved in 2013.
Of the 154-strong cohort, 38 (24.7% of them) gained at least three A grades and 59 students attained a set of results that included at least one A*.
Ten of our students achieved a perfect 100% overall score in one of their A-level subjects.
Will Hart, who is heading to Oxford to study maths, came close to attaining the perfect score across all his A levels with an average of 99.63%.
Will, who lives in Berkhamsted, will follow his brother Edward, who started his studies in physics at Oxford in 2013.
A total 45% of Berkhamsted A-Level students gained AAB grades and 59% of this year’s cohort successfully achieved ABB grades, the threshold for unrestricted places at universities.
The school has provided a handy table to show how well its students performed:
A Level Results 2014: Berkhamsted > National
Percentage of A* grades: 18% > 8.2%
Percentage of A*/A grades: 49.6% > 26%
Overall pass rate (A* – B): 81.2% > 52.4%
Overall pass rate (A* – C): 92.8% > 76.5%
Overall pass rate (A* – E): 99.8% > 98%