Great Cornard School’s A-Level results up on previous year

Alex Southam and Daniel Young picking up their grades at Thomas Gainsborough School ANL-160818-170207001
Alex Southam and Daniel Young picking up their grades at Thomas Gainsborough School ANL-160818-170207001
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Pupils and staff were left delighted after a record set of results at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard.

The school saw its A*-C A-level pass rate rise to 80 per cent - up from last year’s 62 per cent.

Harriet Barber is heading to the University of Exeter to study maths. ANL-160818-115051001

Harriet Barber is heading to the University of Exeter to study maths. ANL-160818-115051001

Its overall pass rate of 97 per cent was also an increase on the 96 per cent in 2015.

In total 49 students sat A-Levels and other Level 3 qualifications.

Wayne Lloyd, headteacher at Thomas Gainsborough School, said: “Once again, we are encouraged by the progress that these results illustrate, being, as they are, a significant improvement on last year.

“This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the young people of this area, through the high quality teaching and excellent support that the school has provided them with.”

Shannon Smith and Nick Leon celebrate their results at Thomas Gainsborough School. ANL-160818-115125001

Shannon Smith and Nick Leon celebrate their results at Thomas Gainsborough School. ANL-160818-115125001

Understandably the pupils themselves were delighted to receive their results.

Alex Southam, 19, from Common Street Clare, achieved an A, A, B and B in maths, chemistry, further maths and physics.

He said: “I felt quite confident after the exams, but as the results day gets closer you do feel nervous and have self-doubt. But I am delighted with the results and delighted to have got my first choice – studying maths at the University of Surrey.”

Abby Shackell, 18, from Parsonage Grove in Bures received A*BB in photography, geography and sociology, said she was amazed, receiving results better than she was hoping for.

Pupils at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard pick up their results. ANL-160818-115136001

Pupils at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard pick up their results. ANL-160818-115136001

Harriet Barber, 18, from Maldon Court in Great Cornard, is now preparing to study for a Master’s degree in maths at the University of Exeter after gaining an A, B, B in maths, further maths and physics.

She said: “I found out this morning that UCAS had posted the university places online. I was by myself but I was so excited that I ran downstairs and hugged my mum. I’m really happy with the results I have got.”

Daniel Young, 18, from Acton, said he was pleased with his A, A and B in maths, physics and further physics as he prepares to study physics at the University of Surrey.

Daniel said: “You try and stay relaxed but I was nervous before I got my results.”

Following the positive results director of Sixth Form, Kenny Alexander said: “These results will open many doors to the young people who have worked so hard to achieve these results.

“We wish them all the very best for the next phase of their lives, be that university, college, apprenticeships or employment.”

From the overall pass rate, 10 per cent of all entries were graded A* or A with performance in vocational subjects also strong - 79 per cent of all entries being graded Distinction* or Distinction.

In addition, the strength of the Extended Project Qualification, an independent, student chosen and lead project, designed to prepare students for the greater independence required for higher education was a significant feature of this year’s results with 78 per cent of all entries were graded A*-B and 96% A*-C.