NERVOUS weeks of waiting came to an end as A-Level students tore open those all-important results envelopes at colleges across the district.
It was smiles all round as students from Worksop Post 16, Serlby Park Academy and Worksop College celebrated their exam success.
This year Worksop Post 16 posted record A and AS Level results, with A Level grades climbing to a 97.6 per cent pass and rate and AS Level also increasing for a fourth successive year.
Andrew Gladman, Carrie-Ann Taylor and Jacob Fogg achieved spectacular A Level Results with A*A*A*, A*AA and AAA respectively.
Other students who achieved at least two A grades are Jason Barker, Callum Berridge, Carl Johnson, Joe Oswin, Beth Radford, Eleanor Spittlehouse, Matthew Stocken and Adam Walker.
High flyers in Year 12 who gained 4 straight A grades at AS level were Ellen Greyling, Thomas Hodgkinson, Isabelle Jefford, Craig Smith and Alicia Trewick.
Also worthy of special mention for achieving at least 3 A grades at AS are Angharad Aston, Ryan Brown, Elise Marks, Daniel McKechnie, Matthew Watkinson and Harry Wicks.
Dr Gordon Whittleston, the outgoing Director of the Centre, was full of praise for the students’ results.
“These A Level results represent an incredible amount of hard work by both the students and the staff at the Centre throughout the past two years. On days like this it makes all the effort worthwhile,” he said.
“In the overwhelming majority of cases these results mean that our students can progress on to their chosen course at university or onto their chosen route of employment.”
He added: “Twenty-one of the 26 A Level subjects offered at the Centre achieved a perfect 100 per cent pass rate - what a fantastic achievement that is for the staff that deliver at the Centre!”
And as national news broke of the fall in the number of A* and A grades at A-Level, Worksop College showed it is bucking the trend - with an increase in the percentage of pupils gaining an A or A*.
Grade A was the most commonly achieved grade for leavers and the percentage of students achieving the gold standard A* grade more than doubled in a single year.
Worksop College’s new headmaster Gavin Horgan, said he was overjoyed by the results.
“This is a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of pupils and their families, teachers and to the work of Roy Collard, the former Headmaster,” he said.
“As the press predicts a fall in the top grades, it is tremendous to see that Worksop College bucks that trend.”
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