LIVE: Cornwall A Level results day 2013
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From Cornish Guardian reporter Charlotte Lowe who visited Cornwall College St Austell as students were receiving their A-Level results earlier today:
ELATED pupils at Cornwall College St Austell are celebrating smashing the national average A-Level pass rate.
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Of the 200 pupils who received their results today, 99.1 per cent scooped A to E grades, which is 1 per cent up on the country’s average of 98.1 per cent.
And a 100 per cent pass rate was achieved in 32 subjects at the St Austell campus.
“I am so proud of our students’ achievements this year,” said Russell Lawrance, head of A-Levels at Cornwall College.
“Receiving your results is the culmination of two years of hard work and for many the moment of truth to find out if they’ve been accepted to the university of their choice or to confirm their next steps.
“Cornwall College is dedicated to giving its students the best possible experience and A-Level results day is a reward for us all.”
Most students will now go on to further study, but others are going directly into work or taking gap years.
Despite gaining an A* in Maths, A* in Physics and an A in German, 18-year-old Yasko Kline-Pearson, from Bodmin, has decided to spend a year working in Germany to see if he would like to attend university there, capitalising on lower tuition fees.
“I’m elated to receive my results today and it’s overwhelming to get A*s in Maths and Physics as I really hadn’t expected it,” he said.
“I am now going to spend time on a farm in south west Germany for a gap year doing some environmental training and improving my language skills.”
From our reporter in Penzance, John Williams:
ANOTHER year of outstanding achievement saw more than 1,000 students at Truro and Penwith College achieve a pass rate of 99%, nearly 1% above the national average.
Results across the college’s two main campuses were very consistent at both AS and A Level but the latest results show particular growth in the numbers completing A Levels at Penwith.
At the Penzance campus, there was a 100 per cent pass rate in 26 of the 31 subjects offered and a 100 per cent high grade (A-C) in six subjects including law and computing.
In total, 32 A*s were achieved in a range of subjects including in biology, chemistry, computing, English literature, further mathematics, history and psychology.
Among the individual success stories, Tamsin Hichens, from Morvah, achieved three A*s in chemistry, biology and Maths plus an A in French means she is off to Murray Edwards College at Cambridge University to study veterinary medicine.
The first person from her family to get to university, Tamsin said: “I’ve grown up on a farm and always wanted to become a vet. I’m thrilled to get to Cambridge – having the ambition to become a vet has certainly given me the motivation to keep working hard.”
Melissa Bird was another high achiever, with two A*s and an A in biology, chemistry and maths. Off to Bristol to study biochemistry with the eventual goal of getting into research, Melissa said: “It’s been really hard work but I’ve had some brilliant teachers.”
Keen landscape photographer Dom Weeks, from Crowlas, achieved A*s in photography and graphics and a B in business, enabling him to start a photography course at Falmouth in September while Alice Lethbridge, of Penzance, got A*s in geography and physics and A grades in biology and chemistry. Alice said: “I am continuing to work toward becoming a doctor and will be going to Cardiff to study medicine.”
Mark Arnold, director of quality at the college, drew particular attention to the further improvement in A Level high grade outcomes for students “The high pass rate, including 100% in most subjects, is obviously great news, but it is the continuing improvement in the percentages of students achieving these higher grades which is such an important factor in the excellent progression to the most competitive degree courses that so many of our students achieve. They and their staff really do deserve enormous credit for these fantastic A Level results.”
Students from across South East Cornwall were left celebrating this morning after opening their long-awaited A-level results, Gayle McDonald reports.
It was a particularly nerve-racking year for Saltash.net headteacher Isobel Bryce as her daughter Francesca was among the students waiting to receive their results.
Mrs Bryce said she was thrilled after hearing Francesca achieved an A*, A and B, securing her place at Nottingham University.
“I’m a very very proud mum,” she said.
Francesca said she was very pleased and is looking forward to studying History with American Studies.
“I’m so relieved,” she said.
“I wanted to do my mum proud.”
This year’s cohort, which was twice the size of the previous year, secured an overall pass rate of 99 percent – one percent above the national average.
Top achievers included Rhoda Frost with two A*s and two As, alongside Keeley Seymour and Jake Allen who both achieved two A*s and one A.
“The whole year has done really well,” Mrs Bryce said.
“I know how much rests on these results and how hard the students have to work to achieve well in their A Levels.
“I would like to congratulate not just the students but the staff as well whose excellent teaching, guidance and support have enabled our young people to fulfil their potential and proceed in their choice of career paths.”
Head of Saltash.net Sixth Form, Nick Scantlebury, added: “I am delighted that the students have done so well.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents who have supported their sons and daughters over the last two years.
“I would also like to wish the class of 2013 all the very best for the future.”
Callington Community College
It was a record-breaking year at Callington Community College with 99 percent of students who studied A Levels and 100 percent who studied B-Tecs achieving pass grades.
College principal Gary Lobbett said almost all students who applied to go to university will study at their first choice.
“I am delighted that our sixth form students have achieved so well,” he added.
“It is great to see their delight in these outstanding results.
“I am very proud of them all and of the excellent teaching and support teams at the College. Many congratulations to everyone.”
Dan Crowle, who achieved four As, is now preparing to go to Cardiff University to study medicine.
He said was delighted with his results.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but I have enjoyed it,” he added.
“I couldn’t sleep last night. I’m glad it’s all over.”
Liskeard School and Community College
Students at Liskeard School and Community College were left celebrating after receiving what the school described as an outstanding set of results.
The school achieved a pass rate of 99 percent, with 72 percent of students achieving A*-C grades.
Gill Prichard, director of sixth form, said: “This year group has worked extremely hard to achieve their excellent results.
“We could ask no more from them and many have exceeded our expectations.
“It is very exciting to see them move onto the next stage of their lives and we wish them all the best.”
Among the school’s star pupils were Tom Collier with three A* grades in maths, chemistry and physics and Megan Longworth who achieved two A*s and one A in chemistry, maths and biology.
Megan, who is going to Oxford University to study biomedical science, said: “I’m really pleased.
“I had no idea how I had done and was so nervous but I’m really happy.”
Torpoint Community College
Torpoint Community College said its students achieved a strong set of results for the third year running.
More than 33 percent of students achieved A*-B grades and the college celebrated an overall pass rate of 98 percent.
Aaron Dart, who achieved two Bs and a C said he was very pleased with his results.
He is now preparing to go to East 15 Acting School in Essex.
“I’m very happy," he said.
“It’s been an amazing two years and I’ve loved it.”
Mrs Lear, head of sixth form, said: “We are proud of each and every one of our sixth form students.
“They worked incredibly hard with us and for us and we are all absolutely delighted with their success.
“We are very proud that students within our comparatively small community will go on from here to be the next generation of doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, scientists and much more.
Headteacher, Andrea Hazeldine, added: "We are proud of our talented students and with the strong emphasis on developing life skills at the College, we are confident each will do well in the future."
Cornwall Council have released the following statement about the A Level results in Cornwall today:
Council congratulates young people in Cornwall on A level success
With thousands of youngsters in Cornwall receiving their exam results today, Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said that their achievements were a tribute to the hard work and commitment of students, schools and colleges and to the support provided by parents and carers.
“This is a very important day for all these young people and I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements and wish them luck in whatever path they take” he said. “I am delighted that , once again, many young people in Cornwall have done so well.”
The national results show a slight fall this year in the proportion of A-levels awarded top grades. Nationally just over a quarter of exam entries - 26.3% - have received A or A* grades, compared with 2012's figure of 26.6 . Girls are still more likely than boys to get an A* or an A; 26.7% of their entries hitting this mark, compared with 25.9% for those of boys; but boys this year were slightly more likely to get the highest grade - A*; 7.9% of boys' entries got an A*, compared with 7.4% of those of girls.
The national results also show more students are opting to do A-levels in maths and science, with economics the subject with the biggest rise in entries - up 7.4%. Chemistry rose by 5.2% and physics by 3.1%. Maths rose by just under 3% and further maths by 4.5%. There has been a fall in those taking French and German, down by 10% and 11% respectively, however, Spanish has seen an increase in entries of 4%.
Deanne Fishbourne, Head of Service for Schools, Achievement and SEN, has also welcomed the success of Cornish students. “Hopefully everyone has got the grades they need to go onto the next stage, whether that is to higher education or to the world of work” she said. "However, if you have not done as well as you had hoped, then please don’t panic as there is a huge amount of support available from schools and colleges.”
“The Council is committed to raising aspirations among all our young people” she added. “We are continuing to work with all schools, settings and partners in Cornwall to ensure that students are enabled to do the very best they can, right from Early Years.”
Officers from the Local Authority will now be working with Headteachers and Governors to analyse both the A levels results and this year’s GCSE results, due to be released next week. The results of this analysis will help to inform a meeting between Headteachers and senior Council officers, including Interim Chief Executive Paul Masters and Corporate Director Trevor Doughty on 17 September, when Cornwall’s Raising Aspirations and Achievement Strategy will be discussed.
“It is important for the future of both our young people and for the future of Cornwall that all students have access to the highest possible quality of education” said Trevor Doughty, the Council’s Corporate Director for Children, Schools and Families. “While the majority of our schools are achieving high standards, we need to ensure that all are enabling students to achieve the maximum progress possible.
Paul Masters, the Council’s Interim Chief Executive, echoed that statement “ The Council is working hard to ensure that success for our local economy is closely related to success for our young people”.
From our reporter, Bev Coumbe, in Redruth, Camborne and Helston:
It has been jubilant smiles all round for students in Redruth, Camborne and Helston who have achieved “fantastic” A level results - all above the national average.
Pupils at Redruth School’s sixth form achieved 100 per cent pass rate across 25 subjects, with the majority gaining their favoured places at university.
Camborne Science and International Academy also saw its students gain 99.04 per cent pass rate in 27 subjects, with more than half achieving grades A* to B.
Meanwhile more than three quarters of students at Helston Community College were awarded grade C or above, with a 100 per cent pass rate in 29 A level subjects .
Many pupils arriving at their school at 8am this morning already knew their results after checking on the UCAS track website - which tells them if they have achieved the grades required to get into the university of their choice.
Camborne academy principal, Ian Kenworthy, said he was “delighted” with his pupils performance, saying: “For me this year’s A level students attained an exceptionally high pass rate. 52 per cent achieved A to B grades, reflecting two years hard work.”
Redruth’s headteacher, Craig Martin also praised his pupils, saying they were: “ I am very proud of their achievements as they move forward to the next stage of their lives and I am delighted that the sixth form results have once again placed us among the very best in the county.”
Helston college headteacher Pat McGovern said, “The average A level grade of B and C is a remarkable achievement... We believe that the vast majority of university applicants from the college have made their offers and will take up a record number of places in September. Currently over 80 students have accepted places and this is likely to reach 90 or more in the near future.”
Top pupils beaming with smiles as they collected their results included Conor Hicks, 18, at Camborne academy with three A* grades in maths, further maths and physics, plus an A in history - which he said was “tough”. He is now looking forward to taking his degree in physics at Manchester University.
Other star achievers were Ruth Newing, who got three As and a B, is going to Winchester University to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher.
She said: “I didn’t sleep very well I was so nervous. I am excited about starting college. We are having a party tomorrow to celebrate.”
Paddy Nurse, 19, who scooped three Bs is studying children’s nursing at London’s Southbank, he said: “There is a demand for children’s nurses in Australia and America. I want to travel once I’m qualified. I can’t think of a better career than caring for people.”
Redruth pupil, Fay Colloff, 18, got three A*s and a distinction * in BTec in music, said: “I am going to Surrey University to study food science and nutrition. My time at sixth form has been brilliant, the staff have been very supportive.”
Other Redruth pupils who achieved A grades across the board were Dan Chirgwin, 18, who got three As and a B and is hoping to study dentistry at Plymouth University, Chelsea Vincent, 18, who got three As and is going to Marjom College in Plymouth to study acting.
Kaz Thornton, who obtained two Cs in law and physics and a merit in business, secured an apprenticeship with South West Water to learn water maintenance.
Hear some sound bites from Camborne Academy:
From our reporter, Jason Lock, at Truro College:
RECORDS were broken at Truro and Penwith College last week as students excelled in their A level exams.
The college, which has around 1,000 A Level students, achieved a 99% overall pass rate, above the national average of 98.1%.
A new college record has been set with 83% of students achieving A-C grades.
Principal David Walrond said: “It is another wonderful set of outcomes for our students. The focus today is understandably on the moment, on celebrating these great final results, on the numbers and the grades and the university progression secured.”
High achiever, Maryann Nixon, 18, picked up three A* grades in art, photography and English literature and an A grade in Psychology. She said: “I’m so happy. It was what I was hoping for, although straight A*s would have been great. But I am going to Bath Spa University to study Creative Writing.”
Jenna Bailey, 18, from Truro also excelled in her exams. She achieved an A* in Human Biology, A in Physical Education and a B in Chemistry and will now move to Birmingham where she will study physiotherapy. Jenna said: “I woke up this morning and I did not know what to expect. But it’s a relief and I’m just very happy to have got into university.”
And 18-year-old Sam Kemp got the grades he needs to pursue his career as a medical researcher.
He achieved an A* in English language, A in psychology, A in human biology and a B in physical education. He said: “I am going to take another year to study chemistry. Normally it is a two year course but I plan to do it in one. When that’s finished I plan to go to university and study bio-medical science to become a medical researcher.”
Mr Walrond praised staff and students for this year’s excellent A level results: “As students and staff here understand, you really cannot achieve moments of celebration and excellent outcomes such as these without providing excellent teaching, specialist first-class facilities and a culture that allows and encourages students to study and excel.
“The results mark the end of a two-year cycle of very hard work and a new cycle is about to begin as welcome the new student cohort to the college in a few days’ time.”
Of the 1,000 students 754 passed three A Levels and 258 passed four or more.
Cornwall College released the following statement:
Over 400 students at Cornwall College are celebrating today (15th August) after receiving their A-level results, coming in above the national average pass rate.
99.1% of the 200 students receiving A2-level results, mainly at Cornwall College St Austell, gained grades A-E; 1% up on the country average of 98.1%. In 32 subjects a 100% pass rate was achieved.
Twins Megan and Kayleigh Liddle, 18 from St Austell, who studied almost identical subjects, were over the moon at gaining the grades needed to take up places at Plymouth University. Between them they notched up six As and two Bs in English Literature and Language, Photography, Psychology and Megan in Biology and Kayleigh in Sociology.
Kayleigh said: “I got four As and I am so relieved, having brought our family here today I felt their eyes on me when I opened the envelope. I thought we would open our results together but I saw Megan opening them with a friend, so I quickly opened mine to find out! We looked online so knew we were in to uni but waiting for today was still scary.”
Megan added: “I got two As and two Bs and I’m so happy as I wasn’t expecting to do so well, I have been very nervous. We are really looking forward to going to Plymouth to live with our friends in a shared house. We can now relax and we’re looking forward to our treat of an Indian takeaway tonight!”
Despite gaining an A*in Maths, A*in Physics and an A in German; more than enough to go to university; Yasko Kline-Pearson, 18 from Bodmin, has decided to spend a year working in Germany to see if he would like to attend university there, capitalising on lower tuition fees.
Yasko commented: “I’m elated to receive my results today and it’s overwhelming to get A*s in Maths and Physics as I really hadn’t expected it. I am now going to spend time on a farm in south west Germany for a gap year doing some environmental training and improving my language skills.”
Joe Dunn, 18 from Fowey, was one of the highest achieving students with A*s in Physics and Geology, an A in Further Maths and a C in Additional Further Maths (only taken by a few students nationally), to go with the As he received in Maths and Chemistry after taking his exams early in previous years.
Joe said: “I didn’t know what to expect but I’m happily surprised and really pleased with the results I received. I have got a place to study Physics at Imperial College in London. It’s nerve-wracking moving to the big city but really exciting.”
Russell Lawrance, Head of A-levels at Cornwall College, said: "I am so proud of our students’ achievements this year. Receiving your results is the culmination of two years of hard work and for many the moment of truth to find out if they’ve been accepted to the university of their choice or confirm their next steps. Cornwall College is dedicated to giving its students the best possible experience and A-level results day is a reward for us all.”
Many students study A-levels as a progression route to higher education and Cornwall College still has clearing places available on some of its degree-level programmes, awarded by Plymouth University. A dedicated hotline is open, manned by the College’s specialist staff on 0845 22 32 567. Further details are available at www.cornwall.ac.uk/university.
See below for a short video from Camborne College and Redruth School on A Level results day.
From Camborne College, Dan Trathen and Connor Valentine open their results, and from Redruth School Fay Colloff and Alex Whitham see how they've done.
See below for a short video of Truro College on A Level results day:
Falmouth School said:
Many students achieved high grades (A*-C) with over 75 per cent of grades being in this range. Every student gained a C or better when entering expressive arts, geography, economics, performing arts, psychology, sociology, sport or use of maths.
There were many awards of the highest grades of A* and A, with 24 A * and 27 A grades achieved by a students and spread across 13 different subject areas.
Outstanding individual performances include Dylan Frankland (3A8, A and A* extended project), Jack Newman 2A*, A and B, Sophie Harris (3A and a B), Sam Jermy (A8, A and 2B), Charlie Sanders (A* and 3B) and Jasmine Martin-Bidwell(A*, A and C)
The students who made most progress at A Level were Emily Davidson and Laurie Hackney.
Special mention should be made of the performing arts diploma results. Every student on the course achieved a distinction* or distinction, equivalent to A* and A). Carly Merrifield, Tabby Westley and Cara Watson-Hunt achieved three distinction* grades each.
Sandra Critchley, who retired as head teacher this year, would also like to congratulate all the 6th form college students on their outstanding achievements and results.
Alex George, deputy head, said: “We are very proud of our students and wish each of them all every success in the future.”
For thousands of students in Cornwall, today marks the day they find out the fate of their academic future - A Level results day.
We will be following Cornwall's schools, colleges and students throughout the day in our live blog below.
If you need to know more about clearing, scroll to the very bottom of the article for our handy guide.
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Guide To Clearing:
Many will go on to start work or training, but for others today determines whether they have secured a place at the university of their choice.
If you’ve found yourself going through Clearing, be it because you didn’t make the grades or you have declined your offers, don’t panic. There’s a good chance you will secure a place somewhere provided you are flexible and you act fast.
Just follow our simple Guide to Clearing.
Step 1: Check UCAS Track
Log in to Track on the UCAS website to see if you are eligible for Clearing.
To log in you’ll need your UCAS Personal ID number and a Track username and password. These will be the same username and password you used to apply to UCAS.
Note down your Clearing Number – universities and colleges will ask you for it to confirm they can consider you in Clearing. It also allows them to view your complete application immediately on the UCAS online system.
Your Clearing Number is displayed on the 'welcome' page and 'choices' page in Track.
Step 2: Research courses
Start browsing Clearing 2012 vacancies on the website, and check the official Clearing listings in the national press. The Telegraph is the only newspaper that publishes the full list of Clearing places available.
You could also check the websites of individual universities to find where there are vacancies in your subject.
Step 3: Start calling
Start contacting universities as early as you can. Ring a university and tell them the course you want to do. Usually, if they have vacancies, they will take your details and either give you a decision straight away or very soon afterwards.
Discuss the course requirements and ask about accommodation arrangements. Be prepared to sell yourself – this is like a job interview, so remind them of your attributes and your good AS-levels.
There will be a few vacancies not listed in the official vacancy lists because the universities know they can fill them with speculative callers. If there is somewhere you really want to go it may be worth ringing, even if they are not in the lists.
Step 4: Accept an offer
Ideally you will receive a number of informal offers over the phone. The universities will give you a date by which you must enter their course details on Track.
If you want to be formally considered, you need to click on your 'Add Clearing choice' button and enter the course details. This button will be on your UCAS Track Choices screen.
Once you have entered their course details, UCAS tells the institution.
If you are successful, you will see the acceptance in the “choices” section and Ucas will send you a letter confirming your place and giving further guidance.
If you aren’t successful the “add Clearing choice” button will be reactivated so you can add another choice, and still more if necessary up until October 22.
To talk through your options, call the exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000. Calls are free from UK landlines and selected mobile networks.
The helpline is open until Saturday August 25. Expert advisers can help with questions about continuing in further or higher education, vocational learning options, taking a gap year or finding a job.
To find out more about the helpline and other sources of advice, visit www.ucas.com.