Didn't they do well

ONCE again students have been proving they are the best with impressive A-level results out yesterday.

But it was not all smiles. Amid the sounds of jubilation some pupils missed out on the grades to get into their chosen university.,

“We have got one girl that has got an A and two Bs and can’t get in to university. “It is tougher than ever,” said Geoff Barton, headteacher at King Edward VI.

“In the past the universities had more leeway – I’ve tried through sweet talking or persuasion to get her in but without any luck. But these are difficult economic times, more and more people want to go to university so it has got a lot tighter,” he said.

Some 16 students gained three or more grade As and more than three quarter of grades achieved weres in maths and science.

Some 80 per cent of students achieved A-C passes and there was a total pass rate of 99.5 per cent.

Mr Barton said: “The result are a tribute to their hard work, the superb commitment of their teachers and the ongoing support of their parents.”

Pupils Jen Bullock, 18, from Fornham St Martin and Meg Burgess, 17 from Bury were also celebrating.

“I was predicted three Cs but got an A, B and C so I’m quite pleased. It means I can go to my first place university to become a teacher.”

Meg, meanwhile, got an A and two Bs and will study criminology as she wants to join the police.

“You have got to be prepared for the worst but we worked hard so I think we deserved it,” she said.

County Upper was celebrating as a record five students – Catherine Harrison, Martha Rawlinson, Robbie Strachan, Alexander Whyte and Peter Wilcock – achieved places at Oxford and Cambridge.

Vicky Neale, headteacher, said: “The two issues in the news are the low level of entries in sciences, maths, further maths and modern foreign languages and the low numbers from comprehensive schools going to Cambridge and Oxford.

“I am delighted to say that almost 40 per cent of our entries are in those subjects and five students are off to Oxbridge colleges this year.”

Peter said: “It hasn’t really sunk it yet. It is only when I’m going off to university and I have all my luggage that it will sink in.”

The school’s pass rate was 99.5 per cent with 89 per cent achieving A-C grades.