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Hampshire students of 2013 receive their A-level results
Updated 9:44am Friday 16th August 2013 in Education
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- Thousands of students are picking up their A-Level results today
- Last year, the proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade fell for the first time in more than 20 years.
- Official figures for 2012 showed that 26.6% of the exams were given an A or A*, down from 27% in 2011 - a record drop of 0.4%.
- A record number of students have already been accepted on university courses.
- Students were able to start look for courses with vacancies on UCAS website from just after midnight.
High-fives all round at Barton Peveril
Hannah Bulpit, Callum Jefferies, Alexander Howard & Rob Howard at Itchen College
It seems hackers attempted to bring down the university admissions website hours before anxious students began logging on to find out if they had secured their degree place.
UCAS said there had been a ''criminal and sustained attempt'' to crash the website.
But chief executive Mary Curnock Cook also insisted that the incident was quickly contained and no personal data had been released.
It is understood that the hackers attempted to gain access early yesterday evening, and the site was offline for around an hour.
At Hampshire Collegiate School, Head Boy Robert Barrett proved to be a high flier with 3A* and an A at AS.
Principal Hector MacDonald said: “The results were close to the top end of our predictions for this enlarged cohort of talented students, and the percentage A* really pleasing, only exceeded to any extent in 2010/11.
"Our collective systematic work in each and every subject is paying dividends, and it is reassuring to be able to offer so many subjects and gain success for our students in so many. I am immensely proud of the teachers who made this possible, and to our talented Senior Leadership Team who continue to drive our school improvement agenda.”
Barton Peveril principal Jonathan Prest said: “We are delighted to be celebrating an impressive set of results which show Barton Peveril's excellent A-level pass rate maintained for a fifth successive year and a significant increase in the percentage of students achieving high grades.
“Students have worked incredibly hard over the past two years - a fact reflected in 78% of A-level grades coming in at A* to C, with an overall A* to E pass rate of 98.3%.
“The 10% who took vocational courses also performed exceptionally well with a 100% pass rate and 68% achieving distinction grades equivalent to A* to B at A-level.
“Barton Peveril has long championed the Extended Project as valuable evidence of independent learning skills and this year the qualification will really come into its own with government changes to university admissions criteria leading to fierce competition for the most talented students.”
At Ringwood, 18 students achieved three or more grades at A*- A, the highest individual results being awarded to Jennifer Baldwin, Danni Bush, Rhiannon Hoggins, Ben Karkera and Jack Pomeroy (see images below).
Joe Hussey gained 3 A*/A grades and achieved full marks on both his English Literature and Geography papers.
Jenny Baldwin, Joe Hussey, Charlotte Reid
Ben Karkera and Jack Pomeroy, from Ringwood.
Rhiannon Hoggins, Luke Putnam and Danni Bush
Barton Peveril students enjoy a drop of bubbly to mark their results.
Totton College have got plenty to celebrate today with an increased pass rate of one per cent.
This year the pass rate was 98.3% while BTEC Extended Diploma results were also up, with pass rates at 99%.
Principal Mike Gaston commented: “We are delighted with the brilliant results that our students have achieved this year. This is also a clear sign of the result of continued efforts by staff to focus on aspirational targets as the college continues to develop a positive reputation for supporting all students to succeed.
"We offer a stimulating learning environment coupled with innovative and creative staff to ensure successful outcomes and progression to employment or university.
"The upward trend in exam results is one of several measures that reflects the changing ethos and work of the college and congratulations should be expressed to all students and staff on their achievements.”
Bitterne Park Sixth Form saw their first set of A Level results recorded as the debut group of students to attend the newly opened further education institution.
Students there posted an impressive 95 per cent pass rate at A* to E with 33 per cent gaining the top grades.
Nick Russon, director of the Sixth Form said: “This was a really special group of young people who did take a bit of a leap of faith being the first cohort through but all that hard work is reflected today.”
Independent King Edward VI School again produced outstanding A level results with 85 per cent of students in passing their A levels with grades at A*, A or B with over 28 per cent at A*.
Some 46 per cent of students gained 3 A grades or more while 10 per cent of all university applicants this year had offers for places at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and over 80 per cent are holding offers to Russell Group universities.
Head Master, Julian Thould, said: “We are delighted that our students have performed so well. These are again exceptional results and show what sustained hard work and excellent teaching can achieve. Congratulations go to all of those who leave King Edward's after such well-deserved success.”
The Arnewood School's Haydn Orme, 18, from Ashley, left, and Katie Siuda, 18, from Barton on Sea.
Haydn got A* in physics, chemistry, maths and further maths, and a B in geography.
She is going on to study geophysics at Imperial College London. Katie got A* in physics, maths and chemistry, an A in geography and an A in further maths AS level.
Katie is off to Imperial College London to study geology and geophysics and hopes to become an exploration geophysicist.
Annie Humphrey, from Arnewood School, who got her A-level results today.
She got a distinction star in Btec ICT and a double distinction star in Btec sports.
She was named New Milton Citizen of the Year after being inspired to volunteer to help students with behavioural needs, and The Arnewood School is taking her on as an apprentice teaching assistant from the autumn term.
She said: "The behavioural team helped me, and when I grew up a bit I wanted to help them. I love it."
Hampshire Collegiate School managed an overall pass rate of 94 per cent, and of those 73 per cent of students secured A*to C grades.
Hampshire Collegiate School is celebrating yet another year of great A Level results. Congratulations to students and staff.— @HampshireCS 15 August 2013
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Richard Taunton Sixth Form College students Rozie Benyon, Alex Stride, Sophie Edmonds and Luke Baker.
Students on the outskirts of the city at Totton College were also raising a cheer after surpassing last year’s results by a whole percentage point to 98.3.
The Richard Taunton Sixth Form College was also celebrating success by topping the previous year group’s success by 0.1 of a percentage point taking the pass mark 98.1
It's been a golden year for Itchen Six Form College which posted a glowing set of results.
The college recorded rises in grades overall as well as those coming away with top marks.
Nervous glances were exchanged as the six formers opened up their envelopes to reveal their marks, with some disappointed while others punched the air or exchanged joyous hugs.
The overall pass rate was 97.4 per cent, up 0.5 per cent last year.
The college recorded 7.5 per cent improvement in those attaining A* to B grades, which is now 38 per cent.
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King Edward VI sixth form students celebrating great results.
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A steady stream of students came to St Anne's in Carlton Road with their hopes and dreams resting in an envelope, and the sense of relief when they opened them was clear to see.
St Anne's A-level pass rate remained the same as last year at 98 per cent and headmistress Beverley Murtagh, congratulated the students.
She said: “Our students have worked very hard and achieved excellent results. Our smaller class sizes and more individualised support of students has given them the boost they need to buck the national trend.”
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Brockenhurst student, Jack Case, from Christchurch, is off to Cambridge University to study maths.
He said: “I'm delighted with my results. The support at Brock has been excellent - my tutors went above and beyond the syllabus to help me get the results I needed.”
A Level results 2013 at King Edward VI sixth form, Southampton. Friends witness the moment Kathryn Roberts opened her results - they were good!
St. Anne's students celebrate their results.
Good luck to everyone collecting their A Level results today. Our careers advisers are live on Twitter to answer your questions #resultsday— @hantsfutures 15 August 2013
Brockenhurst College celebrates A level success in its centenary year: Maintaining an outstanding overall pass... http://t.co/SGFdWTjaLr— @brockcollege 15 August 2013
Brockenhurst College Students
At Brockenhurst College, centenary celebrations were crowned by another bumper crop of A-level results.
Formerly Brockenhurst Grammar School, the award-winning college has notched up an overall pass rate of 99 per cent for the second year running.
Jubilant students gave each other congratulatory hugs after tearing open the all-important envelopes that in many cases held the key to their future.
Congratulations to the Class of 2013! You've done yourselves and the college proud. http://t.co/51o85kmahe— @bartonpeveril 15 August 2013
Peter Symonds students celebrate their A-level results.
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Kate Prescott with her A-level results
The keen sailor received the top grades at A-level in maths, further maths, chemistry, physics, general studies and the extended project. She got As at AS-level in biology, French and critical thinking.
''I don't think that A-levels are getting easier; perhaps people are just getting better,'' she said. ''Everyone works very hard to do well.''
She will now go to Cambridge in the autumn and will not take a gap year.
''I think I want to go into science research of some sort but I don't know which science yet,'' she added.
One Hampshire student is celebrating getting six A*s in her A-levels and will now go to Cambridge University to study natural sciences.
Kate Prescott, 18, from Swanmore, also scored three As in her AS-levels at state-run Peter Symonds' College in Winchester.
''I'm speechless really,'' she said. ''I guess I did work a little bit. Really, I did work really hard - I didn't have much spare time, but I have achieved what I wanted.
''I'm surprised I have done so well because I had a lot of subjects, so, although I was predicted A*s, I could have slipped up with some of them.''
Students across Hampshire are today collecting their A-level results.
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