Students celebrate on A Level results day
Hundreds of thousands of students from across the UK were tearing open their envelopes as they received their long awaited A-Level results.
For many, university is the next step whilst others will head into apprenticeships or employment with a record number of university places accepted nationally for the next cohort of undergraduates.
A-level students at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) celebrated an incredible 100 per cent pass rate with over half the cohort achieving a minimum of ABB grades – the requirement of many leading universities
One student who quite literally was thanking his lucky stars was 18-year-old Ashwin Venkatesh who achieved four A*s in biology, chemistry, maths and further maths.
He will now read medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge. Speaking on results day he said: “It dawned on me last night that I would be getting my results in the morning and I was actually out watching the meteor shower.
“I made a wish on the meteor and thankfully it came true.”
Ashwin, from Alwoodley, was predicted the highest grades in his four chosen subjects and was able to find his results online from 7am.
“I was obviously really happy and went downstairs to show my dad who congratulated me.
“My mum, who had just finished a night shift, heard us talking and came screaming down the stairs and she was very proud. I don’t think she thought I would do as well as I did.”
Ashwin’s classmate, Amrita Singh-Morgan, from Roundhay, was equally delighted with her results after discovering she had achieved two A*s in biology and chemistry and an A in maths.
She will now read chemistry at Edinburgh University from September.
“I was always hoping for the grades but actually achieving them is something else,” she said. “The A* is obviously really difficult to achieve so to have got two of them was fantastic.
“My parents were very proud. My mum was screaming and my dad was shouting when I told them about my results.”
GSAL Principal, Mike Gibbons, praised the efforts of all the students and wished them luck in their future study and careers.
“In a year when nationally there has been a reduction in the number of the top grades awarded, we are delighted that over 50 per cent of our A-level grades are A*/A,” he said.
“We are very proud of their achievements which are the culmination of years of hard work. We wish them all good luck in their future careers and we are going to miss seeing them around GSAL.”
Meanwhile, students at Bradford College were also celebrating record results with a 97 per cent pass rate, once again registering higher than the national average.
11 out of 14 subjects resulted in a 100 per cent success rate, with students collecting their results from the David Hockney Building.
The college’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Andy Welsh, said: “I’m so proud of how hard our staff and students have worked this year and these results sum up how much effort has gone into this year’s studies.”