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A-Levels: Smiles all round at Ridgeway School
IT WAS smiles all round at Ridgeway School this morning as students celebrated making the grade.
Dozens of students made their way into the main hall from 8.45am to find out what A-Level grades they had achieved and whether they had made it into their first-choice university.
Many had already found out online if they had secured their university place, taking the stress away from opening the results envelope, but there were still shrills of glee and plenty of smiling faces as the pupils found out just how well they had done.
Andy Lanigan, the school’s Head of Sixth Form, said: “We are really pleased. We got our best results with 27 per cent being A*s or As and it seems like everyone has got their place at university which is the most important thing.
“It is a very emotional day for me, most of the students do really well, and it is just a lovely thing to be part of.
“We have seen all the stresses and strains over the year so it is a relief to see everyone now smiling and pleased with what they have achieved.”
Alice Roberts, 18, of Wanborough was over the moon after getting two A*s in maths and philosophy, and A in further maths, a B in French and top distinction in performing arts and is planning to study maths and philosophy at Bristol University.
“I was really nervous waiting for my results,” she said.
“They were supposed to go live at 8am but I saw people putting on Facebook that they were up at quarter to.
“Once I knew I had got in to my first choice university I was a lot more relieved and it is nice to come in and share this moment with everyone.
“I am really looking forward to university and always had my heart set on Bristol.
“For me it was always the plan to go to university and although it is very expensive I think if you get the grades you can should do it.”
Katie Pullan, 18, of Wanborough was another pupil who could not keep the smile from her face after she secured an A* in economics, A in maths and B in French.
She said: “I wasn’t really nervous because whatever happened was out of my control but I am really pleased to have got the grades to get into Nottingham University.
“It is good to be here with all my friends and everyone I know seems to be really happy with what they have got.
“Ridgeway School has been great. It wasn’t the best of schools when we joined but it has really come on under the new head and is now one of the best.”