Wokingham borough A-level results 2019

Today is A-level results day and pupils in schools across Wokingham borough – and just over the border – are celebrating their grades.

We’ll be bringing you updates from the schools as we get them.

YOU’VE all done very well. That’s the message to A-level students from Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for children’s services.

Cllr UllaKarin Clark was full of praise for the teenagers, after learning that the number of top grades – A* to A – has increased by more than fifth over last year.

This, she said, is in contrast to a national decline in top grades. The percentage of pupils achieving A*- C grades remained the same as 2018’s results at 74.4%.

The 2019 results were published on Thursday, August 15 and, across England and Wales, pupils returned to school to learn their results.

Locally, Wokingham’s average for a pass – grades A*-E – is also above the national average, with many schools scoring almost 100%.

The overall average for schools across the Wokingham borough is 97.7%.

Cllr Clark added: “I’m sure teachers and parents will join me in congratulating all the students on these fantastic results. It takes hard work, perseverance, and commitment to achieve grades such as these.

“I’d also like to thank the hardworking teachers, who have worked long hours to ensure students have been supported throughout their studies.

“I especially wish to congratulate students who achieved the results they were aiming for. I wish them every success in their next steps, be that higher education, apprenticeships, or entering the workplace.”

Reporting team: Phil Creighton, Kate Nicholson, Andy Preston, Charlotte Simpson

SchoolA*-B%A*-C%A*-E%
Abbey School84%95%100%
Bracknell & Wokingham College---
Bulmershe School47%-99%
Edgbarrow School---
Emmbrook School40.2%75.2%98.9%
Forest School-65%-
Holt School61%82.4%99.4%
Leighton Park56%77%98%
Luckley House---
LVS Ascot---
Maiden Erlegh School50%73%98%
Piggott School64%87%99%
Queen Anne's School68%87%-
Reading Blue Coat School71%91%99%
Reddam House58%--
St Crispin's School46%67%98%
St Joseph's College59%91%100%
Waingels College-75%-

Abbey School

Pupils from The Abbey School have been celebrating their A-level results

ALMOST one in seven sixth-form students at the Abbey School will be starting studies at an Oxbridge university this autumn after achieving some impressive exam results this summer, in both A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

The Reading-based school said that in its A-level results, overall, a third of students had a clean sweep of A*-As grades, while more than half of all entries were A*-A grades.

A-level students are going on to study subjects including music, modern and medieval languages, criminology, cyber and computer security, law with German and German law, French and German linguistic studies, biochemistry, veterinary science, medicine, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, and mechatronics and robotics.

One student is going to study nuclear engineering on submarines as part of a British Navy Degree Apprenticeship.

The Abbey said that its A-level results come after impressive results were achieved by fellow Sixth Formers undertaking the IB diploma earlier this year – in July, half of the girls scored 40 points or more, out of a maximum 45 points, placing them in the top 7% of all students studying the IB worldwide.

Students celebrate their exam results at The Abbey School

In a statement, The Abbey’s headteacher Rachel Dent said: “I am incredibly proud of all that our students have achieved.

“As a school, we continue to be academically ambitious for all our students and once again these results are testament to our outstanding teaching throughout the School.

“It’s not just in academia where they excel. We have seen great achievements from our Sixth Formers across a breadth of activities; from music, performing, sport, outdoor adventure, debating and community involvement, students have taken every opportunity available to them and shown life is for living.

“One of the things The Abbey prides itself on is instilling students with a real love of learning and I’m delighted to see them carrying on their educational journeys to university or undertaking voluntary work or travel as part of a gap year.”

An earlier version implied that all students going on to further studies at university were doing so from the A-level grades. The Abbey School has asked us to make clear that their further education places were obtained after studying for the IB and A-levels. We apologise for this confusion.



Bracknell & Wokingham College

Students from Bracknell & Wokingham College celebrate their results

A TOTAL of 56 students at Bracknell and Wokingham College picked up their A-levels today and staff said there have been some impressive results.

The Activate Learning college is celebrating after achieving a 100% pass rate in 12 out of 17 subjects.

The college’s economics department achieved a 100% pass rate at A*-B grades; its history department maintained a 100% pass rate for the second year in a row and 2% up on the national average.

French students all passed and were 3% up on the national average and further maths secured 100% pass rate, 4% up on the national average.

Elsewhere, in mathematics, 72% of this year’s intake achieved an A*- C grade. Physics saw a 43% improvement in A*- B grades on last year with chemistry also seeing a 38% improvement.

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “I’m delighted to see that all the hard work and effort our students have put into their studies has been rewarded today.

“I’d like to wish everyone that is leaving Activate learning the very best of luck for the future.”

The college says it is offering information, advice and guidance to anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after their A-levels. For details, visit www.activatelearning.ac.uk

Students’ stories

Jack Readings, 19 and from Bracknell, was one of the college’s top performers, achieving a A* grade in further maths. He studied maths, accounting and AS business at Bracknell and Wokingham College last year and achieved A* for maths, A* for accounting and A for AS level Business.

He will now take up an offer from The London School of Economics, University of London where he will study maths with economics.

A happy Jack said: “I did A-levels here because they offered accounting which not a lot of colleges do. I was originally going to do an apprenticeship, so I swapped some of my A-levels around, but then figured out I wanted to go to university, but obviously, you need three A-levels.

“So I came back to do the third this year and worked at the same time to save money for university.

“It’s also allowed me to realise what’s possible before I never thought I’d be here today with the grades I got.”

Binfield teenager Sophia Hesling, achieved an A grade in business, an A in history and an A in Extended Project Qualification and is going to The University of Warwick to study Law.

The 19-year-old said: “I went to school beforehand and didn’t really like it. The teachers just left you to your own devices and didn’t help you. The teachers here believed in you more.

“They were a lot more helpful and it made you want to try harder. And they just seemed to know their stuff more.

“You have more freedom here and people believe in you that you will do stuff so it’s nice. It gets you ready for university.”

Also celebrating was Hamza Akram, 19 and from Reading. He gained an A in chemistry and a B in maths and will go to the University of Bristol to study medicine and hopes to become a doctor.

Hamza retook his A-levels at Bracknell and Wokingham College.

He said: “I really enjoyed my time here, even though it’s only been a year. The quality of teaching was really good, especially maths and chemistry. It was a really good learning environment and everything you needed was there.”

Bulmershe School

Bulmershe School A Level results – pupils with headteacher Amanda Woodfin

The Bulmershe School has enjoyed its best-ever A-levels results this year, with a 99% pass rate and seeing all of its drama students obtain higher education places to read drama or acting this autumn.

School headteacher Amanda Woodfin said: “The students celebrated outstanding successes in today’s A-level and BTEC results, marking the best ever A-level results achieved in the history of the school.

“We are absolutely delighted with these results.

“They reflect just how hard students and staff have worked to ensure that excellent outcomes were achieved.

“The standard of teaching and learning in our Sixth Form is truly impressive and the results of our students is equivalent to the progress of similar students in the top 25% of schools and Colleges. Amazing!”

She added: “There were especially good performances from a whole range of subjects, for example 50% of further mathematics, fine art and physics A-level grades were awarded the top A*/A grade.

“And 78% of Business, 75% of Drama and 67% of Geography grades achieved A*-B.

“In BTEC, Travel and Tourism and Child Care 100% of the groups received a Distinction or Distinction.

“Well done to all our leavers. A great year and one for us to build on. We wish you the very best of luck for your very bright futures ahead.”

Mrs Woodfin said that while they were proud of all its students, there were “some individuals have really shone” over the academic year:

  • Susan – 4 A*’s in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. Susan is going on to read Engineering at Cambridge University.
  • Joel –  3 A *s in Media Studies, Maths and Physics. Joel is going on to read Mechanical Engineering at The University of Southampton
  • Amber – 2 A*s in Chemistry and Biology and 1 A in Physics. Amber is going on to read Medicine at the University of Nottingham
  • Erin – 1 A* in Geography and 2 A’s in Psychology and Biology. Erin is going on to read Anthropology at The University of Bristol
  • Imogen – 3 A’s in Drama, English Literature and Media. Imogen is going on to read Drama at Portsmouth University.
  • Victoria  – 3 A’s in Chemistry, Maths and Physics.  Victoria is going on to read Biomedical Engineering at The Imperial College, London
  • Jasmine  – 3 A’s in EPQ, English Literature, Media and 1 B in Biology. Jasmine is going on to read Film, Television and Digital Production at The Royal Holloway University, London.
  • Jessica – 2 A’s in Photography and Psychology and 1 B in Sociology.  Jess is going on to read Psychology at The University of Surrey
  • Alexandru – 2 A*’s in Chemistry and Maths and 1 A in Physics. Alexandru is going on to read Computing Science at The University of Glasgow.
  • Ella – 1 A* in EPQ, 2 A’s in Psychology and Biology and 1 B in English Language and Literature. Ella is going on to read Psychology at Queen Mary University, London
  • Harjinder -gained a Distinction * in Travel and Tourism and Merits in Business Studies and ICT and is going on to read Business with Industrial Experience at Exeter University
  • Chenthuran – gained Distinction * in Travel and Tourism, a Merit in Applied Science and a C grade in Media Studies and is going on to read Applied Biosciences at Coventry University

And in drama

Mrs Woodfin said: “Our Drama students need a special mention this year. Their academic standard and talent has meant that they are all reading drama or acting in September.”

  • Ajani – Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
  • Richard – Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Nico – Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance
  • Lauren – BRICTT – Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training –deferring for a year.
  • Dom – Salford University

Emmbrook School

Emmbrook School Wokingham

More than three quarters of students at Emmbrook School achieved A* to C grades in their A-level results this year, with one quarter securing A* to A grades.

“We are delighted by the success of our students this year ,who have achieved outstanding results at A-level. This represents an improvement on last year and keeps our Sixth Form performance in-line with all of the high performing local Sixth Forms,” said the acting headteacher Nick McSweeney.

There were high grades across all subjects, from Chemistry, German and Media to Maths and Further Maths.

Ben Lebovitch has secured three A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, while Steph Hutchinson achieved A*s in both Biology and Psychology with an A in Chemistry.

The school said many students are not only achieving entry requirements for the next stage in their education but exceeding these requirements considerably.

Mr McSweeney continued: “As always, our top performing students have achieved results that put them amongst the highest achievers in the country. We are extremely proud of our top performing male and female students.

“I am so excited to see the successes of each of our students, many of whom will be going to prestigious universities. With the strength of these results, I know that the vast majority of our students will be successfully enrolled into university, college courses, apprenticeships or take up employment this September.

“Our Sixth Form represents the pinnacle of our family, these young people truly represent the best of The Emmbrook and I am confident that they will each go on to be successful in their chosen fields.

We all wish our students continued success and prosperity.”

Head of Sixth Form David Constable said: “I am incredibly proud of the hard work that our students put in to achieve these excellent results.

“As a year group, these students are a credit to the school; a conscientious group of individuals who were excellent role models for the school.

“These students embraced the spirit of the Sixth Form and were a pleasure to teach. I wish them well in their future career paths and expect that to stay in touch as part of the growing Emmbrook alumni.”

Forest School

Pupils from The Forest School celebrate their grades

A-level students at Forest School secured more than 65% A*-C grades this year.

Headteacher Shirley Austin said: “Congratulations to all students and staff on their preparation and performance. Once again we are delighted to celebrate their hard work, determination and their success, and wish them all the best for the future, whatever they choose to do.”

There were also particularly positive results from Sciences, Geography and English.

Sam Jordan, who achieved three A*s and an A in Further Maths, will be heading off to Cambridge to study Engineering, with the hope of specialising in Aeronautical engineering.

He said: “I did look at 7.30am on the website…but then I fell asleep again. My mum was in hysterics when she found out. It’s particularly exciting because I’m a triplet, and my sister got into Oxford while my brother got into Bath. We are all so competitive.”

His friend Ellis Morgan will be heading to Exeter, to study Economics with his results, A*AA.

Tom Davis, from the University of Bath will be studying Economics and Politics with A*BB grades, and Toby Nave will be joining him, studying Maths after achieving A*A*A grades.

Tom said: “I was nervous this morning for 15 minutes before I knew for sure I had got into Bath.”

Other pupils deserving special mention include: Alex Phillips, who secured one A* and three As, and Joel Hemming who received As across the board, Hannah Jones who achieved two As and one B, and Hannah Carolan who secured one A* and two Bs.

Holt School

The Holt School Wokingham pupils celebrating

The Holt School secured a 99.4% pass rate with its A-level results this year.

Co-Headteachers Anne Kennedy and Katie Pearce said: “We are very pleased with another excellent year of A Level examination results. Our students were a great year group who worked very hard and are fully deserving of their success.

“There were many instances of individuals who did exceptionally well; many of whom exceeded their target grades. In addition, 13 students achieved at least three A or A* grades and a further 14 students achieved at least two A or A*s.”

Lara Dowling, Megan Watkins and Laura Burrows will all be heading off to Nottingham together, to study Maths, Architecture and Medicine.

Laura said: “I’m just glad it’s all over! It’s a big relief. I would hate to have to do the application for Medicine all over again…”

The girls mentioned how they will be spending the rest of the summer preparing for life at university, shopping for utensils and trying to secure accommodation for when they start in a month’s time.

They also gave their thanks to the dedicated staff at the school and the parents for their continued support “which we have very much appreciated”.

“We wish all our students the very best as they move on to university, apprenticeships or employment and would like to thank them for their hard work, commitment and contributions they have made to the life of the school over their time here,” the co-headteachers said.

Leighton Park

Tilly Beckett with Fay Mui-min and Leighton Park headteacher Matthew Judd

‘STUDENTS have excelled’. That’s the message from Matthew Judd, the headteacher of Shinfield’s Leighton Park school.

He was celebrating with sixth formers who collected their A-level results.

The school said that one of its areas of excellence is its science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) provision, with pass rates in maths at 64% A*-B, 69% A*-B for design and technology and 67% for art.

“Once again, our students have excelled in every area and we congratulate the class of 2019 on an exceptional set of results,” Mr Judd said.

“Their hard work and dedication has been rewarded in splendid achievements, both individually and collectively.

“I am thrilled that our students are off to excellent university placements, knowing that they will thrive academically but also be young people of distinction in their character and contribution to society.”

This view was echoed by the school’s academic deputy headteacher, Karen Gracie-Langrick.

“Leighton Park is recognised as one of the top two schools in Berkshire and is in the top 3% in England by the Government’s league tables for Sixth Form progress,” she said.

“The quality of our teaching is exceptional, and a significant proportion go onto Russell Group universities each year.”

The students’ results

Aspiring doctor Faye Mui is headed for a medical degree at Queen’s University, Belfast, after receiving three A grades.

“I’m so excited, I’m shaking! I haven’t stopped shaking for an hour-and-a-half,” laughed Faye.

“I know it will be a tough five years of my life but I’m so happy that I’ve made it happen.

“I worked every day, so hard, and I got incredible support from my teachers; they have been my lifesavers.”

Fellow future medic Tilly Beckett said she was delighted with her outstanding results: “I got 2A*s and 1 A and I’m thinking about taking a gap year and applying for medicine, it’s good to have all my options open.”

Her proud Mum added: “I think we’re both in shock really.”

Wallance Chen (2A*s, 1A) is heading to Economics and Maths at London School of Economics (LSE). Wallance is also a talented musician, famed at school for his performances on the Chinese instrument, the erhu.

Equally musical, cellist Aamina Morbi, who enjoyed playing in the School’s orchestra was delighted to achieve A*AA and is looking forward to reading English Literature in Scotland.

She said: “I chose Edinburgh University because I’ve always liked the city and the course suited me the most.

“I will cover so much; I’m looking forward to it. I just want to get there now. My teachers here were so great, they really inspired me. I don’t think I’d have done English if it wasn’t for them.”

Surpassing his grade expectations, national para-swimmer Owen Say is looking forward to a year out, starting with a jaunt of Interrailing, followed by six months of intensive training at High Wycombe Swimming Club, one of the Swim England National Performance Centres.  He hopes to go on to study Geography or Psychology at Nottingham or Manchester, both of which are also National Performance Centres, with his sights set on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Already out to work, with a contract starting the day after his final A-level is Leighton Park’s head boy, Chunya Munga (A*AA).

He has signed to Premiershiup rugby union side London Irish for an initial two years as a rugby professional and will be appearing at the Madejski Stadium this autumn.

“It’s like a dream; I’m getting to do something that I love every day, with my friends, and I’m being paid for it,” he said.

His Mum, Lisa, was over the moon at his results.

“I was trying not to cry on my way in,” she said. “We’re all going to miss Leighton Park so much. Chunya had a brilliant experience here, there is something so special about LP that you can’t put your finger on. I’m delighted he’s got the results he has.”

Open evening

The school is holding a sixth form open evening on Tuesday, October 15, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

For more details, log on to www.leightonpark.com/visitus or call the school on 0118 987 9608.

LVS Ascot

A-level results day 2019 at LVS Ascot Photo by Liz Finlayson/Vervate

LVS Ascot were pleased to see 84% of students got into their first or second choice universities, such as Warwick, Exeter, Birmingham and Southampton.

The school reported many students exceeded their expectations and received higher grades than they had previously expected and mirroring last year’s results.

Principal Christine Cunniffee said: “With this being the first year of truly linear A-levels, making them harder as seen from the national figures, I am delighted that we have maintained our excellent pass rate and increased our top end grades.

“I am so pleased that the development of our sixth formers over the past two years has resulted in so many receiving fantastic news today. It is testimony to the hard work ethic of our students and teachers that we continue to be in the top two schools in the area for progress between the end of key stage 4 and A-levels, and we will continue to aim to exceed expectations and inspire independence.”

The school is second in the table for student progress throughout A-levels in 2018 among all 14 schools and colleges in Bracknell Forest.

In Biology, History, Computing and PE, there was an improvement of over a third of a grade per student based on their expected graded when they began A-levels.

Head BOy Darshan Solanki received two As and an A*, so will soon be heading off to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Parnian Mohammadi will be joining him, after taking her A-levels a year early and studying Law at Queen Mary University of London, with two As and a C. She said: “The staff at LVS Ascot encouraged me and made me believe that I could step up and do my A-levels early. They really helped me with my confidence and while it was tricky, it meant everything fell into place.”

Sam Walkden won a place at the University of Birmingham to study Philosophy. He said: “Without this school, I’d never have even done philosophy and now that’s the reason I’m going to Birmingham.”

His father Roger Walden said: “Sam joined LVS Ascot from a state school inYear 9, as he had no real aptitude for anything and was in the middle of the pack. We moved him so he could receive the attention he needed, he fitted and knuckled down straight away.”

Maiden Erlegh School

Maiden Erlegh School A Level results 2019

Almost three-quarters of pupils at Maiden Erlegh School achieved a C grade or above in their A Levels this year.

The school’s headteacher, Paul Gibson, said that he and his staff were pleased with the results.

“We are delighted with how well our students have performed in this year’s examinations,” he said. “Their dedication to their studies has paid off and we are proud of each and every one of them.

“All but one subject delivered were A Level qualifications and the attainment this year is very strong. 50% of grades were between B and A*, with 73% being a C or above. Over 20% of A Level grades were A or A* and there has been an increase in the percentage of A*’s gained (7%).”

He added: “We would like to thank the staff for all their hard work and expertise in teaching and supporting the students over the course of their studies.

“Mostly, however, we would like to congratulate all our sixth form students on their impressive results and wish them well for the future, wherever that will take them.”

Piggott School

Aimee, Tom and Josie celebrate their A Level results at the Piggott School

A TWYFORD school saw almost two-thirds of its pupils obtain A* to B grades, and almost nine in 10 achieved A*-C.

Piggott School headteacher Derren Gray said he was pleased to be able to announce the “outstanding” set of results.

He said: “Our students and staff work exceptionally hard and this has once again been shown in each of our academic, applied general and technical results”.

The Piggott’s A level pass rate was over 99% with a record-breaking 64% of Year 13 A level results graded at A*-B and 87% graded A*-C. The average point score per A level entry was 39 points using the new QCA system.

Its Vocational Level 3 pass rate for Applied General qualifications was 99%, with Distinction star to Merit being 96%. For Technical subject entry, every student passed the course, with 83% of grades at the highest grade, Distinction Star.

Mr Gray added: “This continues to show our school as a centre of excellence for academic, applied general and technical learning.

“I wish all our students the very best for their future and thank all the teaching and support staff for their continued dedication and professionalism.”

Among those students celebrating was Aimee Mortimer, who is going to study medicine at Exeter. She said that she was impressed by the university when we went there for an open day and is planning to join a surfing club.

Josie Hearn will go to Lincoln University to study forensic chemistry, saying that she really like a taster course she took part in and that she had been “pleasantly surprised by her grades”.

And Tom Sabberton-Coe is off to the University of East Anglia in Norwich to read psychology.

He says that he chose the course there as it was “one of the better ones”.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Piggott,” he added. “I’m very happy and pleasantly surprised by my grades.”

Queen Anne’s School

Pupils from Queen Anne’s School in Caversham celebrate

Queen Anne’s School were delighted with their A-level results this year, as 44% of all grades were either A*s or As, and 68% were A*, A or B. 87% of the exam results were between A* and C grades. Students will be heading to some top universities, such as Manchester, Imperial, UCL, Exeter, Liverpool and Nottingham, studying a whole host of subjects from Medicine, Law and Material Sciences to Liberal Arts and International Business.

Headmistress Julia Harrington said: “At Queen Anne’s we aim to guide each girl to discover her passions and potential and to help prepare her for life beyond our gates. Yet again, we are incredibly proud of all that the Upper Sixth has achieved both inside and out of the classroom.”

A third of this year’s exams were in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), with almost half of those students achieving A*s or As. Bianca B and Charlotte W will read Medicine at Brighton, while Romilly H will read Medicine at Imperial. Vicky Y received three As and an A*, and will now be studying Maths at Warwick. Hannah H achieved two As and one A*, and with these grades, will be taking up a place on PwC Flying Start Apprenticeship programme at the University of Birmingham.

Nineteen girls will be studying politics, economics or business at university, and some plan to fly even further from the nest and study abroad. Rachel G has a rowing scholarship at Georgetown, Abigail S will be studying at the University of Southern California and Alexandra G will be heading to the University of London Institute in Paris to read French.

The school’s neuroscience programme BrainCanDo also celebrated success, as 63% of the girls who studied Psychology achieved grades between A* and B.The BrainCanDo prefect, Lottie C, will be studying the subject at Southampton, while Ellie U will be doing the same at Reading. Charlotte W, Progress Prize winner, will be studying Psychology at Leeds after securing two A*s and one A.

In Humanities, 57% of students took home an A* or A in Geography and 84% did the same in History. 21 girls sat the Economics A level, with a third earning A*s or As.

The school’s rowers are also incredibly pleased as they scored top grades across the board, with two As and one B  for Alicia B, who will be reading Law at Liverpool and Sophie H, who will be studying Criminology at Birmingham with her two As and one B.

The Arts also celebrated great success as Sherry X will be going to Loughborough to study INdustrial Design and Technology and Kelsey L will be reading Art at Willem de Kooning. Grace G will be reading History of Art at UCL. Impressive Molly S also secured an A* in her Music A level, despite sitting the exams in year 10, aged 15.

All girls who took the Extended Project Qualification achieved A* to A grades, with Abigail S scoring an A* which helped secure her place at the University of Southern California.

Reading Blue Coat School

Reading Blue Coat School

STAFF at Reading Blue Coat School said that they are delighted that the vast majority of it A Level students secured their first or insurance university place on results day, without having to enter clearing.

And its pupils who sat the Extended Project Qualification, a research project that has the same UCAS value as an AS subject, achieved a 100% pass rate – with 61% of all EPQs at A* or A grade, and 91% were A*-B grades.

And 100% of pupils studying French or Music achieved either A*-B grades.

The school said that the departments were followed closely by Art, Geography, Economics, Government & Politics and Religious Studies, in which 90% of all candidates achieved A*-B grades.

Overall,  71% of grades were A*-B and 41% were A*-A.

Nineteen pupils achieved at least three A*-A grades, including Tom Britton, Ori Brunner, Morgan Hanby, Matthew Peters and Erin Martin who obtained at least three A* grades.

Head Boy Ben Freeman achieved an A* and two A grades, and will study Biomedical Sciences at University College London from September.

The teenager, who is 6ft 7in, raced at Henley Regatta this year, weeks after sitting his A Level examinations.

He said: ‘I’m over the moon, I’m not over it really.

“It’s been such a long year and after everything that I’ve done this year, I got the grades I needed.”

Other students who are celebrating include Ronnie Jha, who received A*s in Biology and Mathematics, and As in Chemistry and Further Mathematics.

His mother said: “We are all so proud of Ronnie. He is going to UCL to study Medicine, and then he will be a doctor.”

Daniel Algar, who captains Reading Blue Coat’s first XI football team, achieved an A* and two As, and has been granted a place at Nottingham University to study psychology.

He said: “It was a struggle until Year 13, when I stepped it up a bit. I needed AAB, so when I opened my envelope and saw A*AA, I thought they were someone else’s results.

“I couldn’t believe I got in.”

The school’s headmaster, Jesse Elzinga, said: ‘‘I am delighted with the superb A Level results achieved by our Year 13 leavers.

“For nearly 10 years the staff and pupils of the school have consistently earned results of over 70% A*-B at A Level, with more than 40% of all grades being A*-A, and we matched these results again in the summer of 2019.

“My particular congratulations goes out to the art, geography, French, economics, politics, religious studies and music departments, all of which achieved stunning results this year.

“Of course, there are many individual success stories amongst these results, and the statistic of which we are most proud is that on results day, almost 90% of our Leavers secured their first or insurance university place – a testament to the excellent work of our pupils and staff during the UCAS process.

“Well done to everyone involved in these results and very best wishes to all of our Leavers as they start the next phase of their academic careers.”

His praise was echoed by Reading Blue Coat School’s head of sixth form, George Morton.

He said: “These are a good set of results for our students who have given so much to the school and community in their time with us.

“Balancing their charitable endeavours and sporting and cultural activities, yet keeping a firm eye on their studies, has been no mean feat and many of them have really earned their place at some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

“We are very proud of them.”

Reddam House

Reddam House School Picture: Mick Crawley / Bearwood Sindlesham / CC BY-SA 2.0

It was a record-breaking year for Reddam House in Sindlesham.

Formerly Bearwood College, the revitalised school has seen its grades grow with each year, with almost two-thirds of pupils obtaining A* to B grades.

Tammy Howard, the principal of Reddam House, said: “Our students are celebrating as the school’s Sixth Form records its best ever A Level results.

“With yet another increase in the percentage of top grades this year, the students are thrilled to have a head start on their University studies.

“A 25% increase on last year’s A*/A grades bring this important measure to a remarkable 39% of all grades, with almost 60% of this year’s cohort achieving A* to B.

“We are very proud of them all and wish all of the students the best as they start their exciting new adventures.”

St Crispin’s School

Holly Sargent, Sam Jones , Megan Adams and Mia Noone

With 98% of A-level students achieving A* to E grades, St Crispin’s school were celebrating another year of success.

Deputy headteacher Sue Pearson said: “We are so incredibly pleased for our students and the results they have achieved. As they move forward into an array of exciting and varied opportunities, we are filled with pride and greatly look forward to hearing about their future successes.

A quarter of the exam results yielded A to A* results, with 46% between A* and B grades, and 67% between A* and C grades.

One student, Alicia Harrod, secured three A*s, and will be heading to study Illustration at Arts University of Bournemouth, all while recovering from major back surgery in January.

Kieran Kohtz achieved 4As and an A in the Extended Project Qualification, and will start his Computer Science degree with a placement year at the University of Bath.

Ariana Jahromi will be reading Law at UCL, after receiving her A*AA grades, complete with an A* in the Extended Project Qualification.

Meanwhile, Sam Jones will be reading Sports Management and Coaching at the University of Bath, after receiving two As and an A*.

He said: “I’m really pleased with these results. I did better than expected, but I was set on going to Bath.”

The deputy head girl Mia Noone, achieved A*AB with an A in the Extended Project Qualification. She told the Wokingham Paper that she plans to have a gap year or two, taking a small break from academia.

Meanwhile Holly Sargant will be heading to the University of Edinburgh to read English Literature with A*AB. She said: “I just fell in love with the city, and the course there was exactly what I wanted to do. I’m really happy.”

Waingels College

Waingels College students

The students at Waingels College achieved 20% of all A Level grades at A or A* this year, while 75% were at A* to C grades. The college also secured a record number of Distinction and Distinction* grades at BTEC.

Principal Tom Bartlett said: “These outstanding achievements are the well-deserved reward for all the effort and dedication put in by students and their teachers.

“There was a delightful buzz this morning as students came to collect their results. As always, there are some truly outstanding achievements.”

Twelve students achieved an average grade of A.

Mr Bartlett added: “For all, these results are the accumulation of seven years of study, learning and graft. We are grateful for everything the class of 2012 have given to our school; we wish them well as they embark on the next stage of their young lives — whether it be to university, into the world of work, on an apprenticeship or on a year out to work and travel.

“We look forward to welcoming them all to Presentation Evening in December to celebrate their achievements.”

More pictures and reports in the Wokingham Paper that goes on sale on Thursday, August 22 – don’t miss your souvenir copy

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