It was smiles all round for Harrogate High School as Year 13 students picked up their A level results today (August 14) on a record breaking day for the sixth form.
Students weren’t the only ones left toasting their achievements as the sixth form celebrated record A level results across the board at Key Stage Five.
With 57 per cent of the students achieving A*-B grades and almost half (49 per cent) achieving A*-A students, an atmosphere of joy and relief ran through the corridors.
Scenes of nervous anticipation soon turned into frenzied excitement as the staff and students revelled in the results of their combined hard work and determination.
The significant increase of top grades meant a greater number of students of the school moving on to universities around the country to the delight of Principal, Andrew Bayston.
He said: “Our A level students have done very well and my sincere congratulations to everyone involved with the A level for 2014.
“We are very pleased with the levels achieved across all courses and of course we wish all Year 13 students every success for their future studies and training.
“As a year group they have made a significant contribution to our school as a whole.”
Students began filing in to the school for their results as early as 8.30 am and Rickie Wilson, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Sixth Form, was on hand to greet and congratulate them.
He said: “This year we are celebrating a high proportion of successful UCAS applications.
“We have outstripped last year’s results and the pass rates at the higher grades does reflect the hard work of our students, staff and the vital support that our parents provide.
“We have achieved these results by providing a relevant curriculum offer including strong vocational subjects and the benefit of smaller than average group sizes across our sixth form.”
Many students were overcome with emotion after opening their results including Chloe Kay who secured her place at Durham University to study Archeology and Ancient Civilisations.
She said: “I’m absolutely over the moon with my results. I was absolutely terrified last night though and this morning when I checked UCAS to see if I had got in.
“I’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years doing lots of revision and I’m so happy it’s all paid off. I’ve been here since 2007 so I’m going to miss being here but I’m excited to start something new.”
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