IT WAS a day of celebration and commiseration for hundreds of pupils in Bromsgrove as they received their A Level results.
Anxious teenagers across the town discovered whether their hard work had paid off when they peeled open their dreaded envelopes yesterday (Thursday, August 14).
Among those included South Bromsgrove High School students James Burdett, Robert Graham and Hannah Williams who all collected four A* to A grades.
This contributed to a record-breaking day for the Charford Road-based school as it scored its best ever results, with 66 students also achieving distinction – the highest grade available in BTEC.
Headteacher Paul Topping said: “This is a particularly impressive set of outcomes across the ability range and I am delighted that so many of our students have been rewarded with results they have worked so hard for, having felt challenged and supported to achieve their very best.
“We believe that all students this year will secure places at universities of their choice including Oxford and Cambridge and other destinations such as high level apprenticeships.”
Dave Hadley-Pryce, headteacher of North Bromsgrove Hill School, was also delighted after a majority of his students secured a place at their first choice university.
Ben Thorington-Jones will read physics at Lancaster University after gaining three A*s, while Sam Blacktop, George Freeman, Michael Harris, and Abbie Burford will all head to Sheffield after receiving their desired results.
“We are really thrilled at North for our sixth form students and their great results this year,” Mr Hadley-Pryce said. “We have doubled the size of the sixth form team and changed a lot of our systems to improve support.
“I’m really delighted to see the positive impact it’s having on results for our students, and we are currently working on plans to expand and improve our sixth form centre during the coming year.”
There were a number of success stories at Bromsgrove School as it achieved another stellar year of results. Of the 177 pupils who sat 544 A level examinations and 49 BTEC qualifications, 23 per cent notched up A*s, 58 per cent got A*s to As and 87 per cent were graded A* to B.
Peter Ruben, second deputy headmaster academic at Bromsgrove School, added: “These wonderful results are a testament to the hard work of pupils and staff. We are all very proud of them.”
Meanwhile, Waseley Hills High School in Rubery gained an overall pass rate of 98 per cent with many of its students achieving A or A*.
Lauren Townsend, Callum Porter, Alex Moore, Lilly Bolton, Emily Taylor and Andrea Ellina all went out on a high at Bromsgrove School. (s)
Zoe Asher, Adelle Britnell, Michael Harris, Amy O’Brien, Lauren Bennett, Ben Thorington-Jones, and Sam Blacktop celebrate after collecting their results from North Bromsgrove High School (s)
South Bromsgrove High School students Max Peel and Jonny Watson show where they will be studying next year. (s)