Bumper year for A-level students at Marlwood School Alveston
OUTSTANDING sixth-formers in Alveston surpassed all expectations scoring the best A-level results their school has recorded in the last three years.
Marlwood School students bucked the national trend, with an average 0.3 per cent drop in grades, with 49 per cent receiving an A* to B grades.
This represents a four per cent increase from last year's results.
One of the highest achievers was Ellie Bird, 18, from Tockington, who scored an A* in English literature, A in history and A in performing arts. She has been accepted to Exeter University to read history.
"I though I was going to get A, A, B, if that," she told the Gazette. " I'm so happy. I was up all night last night refreshing UCAS."
Her classmate Sam Atkinson achieved no less than three A* in chemistry, physics and maths and one A in biology. He will start his first year as a Cambridge medical student next month.
The 18-year-old from Henleaze said he was in shock to have been accepted in such a prestigious university.
"I was pretty surprised," he said. " It's not was I was expecting. It's better. It has not quite hit yet. It's still slightly weird."
A total of 45 per cent of students achieved A* to B grades in maths.
English Literature was the school's strong suit, with six pupils scoring A* in the subject.
While some are already packing for university, others like John Clarke from Thornbury, have chosen to take some time off to gain some work experience before getting stuck in again.
The aspiring doctor, who achieved three As in physics, biology and chemistry said: "I want to get a job, get more work experience and maybe travel. I'm definitely happy with what I've got. I'm taking a gap year but I will be applying for medicine next year."
Head of sixth form Trish Rosevear said the impressive results were a testament to students' hard word.
"These are our highest scores in the last three years. We are very pleased with that.
"The very strong set of results reflects students' efforts and the support from staff."
Head teacher Keith Geary added: "We’re really pleased that our share of A*/A grades and A*-B grades this year increased on 2012 and that eleven of our students achieved 3 A*/A grades or better.
"We’re delighted to see students do well, achieving success for their hard work with the support of teachers and parents."
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