For teenagers up and down the country, months of anxious wait came to an end today when they finally received their A Level grades.
And at Buxton Community School, there were scenes of celebration as some students secured their all important university places while others performed well in their BTECs.
Over 42 per cent of A Levels were A*-B grades with Jack Clarke, Izaak Gregory and Freya Palmer all being awarded three grade A*s. A further eight students achieved all A* and A grades (Tom Griffin, Ben Swain, Will Houghton, Luke Howell-Williams, Annie Osborne, Lilly Posnett, Kieran Jones and Lottie Buckley).
In addition, 12 students all achieved the equivalent of three A*-B grades: Blythe Aimson, India Badby, Emmy Chadwick, James Davis, Poppy Forshaw-Perring, Emma Heathcote, Lia Hodgkinson, Niamh Vize, Megan Jones, Jacob Meaton, Amy Mycock and Sian Ellis.
Headteacher Deb Hill said: “It has been our best year for students achieving the top grades at A Level and we are delighted that we have a large number of students progressing to a very wide range of universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.
“It is also the first year we have offered a very wide range of BTEC courses at level three and this has enabled a number of students to stay in the sixth form who may have been unable to in the past. This is leading to increasing numbers of young people staying with us and we also have about 20 additional students from other schools joining our sixth form next year.
“I also know that a number of students worked really hard to achieve C-E grades at A Level and I would always want these students to feel their hard work is equally valued.
“We believe very strongly as a school that we should be open to as many students joining our sixth form as possible and, whilst there are minimum requirements and we always celebrate the achievements of our most able students, we know that attitude in the form of hard work and commitment are just as important.”
Sixty per cent of entries in the Level three BTECs were awarded distinctions or starred distinctions. In Business Studies, 86 per cent of students achieved starred distinctions.
Degree courses undertaken by this year’s Buxton students include Mathematics, Creative Writing, Computer Animation and Visual Effects, Surveying, Journalism, Architecture, International Relations, Marketing, Archaeology, History, Midwifery, Geography, English Literature, Mechanical Engineering,
Computing, Pharmacy, Sports Coaching and Music.