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  • Weymouth College saw an increase in 11 percent increase in their pass rate compared to 2013.
  • Woodroffe School students in Lyme Regis have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.


Statement from Dorset County Council

Sara Tough, director for children's services at Dorset County Council, said: "The A-level results coming in from schools across Dorset today are extremely encouraging. There have been some outstanding performances. Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne enjoyed a record year ,with 34% of Sixth Form students gaining A*-A, more than half gaining A*-B grades and 75% at A*-C, with an overall pass rate of 98%. Lytchett Minster School saw a record number of A* grades, with more than half its students  obtaining A*-B grades, and achieving an overall pass rate of 99.3%.


"Twynham School in Christchurch is also celebrating its best ever A-level results. It had an overall pass rate of 100%, with 24 students gaining at least 810 QCA points (equivalent to at least three A-Grades at A-level). The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis saw a 100% pass rate, with 26% of entries graded A*-A, and 55% A*-A or B, while the joint sixth form for Shaftesbury School and Sturminster High School is  celebrating 24% of results at A*-A grades and almost half of all grades at A*-B.


"Budmouth College students in Weymouth had a pass rate of 98.2%, with 38% obtaining A*-A grades and 68% A*-C grades. Gillingham School saw  77% of its students with A*-C grades, with an overall pass rate of 94%, while The Beaminster School enjoyed a similar A*-C success rate of 78%, with 31% of students scoring A*-A results. The Blandford School celebrated its best ever A-level results, with 72.7% of students graded A*-C and an overall pass rate of 98.3%.


"These and other results are a testament to the hard work and ability of both students and teaching staff in Dorset schools. There is a lot of pressure to peform, and our schools are responding fantastically well."



STUDENTS at Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis celebrated an 'outstanding' set of A level results this year with a 100 per cent pass rate.

26 per cent of entries were graded A* or A while 55 per cent were graded A *, A or B.

Headteacher Dr Richard Steward said the students have done 'superbly this year', helping the school achieve some it's best A level results ever.

He added: “I'm delighted to see so many individuals achieving A* and A grades, and particularly pleased not to see a single U grade in any subject.”

Among the students celebrating were head boy Tom Gater got 3 A*s who will study maths at Oxford University and head girl Ellie Pring who got two As and one B and is off to Bath University.

Cleo Nester scooped A*, A, B and will study acting at Arts University Bournemouth and Rachel Clarke will study history and sociology at Cardiff University.

Nathaneal Wellstead got A, B, C and is off to the Camborne School of Mines to study mining and engineering.

Results at AS Level were also impressive, with 38 per cent of students gaining As or Bs, and 62 per cent achieving C or above.

Head of sixth form Jim Thomas said the work ethos of this year's students has been 'fantastic'.




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Budmouth College students were all smiles this morning as they got their results.


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Weymouth College students celebrating their succes




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Leweston Sixth Formers Celebrate Outstanding A Level Results


Leweston School, Sherborne, is celebrating another set of outstanding results. Once again, Sixth Form girls achieved a 100% pass rate, with 78% of A Levels passed at grade A* to B or Pre-U equivalent.  51% of the results were passed at A* or A grades or Pre-U equivalent and 14% passed at A*, both figures being almost double the national average. An impressive 27% of students achieved 3 or more straight A or A* grades across a range of subjects. Average UCAS points per candidate were 387, the equivalent of over three A grades per candidate.  It was also another record breaking year for Leweston at AS Level with 73% of examinations passed at grade A or B. 


These fantastic results have enabled almost all Leweston’s leavers to win places at their chosen universities or specialist colleges.  Many girls will be going on to the more selective institutions including Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Nottingham, Bath, University College London, Manchester, Liverpool, Queen Mary’s College London and York to study degrees such as Accounting, Biological Sciences, Economics, Engineering, English, Drama, Mathematics, Medicine, Modern Languages, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Spanish and Music. 


Headmaster Adrian Aylward commented “Once again Leweston Sixth Formers have excelled across the whole ability range, generating some truly outstanding results and particularly given the changes to the examination system and the downward trend in results nationally. I am delighted that their hard work and dedication has paid off and would like to congratulate them all on their incredible achievements. Particular mention goes to our Oxbridge and Medical School candidates who have all been successful in meeting their offers; as a school we have a justifiably strong reputation for preparing girls for future success in these areas and this year’s results only help to cement this reputation further. I hope that all girls are proud of their results and I wish them well, knowing that they will continue to thrive in their further studies.”



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Sherborne Girls in Dorset is celebrating another year of exceptional A level exam results, with 51% of examinations passed at A* or A, compared to the national average of 30.8%.

81% of papers were passed with A*, A or B grades, compared to the national average of 52.4% and 97% of the extended projects achieved A*, A or B – the best results recorded to date. In German, Latin and Further Maths, all papers were graded at A*. The most popular subject was Mathematics, in which just under 60% of the papers achieved an A* or A grade.

A total of 37 A* grades and 68 A grades was achieved by the year group. Five girls achieved an exceptional 2 A* grades or more among their papers. Isabel Norris (of Tavistock) achieved 3 A* and 1 A grade and will read Medicine at UCL. Julia Morris (of Farnham) also achieved 3 A* grades and an A and will read Medicine at Glasgow. Ella Mountbatten (of Tiverton) achieved 3 A* grades and has a place at Bristol to read Anthropology. Eleanor Gratton (of Ilminster) received 2 A* grades and an A and will read French and German at King’s College London and Alexandra Pevzner (of Moscow) will study Mechanical Engineering at UCL with her grades of 2 A* and 1 A.

A record-breaking 15 girls achieved four A grades or more in their AS levels. These include Rachel Bucklow (Sherborne), Marina Carrick (Plymouth), Octavia Cooper (Andover), Amber Lacey (Bristol), Kelly Lee (Hong Kong), Alice Mackean (Andover), Jemima Middle (Sherborne), Phoebe Parker (Godalming), Natalie Chan (Hong Kong), Kathryn Li (China), Polly Pentreath (Yeovil), Lisa Pun (Hong Kong), Flora Ritchie (Taunton), Lucinda Sewell (Singapore), Maja Vlahovic (Moscow) and Vanessa Yam (China).

Girls also performed strongly in the recent International Baccalaureate results with 61% of results achieved at the highest grades of 7 and 6 (equivalent to A* or A at A level). Harriet Smith (of Bridport) achieved the School’s top score with a result of 42 points and is applying to Oxford in 2015 to read Classics. Catriona May (of Gillingham) scored 40 points securing a place at Durham to read Psychology. These results put Harriet and Catriona in the top 5% of IB achievers worldwide.

Headmistress Jenny Dwyer said, “We are delighted to announce another excellent set of A level results for the School. The girls have worked exceptionally hard at their academic studies this year, alongside a full programme of sport, drama and other interests. Special mention should go to the four potential medics and a dentist who achieved 7 A* and 10 A grades between them.”

“Our congratulations go to everyone, not forgetting the parents and families of our students who have supported the girls through their studies, and to the exceptional dedication of our staff in ensuring the girls achieve their full potential.”






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The Thomas Hardye School is celebrating record A Level results with over one third of all grades recorded at the highest level:  over 36% of grades were at A*/A which is a record for Hardye’s and compares to a national average of 26% in 2013.  The number of passes at grades A-C went up by 4% to 83% and the overall pass rate was 97%.

English, further maths, French, geography, politics, sociology, law and photography were amongst the subjects with particularly outstanding results and 34 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate.  In addition, 42 students completed the Extended Project Qualification, with half of all grades at  A*/A. This subject is an ideal preparation for university style study and is quickly growing in popularity following the school’s launch of the AQA Baccalaureate.


Mike Foley, Headteacher, was delighted with the outcome: “These are exceptional results and congratulations are due to students and their teachers for all that they have achieved. There has been significant press coverage warning schools to expect a dip in results but we have bucked the trend. I am particularly pleased with the number of top grades, offering a passport into the best universities”.

As usual there were some outstanding individual performances and particular congratulations are due to Natasha Bailey, Jasmin Eveleigh and Charlie Street who achieved at least 3 grades at A* and to the 36 students who achieved at least 3 grade A’s


A video from Budmouth College




Weymouth College students celebrate


Reeha Bailey, 19, from Chickerell received an A* in English literature, an  A* in psychology, and a C in history. She said: “I wasn’t expecting these results at all, I’m simply overwhelmed. I have a place at Exeter to study history which I’m looking forward to.”

Anna Irwin, 30, from Weymouth, received an A in French, A in politics and B in English. She said: “I’m really happy with my results. It was a challenge being a mature student as I needed to balance home life with studies, but the college was really helpful. It was a bit of a challenge fitting in with people who are younger than me but I’m really proud of what I have done.”

 Jody Damen, 17, from Weymouth received a B in dance. She said: “I was nervous about opening my results having a dream about them last night but I’m happy with what I got. I’m going to go to London dance school which will be really good,”

 Erin Paull, 17, also from Weymouth, received a C law and E in psychology. She said: “I was nervous about getting my results but I’m happy with what I got.”

Both plan to go to a party to celebrate and relax.



STUDENTS celebrated their results with a glass of bubbly.

Students hugged and cheered as they opened their results envelopes.

The college had 95 students sitting the A2 Level and the pass rate was 96 percent, this is an 11 percent increase on the 2013 pass rate.

Principal Liz Myles paid tribute to the hard work of the students and staff and said they were ‘absolutely delighted’ with the results.

She said: “They have done extremely well.

“These students can be very proud of their efforts this year, as are we. They’ve worked incredibly hard to invest in their future and achieve their ambitions. As staff at the college, we’re pleased to have been able to support them in doing so.”

She added that the college was hoping to build on their success even more next year.

A spokesman for the college said they were now in the top 10 percent of UK colleges based on latest success rates and its rise in performance means it is now ranked in the UK’s top 20 colleges.

Head of Sixth Form, Howard Brierley, said “We’re proud of the hard work every student put into their studies this year and we’re delighted with their results. Together with my colleagues, I wish all our students the very best of luck and every success with their future endeavours.”

Student Gemma Harris got three B grades in Law, History and RE, she is now off to study law and American legal studies at university. The course involves travelling to the US.

She said: “I’m delighted.”

Molly Neville said she was so happy to get an A* in law and B’s in psychology and RE. She said: “I’m really chuffed with that, it’s so good.”

She is now off to study law at Kent University.

The friends said they would be celebrating by going out.



11:26am Thu 14 Aug 14

lindarose67 says

Samantha Rose from Budmouth got A*,A,A, well done x x




Students and teachers are delighted with the excellent ‘A’ level results achieved this year. We have achieved some truly outstanding results, including a record number of A* grades.  As in the previous 4 years, over 50% of all our students have achieved A*-B grades and our overall pass rate this year is 99.3%.


Some outstanding performances include Dan Mulryan and Ollie Matthews who will be studying Chemistry and Languages respectively at Oxford University and Shelby Bryant who has secured a place to study Medicine at Manchester University. Jenny Evans, Will Fowler and Georgia Ludwig also achieved A* or A grades in all their A level subjects.


Headmaster Stuart Clark commented “Students and staff are to be congratulated on another excellent set of results which mean the vast majority of our Year 13 will secure their University places.”

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STUDENTS at Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

Head teacher Richard Steward said the youngsters had done ‘superbly’ and it was one of the best years ever in terms of A-Level results for the school.

Two students, Alice Jenkin and Tom Gater, have won places to study at Oxford University.

26 per cent of entries were graded A* or A and 55 per cent of entries were graded A*, A or B.

Dr. Steward said: “I am delighted to see so many individuals achieving A* and A grades, and particularly pleased not to see a single U grade in any subject. It is also pleasing to note the consistency in results across all subject areas: for a medium sized comprehensive school in a rural area, Woodroffe offers an excellent range of subject choices at A-level and it is good to see students performing well in all of them.  It is particularly encouraging to see top class performance in both the arts and sciences.”

He added: “With constant changes to examination specifications and accountability measures, this has been a difficult year for sixth forms and sixth formers, and it is a tribute to the professionalism and expertise of staff at Woodroffe that students have been guided so successfully through very turbulent waters.”



It was all smiles at Thomas Hardye School today as pupils picked up their A Level results.

18-year-old Charlie Street from Weymouth was one of the top achievers at the school, picking up A*s in Physics, Computing, and Maths A2 along with an A grade in Further Maths AS.

He said: “I can’t believe it, I’m so happy. I even got full marks in my Maths A Level. I’m now going to Birmingham University to study Computer Science. I’m excited about going somewhere new and I’m really looking forward to the course because it interests me.”

Fellow pupil Imogen Court, 18, who lives near Dorchester, said she was over the moon to have achieved 2 A*s and an A at A2. She said the next step now she has her qualifications in Maths, Theatre Studies and Psychology is to take up a place to study Maths at Cardiff University.

She added: “It was hard work revising for so long. Maths was one of the hardest subjects for me to revise, and the exams were very difficult too, but I’m so relieved I got the grades. I’m looking forward to being in a new place and meeting new people, gaining my independence really because that’s important.”

Rachel Newman, 18, from Weymouth said she was ‘really, really happy’ about her 2A*s and 2As in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

She said the key to her success was a lot of hard work. “I revised a lot, and I love maths so it helps. I’m going to do Maths at St Andrew’s.”

“I’m so excited, I was worried I wouldn’t get the grades but now I’m going and it’s happening, I’m really pleased.”

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10:56am Thu 14 Aug 14

JamesYoung says

The fellow in the 10.41 photo is my son Josh. Well earned results and off to the University of Bath in September to reads Maths. Proud dad today.



National business organisation, the Forum of Private Business, is urging post A-level students to consider the option of realising their aspirations of starting their own business.

Commenting on today’s A-level results Phil Orford MBE, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, said: “The Forum congratulates all pupils receiving their A level results today and urges them consider the option of starting a business.

“The tough youth and graduate job markets have inspired many young people to create their own opportunities by going it alone. There are many sources of support to help would-be entrepreneurs get their idea off the ground, from the very successful Start Up Loans, to many local business support organisations.

“I would say to any students now heading to university to join an enterprise society there. To all those not going to university, there are many excellent apprenticeship schemes to go into but if you want the freedom and excitement of business then consider taking forward your ideas and becoming self employed.”



A-level news from Shaftesbury School and Sturminster High School:

Headline results show a fantastic pass rate for students taught in the joint sixth form. This year 24% of results were at A*-A grades and almost half of all grades at A*-B, a big increase on last year’s already great results.

At Shaftesbury School there were particular successes for Head Boarder Robert Ezigbo who gained 2A*s and 2As and top scoring female was Head Girl Rosie Elphick with straight As.

The school reported that across the board students have done fantastically well with their qualifications and as usual the percentage of students progressing to university and other destinations is amongst the best anywhere in the country, including students progressing to Oxbridge and other Russell group universities.

Headteacher Mark Blackman said: “The hard work and dedication of the staff and students has really paid off this summer. Every single result marks an individual success of which we are extremely proud. A level and BTEC examinations have always been demanding qualifications and students in this school are as successful as those in independent and selective schools. Many thanks go to every member of staff who prepared the students for their exams and the parents who work so well in partnership with us. I wish every student well for their next steps and it is wonderful to see so many heading off to university or directly into employment. I am delighted to say that we know our students are being as successful as the best in the country and are progressing to their chosen destinations.”

Within the specific Sturminster Newton cohort several students gained excellent results and there were A*/A grades in almost every subject. Many students exceeded their targets and university offers. The outstanding Oxbridge entrance record has been maintained with Alex Talbot (3A*) going up to Oxford to read Mathematics and Tabitha Hayward (2A*, 1A) also going to Oxford to read English Literature. Three other students, Marcus Carr, Samantha Hooker and Lauren Pond also achieved 2A* grades and an ‘A’ and almost a third of the SNHS cohort achieved at least one ‘A’ or ‘A*’.  There was an overall pass rate of 100% of the SNHS cohort.

Places at universities are assured including Central St Martins for Fashion Design and some excellent employment opportunities such as with JP Morgan have been secured.

Headteacher, Jayne Barron said: “These are extremely good results which reflect the hard work of the students themselves and the support and efforts of their parents and school staff. Well done to all. I wish every one of them continued success in their future studies and employment."






Some pictures from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester this morning as students receive their A-level results

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Commenting on today’s A-Level results, Marcus Mason, Policy Manager for Employment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “Students and teachers across the UK deserve to be congratulated for achieving a strong set of academic results. Businesses will applaud the increased take up in science and maths, subjects that are vital for the success of the UK economy. However, the continued decrease in the take up of foreign languages is a worrying trend as many businesses report that there is a skills gap in this area. Having strong knowledge of a foreign language is an excellent way of preparing young people for the wide-range of opportunities available in today’s globalised world."








More A-levels were handed the very highest grade this summer, but the overall pass rate fell for the first time in more than 30 years, official figures show.

 In total, just over one in four (26%) of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on last summer.

 But the proportion of A* grades handed out rose to 8.2%, up 0.6 percentage points on 2013.

 And the overall A*-E pass rate fell by 0.1% to 98% - the first time it has fallen in 32 years.

 Boys have outdone girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.

 The latest results come amid major changes to the system, with January exams scrapped, leaving fewer opportunities for students to re-sit papers. All exams are now taken in the summer.

 Schools have been warned that they could see changes to their results this year due to the overhaul.

 Exam chiefs today suggested that those schools which have traditionally used January exams for re-sits could see ''greater volatility'' than those who enter pupils for papers at the end of courses.

 The latest results, which show how pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have performed, show that an increasing number of students are choosing science, with the number electing to study biology, chemistry and physics rising by 2%, while those taking maths has gone up by 0.9% and further maths by 1.5%.

 The number studying English has gone down by 4.6%, but even greater decreases can be seen in subjects such as political studies, which is down by 10.6%, and general studies, which has dropped by a massive 24.3%.

 Results for other ''facilitating subjects'' - traditional subjects often favoured by top universities - remain relatively unchanged, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) said, with the majority seeing increases in A* grades but small declines at A.

 JCQ said that there could be ''several factors'' contributing to this pattern in results, such as teachers working in different ways following the removal of January exams, a shift towards ''facilitating subjects'' affecting the proportion getting A grades and the A* becoming more important for universities and students.













 Record numbers of students are heading to university this year, with almost 400,000 accepted on to degree courses already.
 As of midnight, 396,990 undergraduates had been accepted on to courses at UK universities, up 3% on last year, according to Ucas figures and 352,590 have won a place on their first choice of course, up 2% on 2013.
 Ucas said that for the first time this year, the total number of people going to university could top half a million.



Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: ''Today's numbers are a reflection of the continuing strong demand for higher education. A combination of extra places available and the falling population of 18-year-olds means that students are in a good position to secure a place this year.
 ''Alongside the impressive numbers, this is also a story about individuals who have made a life-defining decision to invest in their personal growth and position themselves for a more fulfilling life and career.''



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Today's its A Level results and our teams will be out at all the schools, meeting students and talking about their results and plans for the future.

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10:56am Thu 14 Aug 14

JamesYoung says...

The fellow in the 10.41 photo is my son Josh. Well earned results and off to the University of Bath in September to reads Maths. Proud dad today.
The fellow in the 10.41 photo is my son Josh. Well earned results and off to the University of Bath in September to reads Maths. Proud dad today. JamesYoung
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11:26am Thu 14 Aug 14

lindarose67 says...

Samantha Rose from Budmouth got A*,A,A, well done x x
Samantha Rose from Budmouth got A*,A,A, well done x x lindarose67
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5:06pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Schrodinger's Cat says...

JamesYoung wrote:
The fellow in the 10.41 photo is my son Josh. Well earned results and off to the University of Bath in September to reads Maths. Proud dad today.
Does he get his fashion sense from his Dad as well as his brains? :-)
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: The fellow in the 10.41 photo is my son Josh. Well earned results and off to the University of Bath in September to reads Maths. Proud dad today.[/p][/quote]Does he get his fashion sense from his Dad as well as his brains? :-) Schrodinger's Cat
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7:01pm Thu 14 Aug 14

JamesYoung says...

Schrodinger's Cat wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
The fellow in the 10.41 photo is my son Josh. Well earned results and off to the University of Bath in September to reads Maths. Proud dad today.
Does he get his fashion sense from his Dad as well as his brains? :-)
Haha! Probably his fashion sense, certainly not his brains. He's brighter than me by a long shot.
[quote][p][bold]Schrodinger's Cat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: The fellow in the 10.41 photo is my son Josh. Well earned results and off to the University of Bath in September to reads Maths. Proud dad today.[/p][/quote]Does he get his fashion sense from his Dad as well as his brains? :-)[/p][/quote]Haha! Probably his fashion sense, certainly not his brains. He's brighter than me by a long shot. JamesYoung
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