Pupils at schools across the region have been celebrating as they picked up their A-level results this morning.
Schools and colleges have been busy, with students arriving from 8am to pick up their all important results slips, amid smiles and tears of happiness.
Sixth formers at Danum Academy were among those picking up results including Hollie Marshall of Wheatley Hills who was beaming as she picked up an A* in French, A* in General Studies, A in German, A in English and B in History to land a place at Cambridge studying French and German.
She modestly said she had “done alright” and added: “I was really excited with what I got. It was better than what I had hoped for.
“I had lots of nerves this morning and the first thing I did was to rush and call my mum. I think I will be celebrating later.”
Kennedy Edwards of Intake was another who was full of smiles after picking up two A*s, an A and B to study medicine at Manchester University.
“I thought I was going to fail,” she said. “I had lots of butterflies and I felt sick this morning.
“I was so relieved when I opened the envelope. It has been lots of hard work and my social life has disappeared but it has all been worth it.”
Bessacarr’s Richard Wilkinson, who scored 5 straight As and plans to study aerospace engineering at Sheffield University said: “The results were better than I was hoping for. I am more than happy with what I got. Danum has been a great school with great teachers.”
Katherine Howe or Wheatley Hills picked up four As in psychology, German, English and general studies and was relieved to finally get her hands on her results.
“It has been an awful feeling,” she said. “I have been feeling sick for about a week but it was what I was hoping for. I got in where I want to be.”
Katherine will be studying pyschology at Nottingham and said: “It has been a lot of hard work and its nice to be able to relax now.”
Danum head of 6th form David Irons said: “We have had fantastic results and we are absolutely delighted - our best results ever.
“We are thrilled for all our students and staff and all the hard work they have put in. There has been a lot of determination sprinkled with a lot of ability and it has been a long two year slog for many students.”
*Mexborough School Specialist Science College
It was celebrations all round at Mexborough School as A-Level results had improved across the board compared with last year.
Among those celebrating was Rory Wordsworth, 19, of Argyll Street who achieved two A’s and a distinction.
He said:”I was nervous about getting my results but I had an e-mail this morning saying I’d got in at Lancaster to study history so that took the pressure off.
“I did better than I thought I would.”
Head of sixth form Lyndsey Proctor said:“It’s a credit to our students and teachers for their hard work and determination to be successful.
“It’s a very exciting day for us”
*Balby Carr Community Sports College
Students at Balby Carr were turning their attention to university as they celebrated some of the best results staff had ever seen at the school.
Fiona Brigan, head of sixth form at Balby Carr said: “So far all the students who applied to go to university have got in their places.”
Charlotte Cork, 18, of Aldcliffe Crescent, Balby achieved two Bs and a C and is going to University in Leeds to study sports and exercise science.
She said: “I didn’t expect to do so well, it was really stressful revising and doing the exams but it’s all been worth it.”
Alza Rashed, 18, of Surrey Street, Balby was celebrating after getting three Bs and a C.
She said: “I’m going to study Law at Brunel, I can’t believe I’ve got in.
“I want to barrister if everything goes to plan.”
*Don Valley Academy
Staff and students at Don Valley Academy were more than happy with matching last year’s high standards.
Among the high achievers was Luke Etheridge, 18, of Amersall Road, who achieved an impressive A*, A and three Bs as is going on to study automotive engineering at Leeds University.
He said: “All my family and friends are really pleased for me I didn’t expect to do this well.
“I’m looking forward to uni and my dream job after graduating would be to work in F1 motor racing.”
Head of sixth form Gillian Thompson said: “We had about 70 students who applied to go to university and over 60 of them have got in at their first choice with the others getting into their insurance so we’ve had nobody not get into one of their university choices so we’re delighted.”
*Hall Cross Academy
Results at the Thorne Road school were up for the fifth year in a row, said headteacher Pippa Dodgshon, with a record number of students getting the grades they need to go to university.
Just less than 40 per cent of candidates passed at A*, A and B grades, an increase of five per cent on 2012, and 66 per cent passed at grade C or above. “This reflects the excellence of the students.”
Mrs Dodgshon said a significant number with good grades were seeking alternatives to university such as high apprenticeships, or doing other things for a year or two.
Among the success stories were Nicole Stoppani, from Bessacarr, who passed economics, maths and graphics at grade A. She is planning to go to Newcastle University to study economics, her favourite subject, and wants to work for one of the big banks ‘and earn lots of money!’
Sophie Sprack, also 18, from Westwoodside, picked up two As in in English literature and England language, and a B in politics. “I did better than I expected, I thought I’d just get an A and two Bs. I put in extra work because I knew I wanted to get in at Liverpool University.”
Students and staff were celebrating another set of fantastic A level results and many exceptional performances were being celebrated by school’s outgoing Year 13 with high numbers of students achieving A*, A and B grades in their chosen subjects ‘in line with targets’.
Many Hayfield students are now anticipating the start of their university careers and the vast majority have gained places at prestigious universities to study a wide range of courses.
Headteacher Maria Rock said: “These examination results reflect a huge amount of hard work by an excellent group of students who have been exceptionally well supported by staff at The Hayfield School and their families.
“The school has continued to have high standards in all subjects and as always we are extremely proud of our students, with so many of them securing places at university and achieving beyond their expectations”.
Among them are Chris Buckle, who is heading to Bath to study computer science; James Hewer, to do maths at Newcastle, and James Clowes is planning to study psychology.
*Hill House School
This year is a big one for the Auckley private school because it is their first cohort of A-level students, four years after the decision was taken to invest in a sixth form.
Of the 25 students who sat them, 35 per cent achieved A* and A grades, and 83 per cent went home with A-C grades.
“In terms of independent schools that is very good,” said head David Holland.
“This has been a four year process, we have had a new building put up, and we had to rely on the faith of parents and children to stay with us rather than go to another sixth form, when we had no results to show people.
“Next year there will be 40 A-level students and we hope it will grow bigger than that. This has very much justified the investment.”
Twins Stephanie and Kathryn Thornley, from Bessacarr, arrived to find they had slightly different results but were both happy to be heading to their chosen universities.
Kathryn, who got an A* in Enlish Lit and As in French and Spanish, will be studying foreign languages at Durham, and Stephanie, with three A grades in economics, geography and history plans to studt fashion management at Nottingham Trent.
Hill House staff were also delighted for Frances Heath, from Ranskill, and Samuel Jebson, who lives in Maltby, when they both collected four A grades.
*Trinity Academy, Thorne
Student leaders are blazing a trail of success after coming out on top of their academy’s A level results.
Trinity Academy head girl Imogen Raper-Linley and head boy Evan Johnson, both from Thorne, are leading from the front with a string of A* and A grades to set them on a path to scientific careers.
Imogen, 18, of Ellison Street, who was the Thorne academy’s top student in the GCSEs two years ago with 12 A*s and three As, will fulfil her dream to study animal science at Nottingham University, while Evan, of Brookfield Close, will study medicine at the University of Sheffield.
The duo, who were chosen as head boy and girl to be role models for younger students, lead other individual success stories as nearly two thirds of Trinity students achieved top A*-C grades and an overall pass rate of 98 per cent.
Other top achievers were: Curtis Blackham - A* in English, As in law and economics; Chelsea Holding - A* in art, an A in applied business and a B in media studies.
Principal Ian Brew said: “We congratulate all our students for their results which come after two years of hard work and commitment in a range of demanding courses. Our growing sixth form, which is now up to 300 students, continues to provide the facilities and balance of discipline, personal fulfilment and character building opportunities to give our young people the very best start to adulthood.”
*Ash Hill Academy, Hatfield
Ash Hill students are celebrating a “fantastic” first set of A level results as part of the SPTA Post-16 Doncaster Partnership. This year’s results saw an increase in the percentage of top grades achieved, as well as an average point score.
Principal Dave Williams said he was overjoyed with the results, he added: “Once again, Ash Hill students have shown that great things can be achieved through hard work and dedication.
“It is fantastic to see so many of our students moving on to university, employment and apprenticeship schemes.”
This year saw outstanding performances from many students including Kirsty Lang, Ryan Atkinson, Barney Chadwick, Alison Hoyle, Ryan Davies and Juan Killgallon who all achieved the highest grade possible.
*Outwood Academy Adwick
Barry Found, Principal said: “Our A Level and Level 3 results this year are the best that the Academy has ever had.
“All courses achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the second consecutive year and more students than ever before have achieved at the highest grades.
“Almost 90 per cent of all of our year 13 students have opted for a University education and have been accepted onto their chosen courses.
“We are delighted at the successes this year which are a testimony to the hard work of students, staff, the governors and Board and the valuable support of parents and carers.”