A LEVEL RESULTS: How pupils in Saffron Walden and Newport fared in 2018

PUBLISHED: 11:58 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:05 16 August 2018

Kyla Etheridge and Georgia Serman. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Kyla Etheridge and Georgia Serman. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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The long wait was over for pupils in Saffron Walden and Newport as they collected their A Level results today (Thursday).

A Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOA Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

SAFFRON WALDEN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

The school in Saffron Walden is thrilled that, despite a more challenging context of linear A Levels, once again the students have maintained exceptional standards.

A Level resuls day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOA Level resuls day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

With a cohort of 279 students, 40 per cent achieved A*-A and 100 per cent achieved passes overall.

These results mean that students have secured grades to enable them to take up places at top universities and secure competitive apprenticeships.

All students aiming to study Medicine, Veterinary Science and take places at Oxbridge have been successful and 21 students have achieved at least two A*s or greater with Ben Cornwall-Jones, James Durant, Callum Edwards and Adrian Ramirez-Valdez all achieving four A*s.

A Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOA Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Twins Will and Olivia Banks were over the moon with their results. Will is off to Oxford University to study Ancient Modern History and Olivia is heading to Loughborough University to read Human Biology.

“I didn’t really expect to be in this position,” Will said. “You work hard and try your best and it’s amazing when that all pays off. I’m really happy and I hope everyone else is happy too.”

Olivia said: “I was worried but I am happy now - I’m excited to go to university. I realised in the last couple of years that biology is what I want to do.”

A Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOA Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Louis Sawtell and Max Haupt are both off to study medicine. Louis is heading to Sheffield University and Max to Manchester.

And two students have secured places at Cambridge University to read Natural Sciences.

Adrian Ramirez-Valdez, who is also proficient in three instruments, scored four A*s and his mum was there to see him open his results.

A Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOA Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“I’m very happy - I worked hard to do well, but I was not expecting this,” Adrian said.

His mum said it has been a hard year after her husband, Adrian’s dad, took a job in America. Adrian’s mum chose to stay in Saffron Walden so he could finish his A Levels at Saffron Walden County High School.

“We decided Adrian should stay at the school to finish his A Levels and his dad should take the job in America,” Adrian’s mum said. “It was hard at the beginning to see my husband leave. I have three sons and Adrian is the youngest - all of them have gone to SWCHS. One went on to Cambridge and one of them went to Imperial.

A Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOA Level results day at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“I’m so proud of Adrian - it really is a blessing. It was all worth it.”

Ben Cornwall-Jones opened his results to find he also secured 4 A*s and would be heading to Cambridge with Adrian to read Natural Sciences.

James Durant, who got 4 A*s, is off to Warwick to study Computer Science.

Adrian Ramirez-Valdez, who is proficient in three instruments, scored four A*s and his mum was there to see him open his results. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOAdrian Ramirez-Valdez, who is proficient in three instruments, scored four A*s and his mum was there to see him open his results. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“It’s more than what I was expecting - I’m really happy. I was thinking about engineering for a while but I changed my mind to study computer science at university.”

One student, Kyla Etheridge, said she was delighted with her results as she knew it was a step in the right direction towards her dream of running her own business.

Kyla secured a place at Portsmouth University to study Business and Management after being awarded distinction-merit in her business A Level.

Top achievers at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOTop achievers at Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“I am very happy - this is exactly what I want to do,” Kyla said. “I want to start my own business and want to manage it. I want to open an American diner - I’m not sure where yet but I know this is what I want to do.”

Ethan Webb, who is heading to Durham to study Biological Sciences, turned 18 yesterday and said tonight would be a celebration of both his great results and his birthday.

He said: “I just want to head to university now - to move far away and experience it all. I’m so relieved now but I was so nervous this morning. It’s such a weight lifted off my shoulders.”

L-R: Ben Cornwall-Jones, Adrian Ramirez-Valdez, Louis Sawtell, Max Haupt and Will Banks. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOL-R: Ben Cornwall-Jones, Adrian Ramirez-Valdez, Louis Sawtell, Max Haupt and Will Banks. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Head teacher, Caroline Derbyshire, said: “We are very proud of all of our students, but we would like to congratulate a few students on their exceptional achievements.

“Khahisa Mhlanga has successfully balanced her extensive athletic training load with academic study and has achieved Double Distinction* in her Sport Diploma.

“Kyla Etheridge, who joined the sixth form to re-sit her GCSEs, will now be progressing to university following her A Level success.

Twins Will and Olivia Banks from Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOTwins Will and Olivia Banks from Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“Finally, we would like to congratulate some departments on their outstanding overall results. In particular, in Maths 29 students achieved A or A* grades and on our new vocational programme, nine students achieved the top Double Distinction* grade. A fantastic achievement.”

JOYCE FRANKLAND ACADEMY NEWPORT

Ben Cornwall-Jones and James Durant from Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOBen Cornwall-Jones and James Durant from Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport (JFAN) said they are delighted with the strongest set of A Level and BTEC results they have had for many years. An impressive achievement which the academy would like to highlight from these results are the students who have risen to the challenge of not performing as they would have liked to begin with but worked diligently to achieve, in many cases, far beyond expectations.

The school has continued to build on the outstanding vocational performance across the sixth form, with all students achieving either distinctions or distinction*.

Luke Hooper from Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDLuke Hooper from Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

There were also a number of exceptional performers who enrolled onto the A Level route and took some of the most academically challenging subjects with superb results.

Luke Hooper is taking a year to consider his options having achieved an A* in Maths and A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Luke said: “I am delighted with these results and would like to thank all of the teachers at JFAN for everything they have done to make this possible over the years.”

Additionally, Eleanor Outhwaite, the school’s Deputy Head Girl, achieved an impressive A in English Language and Italian and a B in Spanish, continuing the strong languages tradition of which continues to buck the national trend.

Helena Romanes student Karolina Daszewska is congratulated after finding out she had gained a B in Polish. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYHelena Romanes student Karolina Daszewska is congratulated after finding out she had gained a B in Polish. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Another student with results which deserve a special mention is Max Dunne who achieved an A in Physics and B grades in Maths and Biology.

Gordon Farquhar, the school’s head teacher, said: “I would like to congratulate every student for their hard work and excellent results they have achieved over their time with us.

“These results are also a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff. We wish the students every success in the exciting and varied futures which they now go on to and are certain they will continue to flourish.

Helena Romanes students and boyfriend and girlfriend Callum MacPherson and Laura O'Neill  were delighted with their A Level results. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYHelena Romanes students and boyfriend and girlfriend Callum MacPherson and Laura O'Neill were delighted with their A Level results. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

“Our sixth form students are a credit to our Academy and have been instrumental in some of the improvements which have continued to see the school, and its results, go from strength to strength in recent times. We look forward to welcoming them back in the future and continuing our connection through the Old Newportonian’s Society.”

Helena Romanes pupil Ellie Moodie received an a A* in sociology and is off to Great Dunmow Primary School to do a teaching apprenticeship.Picture: CONTRIBUTEDHelena Romanes pupil Ellie Moodie received an a A* in sociology and is off to Great Dunmow Primary School to do a teaching apprenticeship.Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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