Top marks for our A-level students!

PUBLISHED: 11:19 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 31 May 2010

STUDENTS have been celebrating their A-level results with the news that the overall pass rate this year is up slightly from 2005. As well as students at the Saffron Walden County High School enjoying another year of top results, those at Newport Free Gram

STUDENTS have been celebrating their A-level results with the news that the overall pass rate this year is up slightly from 2005.

As well as students at the Saffron Walden County High School enjoying another year of top results, those at Newport Free Grammar School and the Friends' School in Saffron Walden also achieved very good grades.

Head of Newport Free Grammar School, Richard Priestley, was pleased that the last

A-level results day he will see at the school was such a happy occasion.

He said: "I am delighted by these last set of A-level results before my retirement.

"They reflect the immense effort put in by students and staff alike."

The overall pass rate at the school was an impressive 97 per cent, with 16 per cent of students receiving at least one A grade.

Forty-one per cent of students achieved at least a B grade and two-thirds of them (66 per cent) managed at least a C.

One gifted student, Nicole Atack from Langley Upper Green, obtained an astonishing 10 A-levels at grade A.

After getting the top mark in three A-levels in last year's exams, Nicole added seven more Agrades to her qualifications in this year's tests.

After top marks in biology, chemistry, economics, maths, further maths, general studies, government and politics, physics, religious studies and statistics, the intelligent youngster is looking forward to taking up her place at King's College in

Cambridge, where she will study natural sciences.

Mr Priestley said: "Nicole's results are simply outstanding and well deserved."

The Friends' School celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate for the second year running.

Thirty per cent of students achieved an A grade, while 78 per cent achieved at least a C.

All of the students studying English, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and History scored either A or B.

Sixth-former James McCall received three A grades, in history, English and film studies.

He said: "I am completely flabbergasted by my results. With three A grades I have won a scholarship to read English and creative writing at Lancaster University next year."

New headteacher Graham Wigley was equally pleased with the students' achievements.

He said: "These are excellent results for a non-selective sixth form. Eighty-four per cent of students achieved grades as well as or better than expected on entry to the sixth form.

"The wealth of individual care and guidance and the quality of subject teaching at Friends' is evident from these results and I look forward to leading a school with such a dedicated staff."

All of the area's sixth forms achieved better results than the national average; the overall UK pass rate was 96.6 per cent, the 24th consecutive rise on the previous year's results.

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