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PICTURES: 98% pass rate at Cornwallis Academy

Students collect results at Cornwallis Academy Credit: Cornwallis Academy

Students and staff are celebrating another year of record breaking A Level results at Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone.

72% of students gained A* to C grades and the overall pass rate was 98%, representing the best results ever achieved at the Academy, with a third of all students gaining the top grades of A* and A.

Students happy with their A / AS Level results Credit: Cornwallis Academy

Academy Principal, David Simons, said: "We are delighted for the students and staff at Cornwallis who have worked so hard this year to achieve these results. This means that over three quarters of the cohort will be going on to University, a fact that we are all very proud of."

72% of students gained A* to C grade Credit: Cornwallis Academy


Student diagnosed with cancer tops grades

A student who was diagnosed with cancer part-way through his A-levels has secured top grades in a string of subjects.

Tom Woodward, aged 18, underwent three cycles of chemotherapy in the middle of his exams after being told he had testicular cancer at Easter.

The diagnosis failed to deter the teenager from keeping on top of his studies at independent Brighton College.

He went on to gain an A* in psychology and As in history and English to secure a place reading history at Bristol University.

It was pretty stressful but I didn't have any choice and I just had to get on with it. I'm pretty relieved now.

I have been given the all-clear and I just have to have check-ups done every three months. It wasn't too bad because I had the chemo round my exams."

Brighton College celebrated another year of impressive results, with 96% of grades at A* to B and 100% passes.

– Tom Woodward, Student


Website for school leavers says alternatives to university available

A website which promotes alternative options available to students who have finifhed their A Levels says students should 'bide their time and really think about their options'.

It’s brilliant that so many students have this year got the results they were hoping for and have been granted places at university. However, we can’t ignore the fact that many students currently studying at university would rather be doing an apprenticeship or something similar – studies have shown this.

We strongly advise students receiving their A-Level results this year to bide their time and really think about their options...Anyone that didn’t get the grades they wanted today needn’t panic, because work-based learning and other vocational training opportunities are available to them."

– Spencer Mehlman, Managing Director of

'Formidable set of results' at Magdalen College

This is yet again a formidable set of results. What is particularly significant is the high achievement of all our pupils in the traditional, demanding, hard, ‘facilitating’ subjects such as Maths, Further Maths and Physics that universities and the Government now favour.

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This is an outstanding year group and many of our pupils have enjoyed huge extra-curricular successes alongside their academic achievements this year. We are also very proud of our sailing squad which has now held the National title for the third year running.

– Dr Tim Hands, the Master, and Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference
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