Knaresborough students received their AS and A2 exam results on Thursday.
Knaresborough sixth formers are celebrating today after achieving excellent A-level results.
Students spoke excitedly of their plans for the future after receiving their exam results. Almost half of all the exam grades at King James’s were A* to B.
Ellen Carnazza is set to book her gap year to South East Asia after receiving an A*, an A and a B in her A-levels.
The teen is keen to travel the world before heading to Falmouth University to study English and creative writing.
She said: “I really want to travel and see new places, but I wanted to wait for my results before I booked anything.
“I have been in limbo so so long, it’s great to have my results now and I am really happy with them.”
Her friends Laura Saddler, 18, will head to Liverpool University in September to study English after achieving one A* and two As
She said: “When I picked up the results I was really surprised and happy. It is a very good day.
“I will miss school and I will miss Knaresborough, it’s my home town, but I’m looking forward to new experiences.”
Teacher Eddie Churchill has been the acting head of sixth form at the school since January and was delighted to see his students doing so well.
He said: “Each year around 85 per cent to 90 per cent of our pupils go on to University and this year is the same.”
A significant number of students achieved a clean sweep of grade A’s at A Level.
With four A* and A grades were Jordan Holgate, who will take up a place at Cambridge to read maths, Robbie Kaiser, Tom Knight, Adam Lovett and Chris Taylor.
Jordan is heading to Kings College at Cambridge in September. The 18-year-old was awarded 3 A*s in maths, further maths and an A in economics after studying at King James’s School since he was 11-years-old. He said: “I am really looking forward to it – my parents are pretty happy about it too!”
His classmate Robbie hopes to pursue a PHD in Physics and will head to Lancaster University in September. He is celebrating by cracking open a bottle of cognac he has been saving since his holiday to France earlier in the summer.
With 3 A* and A grades were a further seven students; Danielle Alexander, Katie Bruce, Lucy Flanagan, Nicholas Honey, Tom Morris, Laura Sadler and Daniel Webster.
Not every school leaver is heading to University, however, with a few opting to start work this summer.
Ollie Briscombe, 18, achieved two Bs and a D and has started working in IT at Tsys in Knaresborough. He said: “I got the job through the school. University isn’t a big deal for everyone so I preferred to get a job.”
His friend Billy Watts, 18, was given the morning off from his new job as a salesman at Piccadilly Motors to collect his results.
He achieved a C and two Ds and said: “I just wasn’t keen on uni, and I’m happy to be working and I am really enjoying it.”
King James’s School head teacher, Carl Sugden said the students enjoyed another year of success despite considerable changes in the delivery of A Level which led Ofqual to warn that exam results this year may look different to previous years.
He said: “We are pleased with the results this year, the students and staff have worked extremely hard.
“What has been particularly difficult has been the changes and turbulence in the exam systems. Even Ofqual have been warning that results this year would look different to previous years.
“Despite the tougher climate for exams we have maintained our average points score and still delivered a performance where almost half of all the exam grades at King James’s were A* to B.”
Megan Kenealy, 18 , said she had been really worried about her exam results – she achieves an A* in photography, a B in Spanish and C in English language.
She said: “When I got up this morning I heard on the news that the results weren’t as good this year and that it was tougher, I was really worried.
“I was so surprised to open the envelope and see an A*, I am really relieved.”
Ben Thompson, 18, will start on his journey to become a Primary School teacher at York St Johns or Durham University in September.
The 18-year-old achieved three B grades and thanked all the staff at King James’s for encouraging him and helping him realise which career path he wants to follow.
He said: “There have been a few teachers who have really helped and encouraged me, especially my English GCSE teacher Mr Feltham who helped me get work experience at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.”
Rose Leverton has spent the summer volunteering in Hungary, teaching English at a children’s camp before touring Europe with her family.
She returned to King James’s to pick up her results, two Cs and a D, and will study Christian theology at York St Johns.
She said: “I loved volunteering and helping people, if I wasn’t going to go to uni I would be doing more. It’s important to give back.”
Her friend Scott Stockdale, 18, is another school leaver heading abroad for his gap year. Scott will fly to South East Asia early in 2015 to travel and will apply to study economic at university when he returns.
He said: “I got an A in economics, B in maths and C in English. I wanted a year out to see what grades I would get before I decided on a uni, I’m looking forward to going away now.”
Chair of Governors Dennis James said: “The governors always measure the success of the A level results by how many students achieve the grades that they need to progress to the next step in their career and onto their university choices, and by the quality of the undergraduate courses that they apply for.
“These results have provided another year of success and we would like to congratulate the students and teachers for their hard work.”
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