A level results 2016: Celebrations at St Aidan's and St John Fisher Sixth Form

Lily Davidson
Lily Davidson

Students at St Aidan's and St John Fisher sixth form are celebrating their hard work and success this morning as they collected their A Level results.

St John Fisher headteacher Rob Pritchard was left beaming with pride with more than 400 students achieving results to send them off to Higher Education.

Nicola Allman, Georgina Wells and Lois Bloomfield

Nicola Allman, Georgina Wells and Lois Bloomfield

Oxford and Cambridge will be welcoming 12 of the sixth form's students to their universities this year with almost 50 per cent securing Russell group university places.

Mr Pritchard said the success and achievements of his students was testament to their hard work and determination, matched by the sixth form's teachers.

He said: "I'm really pleased with the results this year, building on the success over the last few years. We have done really well with the high achievers, the Oxbridge students and the thirteen students gaining places at medical school.

"We have also done well with the youngsters who joined the sixth form with GCSE's below Grade C who have done well and gained places in some good universities.

George Hunt

George Hunt

"Every year you think we have done a fantastic job and you never think you can you are going to surpass it. But we have fantastic students, supportive parents and great teachers. We just seem able to go from strength to strength.

"This is my favourite part of the job. We get the results the day before and it's amazing watching the students come in, pick them up and start to celebrate."

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Former Head Boy at St Aidan's, George Hunt, was overjoyed with his straight A* results and said he was looking forward to studying medicine at Hull-York Medical School.

Claire Jones

Claire Jones

He said: "It can't get much better than this. It was a big relief back in November when I got the university offer but it's great to see the results today.

"Hard work really does pay off. I didn't really sleep last night and I'm not really sure how to celebrate, I haven't even told my family yet!

"I could not have got as good results without the staff here. They have been amazing with their teaching and support outside of class."

18-year-old Lily Davidson was preparing to head off to Cambridge to study French and Spanish but admitted the whole morning had been "nerve-racking".

Rachel Philp

Rachel Philp

She said: "Cambridge was my first choice so I'm really happy. I checked online this morning but that was even more stressful as I was looking at the wrong page.

"I really enjoyed what I studied here and tried my best but exam time is always horrible. The next four years of your life come down to just one day.

"It's nice seeing everyone here today and I will miss it here a lot. It's been such an amazing time but I'm looking forward to seeing my friends later to celebrate."

Lois Bloomfield, Georgina Wells and Nicola Allman have been friends since year 7 and said they were preparing for an emotional farewell as they left for university.

"It's been a really great day but we were all so nervous last night. I don't think any of us have slept," Lois said.

"We can't wait to start university but it was lovely being. It's been the best years of our lives so we'll be having a few drinks tonight to celebrate," Georgina added.

Rachel Philp will be joining George at Cambridge after matching his straight A* results and said she couldn't wait to start studying for her Geography degree.

She said: "I don't really know how I managed it. It's definitely a surprise to me but I put in a lot of work and my teachers were amazing, I can't thank them enough.

"It doesn't feel real yet, like it hasn't actually happened. I loved the open day I went to at Cambridge and thought "I have nothing to lose" so I went for it.

"It'll be hard to leave Harrogate and I will miss my family but I'm probably ready to move on, learn new things and meet new people."

For Claire Jones, her results were "beyond her belief" and was looking forward to studying Biology at the University of York.

She said: "I really was not expecting the results to be this good. It was a lot of hours of hard work, cramming and making notes but I felt like screaming when I saw I got in.

"I couldn't look if I'd got in to York online this morning I was so nervous. But my mum came in and told me to open the page, that settled my nerves a bit.

"I miss it here already though. I still miss lower school but I can't wait for university. I really wasn't expecting to get in so I'll have to go and buy all my supplies now!"