STUDENTS at Minsthorpe College have been celebrating after achieving the best ever results.
There were smiles all round last week when youngsters collected their results and achieved a 99 per cent pass rate, which beats this year’s national average of 98 per cent.
Students achieving A or B grades totalled 37 per cent, which was a 23 per cent increase on last year’s results.
Beth Martin, 18, is going on to study Maths at the University of Sheffield after she achieved a B in the subject in her A-levels.
She also triumphed with A* in English Literature and Language, A in General Studies, and B in Psychology.
She said: “I needed an A in Maths to get into uni but luckily they’ve taken all my results into account and I’ve got in.
“I’m really pleased, and really relieved - I want to go into teaching.”
Miss Martin is one of many students who are the first to face the increased tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year.
The rise in tuition fees for many schools in England has been followed by a fall in university applications, but more than half of UK A-level students are still opting to go on to university.
And assistant principal Sally Bishop said students at Minsthorpe had not been put off by the fees and were still keen to take their education further.
Miss Bishop said: “We are really pleased and delighted with our students’ results and want to congratulate staff and students for all their hard work.
“We’ve had about 60 apply for university, which is actually more than we’ve ever had.
“I think they are concerned about the tuition fees but they realise it is do-able over time.”
Miss Bishop heaped praise on Jade Moore and Sam Whitehouse who achieved the college’s first ever A* grades.
The successes came despite a fall nationally in the proportion of A-levels awarded an A or A* grade for the first time in over two decades.
This summer’s results show 26.6 per cent of A-level entries achieved the top two grades, which is down from a total of 27 per cent last year.