Students across West Berkshire have been celebrating after another set of impressive A-level results were revealed in the district last Thursday.
The percentage of A*-C passes reported by West Berkshire’s schools rose by more than two per cent compared to last year’s results.
This year’s figure of 79.0 per cent was well above last year’s 76.5 per cent, and also beat the national average of 77.5 per cent.
Kennet School in Thatcham saw a 100 per cent pass rate, with 84 per cent achieving A* to C.
Stand-out performances came from Alexander Smith and Susannah Eaton, who both got three A*s and one A each.
Paul Dick, headteacher at Kennet School, said: “These results show the great strength and depth of teaching at the school and are amongst the best results the school has ever achieved.
“The vast majority of pupils have won a place on a degree course and we are confident our pupils leaving school this summer can look forward to a very bright future.”
St Gabriel’s School in Newbury also enjoyed a 100 per cent pass rate, with school paying particular congratulations to Ione Robinson, who achieved one A* and three As.
Claire Reseigh, head of sixth form and acting vice principal, said: “The results reflected the excellent working partnership between students and staff.
“The future looks bright too – with nearly a third of the results at grade A in the new, more challenging AS levels, all augers well for next year.”
At The Willink School in Burghfield Common, Tabitha James, Abi Spoor and Amy Stewart all attained two A*s and one A.
Tabitha is off to Bath University to study biochemistry, Abi to Leeds University to study dental surgery, and Amy to Bristol University to study biology.
Headteacher Peter Fry said: “Congratulations to our students for a fine set of A-level results this year, their hard work has been rewarded.
“It appears all our students gained the necessary grades to access their chosen courses and this year it is notable that students have been successful in gaining places on a diverse set of courses at top institutions.”
And at Theale Green School, 81 per cent of students had grades of A* to C, a considerable improvement on last year’s figure of 74 per cent.
A statement from the school said: “We are proud of all our students’ achievements which would not have been possible without their work ethic, energy, creativity and commitment.
“We wish all of our students every success as they take up their places at university, enter employment or begin their gap year.”
Lynne Doherty, West Berkshire Council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “These are excellent results and a real credit to the hard work of our young people and the high quality teaching they have received.
“I wish them well for the future, whether in higher education, employment, or training.”
Year 11 students will find out their GCSE results on Thursday.