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A-level results day 2016: Black Country and Staffordshire round-up

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Thousands of students across the Black Country and Staffordshire have today received their A-level results.

Here is a round-up of individual school's results and their star performers.

Wolverhampton

At The Royal School Wolverhampton 19 percent of grades attained were A*s or As.

Head Boy Bartosz Szyszka will be studying medicine at Imperial College thanks to his three A*s in biology, chemistry, and Polish, one A in mathematics, and an A in AS Physics.

Elite swimmer and Junior European Champion gold medallist Tom Derbyshire not only concentrated on his sporting performances, he also achieved an A* in biology, an A in psychology and a B in chemistry.

Principal Mark Heywood said: "We are extremely proud of our students, who have together achieved great results and leave us as truly well-rounded individuals."

Tettenhall College celebrated a pass rate of 90 percent. More than a third of sixth formers achieved top grades of A*, A or B in one to three subjects.

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Headmaster David Williams said: "Congratulations to all of our Year 13 pupils who have worked very hard for their results."

Standout performances include German pupil Chiara Wilke, with A* and two As. Head girl Chloe Fisher will be heading to Warwick University after achieving an A and two Bs.

All smiles at Wolverhampton Grammar School

Wolverhampton Grammar School sixth formers achieved an overall 99 per cent pass rate with over a third achieving coveted A* or A grades in one to three subjects. 90 per cent of all A level passes were at grades A* to C.

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Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School, Kathy Crewe-Read, said: "It's another fantastic year as our students secure their place at a range of excellent universities including Oxford and Cambridge with a diverse range of undergraduate degrees ahead of them."

Wolverhampton Girls' High School student Bryony Yates was the definition of a star pupil after being awarded six A*s - the best individual result reported across the region.

Bryony was closely followed by fellow Girls' High pupils Sophie Thorpe and Bethany Cattell, who gained four A*s each, while six other students at the grammar school were awarded three A*s.

Wolverhampton Girls' High student Bryone Yates, right, was awarded six A*s

Smestow School in Castlecroft improved on last year's results and has given special mention to some star pupils.

Sarah Rogers managed A*s in maths and further maths along with an A in French, while Pavandeep Khalon got As across the board in maths, chemistry and physics.

Meanwhile Tom Czerepaninec was awarded a Triple Distinction in sport,

Senior Assistant Head Richard Gummery said the school was 'delighted' with the results.

There was family success at Colton Hills School. Bakshinderjit Johal is the fifth daughter from her family to succeed at the school and is celebrating two A* grades in biology and RE and an A grade in chemistry.

Bakshinderjit is now heading to Birmingham University in September where she will study dentistry.

The school had a record number of students this year and headteacher Alberto Otero was chuffed with the results.

Governors and staff at The King's School said they were 'very proud' of the 'outstanding' A-level results this year and wished all of the school's students success for the future.

In total 95% of students at the Church of England school are moving on to higher education.

Happy students at the King's School in Wolverhampton

More than 60% of Codsall Community High's A-level students managed A* to B grades in the school's most successful ever year.

Executive headteacher Alun Harding said: ""Once again we are all delighted by the achievements of our students, many who have achieved exceptional results."

North East Wolverhampton Academy celebrated its top performers and increased pass rate.

Amongst the individual success was Yatin Arora who achieved two A* grades in sociology and English literature and a B grade for chemistry.

Principal Paul Farr, said: "A large number of our students have done exceptionally well.

"The pass rate at advanced level, particularly at the higher grades, has increased."

The star pupil at the City of Wolverhampton College was Faeza Jiva who was stunned with achieving A*, A, B, and is now looking forward to studying science at university.

Students at the college managed a 100 percent pass rate in 13 A-level subjects and an 85% pass rate overall - a 'great set of results', according to A-levels curriculum manager Sally Slater.

Dudley

At Bishop Milner Catholic College in Dudley, 43 per cent of students picked up A* to B Grades and 69 per cent A* to to C Grades with the overall pass rate at 99.3 percent.

Principal Steve Haywood said: "On behalf of all staff and Directors of Bishop Milner Catholic College, I would like to congratulate all students on the culmination of two years of hard work and dedication.

"We are delighted to see so many successful performances and wish all students a bright and happy future."

An overall pass rate of 99 per cent was recorded at Halesowen College with all students gaining at least one A-level.

Among the high performers was Emma Rolinson who picked up A*s in sociology and psychology and an A in English literature while Adam Higgins achieved three As in biology.

Meanwhile students at The Ace Academy averaged Distinctions across vocational studies, with many now moving on to higher education.

Among the top performers were Victor Obayelu, who was awarded three Distinction*s, Connie Lea, who is heading to Grant Thornton as a trainee auditor, and Aksa, who is off to Birmingham City University to study computing after achieving Distinction* and Distinction grades.

Victor Obayelu celebrates his three Distinction*s at Ace Academy in Tipton

Ellowes Hall Sports College is celebrating its highest ever average points score.

More than 50% of entries were awarded A*s or As while 90% of grades were grade C or above.

Special mentions for Zehra Kantar, who achieved triple A*s and six students who all managed more than 1000 UCAS points.

There was a 99% pass rate at Dudley Sixth.

Lowell Williams, Principal at the College, said: "We are delighted that our students have achieved such success across a range of A-level subjects.

"This means many of them will gain places at University, go into employment or continue their studies with us through a higher education course or apprenticeship."

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Sandwell

Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury celebrated improved A-level results with 100 percent of pupils gaining 2 or more passes, up by seven per cent from last year, and 80 per cent achieving three or more A-level passes, up by a significant 44 per cent from last year.

The proportion of higher grades achieved was also significantly higher than in previous years with 78 per cent of grades achieved being at A* to C.

Principal, Vince Green, said: This year's strong outcomes for our young people are thoroughly deserved after the efforts of these students and the team of staff."

Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath recorded another year of high results with 63 percent earning three or more passes, a four percent increase on last year.

The large majority of students who have applied to university have been accepted to study the courses they wanted and many students have been successful in their applications to Russell Group Universities.

Principal Andrew Burns said: "I'm delighted with yet another good set of Key Stage 5 results. On average our students are earning a point score of 208 per entry, this number is the equivalent of a strong C grade, last year this number was 196.

"By making these gains year-on-year we are showing that we, as an academy, continue to improve and young people who study here, do well."

A record number of students at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, where the A -level pass rate was 100 per cent, have been accepted to university.

More than three-quarters of students received three or more Level 3 qualifications, and all students achieved two or more Level 3 qualifications.

Principal Marie McMahon said: "The celebrations just keep on coming at OSCA! To have achieved our best ever A level results once again this year is fantastic, and many of the students leaving us this summer will be the first in their families to be going to university."

Evie Houston is chuffed at Q3 Academy

Every student at Q3 Academy in Great Barr managed at least one A-level, while every pupil who took two or more A-levels passed each entry.

Sandwell Academy has recorded its highest ever UCAS points score per student of 423 which is equivalent to more than four B grades per student.

Overall there were 87 A* grades across all subjects.

All grades at Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School were between A* and E, while more than half were between A* and B.

Mrs Jordan, the school's head of sixth form, said: "The year 13s achieved amazing results which is down to the combined effort of everyone in the school community.

"We have some truly brilliant headline results and the students have secured places at the most prestigious universities in the country."

Success at Sandwell College was likened to Olympic glory.

Students at Central Sixth campus matched last year's excellent grades, achieving a 99% pass rate overall.

Director of Central Sixth, Dr Matt Lamb, said: "In the same way that our Olympic success is the result of hard work and a talented team effort, so too are our students and lecturers following this spirit and achieving the gold standard."

Holly Lodge School in Smethwick has had its best ever A-level and BTEC year, with Emdadul Haque leading the way with three As and an A*.

Headteacher Paul Shone said: "We are very pleased with this year's post 16 results and congratulations go out to all.

"We wish all of our leavers the very best for their future careers and are extremely proud of what they have achieved – both personally and academically."

Staff and students at Oldbury Academy were celebrating the school's 'best ever' vocational results with the average grade being Distinction*.

Kirandeep Sandhu was the academy's standout A-level student and is set to study law at Birmingham University after achieving three A* to A grades.

Head teacher Phil Shackleton said "Once again, our students have done us proud, achieving excellent results across the board. They have set a fantastic example to the other students at Oldbury and I would like to wish them the very best for the future."

Walsall

There was a 100 per cent pass rate for students at Barr Beacon School in Aldridge.

Executive headteacher Dame Maureen Brennan said: "Results like these do not just happen and we know that every grade represents countless hours of hard work on the part of the students, their parents and our staff, all of whom work tirelessly to get the best for every student."

It's been a record year for Shire Oak Academy where almost 40 percent of students achieved A* to B grades.

Vice-principal Neal Critchley said: "Many congratulations to all our students on a record set of results, all their hard work has paid dividends. This is a very fitting reward for their endeavours."

Queen Mary's High School students achieved an overall pass rate of 98.3%, with 17 students at the all-girls school managing straight A* to B grades and five gaining As or A*s across the board.

Jasmine Kaur, Sumandeep Kaur, Sana Khan, Jaskaran Notta and Karisma Charma were all awarded straight As and A*s.

Queen Mary's High School students Harriet Phipps, Sana Khan, Gabrielle Pitt, Holly Hughes, Chanel Jassi

A 100 percent pass rate was also recorded at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy.

Across the vocational and A-level subjects 66 per cent were graded at the higher levels of A* to B.

Ethan Westwood will be the academy's first student to go on to study medicine at university, after achieving an A in biology, an A in mathematics, an A in chemistry as well as a C in physics.

Jumping for joy at Aldridge High School

At Aldridge School the pass rate was 99% and a quarter of all entries were awarded A*s or As.

The school highlighted the success of Christopher Jones, who secured A*s in chemistry, maths and his extended projected, along with As in economics and further maths.

There was a huge increase in the proportion of students getting top grades at Pool Hayes Academy

The percentage of students getting top grades at A-level (A*-B) has risen from 27% to 43.6% at the academy in Willenhall.

And the number of pupils gaining two or more A*to E grades or equivalent has remained at 100% for the second year running.

Principal, Luke Baker, said: "We will have more of our students than ever before going to University in September and beginning the next stage of their life-long learning journey.

"I am delighted for them and wish them all the very best for their future wherever their journey takes them."

Every Brownhills School student who applied to higher education has been offered a university place.

Star performers include Francesca Smith, who gained ABB, and Jessica Arthur, Danielle Millward and David Moore, who all gained triple distinction* grades.

Headteacher Helen Keenan said: "Congratulations to all of our pupils and staff for all their hard work, we wish them good luck and every success for the future."

There was delight for pupils and staff at Grace Academy, Darlaston.

Over 90% of A-level students and 100% of vocational students passed their examinations,

Carl Salt, Principal, said: "We are very pleased with the results at A-level showing continuous improvement year on year, and we are expecting the same next week with GSCE results."

Chloe Harris, Rosie Harris, Kiran Athwal and Alex Nyari at St Thomas More Catholic School

A record number of students at Willenhall's St Thomas More School won a place at their first choice university after the school improved its points per entry compared to last year.

Headteacher Sarah Hatfield commented: "This is another great step forward for the school.

"We were particularly delighted that more of our students are applying to and getting into the more competitive universities."

Staffordshire

The pass rate rose to 99.4 per cent at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College where there was also increase in pupils achieving A* to B grades and a seven per cent increase in pupils achieving A*-C grades.

Among the smiling faces were Oliver Hensby and Jamie Morgan who achieved straight As and A*s across the board.

Headteacher Michael Burrowes said: "We are delighted that our pupils' hard work and study has paid off, the should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.

"We hope they will come back and share their success stories with us as they move on to university and employment."

Celebrations at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College in Cannock

At Great Wyrley High School, where the majority of departments reported a 100 percent pass rate, there were many individual success stories including Annie Sutton, Kennedy Tonks, Luke Golby, Jennifer Garbett and Emma Chaplin-Payne.

While 98 per cent of students secured their choice of university place.

Pupils at Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School Sixth Form achieved the school's 'best ever results'. The pass rate was 99 per cent. The number of students achieving A* to B is 50 per cent, which was up from 46 percent in 2015.

Headteacher Nicky Crookshank said: "The results are tremendous. The students should be extremely proud."

There was a 97% pass rate at King Edward VI High School, Stafford.

Students doing particularly well include Grace Edge who leaves with two AABC, Bethany Knott BCC, Megan Pilling BBB, and Chloe Silvester A*AC.

Jason Christey, Headteacher, congratulated staff and students on their hard work and commitment throughout the year.

Hednesford's Kingsmead School is celebrating its best ever year of A-level results.

The academy managed a 100% pass rate while more than a third of students achieved an A* or A.

Two standout performers were Luther Williamson, with two A*s and an A, and Jordan Warren, with two A*s and a B, who are both off to Oxford University.

A delighted Emily Cumming with a member of staff at Walton High School

There was an overall pass rate of 99% at Walton High School and many students off to university having secured the required grades.

Georgia Holloway, 18, is heading to the University of Chichester to study music and music theatre.

She said: "I'm really happy and did a lot better than I expected."

All students seeking higher education from Blessed William Howard Catholic High School secured the place they were after.

Mr Phil Smith, Headteacher at the Stafford school, said: "I am pleased to say that every student wishing to progress to the next tier of education has been successful in gaining a place on a course of their choice.

"This is the real success for our students; the realisation of their ambition for future successful study.

"We wish them well as they undertake this next phase of their educational journey."

Headteacher Mrs Beck 'heartily congratulated' her students at Sir Graham Balfour School in Stafford, where 80% managed A* to C grades and 40% were awarded A* to B.

None of the 21 sixth form students at St Dominic's in Brewood failed an A-level while 37% of the private girl's school's results were A* or A.

Caitlin Beaumont and Annabel Tjon led the way with three As and an A* each.

Students and staff at Chase Terrace Technology College celebrated improved grades.

Headteacher, Dr. Stuart Jones, said: " It is very important for us, at Chase Terrace, that we continue to see continuous improvement in our results and it's great to see the positive trend in our achievement profile, with results in both academic and vocational courses that are better than national norms."

Staff at Cannock Chase School were delighted after 43 students won a place at their university of choice.

Star performers included head boy Jordan Morris, who is off to study politics at Durham after managing an A*, A, B, and deputy head girls Courtney-Lee Sutton and Amy Hodgkiss, who achieved A*, A, B and A,A, B respectively.

Headteacher Iain Turnbull said: "I would like to congratulate all of our students. They have been a delight to teach and thoroughly deserve their success."

Lichfield Cathedral School increased its percentage of A* and A grades for the third year running while maintaining its 100% pass rate.

More than half of all grades at the independent school were A* to B.

Headteacher Susan Hannam said: "Once again we are delighted with the achievements of all our students and there have been some exceptional results."

Outstanding Bradney Smith led the way at Ounsdale High School.

98% of students achieved pass grades and many are now preparing to take up their university places.

Bradney achieved A* grades in maths and further maths and A grades in physics and chemistry.

More than a third of A-level entries at Wolgarston High School were graded A* or A while the average grade was a B.

Headteacher Philip Tapp praised his staff and students, saying: "We are absolutely delighted. Year on year we do very well so to achieve a best ever is fantastic.

"It should place us right at the top of the county for A-level performance once again.

"Our teachers deserve great credit, as do our students."

Wyre Forest

At Wolverley High School, 65 percent of students gained three or more A-levels and 97 per cent achieved two or more. All students that have applied to university have achieved sufficient grades to secure their place and we wish them every success in their next steps in education.

At Holy Trinity Sixth Form in Kidderminster all Year 13 students secured their university places or chosen work placements.

Amongst the highest achievers were Head Student Grace Roberts who will study geography at Aberystwyth University, Bethany Whiston who will read psychology at Aberystwyth University and Hannah Powis who will study English literature at Oxford Brookes.

Head of Sixth Form, Dr Melanie Hinton, said: "It is all down to the hard work, dedication and support shown by our staff and our small teaching groups that has enabled our students to achieve such a pleasing set of A-level grades."

Stourport High has joined the long list of schools where the points school per student has increased this year.

On vocational courses 65% of all entries secured distinction and distinction* grades.

Principal Chris King said: "I am extremely proud that our students have secured some amazing results to enable them to move on to the next phase in their lives, either at university or in employment."

Several Haybridge High School students are off to Oxford and Cambridge after securing the results required.

Hannah Danks and James Sutton have both been accepted to Cambridge to read economics and medicine respectively.

Meanwhile Ellie Chatwin and Chinvati Bhardwaj will be going to Oxford to read Law.

Overall the school in Hagley had a 99.4% pass rate.

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