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Students fulfil their grade expectations

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 22, 2013

  • Pride: Sophie Arnold is congratulated on her fantastic results by mum Kaz at North Kesteven School Picture: Anna Draper

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A-level students in Lincolnshire achieved more top marks and passed more examinations than last year, according to the latest figures.

Provisional results from 32 out of 35 sixth forms in the county show the number of A or A* grades rose from 23.6 per cent to 25.6 per cent, while the overall A to E pass rate was up too, from 98.1 per cent last year to 98.5 per cent.

And Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children's services, said that all the students should be proud of their achievements.

She said: "Despite a lot of talk nationally about a dip in top grades, Lincolnshire's young people have continued to do even better than before.

"All sixth form students and those in the colleges should be justly proud of themselves.

"An outstanding achievement and a just reward for all their efforts and the support of schools who have helped make it happen."

The results meant the overall pass rate was better in Lincolnshire than the rest of the country, at 98.1 per cent. The amount of A or A* grade nationally has dropped by 0.3 per cent from 26.6 per cent last year to 26.3 per cent.

Student Matthew Smith, 18, of Boultham Park Road, achieved C's in ICT and history and an E in maths at A-level. He has beaten off competition from 3,000 applicants to win one of only 17 places on an apprenticeship scheme with an energy and engineering company called Doosan Babcock.

He said: "My first year is residential study at Warwickshire College, and in the second year I will be on site at various locations.

"I was really happy to get this place as an apprentice. I have always been interested in engineering and energy, and I found the opportunity on a website and got lots of support from the post-16 leader, Jim Doust, at the school, who advised and guided me.

"I did not really want to end up in lots of debt by going to university. The company said they could put me through university in a few years' time and by doing an apprenticeship I am learning while I am earning."

Twins Tim and Tom were riding high after securing top grades in their product design A-level.

Both teenagers from Saxby now plan to use the skills they have learned in their design and electronics courses to help them pursue a career in motorbike racing. The pair currently work on their dad's farm.

Tim secured an A* in product design while brother Tom got an A.

"We grew up on a farm so we wanted to do something practical, something with our hands that we knew would help us with the kind of career we are hoping for," said Tim.

Aimee-Leigh Fosher from North Hykeham achieved an A* in drama and B's in psychology and English literature.

She said: "I'm really happy with my results. I'm going to Leeds University to study drama, their facilities are brilliant."

Alistair Arnold who attends Robert Pattinson School achieved an A* in chemistry, A* in maths, an A in further maths and an A in physics. He is off to Bath University to study natural sciences.

Alistair said: "I've worked really hard and I'm so pleased it's paid off. I can't wait to start uni now."

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