Thursday 17th August 2006 by C. Freeman
What A Result
Staff and students at Brooke Weston are celebrating as this year's A-level results are the best ever!
Students gained an average pass rate equivalent to nearly three B grades per student with almost half of all examinations awarded an A or B grade!
Students lined the corridors to personally receive their results from Principal, Peter Simpson and many had cause to celebrate as they received straight As!
The College, which has one of the largest sixth forms in the county, expects more than 100 students to go onto Higher Education with two students set to study at Oxbridge. One of them, Daniel Carden is going to Balliol College, Oxford to study PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) after gaining five A grades at A level. He will join an intake of just 13 students on the course which will also comprise former Brooke Weston student Ryan Halloran who has just taken a gap year. The other student is David Lewis-Hall.
The average point score per student at Brooke Weston is an impressive 295 with an average point score per entry of 88, both figures up from last year's 251.2 and 80.8 respectively. The percentage of A and B grades rose from 45 per cent to 49 per cent meaning nearly half of all exams taken yielded one of the top grades.
Principal, Peter Simpson said: 'I am more than delighted with this year's results which reflect the hard work and commitment consistently put in by students and staff. We have had some exceptional individual performances here, but, equally, our results should be judged by our performance across the board, and, yet again, Brooke Weston staff and students can be proud of these statistics.'
Head of Sixth Form, Gerald Witt said: 'Results day is always an exciting time for our students as it rewards all their hard work and launches them into the wider world, whether to take a gap year, study or work. We wish them all the best for the future.'
Students celebrate their success
Successful A-level student Catherine Parker.
The corridors at Brooke Weston were flooded with excitement and anticipation as students lined up to get their A-level exam results. Here's just a few of the sound-bites from the day:
'I've got three As in English literature, history and business studies. I didn't think I'd get three As – I worked really hard but I didn't expect this. I was crying and shaking before I got my results and then went a little crazy and did a little dance when I got them. I was over the moon. I'm going to study history at Leeds University. Eventually I want to be a broadcast journalist. I've told the people I work with at my Saturday job already and phoned home – my mum was screaming! I did work really hard, A-levels are not easy. The hardest one was history.
'I got four As in physics, maths, English language and media. I'm going to do media studies at Leicester University. I'd like to be a journalist or teacher. I didn't think I'd get four As. It was a lot of hard work but it paid off in the end. I phoned home and they were really pleased. I'm going out tonight with my family to celebrate and with my friends later.'
Head of Sixth Form
'They're very, very good results, a good range of As and Bs. I'm also very pleased with the way students have aimed high with their universities and, in a good many cases have achieved what they've wanted to achieve.
I've got three As in physics, chemistry and maths and a B in further maths. I'm going to study physics at Warwick. I'm over the moon about that because it's just where I wanted to go. I'm going to study physics, it's a four year course and I'll end up with a Masters. After that I want to do space development research eventually, try and enter some NASA research programme … basically I've got high hopes. The hardest thing was the further maths but I had some great teachers and they got me through it. They were very happy at home when I phoned up with my results. I'd already done and dusted the exams and put them behind me but it's great to finally see that I've done well. There's quite a few of my friends going to Warwick and there's also quite a few going to Coventry which is quite near us as well so we'll all keep in touch.'
'I've got three As in physics, chemistry and maths and a B in further maths plus a B at AS level biology. I'm off to do physics at Warwick but I'm not sure what I want to do after Uni, I'll have to wait and see.'