SCHOOL head teachers in and around Uttoxeter have praised their pupils and staff after another 'outstanding' set of A Level results.
Months of nail-biting and tension came to a head yesterday when hundreds of sixth formers opened their envelopes.
Nearly half the grades achieved at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, at which 179 pupils studied for A Levels, Btecs and International Baccalaureates, were A*, A or B. The Dove Bank school’s overall pass rate was 98 per cent.
Alleyne’s head teacher Suzanne O’Farrell said: “We are all really pleased with these impressive results.
“I would like to congratulate all our students and acknowledge their hard work and that of their teachers.”
Head of sixth form and deputy head teacher Carl Gliddon said: “I am pleased that our overall performance has improved yet again and we work hard with young people to give them opportunities to be successful in their chosen field.”
An impressive 72 per cent of entries at Denstone College attained grades A* to B and 12 students got straight As or better.
Head teacher David Derbyshire said: “These results showcase the very high quality learning experience on offer in the Sixth Form at Denstone College.
“Congratulations to all our students for their hard work, to their parents who supported them and to our team of talented teachers who inspire students to believe in themselves and aim high.”
More than a quarter of Abbotsholme School pupils were rewarded for their efforts with A* to B grades and there was a 100 per cent pass rate in English, history, languages, design and technology and film studies.
Head teacher Steve Fairclough said: “We are incredibly proud of all of our pupils for the hard work they have put in and the excellent attitude they have shown to study and learning.
“Credit must also go to our talented staff team for the support they have shown preparing and guiding students over the last two years.”
“Although we are a non-selective school and accept pupils who would not be given places to take A Levels at other schools, these results demonstrate how we continue to achieve high standards individually and across the board, and help every pupil to fulfill their potential.
“At Abbotsholme, our ethos is focused on an education for life both inside and outside the classroom and these results reflect our commitment to ensuring pupils leave school ready to face whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead.”
JCB Academy was celebrating more than half its pupils reaching grades between A* and B and all those studying ‘core subjects’ at least achieving a pass.
Academy principal Jim Wade said: "We are delighted that the hard work of students and staff has paid off so handsomely with so many top grades.
“This is a fantastic achievement and has enabled our students to progress onto the university or employer of their choice."
Abbots Bromley School for girls’ A level results showed an overall pass rate of 96 per cent, with 60 per cent of pupils achieving grades A* to B.
Victoria Musgrave, executive head, said: “It is always a pleasure to be able to celebrate academic success and these solid grades are testament to the hard work of the pupils and their teachers.
“They are now poised to go on to become women leaders of the future.”