Students celebrate A-Level success across Oxfordshire

The wait has finally come to an end for thousands of students receiving their A-Level results at schools and colleges across Oxfordshire today.

Based on the information provided by schools and academies so far, early indications appear to show around 95 per cent of students have gained two or more A-Levels at the A*- E pass rate.

This would be roughly in line with the 2015 figure (94.5 per cent) – although confirmed results are always published later in the year and figures should be viewed with caution at this stage.

Snapshot of top performances from around the county:

  • At Oxford Spires one pupil achieved 4As and will go on to study at Edinburgh. Two other students achieved 3As, one of whom will be taking up a place at Cambridge. A further two students achieved 2 As and are going on to study at Bristol and Warwick.
  • Among the top performers at The Warriner School, Bloxham, were two students who chalked up three A*s, one of whom will be going on to read politics at Cambridge University. A further two students achieved two As and an A*.
  • A trio of students at The Marlborough C of E School in Woodstock have also secured places at Cambridge, while a further four pupils scored a clean-sweep of A and A* grades in their subjects. Staff have reported that the vast majority of students have secured a place at either University or a first-class Apprenticeship.
  • A clutch of A and A* grades has also earned Oxbridge places for three students at Faringdon Community College, while another of the school's students will be studying at the London School of Economics.
  • The newly-established Banbury Space Studio has reported that 100 per cent of students who applied for university have secured a place.
  • At Gosford Hill School in Kidlington the pass rate for A level was 100 per cent with a quarter of all grades at A*/A and close to a half at grade B or above.
  • At Chipping Norton School 59 per cent of exam results were at A* to B - the best that the school has ever achieved. A quarter of all students achieved two or more A grades and eight students got grades that were all A* or A.
  • The performance of students at Wallingford School ensured that 53 per cent of grades were at A*-B
  • Staff at King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage have reported more than half of all results at grades A*, A, or B. Many students will now take up places at Russell Group universities and other centres of excellence.

Important milestone

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Familes, Melinda Tilley said: “Congratulations to all students receiving their A-Level results today. As always there are some outstanding individual success stories which deserve to be highlighted, but results day is a huge milestone for thousands of young people who have put in years of hard work. The efforts of our dedicated teaching staff, and the support of individual families for their children should also be celebrated.”

She added: “For those students who have not received the results they were hoping for today, there is excellent support available both through the schools themselves and a number of services which offer help for young people making their next steps. I wish all our students future success as they start the next chapter in their lives.”

Next steps

For anyone unsure of their next steps after A-Level or GCSE exam results, further help can be found at the Oxme website and through the National Careers Service which has a helpline number - 0800 100 900.

Throughout the results period and beyond, county council staff will be available via the web chat service on the Oxme website or over the phone (01865 328460) to talk to young people and parents about the wide range of learning and employment opportunities available in Oxfordshire for 16-19-year-olds.

Details of drop-in advice sessions can also be found on the council’s website.