LIVE: Banburyshire A Level results and reaction

Tudor Hall students from l-r, Maud, Poppy, Kitty and Lizzie
Tudor Hall students from l-r, Maud, Poppy, Kitty and Lizzie

Thousands of Banbury area students are receiving their A Level results today and we will bring you all the latest news and reaction as it happens.

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Twins Charlotte and Emily Kirk with Sibford School head, Toby Spence

Twins Charlotte and Emily Kirk with Sibford School head, Toby Spence

Tudor Hall, Banbury:

Almost three quarters of students at Tudor Hall School have gained A* to B grades, bucking the national trend. Statistically 73 per cent reached this milestone.

Headmistress Wendy Griffiths said: "At Tudor we aim to bring out the individual strengths of our girls and this is this is what we see when we look at today's results.

"Our girls are going on to study a broad range of subjects from Veterinary Science at Liverpool to Fashion at Central School of St Martin's.

Dominic Mills and Henry Burton and Sibford School head, Toby Spence

Dominic Mills and Henry Burton and Sibford School head, Toby Spence

She added: "What they all have in common is that they have exceeded expectations living out the Tudor mantra of Aiming Higher. We are very proud of what they have achieved.”
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As the media speculate today on the decline in grades in English and the creative subjects, Tudor Hall girls prove resoundingly that this is not the case everywhere.

The students are celebrating stellar grades and with them offers to the country’s most prestigious universities for their courses including, Textiles at Northumbria, English Literature at Durham, Veterinary Science at Liverpool, Biological Sciences at Durham, Biochemistry at Bristol, Economics and Mathematics at Edinburgh.

Over 70 per cent of girls will be going on to their first choice of university and over 70 per cent of the universities they will be attending, Russell Group universities.

David Beaumont, head of sixth form, said at the start of the last academic year: “We want you to become young people to whom we look up, adults we will want to say we taught - and of whom we are proud.”

Blessed George Napier students celebrate exam success

Blessed George Napier students celebrate exam success

He added today: “They are undoubtedly all of these things.”

Sibford School, Sibford Ferris:

Independent Sibford School are also in celebratory mood after many students gaining places to study at their first-choice universities after impressive A Level results.

Sibford head, Toby Spence, said: “It has been a remarkable morning at Sibford with our students and staff celebrating some outstanding personal achievements. We are not only thrilled with those who have achieved As and A*s but also those who have exceeded their expectations in many other areas.

Chenderit School's Rosie Pinder and Katie Smallwood

Chenderit School's Rosie Pinder and Katie Smallwood

"I am also delighted for the many students who opted to take one or more BTEC examinations with the majority achieving results of either Merit or Distinction.

"We are very proud of the wide range of destinations and pathways that our students are pursuing – from those who are heading to ‘Russell Group’ universities such as York, Warwick, Southampton and Queen Mary’s to those who are furthering their careers in a wide range of vocations such as fashion, sport, media, land management, music and marketing.

He added: "This reflects the diverse and thriving community that is found at Sibford School.”

Overall almost half of Sibford students gained A* to B Grades in their A Level and BTEC exams.

Standout students include Ed Goundrey and Iain Monaghan who both gained two A*s and a B with Ed heading off to study English at York University and Iain off to Southampton University to study Electrical Engineering in September.

There was also impressive success for Sibford’s international students. Mingjing Chen gained an A*, A and B and is going to study Bio Chemistry at Warwick University.

Chenderit School's Emily Smith

Chenderit School's Emily Smith

Deng Pan also achieved an A* and an A and will be studying Electrical Engineering at Kings College London.

Students that studied for BTECs at Sibford Sixth Form also achieved fantastic results, notably Charlotte Kirk who gained Distinction* (the equivalent of an A* at A Level) in her BTEC
Countryside Management and George Clarke achieved Distinction* in his IT BTEC.

Collectively there were another six Distinctions and eight Merits for BTECs across Media, Sport, IT, Business and Countryside Management.

Kineton High School:

Kineton High School are reporting a strong set of results in a year where all students sat at least three A Levels or equivalent qualifications in a wide range of subjects.

Statistically 70 per cent students who applied to university will go onto their first choice having secured impressive grades.

Standout performers include: Charlie Camp who goes to Birmingham to read History, Charlie Horton to Worcester to study Law and Criminology, George Flynn to Coventry for Business Management, Louis O’Farrell who goes to Oxford Brookes to research Computer Science for Cyber Security and Lucy Waters heads to Reading to study Primary School teaching with English.

Headteacher, Ms Bridge, said: “Well done to all our students; we wish them the very best in the next stage of their lives. Thank you to staff and of course parents for their dedication and support."

Gemma Loveridge, head of Kineton Sixth Form said: “I am delighted that the hard work of our dedicated students has been rewarded with many of our students accepting places at their first choice university, many of which feature in the Top 40 universities in the country.

She added: I wish them all the best for the future”.

Blessed George Napier, Banbury:

For the third year running A Level and Vocational Level 3 results at Blessed George Napier Catholic School have improved significantly.

Statistically 70 per cent of A Level results were grade C or above and 44 per cent of students achieved A* to B grades.

Students taking vocational subjects did equally well, with all students achieving Merit or above and 88 per cent achieving Distinction or Distinction Star. In addition, all BGN students took the Extended Project Qualification with 65 per cent of them achieving grade B or above.

These results mean that students have secured places at top Russell Group Universities including Oxford; for courses ranging from the Sciences to the Arts and from Robotics to Cyber
Security.

Principal, Fraser Long, said: “It is a pleasure to celebrate these results with our Year 13. They reflect the commitment and hard work of our students and the support and guidance they
receive from their teachers."

Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney:

The school is already in celebratory mode as it will turn 40 next month but today it was the students turn as the school reports many successes in today’s A-level results.

Statistically 22 per cent of all results were graded A* or A, up from 20 per cent last year; 42 per cent of all results have been graded A*, A or B, equaling last year's tally and 71 per cent of all results have been graded A* to C, an improvement from 69 per cent last year.

The overall pass rate is 98 per cent, with over 80 per cent of students gaining entry to their first choice university.

Jane Cartwright, headteacher, sad: “I am delighted for Chenderit’s A level students who, once again, have achieved excellent results as a consequence of their hard work and the support of committed and highly skilled staff.

"Today’s results are based on the new, more demanding A level specifications and the results achieved will enable almost all students to move on to their destination of choice.”

Outstanding individual performances include George Tait who is now taking up a place at Loughborough University, and Rosie Pinder will attend the University of Nottingham, each achieved two A* grades and one A grade.

George said: “It is great to see two years of work on paper! I’m chuffed to bits," while Rosie Pinder added: “I can’t believe it.”

In addition, the following students secured two A* - A grades with other good grades and are now planning the following pathways: Katie Files (University of Leicester), Hazel Fisher (Aberystwyth University), Alice Griffin (gap year), Sydney Shaw (University for the Creative Arts), Dylan Taylor (Swansea University), James Waite (apprenticeship), Katie Smallwood (Nottingham Trent University), Emily Smith (Hartpury University) and Elliott Warner-Drew (gap year employment).

Emily Smith said: “I’m really happy – slightly scared for the next bit."

Mrs Cartwright added: “I would like to pass on my thanks to the whole school community and congratulate our A level students, on behalf of the school and the Governing Body.

"These results demonstrate that Chenderit School provides high quality education to students and, very importantly, that our students are challenged and supported to achieve their very best.

"I congratulate all students and wish them well as they take up their places at university, in employment, or as they begin their gap year. I wish each and every student success in the
future."

Banbury Aspirations Campus, Banbury:

Students at Banbury Aspirations Campus set records with a bumper crop of outstanding A-Level grades.

The class of 2019, double in numbers from the previous year, clocked up more A* grades than the campus has ever had, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students.

Sylvia Thomas, principal, said, “We are very thrilled with the outstanding success of our students in the more demanding A levels. It is pleasing to witness all of our students securing the university place of their choice.

"Special mention goes to the twins Mary and Elizabeth O’Connell with a clutch of five A*s and two A's between them. They are going to do a gap year volunteering first before going to St Andrew and Lancaster respectively.

"There is a strong performance across the board which is particularly reflected in computer science, further mathematics and mathematics. The amazing partnership between staff and students and the hard work has paid off.

Slyvia added: "Credit to all staff on the campus for working tirelessly with all students to enable them to gain the successes we see today.”

Standout performers include Josh Aubrey who is off to the prestigious Warwick campus to study computer science on the back of his excellent grades. Another notable performance comes from Lewis Blincowe who will be studying marine biology at Swansea University having achieved B, B, D

Lewis said: “I am doing a course where I can build some industrial links for the future. I am definitely going to get my diving qualifications as well.”

Although this is the first year of the school's new engineering course, all of the students gained either a distinction star or a distinction which is extraordinary.

All students who have applied for university have got into the institution of their choice and this year we have a group who are going on to high level apprenticeships as their preferred option.

Kingham Hill School, Kingham, Chipping Norton:

For the fourth year running, Kingham pupils are celebrating record-breaking examination success, with 45 per cent of all grades achieving A* or A grades.

Headmaster Nick Seward said: “Coming first in the Oxfordshire league table for Sixth Form academic qualifications last year was a tough act to follow, but I am delighted that our pupils and their teachers have secured record-breaking results yet again."

Nearly three quarters of all grades achieved were A* to B, as students now embark on their university journeys.

Head of sixth form, Helena Berkeley, said: “I am so proud of all my Sixth Formers as they head out into the world, fully equipped to flourish.

"From UCL to Loughborough, Edinburgh to Amsterdam and Exeter to Syracuse, I am certain that the Kingham class of 2019 will be embracing the school’s unofficial motto and working hard, playing hard and serving well in the years to come.”

North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury:

Students at North Oxfordshire Academy are celebrating after receiving some strong A Level results, securing a number of excellent university places.

Across the Sixth Form results improved across the board, with 34 per cent of entries achieving A* to B grades and 71 per cent achieving A* to C.
The academy’s overall pass rate was 99 per cent.

Standout performers included:

Jamie Berry achieved A, A, B in Economics, Maths and Physics, as well as a Distinction* in BTEC Engineering, and will go on to study Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick;

Alex Wilton achieved A* ,A, A in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and will go on to study Maths and Physics at the University of Warwick;

Lauren Lindsay achieved A, A, B in Biology, Psychology and Chemistry and will go on to study Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham.

Alex Wilton said: “I’m so pleased with my A* Maths result – I had a brilliant teacher.”

Sara Billins, principal of North Oxfordshire Academy, said: “Congratulations to all of our students on another strong set of A Level results this year. What is particularly pleasing to see is so many of them have gained places at their first choice universities and will now go on to study at top Russell Group institutions.

She added: “The success of our students is testament to the dedication and hard work they have put into their studies throughout their time in the Sixth Form, as well as the support and guidance given by our excellent staff team.

"We wish them all the best of luck for the future, as they take their next steps towards university, go into further training or enter the workplace.”

The Warriner School, Bloxham:

Students, parents and staff are celebrating yet another excellent set of results from The Warriner Sixth Form with students achieving more of the very top grades than ever before.

This represents year on year increases with a larger cohort of students.
All of the school's Oxbridge and medic applicants were accepted and other students will be studying courses ranging from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Cognitive Neuro Science,
Philosophy, Psychology, Geography, History and Maths at universities including Warwick, Oxford, Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham.

Headteacher Annabel Kay said: “I am delighted with the performance of our students. I am so proud of the contribution they have made to our school, and the hard work they have put in to their academic studies – it has paid off. I must thank the sixth form staff who have given so freely of their time and expertise to support our students”

Statistically 20 per cent of all grades achieved are the very top A* and A grades and 46 per cent of all grades are A*,A or B.

Some notable results include:
• Ollie Bennett A*, A*, A, A
• Esme Davison A, A, A
• Elliot Dyson A*, A, A
• Max Komodikis A, A, A
• Felix Noble A*, A , A
• Katie Pocock A*, A, A
• Wiliam Wealsby A*, A*, A, B
• Anna Wild A*, A*, A

The overall breadown of results is as follows: A*-A 20 per cent, A*-B 46 per cent and A*-E 98 per cent.

Magdalen College School, Brackley:

No statistical breakdown has been released but head teacher, Ian Colling, said: “We are, again, proud of our students’ achievements. A lot of hard work has paid off and they have risen to the challenges of the demands of the new exam specifications.

"Even though the exam boards have continued to raise the bar, the percentage of pupils getting top grades at Magdalen have risen to the highest they have been for a number of years.

He added: "Well done to everyone involved, and thanks are due to parents for their support and to the staff for their hard work."

NOA student from left to right: Jamie Berry, Alex Wilton, Robyn Babb, Laura Taylor

NOA student from left to right: Jamie Berry, Alex Wilton, Robyn Babb, Laura Taylor

Kingham Hill students celebrate

Kingham Hill students celebrate

Chenderit School's George Tait

Chenderit School's George Tait

NOA:  left to right: Head of Sixth form Beth Hall and Lauren Lyndsay.

NOA: left to right: Head of Sixth form Beth Hall and Lauren Lyndsay.