Students across the region made their final early morning journey to school to find out the results of their A level examinations.
As the percentage of top A Level grades awarded nationally fell for the fifth consecutive year, local schools and colleges are reporting quite the opposite.
Banbury Academy saw an increase of 15 percent, of students with two or more A Levels achieving an A* to B grades. Increases continued across the entire grade range as the Academy reported nine and 19 percent increases for students receiving A* to C and A* to E grades respectively.
Among the stellar performers at Banbury Academy as Ben Crosby who’s three A* grades will see him head to Birmingham to pursue a Law degree.
Ben said: “I was happy with the exams after I finished but I am surprised at the three A*s but I worked really hard so I feel I deserved it.”
Identical twins Alice and Grace Bushrod had almost identical results with both girls studying Sociology, English Language and English Literature and both securing university places to study Sociology.
Grace, who will be heading to Brighton University, said: “That was my first choice, so I am quite happy. I really didn’t expect those grades especially the A star so I’m really surprised.”
North Oxfordshire Academy are also celebrating record breaking results. The school reports that 59 percent of entries from the academy were awarded A* to C grades with 34 percent graded A* to B, the highest of each that the academy has ever achieved.
Student Katie Piper becomes the NOA’s first student to be awarded an Oxbridge place and will study Juris Prudence at Jesus College, Oxford.
Katie said: “When I logged into the UCAS website this morning, my whole family burst into tears. It is a mixture of relief, terror and excitement. I’m excited about bounding into the great unknown”.
More results and statistics to come.