THOUSANDS of students across North Devon collected their A level results this morning.
We had reporters at colleges and sixth forms across the region to bring you live coverage as the day unfolded.
Read the results and reaction as it happened in our live blog below.
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The highest achiever at Petroc, Barnstaple, John Nicholson has collected his results. He gained 4 A*s (Maths, Further Maths, Additional Maths and Physics), an A (English) and a B (Spanish).
He will be going on to study Maths at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In his STEP exams to get into Cambridge he gained 2 Ss (the best you can get) and a 1.
He said: “Everyone at Petroc has been very supportive and has always encouraged me to challenge myself.
"I initially hoped to do this well, but then the doubt started kicking in last night.
"I was up until midnight to check the STEP results and, once we knew I’d got in, we cracked open the champagne!”
Overview from Petroc, Barnstaple:
- Over 99% pass rate for the second year running, and more than three quarters of all students gained the top A*-C grades.
- 22 different subjects recorded 100% pass rates and in Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisations, Maths and Further Maths a very impressive 25% or more students gained A*/A grades.
- 36 students achieved straight A*/A grades
- At AS Level the percentage of students achieving high grades once again increased, bucking the national trend.
More reaction from Petroc in Barnstaple:
Lauren Finlan was delighted to accept her place at the University of the West of England to study Business and Human Resource Management. The 18-year-old gained BBC in Business, Media and Chemistry, and with an AS in German, accumulated the necessary 300 UCAS points to take up her place.
She said: "I found Chemistry hard, but I'm really glad I worked for it- the hard work has definitely paid off".
She hopes to go into human resource management in the future.
Megan Welmers achieved BBB in French, Spanish and Psychology to secure her place at Manchester University.
She plans to study French and Japanese, and is interested in translation as a possible career.
The 18-year-old has been studying French for seven years, but is newer to Japanese, having only studied it outside of college. She said: "I am excited and definitely a little bit nervous. I plan to spend my compulsory Year Abroad mostly in Japan as I am weaker in that language".
Helen Thomas was pleased to receive ABC in her results, and plans to go to Cardiff University to study Chemistry.
She intends to take a gap year to find some work, planning to earn some money towards her £9,00 a year degree. Although her offer was ABB, Cardiff still offered her a place, and she looks forward to starting her studies there in September 2014.
She said: "I chose Chemistry because I enjoy it, and its got to be a degree that you know will give you options".
Victoria Dunn was pleased with her AS results, and is intending to stay on at Petroc college for another year to achieve A-levels. The 17-year-old took Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Phyiscs, and is still undecided which one to drop from next September. After leaving Petroc, she has plans to take a gap year, teaching Maths and sciences in Guyana with the charity Project Trust.
Clare Johnson, aged 19, achieved an incredible AAAA* in her A-level results. She studied Art, English, Maths and Chemistry, and said that she coped with keeping the four subjects for her final year, although described it as "pretty stressful".
She is off to Edinburgh University in September to study Architecture. She is excited and a little nervous to begin the six year course.
There was success for Jake Smallridge, 18, who said he’d be partying tonight.
“I got ABB and got into my second choice uni,” he said.
“I’m really excited, we’re going to be freshers.”
Anna Kinsella, 18, also did well.
She got an A* and two As in chemistry, physics and maths.
“I’m so pleased,” she said.
“I’m going to study chemistry at Bath and I’m really looking forward to it, I’m very excited.
Kingsley School headmaster Andy Waters has confirmed Sixth Formers at Kingsley School are celebrating an excellent overall set of results, with a 98% pass rate including over one third of the grades (34 per cent) at A* and A, and almost half (49 per cent) at A*, A and B.
Mr Waters, who is retiring this summer, said: "We are all delighted with the success of the students, both collectively and individually; they have been a tremendous group of young people who have worked very hard over the last two years.
"I am especially pleased with the high proportion of students who have gained places at their first-choice Universities and colleges, including some really prestigious institutions."
Petroc has confirmed it has obtained a pass rate of over 99% in Barnstaple for second year running.
One of the pupils at Kingsley School Will Manners is hoping he may be a future designer of Bentley and Land Rover off road vehicles now he has found out his A-Level results today.
Will said: “I got an A*, A and B and I am going to do off-road vehicle design at Harper Adams University.
“I had been fairly confident I would get the right results but it was important I did as I really want to be designer of off-road Bentleys or Land Rovers eventually.”
More reaction from Kingsley School:
Sophie Gregory, from Kingsley School, said she had told herself she wasn’t going to get into her first choice university Bath Spa but was delight to find out today she had.
She said: “I really wasn’t sure after the exams, but now I am off to Bath Spa to do English literature having got a B and two Cs.”
Ollie Roberts-Key, from Kingsley School, said he was off to do maths at Plymouth University after he found out today he got an A in maths.
Ollie said: “I had no doubt I was going to do ok in maths, we all have worked really hard in maths. I am just going to relax for the rest of the summer now.”
Video: Ollie Roberts-Key speaks to the Journal after collecting his results.
More reaction from Ilfracombe Academy:
Becky De Villy Atkinson, 19, from Ilfracombe, was celebrating achieving an A* in history, an A in English and a distinction in business studies.
She is now going on to study law at Cardiff University.
“My grades were a lot better than I was expecting. I’m going to go shopping to celebrate.”
Update from West Buckland School:
Sixth Form students at West Buckland School are celebrating after another impressive year which saw 67% of all A levels passed at A*, A and B grades. It is the seventh successive year at the school where over two thirds of exams have been awarded the top grades.
In total, 63 students sat A level exams with 20 achieving three A grades or higher, representing over 30% of the year group. 84.6% of exams were passed at A* to C, with the overall pass rate standing at 99.5%.
Among the overall high level of performance across the year group were some outstanding individual performers.
- Jenny Gibb is off to study Medicine at university after achieving three A* grades in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
- Louisa Keech was awarded three A* grades in chemistry, English literature and French, as well as an A* in her extended project.
- Sooraj Mahesh is Oxford-bound where he will study Medicine after getting A* grades in biology and chemistry and A grades in maths and physics.
Head teacher John Vick said: “2013 is another impressive year for A-level results at West Buckland School. A large proportion of our students consistently achieve the A* to B grades that are required by our most demanding universities and most will go on to take up places at highly respected Russell Group and 1994 Group institutions.
“They have worked incredibly hard and it is extremely rewarding for parents, teachers and everyone at the school to see these young people perform so impressively. They deserve every success, both now and in the future.”
Reaction from Kingsley School, Bideford:
Chloe Marsden, from Kingsley School, was thrilled as she has got a place at Cambridge University to study natural science.
She said: “I got 2 A*s and 2 As, I am so pleased my back was Durham. It has been a lot of hard work. I have just come back from holiday in Greece so I have been trying not to think about the results.”
Emily Bogiatgis, from Kingsley School, said she had got her place the Birmingham Conservatoire where she will be starting in September.
She said: “I am so pleased, I want to end up playing around the world in an orchestra so going to conservatoire will be perfect. My main instrument is the violin, I started playing when I was seven.
“I have been busy this summer performing in concerts and practising.”
Reporter Philippa Jenkins said dozens of sixth formers at Kingsley School in Bideford were gathering this morning to get their A-Level results.
“The pupils were delighted with their results and were making their plans for their university places and gap years”, she said.
Video: Kingsley School students collecting their results.
The proportion of A level students awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row, official figures showed today.
In total, 26.3% of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6% in 2012 - a drop of 0.3%. It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels.
The A*-A pass rate fell for the first time in more than 20 years last year.
The latest drop comes amid rising numbers of teenagers taking A-levels in science and maths.
Summary of results from West Buckland School:
- 84.6% of all exams passed at A* to C
- 67.2% A* to B
- 45.2% of all exams were passed at A* and A
- Overall pass rate 99.5%
Reaction from Ilfracombe Academy:
Sam Pugsley, 18, from Ilfracombe was one of the school’s high achievers, gaining three A grades in chemistry, physics and mathematics. He is going on to study physics in Exeter.
“That is what I was hoping for,” he said. “I’m probably going to go out tonight to celebrate.”
Stephanie De’Athe, 18, from Combe Martin received a merit in business and passed her dance and drama diploma.
She is now going on to study business for a year at Petroc college in Barnstaple.
“I am actually surprised I passed everything,” she said. “I got a lot higher than I expected to get.”
Rowan Jewell, 18, from Combe Martin, got an A, a B and a C and is now going to study pharmacy at the University of Portsmouth.
She said: “I am well happy.”
Kayleigh Jeffery, 18, from Ilfracombe got two C grades in English language and product design and an E in psychology.
She plans to go on to study primary school teaching.
“I wanted to do better but I am still happy,” she said.
Ryan Adamson, 17, who studied at Petroc, got two As, a B and a D in his AS levels, but wasn’t able to celebrate with his friends immediately.
“I’ve got to go to work now,” said Ryan, who collected his results wearing his B&Q uniform.
“It’s a crazy lifestyle working at B&Q,2 he joked. “I’ll have to catch up with my friends later.”
Caroline Worms, 17, also from Petroc, got three Bs and a D, which she said was better than she had hoped for.
“I’m very very pleased, she said, “but I haven’t got plans for next year so I’ll have to go away and talk to someone about that.
“There may be a party to go to tonight too.”
More reaction from Petroc, Barnstaple:
Some students found it hard to look at their results at Petroc, with the tension of waiting to find out how they’d done almost too much for some.
Helen Bellew, 18, waited for at least five minutes after getting her results before she looked at them.
“I wasn’t really nervous,” she said, “I just wanted to see what everyone else had first.
“I couldn’t open them.”
When Helen did look she found she had two As and a B, easily enough to get her into Reading university, where she’ll study agriculture and business.
“I’m very excited now,” she said. “We’re going out in barnstaple tonight and I’m sure it’ll be fun.”
Emma Kirby, 18, who studied at Petroc, will be heading to Manchester to study medicine after getting an A* and two As.
“It’s what I was hoping for,” she said.
“I’ll be going out tonight but don’t have any special plans, I just want to spend time with my friends.”
Alex Hillman, 18, said he was “buzzing” over his results. He collected his from Petroc in Barnstaple this morning.
“I got BBC and I’m happy with that,” he said.
Alex, who studied politics, history and geography, is heading to UWE in Bristol to become a building surveyor.
But for now his mind is set on partying.
“There’s a geek party at Fever tonight,” he said, “so I’ll have to get a costume sorted in a bit.”
Head of humanities and science at Petroc Keith Devine watched on proudly as his students collected their results today.
“This is fantastic,” he said. “We’ve got a pass rate above 90 per cent for the second year running and we’ve got loads of students with really high grades.
“The staff are really proud all the hard work has paid off and it’s brilliant to see all the smiling faces.
“Obviously it’s very rewarding and it’s why you go into teaching.
“Days like this make all the hard work we do worthwhile, and give next year’s students something to aim for.”
Reaction from Petroc, Barnstaple:
19-year-old Faye Ward made a triumphant return to Petroc today.
Faye, from St Giles-on the-Heath, took her A-levels last year but deferred her entry to Surrey University and decided to retake her law exams.
“I was so close to getting an A last year I thought I’d come back and finish it properly,” she said.
“I’ve been working and studying at home and saving for uni.
“I’m so excited now, I start at the end of September but I’m going to buy stuff for uni now.”
Reaction from Petroc, Barnstaple:
One of the happiest people at Petroc was Jack Hampton, 18, who has earned himself a place at the prestigious St Catherine’s College at Oxford University.
Jack, from Barnstaple, broke his foot while surfing at the start of the summer holidays but said this news had more than made up for it.
He achieved an A* and two As.
“I get my cast off on Monday and there’s this news too,” he said, “it’s so good.
“I’m so happy because I worked so hard and I really wanted it.
“I started the application process for Oxford in October and each time I got through another round of interviews I couldn’t believe it.
“I was up against 33 people for the space and I was the only one not wearing a public school uniform. It makes it even better.”
Jack’s achievement is even more impressive given he's dyslexic and had to have a scribe in his exams.
“It really feels like a victory.”
Jack will be studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford, having studied different subjects at A level.
“It’s going to be a bit of a shock when I start because I’ve never studied them before,” he said.
Jack also said he had been told to spend tonight celebrating with his family. “Saturday will be the party,” he said.
Reaction from Blundell’s School in Tiverton:
The school has confirmed this morning that 91% of pupils achieved grades of A* - C.
14 pupils gained at least one A* and 26 pupils gained AAB or better, from a year group of 83.
Many pupils achieved at an extremely high level with almost 40% of all grades this year being A* - A.
Particularly impressive with three As and above were Will Browne, Will Coon, Calum Findlay, Tom Golden, Natt Jungmeechoke, Tom McPherson, Bea Miles, Jianan Mo, Will Muirhead, Emily Nash, Alec Reade , Charlotte Routledge, Lars Thode, Josie Vos and Seb Wooff.
Head teacher Nicola Huggett said: “This is an exciting set of results due in no small measure to the hard work and determination of our Upper Sixth pupils.
“We are all very proud of them.
"To gain more than 90% A* - C grades is a terrific achievement and I am thrilled that the vast majority have gained their chosen university places.”
Journal reporter Will Topps has been at Petroc in Barnstaple this morning, where students have been collecting their exam results.
“Students were at Petroc bright and early this morning, with many waiting to pick up their results at 9am.
“When I got to the college’s basement restaurant, where results were being dished out, shortly before 9am, many were already beaming proudly having looked at their results online.
“And within minutes there were even more smiles as students started to receive news of how they had done.
“Many spoke of their plans for the future but there were a few tears too, with some students, inevitably disappointed.”
Tony Tucker, deputy head teacher at Ilfracombe Academy, is pleased with results at the college.
He said: "These results just reflect the ongoing drive of the school to raise standards in every way shape and form.
"That is reflected by the efforts of staff and the students and the determination to do whatever necessary to maximise their chances of success.
"We have done a lot of great work in terms of teaching but also a lot effort has gone in to focusing on students' journeys after their A level results."
He estimated overall pass rates are around 99% with some of the best grades the school has ever seen.
Reaction from Ilfracombe Academy:
Jamie Crawford, 18, from Combe Martin, got 4 A*s in maths, biology, chemistry and art. He said: "I knew I had one A* because I checked on UCAS this morning, but I thought I had bombed my maths exam. Obviously not."
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Reaction from Bideford College students:
Alice Allin, from Bideford, found out this morning she got three A’s. She said: “I convinced myself I wasn’t going to get the right grades so I didn’t apply for medicine but I’m so pleased now that I can so I’m gonna apply this year.”
Aaron Rowland, who also got three A’s, is going to Southampton University to study Electronical Engineering. He said: “I’ve been working so much over the summer I haven’t been able to think about it but I’m really pleased.”
Olivia Ellis, who got two B’s and a C, is off to Bristol UWE to study Primary Education. She said: “I stayed up all night last night with my friend Hannah Davis because we were so nervous.”
“I was really unsure but I’m really pleased I got my first choice.”
The girls are now off to Greece with four of their friends for a celebration.
Journal reporter Fran Taffs is at Ilfracombe Academy. She said: "I’m waiting with assistant head Paul Swailes. The first lot of students have just arrived but aren't allowed in to collect their results until 9am, so are sat around eagerly waiting."
Head of sixth form, Kaye French, who joined the college within the last 12 months, said: “We are very pleased. There are some people who have worked really hard and rose to the challenge. The vast majority are getting in to their first choice which is great news.
“It’s always nerve-racking that we can’t sit in the exams with them but they have pulled it off. I am pleased for them and the college.”
Journal reporter Philippa Jenkins is at Bideford College. She said: "Dozens of students have been arriving at Bideford College Sixth Form Centre to find out their results. The shrieks and tears signal that the vast majority of students got the results they wanted."
She spoke to Jonathan Brewer, vice-principle at Bideford College, who said: “We are delighted. We have seen improvements with results in both years but we won’t know the exact figures until later today.”
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