The long wait is over for A-level students in Bridlington after weeks of dread and apprehension finally came to a head on results day.
Amid the tears, cheers and hugs there was a sense of relief for emotional Headlands School and Bridlington School students as it dawned on many of them they would soon be headed to university. Headlands School saw 78 per cent of students attain an A* to B grade and 97 per cent securing a place at university.
Among them is 18-year-old Mason Yousif who secured an impressive three A*s in maths, further maths and physics enabling him to study at Oxford University.
He said: “I feel so relieved, I haven’t really slept and I’m still in shock.
“I’m really pleased because I was worried that I would not get in. My friends are all over-the-moon for me!”
Fellow high-flyer Branden Leathley, 18, is also headed to Oxford University after achieving three A*s in maths, further maths and physics as well as a B in chemistry.
Darcy Corner, 18, said she was “ecstatic” that the long wait had come to an end, after securing a place at Leeds University with an A*, an A and two Bs.
Sarah Jackson, 18 achieved “all Cs and a B” and said she was delighted with the results.
“I did better than I anticipated,” said Sarah. “I’m off to Nottinham Trent University to study photography and journalism because I want to write for a fashion magazine one day.”
Further examples of students who received outstanding results at the school are Darcy Corner, who achieved A*, an A and two Bs, Liam Leech with two As and two Bs and Jason Scot with an A*, an A, a B and a D.
Headteacher Sarah Bone said she could not be more pleased with her students’ performance after Headlands achieved its best ever performance for level three BTECs.
“We recorded our best ever Vocational BTEC Level 3 results with 86 per cent of students securing Distinction* or Distinction grades which is the equivalent of an A Level A*/A.”
Mrs Bone added she expects these results will be among the top schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire and its North Yorkshire counterparts.
Bridlington School enjoyed a well-deserved taste of success, after achieving its best ever average point score per student under the leadership of headteacher Sarah Pashley, with 82 per cent of students attained A*-C, with 46 per cent achieving A* or A grades.
Now, student Laura Fenwick said she will study animal management at Askham Bryan College after attaining two As and one B.
Emma Topham, 18, “I actually did better than I expected! I got two As and 1 B and I’m off back to college to study catering, accounting and cookery.”
Beth Cheesborough added she was more than happy with her results, chalking up one A* and two As in maths, further maths and religious studies.
Charlie Moat, 18, is headed to Northumbria University after he achieved a distinction star in law, an A in maths and an C in French.
Other students who also studied their way to success include Matthew Faulkner with 3 As, Danny Wilson also with 3As, Decland McDermott with two As and 1B and Kayleigh Singh with two As and one B.
Headteacher Sarah Pashley said the school’s reputation had grown rapidly over the last few years as more and more students enroll.
She said: “We are absolutely over the moon about our 6th form examination results this year which should yet again be some of the best in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
“We are particularly delighted that the average point score per student has increased from 692.50 last year to 708.83 this year – our highest ever score.
“We have also succeeded in maintaining the excellent performance we achieved last year in terms of the percentage of students achieving the top grades of A* and A. We are especially pleased that not a single student failed a single course for the second year in a row.
“A massive well done to them and to their parents/carers and the staff who have worked so hard to ensure this success.”
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council says Early indications show that sixth forms across the county have maintained their successful trend for the fourth year in a row, against the background of a national fall in the proportion of A-levels awarded top grades in recent years.
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, added: “It is encouraging to see that students in the East Riding appear to have done very well this year.
“With results like this they will be well prepared for whichever path they want to go down in their future careers.”