SUCCESS was on the timetable for students in Redditch and Alcester as they eagerly waited to find out their A-Level results.
Students across the town travelled back to their schools or sixth forms today to see if they got the grades needed to go to university, earn an apprenticeship or get their dream job.
This summer has seen a return to pre-pandemic grading in England, with some protection put in place to recognise any disruption students have faced due to Covid.
St Benedict’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form
Students from St Benedict’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form that applied to university have secured their places.
The number of students getting A*- B grades were also above the results achieved in 2019 – the last set of comparable published data before the pandemic.
Luke Payton, Headteacher at St Benedict’s, said: “These results are testament to not only the talents and efforts of each individual student, but also the real sense of community that there is in our school.
“As has been widely discussed, these students have never set a formal, externally marked, set of exams before because of Covid. There was real pressure. Yet, our students, supported by their families and our very dedicated staff, came together to support one another.
“As a result, our students have done themselves, and us, proud.”
Among those celebrating were Ella Thornton, she achieved two A*s and an A, which has allowed her to go on to study Psychology at University of Leeds.
Maja Ficyk secured two As, a B and a C and will go onto study Media, Journalism and Publishing at Oxford Brookes University.
Caitlin Libeaut was pleased to have achieved two As and a B and is able to continue her study in Psychology at University of Warwick.
St Augustine’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form
Students from St Augustine’s Catholic High School are heading off to a host of top universities, apprenticeships and employers after collectively securing a strong set of results.
Mr Gariff, Principal at St Augustine’s, said: “Our students deserve a high amount of praise for how they have handled the challenges of recent years. They should be applauded for their dedication, tenacity and commitment.
“The fact that so many of them are going off not just to university, but a destination that is right for their future, is what today is all about. These results unlock the next stage of these young people’s lives, and that it is why it is great to see so many smiling faces.”
Among the students who are celebrating are Eadie Mae Houghton-Court, who was overjoyed to receive an A* and two As, which has allowed her to go on to study Environment, Economics and Ecology at York University.
Abigayle Court was pleased to have achieved three As and is able to study Psychology at University of Bath.
Ashton Brown achieved three As and will be able to study Chemistry at University of Birmingham.
One group of students have made a huge effort to support St David’s House Care Home in the town.
“These are a truly inspiring group of students underpinned by a moral purpose and the values needed to contribute to a wider society. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that these students have.”
Woodrush High School
In Wythall, students from Woodrush High School have achieved a top set of results.
Headteacher, Jay Barber said: “Whilst we are extremely proud of all our Sixth Formers, some stand-out performances this year include top grades for Lucy C, Joseph L, Jake E, Rosemary H and Ruby M who all secured two or three A grades.
“We are excited to see our 2023 cohort move onto degree courses at universities all over the country, including Aberystwyth, Aston, Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester.
“We wish all the best for students who will embark on careers and apprenticeships in fields including the police, accountancy with Grant Thornton, and laboratory research and testing.”
Tudor Grange Academy Redditch
Despite an incredibly tough few years, the Redditch school has announced all students have secured a destination of their choice.
Marie McNamara, Principal said “ I am delighted that our results reflect the hard work and dedication the staff and students have put in, despite the return to pre-pandemic grading.
“This cohort of students did not sit GCSE exams prior to this and the results are a testament to their resilience and determination.
“Well done to everyone receiving exam results today. I wish them all the best for the future as they embark on their next steps.”