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Marlow schools smash their A-Level records
RECORDS were smashed again by the two secondary schools in Marlow this week as the A-Level results were announced.
Both Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in West Street and Great Marlow School in Bobmore Lane reported their best ever scores.
The year 13 Borlase's students achieved the school's highest ever percentage in the top grades, with 82.6 per cent of all A levels taken gaining a B grade or better. At least 46 students gained three A grades or better.
At Great Marlow the pass rate was achieved with 97.6 per cent of all examinations passed. In all measures the school surpassed its previous records including A*-B and A*-C with almost three quarters of students achieving A*-C grades.
The value added statistic indicated Great Marlow sixth form students make stronger progress than the average from GCSE to A Level, the school reported.
72 per cent of GMS A-level results were A*-C grades, a rise of six per cent from last year and 23 subject areas out of 26 achieved a pass rate of 100 per cent this year - this is an outstanding achievement.
Borlase's headmaster Dr Peter Holding said: "We are pleased with yet another record set of A level grades.
"These exceptional results are a great testament to the hard work and determination of all of our students and their teachers. We are particularly proud and pleased to see that virtually all of our students have gained places on their preferred university course.
"A few are going into clearing but the vast majority have got their results or are trying to trade up. "I am very proud of every single one of them as they have been a particularly delightful group to work with over the years."
Headteacher, Mrs Geralyn Wilson, said: "These are our best ever results we've had in this school, including the pass rate A* to E and A* to C. We're showing this improving trend year on year. It's the pinnacle of our achievement that we've got these results and I have to say that this academic year for us has been the best ever, with also having the opening of the sports centre.
"We are absolutely delighted with this achievement. Our students have achieved very pleasing results across the board. Once again large numbers of students have secured places at the universities of their choice in this very competitive year.
"These results end a highly successful year for the school. I would like to offer students warmest congratulations and, on their behalf, thank all their teachers for their contribution to making these excellent results possible."
SMILING sixth formers were in abundant supply this morning in Marlow, with many securing the university places they sought.
Scores of teenagers huddled together excitedly telling their friends what results they achieved outside Marlow's two secondary schools.
At Sir William Borlase's Grammar School four of the happiest students, gaining straight A * grades, were Emily Warne Rebecca Dixon Katie Jowett and Nadia Bovie.
Borlase pupil Michelle Karaivanov, 18, from Marlow, was delighted after getting four A grades and securing a uni place to study digital film production.
She said: "I feel incredibly happy, there's been a lot of hard work that has gone into it.
"I didn't need to get as high level results to get my university place but it's a real boost anyway to get them."
She said the teachers had been supportive and she praised the school.
Fellow Borlase sixth former Freddie Hitchcock, 18, was thrilled to be heading off to Oxford Brookes University to do an art and design foundation course after her two Bs and a C.
"I'm very excited, it's been a lot of stress but it's been worth it for what I've accomplished," she said.
Some of the most delighted pupils at GMS were Aislin Darvell, with two As and a B, Megan Thomson, who is off to to Oxford Brookes to read Law, after an A and B grades and Emma Boddy, who achieved A* in PE , as well as a B and C. Beth Saunders, who got an A and two Bs, is going to University of Southampton to read Politics.
She said: "I'm really pleased with the results, it was what I needed, I'm really excited." She hopes to pursue a career in the diplomatic service."
She said it was a great school to have been at and praised the 'amazing' teachers.
Hannah Bates, 19, was "over the moon" after securing BCD to study criminal law in London and Nichola Eden, 18, from Marlow was looking forward to studying at Winchester after getting three Cs. "I was so happy I cried, I rang my mum and she cried," she said.
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