Teens are A-stars in the making
More than 4,000 teenagers were due to pick up their A-level results in Lincolnshire this week.
Across the county, 36 schools, academies and colleges were handing out grades.
And early indications showed pupils had achieved a bumper crop of grades.
On Wednesday, August 14 – the day before results day – William Farr School in Welton said it had seen its best A* to B grades results for a decade.
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Of the 133 pupils who sat exams there, 82.5 per cent achieved grades of C and higher.
Nearly half of the school's pupils who sat A levels at the school landed at least one A* or A grade – double last year's national average. The percentages of students achieving A* to B grades has increased by five per cent on last year's figures and for A* to C grades is nearly nine per cent up on last year.
Head teacher Andy Stones said: "We are absolutely delighted with these results.
"The pupils and staff have worked really hard to ensure the students get the best results possible and give themselves the best options for their futures.
"We had a record number of A Level entries from our sixth form this year, so we are even more pleased that everyone has risen to the challenges and posted some exceptional results.
"Although our overall results are important to us and we are proud of what we have achieved we must not forget that each number represents an individual pupil.
"We now have to work with the students to ensure they get places at the best universities they can."
Peter Beighton, principal of Branston Community Academy said he was thrilled with his students' achievements. He said: "There is a 100 per cent pass rate across all courses and 43 per cent of all grades received by our young people are either at grade A* or A. Most important of all, students have far exceeded grades they were predicted to achieve.
"This is a result not only of their hard work and commitment but also the professionalism and dedication of very talented teachers and support staff. Many congratulations to all concerned."
However Lincolnshire County Council says help is at hand if students don't get the results they need.
The authority says other options are available whatever your results, including apprenticeships and other courses.
If your grades are only slightly lower than predicted you may still be accepted on to the course, on speaking to the university, college or training provider.
For advice call the CfBT career guidance service in Lincolnshire on 01522 782116 or the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.