SCENES of smiling students and proud parents graced the hall of reenhead College on A-level results day.
With 30 pupils achieving their Oxbridge offers and a 99% pass rate, the college had even more success than last year.
Over two-thirds of the results were at A*, A or B and 86% were at grades A* to C.
And out of 885 A-level candidates, all but 28 achieved three passes or more and 230 achieved an A grade or better in three or more subjects.
Principal Martin Rostron praised the success of Greenhead students.
“This is the second year of A*, and it was achieved in 13% of exams compared to last years 11% and 8% nationally which is fantastic.
“I can’t single out one department as they have all done extremely well.
“It has been a very tough year for students to get into university and they have worked very hard., we cannot praise the achievement of all of them adequately.”
William Triner, of Lindley, achieved three A*s and is one of the elite group that is headed to Oxford.
He said: “I am going to study politics, philosophy and economics.
“I am nervous but also really excited”.
Claire Johnson, of Almondbury, said: “I looked online on the university system this morning after I saw everybody’s status’ on Facebook.
“I was nervous looking but I think that my mum was even more nervous than me.
“I am so relieved and looking forward to starting.”
Having achieved three As, Claire scored higher than her two As one B offer and is headed to Manchester to study Philosophy.
Friends Sarah Longstaff and Sophie Shields had a dual celebration last night as it was Sarah’s birthday and they both achieved the results needed to study medicine at Birmingham.
The careers service was on hand from 6am for any student that didn’t get the expected results.
Head of careers Gillian Peers said: “There were issues with the Track system run by UCAS but once the students get through to the telephone numbers university staff have been really helpful.
“We have managed to have alot of success through clearing.
“We have been here since 6am and our first student came in at 6.50am.”
Lauren Whiteley, of Beaumont Park, was due to go to Newcastle but marginally missed her place and is headed to John Moore’s University in Liverpool instead.
She said: “It took me three hours to make sure I had a place through clearing and there has been a lot of holding and waiting for the system to work.
“The staff at Greenhead though have been amazing and so helpful in trying to help us.
“I am excited to go to Liverpool though, if there is somewhere else to go other than Newcastle, it would have been Liverpool.”
STUDENTS at Huddersfield New College were delighted with their results with many achieving higher grades than they expected.
A record 1,413 students received A level results yesterday with the college celebrating a 98% pass rate, higher than the national average.
Among them were a delighted Funmi Alaiyemola, 18, from Mirfield who achieved four grade As and is now going to Bristol University and would like to become a history teacher.
“I’m really surprised but delighted with my grades,” said Funmi, a former student of Brooksbank School, Elland.
Daniel Bellafonte, 19, received a triple distinction in computing.
The former Newsome High School student is to study internet computing at Liverpool University.
Daniel, from Big Valley, said: “I’m pleased. It was important to get in this year so I will be paying the lower tuition fees.”
Bethan Jones, of Scapegoat Hill, received a double distinction in health and social care and a grade C in drama.
She is taking a gap year and working as a health care assistant at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary before studying for a degree in psychology with counselling at Huddersfield University.
“I’m working for a year and then will be living at home to keep my loans to a minimum,” said Bethan, who wants to become a counsellor.
Other successes at New College included student union president Josh Parker, who came to study at the college from Dubai two years ago and lived independently with his older brother.
He attained three grade A A levels in sociology, medieval history and classical civilisation and is to study sociology at Durham.
College principal Angela Williams said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s A level results. They are a just reward for the hard work and dedication of both staff and students over the last 12 months.
“I am sure everyone will join me in congratulating our students on their richly deserved success and in wishing them every success in their future studies and careers.”
The Vocational A level pass rate at the college was 99% with 91.8% at grades A, B and C.
One hundred and twenty one students achieved three or more A grades at A level or equivalent and 28 advanced level subjects achieved a 100% pass rate.
Pete Kennedy, the college’s deputy principal said: “Our results are much better than last year.
“The students have worked really hard. We are an inclusive college and the funds issue has no doubt focussed their efforts on gaining a university place this year rather than carrying the huge weight of debt in years to come.
“Young people have had a bad press recently but our students are wonderful and we are really proud of them.”
THOUSANDS of students celebrated their A-level results across Kirklees.
They were among a quarter of a million nationally getting their life changing results as pressure on university places increased due to the rise in student fees next year.
Universities Minister David Willetts has told students who may find themselves turned away from university “there isn’t only one chance in life” as a record number of students fight for places through clearing.
The numbers, released by the university admissions service Ucas, will add pressure to disappointed A-level students facing an intense scramble to secure a place.
Ucas said there were 189,992 students eligible for clearing, compared to 185,223 at the same time last year. It added that at midnight the number of courses showing vacancies was 29,409 - a drop from 33,105 last year.
Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan congratulated all the district’s young people who have received their A-level results.
He said: “The continued success of our students, with exceptional pass rates, is recognition for their commitment and hard work, as well as the support of teachers and parents. Whatever they now choose to do – whether that is university, vocational training, apprenticeships or employment – those involved have demonstrated their talent and skill already and deserve praise.
“There will be cynics who question whether exams are easier now or worth as much as in the past, but those arguments are for another day. Today is for celebrating the best of Kirklees and I hope it is a first step to a bright future for all the students involved.”
Students and staff at Shelley College are also celebrating some excellent A’ level and BTEC results
The average points score per student has increased from 875 points in 2010 to 893 points this year.
Headteacher, John McNally, said he was proud of the achievements of all the students: “Congratulations to the students and their teachers who worked so hard for these results. We have rightly highlighted the names of a few particularly successful students but the figures can sometimes hide the achievements of those who have exceeded all expectations through determination and effort”.
Students at Mirfield Free Grammar School’s celebrated an overall pass rate of 98% with one in every three grades achieved at A* to B.
Vice-principal Maggie Dunn said: “I would like to congratulate all of our students on their superb results, and our staff who have worked very hard to help them create their success.”
Click here to view a full list of A & AS Level results online.