WINTERSTOKE Hundred Academy has seen an increase in students "gaining top grades" in their A levels this year.

Pupils received their results today (Thursday, August 17).

Steve Holland, vice principal, said: “We are delighted to see an increase in Winterstoke students gaining top grades.

"It has been a lovely morning sharing the experience as students open their results. The majority of our year 13s will be heading off to universities around the UK with some opting to study or work more locally.

"Year 12's AS level grades and vocational unit grades have set them up nicely as we start an exciting year in 2023-24, including the opening of our second site in Locking.”

Cabot Learning Federation chief executive, Steve Taylor, said: “We are immensely proud of these post-16 students.

"Against the backdrop of the uncertainties and difficulties of recent years, they have shown great resilience and richly deserve the excellent set of results they have achieved today.

Weston Mercury: Many students will go on to a university or vocational training course.Many students will go on to a university or vocational training course. (Image: CLF)

“Whether they now plan to move into higher education or the world of work, we wish them every success in their next step – and hope they will continue to show the talent and dedication they have displayed throughout their years of education.

"Thanks to the team of colleagues who have supported these students over the course of their school careers, and in particularly over the past two years.”

If you didn't get the grades you needed, don't worry. 

Dr Nick Smith, course director and founder of The Oxford Open Learning Trust, has shared some words of wisdom on what to do next.

He said: “For those who don’t receive the grades they had initially hoped for, there are a number of options available to help them achieve their future goals. 

“We know it can be a stressful time, so the first thing to do is look at the UCAS clearing systems, as this will show you which institutions have places available.

"Many institutions will still be accepting students, so have a look on the UCAS website or give them a quick call to check if your course is on offer elsewhere.

“If you feel like the grades you’ve received are lower than expected, you are allowed to appeal them by contacting your school, who will pass this onto the examining board."