A-level: Record-breaking results for King Alfred

PUBLISHED: 12:08 14 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:25 14 August 2014

Students at King Alfred School in Highbridge celebrating their AS and A2 results.

Students at King Alfred School in Highbridge celebrating their AS and A2 results.

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THE only tears were ones of joy in Highbridge this morning (Thurs) as A-level students at King Alfred School opened their results envelopes.

For the second year running, the school celebrated a 100 per cent A*-E pass rate, while a number of outstanding achievements were recorded by students.

Bethan Marshall will become the first Oxbridge student from the school in more than a decade after achieving three A*s and one A in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics. She will read natural sciences at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Headteacher Andy Owen said: “We were already among the best schools in Somerset for results and this is a bonus for us. The sixth form has been an area of focus for us for a while, and it might have taken a little longer than we might have liked.

“But last year we really started seeing the results to justify that work, and we’ve built on that now. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of these results is that students across the full range of abilities have exceeded their targets.”

He added that every student applying to a university had now been offered a place for next year or 2015.

For an in-depth break down of the results, interviews with students and teachers and photos from the day, see next week’s Mercury.

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