PHOTO GALLERY A LEVEL RESULTS - Kesteven and Sleaford High School celebrating another year of outstanding results

Kesteven and Sleaford High School is today (Thursday) celebrating another year of outstanding A level and AS results with every single student achieving A Level passes in the subjects they took.

According to the school’s head, Josephine Smith, 65 per cent of A level students achieved grades A*-B while 92 per cent achieved grades A*-C.

Excited with their A level results, Kesteven and Sleaford High School students. From left - Katie Key (A*, A, A) is taking a year out to gain experience at Lincoln courts and prison before applying for university. Bethany Kirwan (A*, A*, A*) is going to do veterinary medicine at Cambridge University. Phoebe Jenkins (A, A, B) will be studying biochemistry at Dundee University. EMN-160818-120045001

Excited with their A level results, Kesteven and Sleaford High School students. From left - Katie Key (A*, A, A) is taking a year out to gain experience at Lincoln courts and prison before applying for university. Bethany Kirwan (A*, A*, A*) is going to do veterinary medicine at Cambridge University. Phoebe Jenkins (A, A, B) will be studying biochemistry at Dundee University. EMN-160818-120045001

These high scores mean that hard working students are able to celebrate securing places at many of the country’s most prestigious universities or are embarking on exciting gap year plans.

At AS level Year 12 students also impressed with a fantastic 25 per cent of results at the highest possible A grade.

In Year 13 five students have secured places on some of the most competitive courses in the country. Guitarist Jonathan Sands will read Music at St Hugh’s College Oxford. He said: “I was unsure this morning whether I had got in. I have not quite processed it yet - I haven’t slept much.”

Rose McLelland will read English at Selwyn College Cambridge; Bethany Kirwan and Katherine Williamson will both read Veterinary Medicine, Bethany at Queen’s College, Cambridge and Katherine at Nottingham University; Hebe Midson will study Medicine at Queen Mary’s University London. She said she was relieved to have got the grades having been unsure whether she would be accepted.

In addition to the five students, Katie Key and Katrina Stephens were among the top performers collecting three A*/ A grades in their chosen subjects. Tearfully happy Katie said: “I’m going to have a gap year and do work experience in Lincoln courts and Lincoln prison and then apply to university.”

Many students in the year have impressed in examinations while juggling demanding extra curricular commitments. Bella Williams, for example, balanced her AS revision with her training schedule for national running competitions. Phoebe Duckmanton achieved impressive grades at A Level as well as writing and directing the annual school play; throughout Year 13 she also quietly fulfilled the demanding role of being a young carer due to family illness.

Josephine Smith, Head of School said: “All our students are to be commended on these excellent results. These achievements are the result of their hard work in conjunction with the excellent teaching, advice and guidance provided by hard working and committed staff. “Especially commendable this year has been students’ support of each other; I have been full of admiration for students across the year group who have encouraged their peers, especially those who have encountered some tough challenges along the way.

“These results come at a time of significant national change to the examination system. In the light of this, the maintenance of the school’s outstanding results and its record of both academic and pastoral excellence is all the more rewarding for students, parents and staff.

“We wish all our students well as they take up university places up and down the country, enjoy gap year plans or enter the world of work. We are delighted we have been able to send them on their way having made the most of their school careers.”