Cardiff High School celebrates A Level results that rival top private schools

Emily Keighley (left) who achieved 3 A grades and Emma Thomas who achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades celebrate their A-level results at Brighton College, East Sussex.

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"Students on our vocational courses have also worked hard to achieve outstanding results, Lewis Connor and Lucy Fox received triple Distinction Star in their BTEC Sport Studies (the equivalent of 3 A* grades), Jordan Harding achieve a triple Distinction and Ellis Walton achieved double Distinction Star on the same Sport course".

A group of excited friends from Trinity Sixth Form were also pleased to share the fact that they had all been offered places at their chosen universities.

Ucas head Mary Curnock Cook said: " The UK has some of the best universities in the world so it doesn't surprise me that the Brexit vote doesn't seem to have put European Union students off studying here.

"I was really nervous this morning, I did not sleep much last night, but there's a lot of relief now".

"We've been working so hard all year and revising like insane together so I'm glad it paid off for us".

One university also released grade information directly to students, triggering UCAS to launch an investigation into the universities' automated systems, which is blamed for the error.

"If it was different I don't think I would have got such good results".

Carys is going on to study Film, Photography and Media at the University of Leeds. "All in all, I feel pretty confident but you never know until you open that envelope and see the marks".

One of these high achievers was 18-year-old Milan Patel who studied A-Levels in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at Salford City College's Pendleton Sixth Form Centre.

He said: "We do make sure when we design our exams that they are gender-neutral".

"It is always a pleasure to see your students get the grades they deserve and need for the next stage of their lives and today we are celebrating some notable successes".

Billericay's Mayflower School praised their pupils as well, after 21 A* grades were reported across a reflecting an increase on 2015, despite examinations becoming more challenging.

However Oliver Grubb was delighted with his haul of As and A*s that will allow him to study mechanical engineering in Birmingham.

She said: "It's awesome and I can't believe it - it's so surreal at the moment".

"It's awesome how much difference a little piece of paper can make", added fellow student Mark Palmieri.

"These outstanding results represent what can be achieved when all members of the school community work together to encourage and support our young people".

He said: "I'm amazed - it wasn't what I expected at all. We don't really see any great surprises", he said.

Those who did not get quite the results they were hoping for are advised not to panic and to consider all options available to them.

The results this year show that we are continuing to provide students with excellent teaching and I am delighted that they have all secured places at a university or a modern apprenticeship. They are not constrained by any stereotypical notions about their careers.

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