LiveA-levels: results from Watford schools

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  • Results are coming in now. We'll announce them as they come in.
  • Results added for:
  • Merchant Taylors' School
  • Watford Boys Grammar School
  • St Margaret's School
  • Bushey Meads School
  • Northwood College
  • Francis Combe Academy
  • Kings Langley Secondary School
  • Northwood School
  • Rickmansworth School
  • Parmiter's School
  • Westfield Academy
  • St Clement Danes


That's all from us. Thanks for joining the Watford Observer's A Level results live blog today.


St Clement Danes

The headteacher of a Chorleywood school said she is in “awe” of the outstanding results pupils have managed to achieve yet again.

Students at St Clement Danes School, in Chenies Road, received the following:

A* – 12 per cent
A* to B – 65 per cent

Headteacher, Dr Josephine Valentine, said: ““It is a privilege to lead St Clement Danes and each year I am in awe of the outstanding results the students attain. This year our results were even better than last year which were themselves outstanding.  

“Many students achieved personal triumphs through hard work and determination. The inspirational teaching they receive at St Clement Danes sets them on the right path for future success.”  


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Westfield Academy

Record-breaking results were celebrated by Westfield Academy students as they collected their exam results today.

Physics, Maths, Further Maths, English and many more subjects saw a 100 per cent pass rate, which contributed to the academy’s highest ever overall A-Level points score - an increase of 10 per cent on last year's results. 

More than 10 per cent of students achieved A*s and As. 

Tim Body, Principal at Westfield Academy, said: "What is most gratifying is the results in the more academic subjects.

"This is an area we have been really driving on and it’s great to see the fruits of this hardwork.

"For students at Westfield to achieve A*’s and As in a number of subjects but in particular maths is fabulous.

"These results are what we have worked and hoped for, but you're never quite sure until results day.

"I think we can safely say that we have made a difference.

"We have great students and hardworking teachers at Westfield who deserve these great results. I know we are going in exactly the right direction and will continue to build on our students' success.

"We're working hard with the aim of making Westfield Academy one of the best schools in Watford and I heartily congratulate both the students and staff on these results."

Paul Rosen, chairman of Westfield Academy’s governing body, said: "The Board congratulates all of the students and their teachers on such a high level of success.  Well done, everyone."

Watford MP, Richard Harrington, also added his congratulations and said: "I am absolutely delighted."



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Left to right: Alex, Finn, Hansin and Luke

Rickmansworth School

The head teacher of Rickmansworth School said boys surpassed the girls in this year’s A Level results.

Four boys who excelled in their A Level exams are Hansin Patel, Luke Mitchell, Finn Macpherson and Alex Leonidas.

Hansin, 18, will go on to study Engineering at Southampton University, along with Alex, 18, who has signed up for the same course.

Luke, 18, will also be going to Southampton University, but to study Economics.

Finn, 18, has chosen to defer a year and travel to south east Asia with a friend before he joins Surrey University to study Engineering.


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Left to right: Sian, Nicky and Maddie

Rickmansworth School

These delighted Rickmansworth School pupils will be moving onto higher education after picking up their A Level results at the Scots Hill school this morning.

Maddie Thomas, 18, said she is “so pleased” to be going onto Amersham College to study foundation art in September.

Nicky Gilbert, 18, will be going to Birmingham City University to study speech and language therapy. She said: “I had no idea how my exams went so I’m really relieved and happy to get these results.”

Sian Withington, 18, was checking the UCAS site early this morning and found out to her relief that she had got the required grades to study English and music at Southampton University. 


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Friends Alex Fegan, Eddy Bukenya, Emmanuel Akanbi, Mayowa Olukotun, Jordan Uzoho and David Effiom

Queens' School 

At Queens’ School in Bushey emotions were running high.

Headteacher Terry James said: "We are all very pleased. Our standout student was Sasha Waloff, who achieved three A* at A Level."

For others the brown envelope brought cause for celebration, and a bit of commiserating too.

Friends Alex Fegan, Eddy Bukenya, Emmanuel Akanbi, Mayowa Olukotun, Jordan Uzoho and David Effiom had a mixed bag with their AS Level results.

Alex, 17, from Shenley, said: "At least I passed. To everyone taking their A Levels next week - revise longer than two weeks before."

Eddy, also 17, from Highlands in Oxhey, passed his history with 95 per cent and said he was hopeful he could achieve an A* in the subject next year.

He said: "It’s looking positive. I’m looking at applying to Warwick, LSE and Nottingham next year. I’m very pleased."

Emmanuel, of Red Road in Borehamwood, gained three As and a B.

The 17-year-old said: "I’m very happy with what I got today. I’m hoping to do economics at LSE, I’ll also applying too Warwick."

Mayowa, 17, of Thornbury Gardens in Borehamwood, was delighted with two As and two Bs and said he was looking at doing economics at Nottingham and Exeter.

But Jordan, of Aldenham Road, was a bit disappointed with four Bs.

The 17-year-old said: "I’m not celebrating anything. I was hoping to study medicine. Hopefully I can get them up next year."

David, 17, from Hemel, gained two As and two Bs.

He said: "I’m not very pleased, I wanted four As. I’ll have to resit some of them. I’d like to go into investment banking and study economics at Cambridge."


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Left to right: Emily, Billy and Toby

Kings Langley Secondary School

Students at Kings Langley Secondary School were delighted with their A-Level results as they head on to their chosen university.  

One teenager from Kings Langley will be just the second student from the Love Lane school to attend Oxford University.

Toby Frampton, of Rucklers Lane, will be living at the Mansfield College at the historic university and will study geography after achieving A* and two As. 

The 18 year-old said: "I am over the moon. I am looking forward to the variety, the change and the independence. 

"I would just like to thank all my teachers, family and friends."

Emily O'Brien, of Dell Meadow, Abbots Langley will be going to Leeds University after getting straight As in textiles, business and english literature.

The 18-year-old said: "I am really happy and excited. I did not expect it at all."

Emily, who will be studying politics and sociology, added: "It is really different from my other subjects. I am just really excited."

Billy Howitt, of Courtlands Drive, North Watford, will be going on to Southampton University to study geography.

He said: "I did not expect to get these results, so I am quite happy."

The 18-year-old will be going to the South coast after getting straight B's in geography, business and sociology.


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Kayleigh (left) with her friend, Katie Morgan

Francis Combe Academy

A teenage student from Francis Combe Academy will be taking a gap year after passing all her subjects.

Kayleigh Hearn, 18, is taking a gap year because she wants to join the police force, but before committing to it, she wants to make sure it is right for her.

She said: "I want to join the police force, but the police force need you to do two years volunteering before you can join. I want to make sure the police force is right for me and what I want to do for the rest of my life."


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Left to right: Tammy, Katia, Jamie and Terry

Bushey Meads

Bushey Meads School pupils were jumping for joy with their fantastic results.

Katia Demetriou-Jones, 19, from Cassiobury, was "very happy" with her AS Levels.
She gained distinction* in music, A* in fine art, A in sociology and a B in psychology.

Katia said: "I’ll be taking a gap year, I don’t really know what I want to do yet. I’ll be looking at university courses and getting a part-time job."

Also celebrating was 18-year-old Terry Cushway, from Cotswold Avenue in Bushey, who achieved an A in IT, B in media, D in design and technology and U in business.
Terry said he is going to West Herts College to study further IT.

Jamie Stringer, of Homefield Road in Bushey, got into her first choice university with an A* in sociology, B in english and A in fine art.

The 18-year-old said: "I’m very happy. I already phoned my mum, she was very pleased too. We’re all celebrating. I’ll be going to Warwick to study sociology."

And Tammy Bernberg, of Paynesfield Road in Bushey Heath, is off to Sheffield to study ICT management after achieving a distinction* in PE, and A in ICT and a B in psychology.

The 18-year-old said: "I’m really excited, but I don’t know if I feel old enough to be going to university."


Students at Parmiter’s School are also celebrating after they achieved a pass rate of 99.8 per cent.

At the  High Elms Lane school, 18 per cent of students achieved an A*, while 74 per cent recorded A* to B grades.

Nick Daymond, headmaster at Parmiters said: "We are very pleased. This was our largest ever cohort, with 193 students. 

"We feel very pleased with them. They have worked very hard, especially against the back drop which we have seen at a national level, so we are pleased."



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Rickmansworth School

Rickmansworth School also bucked the national trend of declining top grades with more of its pupils going on to top universities than ever before.

Headteacher, Keith Douglas, said: "We are delighted with the A Level results students have achieved.

"At A* to A , over 30 per cent of students achieved the top grades and at A* to B, 65 per cent of students achieved these grades.

"There is a national trend in declining top grades, however at Rickmansworth we are bucking this trend with more students achieving top grades and moving onto the top universities than ever before.

"These results build upon our excellent Ofsted report of last September and reflects the hard work and dedication of staff and students - they deserve the success.

"The Governors and I are very proud of what they have achieved."


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Pupils proudly clutching their A Level results

Northwood School

Sixth Form students at Northwood School were once again celebrating another set of excellent results with a pass rate of 100 per cent for both A level and vocational courses.

Head of Sixth Form, Rob Davies, said: "Yet again, we have improved on last year’s set of really strong results.

"This has been a fantastic group of students who have worked hard and thoroughly deserve their success. They have been supported by our fantastic staff and their caring parents. I am immensely proud of them".  

Mark Anderson, acting headteacher, added: "It is great to see our students achieving results above the national average.

"It is especially pleasing to see the percentage of A and A* grades rising with almost quarter of our students gaining the highest grades in either A level or vocational courses."

As a consequence of these great results the majority of students who have applied to university have been accepted to study the courses which they have applied for and several students have been successful in their applications to Russell Group universities.

Matthew Ford, who recently won the Watford Observer Young Sports Writer of the Year award, is now moving on to study History at Edinburgh University.

He said: "Both my brothers went to the Sixth Form at Northwood, one went onto Oxford and the other to Manchester, so it’s great to keep the family tradition of success going."


Kings Langley Secondary School

Students at Kings Langley Secondary School are celebrating after they returned the best A Level results in the school's history.

Results from the Love Lane school have gone up dramatically since the previous year, which the school had considered a good year.

This year, the average point score per pupil has risen from 700 to 756 and the school said that, while they haven’t broken down the percentages yet, the proportion of higher grades has improved. 

The school claims this is a seven to eight per cent rise in performance grades. 


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Principal, Debbie Warwick, is "very proud" of her pupils

Francis Combe Academy

Students at Francis Combe Academy are celebrating after returning the best A-Level results in the schools history. 

Students at the Horseshoe Lane school achieved a 99 per cent pass rate in this years academy, with 72 per cent achieving grade C or above.

Debbie Warwick, principal at Francis Combe Academy said: "We are all very proud of this year group and all that they have achieved. Everyone has worked extremely hard and it was great to see so many students getting the results their hard work deserves. 

"We also have a record percentage of students continuing on to university from Year 13, with the majority of students securing a place at their first choice University.

"It is wonderful to see so many people fulfilling their potential and I am sure this year group will achieve a lot in the future."  


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A delighted Joanna Horsley

Northwood College

Northwood College pupils are off to universities all across the country.

Joanna Horsley, 18, is planning to study History at the University of Exeter.

Joanna, from Ealing, was delighted to achieve two A* and one A grade plus A at AS.

She said: "I am over the moon and want to thank my teachers for all their extra efforts and my parents and my brother too."


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Ashni with her dad

Northwood College

It wasn't just students at Northwood College with a reason to celebrate - proud parents were joining in too.

Ashni Malhotra, 18, from Ruislip, gained two A* grades and 2 As at A Level is set to study Medicine at Imperial College London.

Ashni’s proud father, Mr Malhotra, added: "Ashni has been at Northwood College since she was two and a half years and the hard work of the school’s staff is a major contribution to Ashni’s success.

"I am so proud and so grateful to Northwood College."


Northwood College

Northwood College Girls has achieved the highest number of A* grades to date - and a 100 per cent pass rate.

More than 75 per cent of Northwood College grades were A* to B and over 90 per cent were A* to C.

Some 42 per cent of pupils achieved at least two A*-A grades and 22 per cent received three or more.

Headmistress, Jacqualyn Pain, said: "I am absolutely thrilled and so proud of each and every one of our girls.

"The results are a true testament to the phenomenal hard work and dedication that is demonstrated year after year by our pupils and their outstanding teachers.

"Based on today’s excellent results we anticipate that by far the majority of our students will go on to their first choice universities."


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Left to right: Lucy, Aimee and Eleanor

Northwood College

The girls were also celebrating hard at Northwood College.

Former deputy head girl, 18-year-old Aimee Ross from Hayes, achieved four A* grades at A Level plus A at AS and is looking forward to reading Physics at the University of Oxford.

Aimee said:  "I am absolutely delighted and cannot wait to get to Oxford. My dream job would be a Physics Researcher."

Lucy Clague, 18, from Harrow, who gained three A* grades and A at AS and will be setting off to read Economics at the University of Nottingham.

She said: "I am so happy with my results and I would like to thank all my teachers for their dedication and hard work."

Eleanor McCartney, 18, who lives in Pinner, achieved three A* grades plus A at AS and will be going to the University of Oxford to study Biological Sciences.

A delighted Eleanor said: "I am so relieved that all the hard work has paid off."


Bushey Meads School

Bushey Meads School's acting headteacher Hilary Morawska said she is proud to announce yet another year of excellent A Level results.

She said: "This year we exceeded our A* to A target with 20 per cent of our students achieving these grades. 

"Alongside this 45 per cent of our students achieved A* to B grades and 80% A* to C.

"Outstanding results were realised in Biology, ICT, Sociology and Media Studies with equally brilliant grades achieved in Design and Technology, Drama, Art and Law.

"We are rightly proud of our students, who are  now busy accepting their places at their chosen universities.

"We thank them for their hard work and wish them every success for the future."



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Louise Derrick with her proud mother Sally

St Margaret's School, Bushey

In Bushey, St Margaret’s girls maintained the school’s track record of excellent results at A Level, with over 40% of all grades from A* to A and over 90% from A* to C.

Girls are en route to a wide variety of courses and universities, ranging from mathematics at Oxford or Imperial College to law at Exeter and management at Warwick.

The beam on the face of Louise Derrick, seen here with mother Sally, says it all.

Louise is heading off to spend an exciting gap year as a ski instructor in the Alps, before training as a veterinary physiotherapist.


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Left to right: Ben Holland, Cole Rennalls, James Gaspar and Shaun Privett

Bushey Academy, Bushey

There was lots of nervous excitement in Bushey this morning as anxious teens collected their A Level results.

At Bushey Academy friends Ben Holland, James Gaspar, Cole Rennalls and Shaun Privett were celebrating getting into their first choice university.

Ben, 18, who lives on St Albans Road, is looking forward to studying economics at City University in London.

James, of Allerton Road, Borehamwood, got and A and two Bs and will be going to Warwick University to study politics.

The ecstatic 18-year-old said he "couldn’t be happier".

Cole, also 18, of Stanmore Road in north Watford, is off to study mining engineering at Exeter University after gaining an A, B and C.

While Shaun, 18, got two A*s and a C in business and sociology and is either going to Oxford Brookes University or Sheffield to study business and Japanese.


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Watford Boys Grammar School, Watford

Eighty per cent of students achieved A*-B grade in their A levels at Watford Boys Grammar School.

Figures revealed this morning also show that 51 per cent of students achieved the highest grades at A*/A and that 56 students achieved three or more A-levels at A*/A.

Commenting on the results, acting headmaster, Mark Allchorn said: "This is another excellent year for the school in terms of public examination results. 

"Although exam results are by no means our only measure of success, academic performance is crucial in helping our students achieve their aspirations upon leaving the school. 

"Warmest congratulations to all the boys, their teachers and their proud parents. We wish all our leavers the very best of luck in their future studies."


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Merchant Taylors' School, Moor Park

Merchant Taylors' School has achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in its A Level exams.

The school in Sandy Lodge Road, had 138 candidates who got the following grades:

A* grades        23 per cent
A*/A grades     67 per cent
A*-B grades     94 per cent
Pass rate        100 per cent

Simon Everson, head teacher, said: "We are thrilled for our students who have worked so hard to achieve these outstanding results. Merchant Taylors’ offers a full-blooded education rather than an examination grind and these results show that schools don’t have to become grade-obsessed treadmills for students to achieve at the highest level." 


Good morning and welcome to the Watford Observer A-level liveblog.

Here you will find pictures and results from schools across the district.


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