By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 15 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 09:44
CELEBRATIONS are in store for students in the borough and beyond this morning with the announcement of the A-Level results.
Pupils have been discovering what grades they have achieved at schools in Redditch, Alcester and Wythall - with many expected to take up places at universities across the country.
At Kingsley College, the overall pass rate increased to 99 per cent with most students securing a place at their chosen university, including Barnum Swannell who will study maths at Cambridge after achieving six A*s.
Other top performers scoring three or more A* to B grades include Joshua Thompson-Smith, Libby Wells, Benjamin Osmond, James Kelly, Kate Rogers, Isabella Sullivan and Laura Hands.
Headteacher Stephen Brownlow said: "I am extremely proud of the students and staff at Kingsley College who have worked so hard to achieve our best ever results at AS and A Level. It is wonderful to see even better results than last year.
"Examination success equates to life chances for our students who are able to pursue their chosen routes into higher education or employment. My thanks go to the students, their families and my staff - achievements like this are always a team effort."
Every student at Trinity High School passed their A-Levels, with the score per entry increasing by 30 points and more students achieving A* to B grades.
Top performing pupils include Joel Kingsman with an A* and two As, Corey Parchment who picked up an A*, A and a B, Maimoona Ahmed with two As and two Bs and Matthew Brough and Rebecca Skidmore who both achieved two As and a B.
Headteacher Marian Barton said: "We congratulate all of our students on their A-Level successes and are delighted that many have secured places at their chosen universities.
"As the Sixth Form move into their new Sixth Form Centre in September 2013, we are confident that these achievements will be exceeded year on year."
Student Simon Lam was particularly congratulated at RSA Academy Arrow Vale after achieving full marks in his chemistry and maths exams. Gaining two A*s and three As have led to him being accepted at Cambridge to study natural sciences.
A record-breaking year saw more students than ever going to top universities.
Headteacher Guy Shears said: "It was extremely pleasing to see the students' hard work over the past two years has paid off, resulting in the highest proportion of A and A* grades Arrow Vale has ever seen."
A total of 98.8 per cent of students at St Augustine's High School passed three or more A-Levels, with an overall pass rate of 99.7 per cent.
Star students were Jessie Chandler and Lorna Treen with three As, Rebecca Duncan with one A* and three As, Jessica Higgins, Ashley Rajappan, Robert Pietz and James Scoltock with an A* and two As, Kieran Larkin with three As.
Headteacher Tony Quinn said: "Congratulations to students and well done to dedicated teachers, yet again outstanding A-Level results for St Augustine's Sixth Form students.
"Based on previous years, the Year 13 results should put St Augustine's at the top of Worcestershire again."
All students at Woodrush High School in Wythall passed their exams, with half of all grades awarded being top A* to B grades.
Cameron Watson achieved three As, Jack Checketts picked up an A*, an A and a B, Laura Hennessey gained two As and two Bs and Jack Metcalf and Shyam Chapaneri both achieved an A and two Bs.
Headteacher Chris King said: "We are extremely proud of our students and delighted with their hard work and commitment to their studies at Woodrush. Every single student that wanted to continue studies at university have gained places to do this in a range of degree courses.
"We congratulate all our sixth form students and wish them the very best at university, and thank parents, carers and our staff who supported their fantastic achievements."
Over the border in Warwickshire, it is expected eight students from Alcester Grammar School have gained a place at Oxford or Cambridge, with a 100 per cent pass rate and 64 per cent of pupils achieving A* to B grades - up from 63 last year.
Monika Kondratowicz picked up four A* grades with Jack Atherton and Heather Britton achieving three As and one A, Amy Rentell and Guy Ross gaining two A*s and two As and Jenny Lane and Jack Tower achieving two A*s and one A.
Headteacher Iain Blaikie said the school was delighted students had achieved the results they deserved.
"As far as we are aware we think everybody has got the university places they wanted. We are pleased to maintain our high standards."
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