A-level results day 2017: Thomas Alleyne Academy, Stevenage

Thomas Alleyne Academy's Joanne Balharrie and Matthew Hall with their A-level results. Picture: Fran

Thomas Alleyne Academy's Joanne Balharrie and Matthew Hall with their A-level results. Picture: Frances Ross - Credit: Archant

Staff and students at Stevenage’s Thomas Alleyne Academy are today celebrating another year of improved A-level results, with 99 per cent passing at A*-E.

Thomas Alleyne student Chloe Tayler achieved two Bs and a C. Picture: Frances Ross

Thomas Alleyne student Chloe Tayler achieved two Bs and a C. Picture: Frances Ross - Credit: Archant

The number of grades at A*-B was 36 per cent, up nine percentage points on last year.

“We are delighted that all of our sixth-formers have secured university or higher apprenticeship places of their choice,” said head Mark Lewis.

“These results reward the hard work and careful planning of students and staff at Thomas Alleyne.”

Head of sixth form, Julie Lewis added: “We are extremely proud of our students’ achievements in a year that has seen most A-level subjects undergo reforms.”


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Top performers included Joanne Balharrie, who achieved A*AB and has accepted a place at Oxford Brookes University to study English.

She said: “I’ve had a fantastic experience studying my A-levels at Thomas Alleyne – everyone was so supportive.

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“If I had to go through it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing and I can’t wait to go to Oxford Brookes now that I’ve got the results I needed. I’m so excited.”

Chloe Tayler, who got two Bs and a C, has secured a higher apprenticeship with a local pharmaceutical company.

“It was such an easy transition when I started my studies here at Thomas Alleyne – I had all the resources I needed and so much more,” said Chloe.

“I’m so pleased that I’m now going to be moving into the real world to put into practice everything that I’ve been working on over the past two years.”

Matthew Hall, with AAB, has secured a place at Loughborough University to study history.

He said: “Taking my A-levels has been a long but worthwhile journey and I’m delighted that I’ve achieved all the grades I need so that I’m able to take the next steps into higher education.”

Thomas Alleyne has also highlighted the achievements of Mary Knight, whose results were significantly above her target grades and will be reading English at the University of Greenwich.

“I had so much support during my time in sixth form here to make sure that I had everything I needed to get into my first choice of university, and I can’t wait to start my course next month,” said Mary.

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