Heathcote: the upward trend of improved results continues

A 97 per cent pass rate at A-level was achieved at Heathcote School, Stevenage and this continues the trend of improved results over the last three years.

Post 16 director Nick Monk said: ‘We are particularly pleased with this year’s A-level results as the majority of courses were new ones.

“The results in English literature are outstanding with 22 per cent of our students achieving an A* or A grade.’

Melissa Timmins said that she was “really shocked” at her results – an A* in English literature, As in religious studies and media and Bs in biology and general studies. Melissa, who is going to read English literature at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “I am very happy and thank everyone for their support.”

Marianne Williams, who achieved three As in English literature, geography and psychology, a B in media and a C in general studies, said: “I’m over the moon. I was dreading the results. I didn’t think I’d get the two As I needed to go to Kent University to study psychology and I got three instead.”

Her mother, Catherine, said the results justified the effort her daughter had made, adding: “She worked like a Trojan.”

Kate Johnson achieved an A* in English literature, As in French and media and Cs in maths and general studies. This was particularly impressive, says the school, as Kate’s family has lived in France throughout her A-level studies so her excellent results show tremendous personal determination and effort on her part.

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High achieving boys include Sam Lister, who achieved two Bs and two Cs and Matthew Briars who achieved a B and a C.

Sam, who is going to study geography at Aberystwyth, said: “I’m so happy. I didn’t get the grades I wanted at AS and so last year put the effort in and got the grades I wanted. I’d particularly like to thank Mr Monk for his help throughout my time in the sixth form.”

Headteacher Edward Gaynor said: “It is great to see our students achieve the success they deserve. Congratulations and best wishes for the future to them all. I would also like to thank the staff for their hard work and all our families for their support. I met several parents this morning (Thursday) who were so clearly proud of their children’s achievements.”

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