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- Hundreds of students across Somerset expected to receive their results today (Thursday August 14)
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STUDENTS at Richard Huish College, Taunton, set a new record in high grades, with 90 students gaining three or more A/A*grades, and 38 of these gaining two or more A* grades.
Five students achieved four A* grades - three of these got an additional A grade.
Nicholas Darby had A*s in biology, chemistry, physics and further maths, plus an A in maths. He has been accepted at Cambridge to read medicine.
Zoe Backhouse achieved A*s in classical civilisation, English literature, English language and French, with an A in drama and theatre studies. She’s going to Bristol University to read English and classics.
Jordan Hembrow notched A*s in biology, physics, maths and further maths and an A in chemistry. He is heading to Exeter to read physics.
Charles Turner and Max Weston both scored four A* grades – Charles is going to Imperial to read physics, while Max is on his way to Bath to read sports and exercise science.
College principal John Abbott said: “This is the seventh consecutive year that we have achieved above 55% A*-B grades and 80% A*-C grades and 99% pass rate overall at A level.
“This consistent high performance reinforces our position as one of the country’s highest performing sixth form colleges.
“These achievements begin with the efforts of our partner schools and are consolidated by the commitment, work and expertise of students and college staff.”
WELLINGTON School pupils Guy Steele-Perkins, James Darby, Mabel Whitchurch, Bethany Kilbey, Katie Paul, Katie Farmer, Peter Darby and Adrian White and headmaster Martin Reader:
Wellington School students are again celebrating strong A level results.
- 13% of grades were awarded the elusive A* grade, significantly above the national average. 80% were awarded A* to C grades.
- Twelve students gained 3 or more A* and A grades and all five students who received Oxbridge offers comfortably met the requirements.
- The overwhelming majority of Wellington students takes facilitating subjects, which has enabled them to secure universities of choice.
- Highest performers were Katie Paul, Cyan Li, and Cindy Ma (A* in three or more subjects), Ruth Aird, Bethany Kilbey, Adrian White, Sam Phillips, Guy Steele-Perkins and Mabel Whitchurch.
- Twins, James and Peter Darby, both studying Maths, Physics and Chemistry, notched up a total of an A* and 5As between them.
- Ruth Aird, who will be reading Classics at Cambridge next year, scored a stunning 96% on her extended project on the extent to which Hardy was influenced by classical literature. Significantly, Ruth was not studying English at A level.
Wellington School once again reinforces its position of superb academic results and excellent teaching.
“The diverse range of subjects offered is indicative of the breadth of teaching we offer at Wellington and the academic rigour of all departments”, commented outgoing Headmaster, Martin Reader.
“I am really pleased with the performance of this year group which worked really hard throughout the sixth form and bettered expectations.
"The strongly academic students have secured the highest number of Oxbridge places for seven years.
"All the students worked extremely hard, seeking support at every opportunity and the value-added scores will be very strong as a result."
Ruth Aird will be going to Cambridge University for Classics, Bethany Kilbey follows her sister Jennifer to Oxford to study Geography, Mabel Whitchurch will be studying Classics, Katie Paul Biochemistry, and Adrian White Earth Sciences all at Oxford.
Martin Reader did single out the Classics Department for particular praise.
Five students will have gone to Oxford, Cambridge or Yale in the last four years to meet this demanding course.
“Whilst some independent schools in the area have decided not to offer Classics, the continued success of our students proves that they are enthused by and rise to its challenges,” he said.
“At Wellington School, we aim to support all our students in their university choices and guide them through the process so their expectations and hopes are realistic and achievable. It is so gratifying when these hardworking and dedicated students are rewarded with their choice of Universities”, concluded Martin Reader.
He was also delighted with the AS results since this year group will not be allowed to re-take their modules during the course.
Lower Sixth students scored the highest results at AS for nearly ten years, fulfilling the promise of their Somerset league table-topping performance at GCSE.
ASPIRING medics at Taunton School recorded a remarkable double-double when the A-level results were announced today.
Two Sixth Form students, Georgia Hulse and Charlie Gamble, pictured above, obtained outstanding grades and will now study medicine while two more, Alice Kay and Alex Willes, below, were similarly successful and will now study veterinary science.
Headmaster, Dr John Newton, said: “The success of our students in their applications for both vet science and medicine show more than just their commitment to their studies.
“Detailed preparation in school from experienced professionals as well as their own superb efforts in gaining work experience have made these successes possible.
“It is a fine example of how gifted, hard working pupils supported by a school with ambition and expertise can bring high achievement.”
Taunton School is this year launching a ground-breaking pre-med course in the Lower Sixth, which will develop students’ skills and guide them through the process of applying for these highly-competitive university courses.
Dr John Newton added: “We are a prestigious establishment and we aim to prepare young people for the top jobs and roles of the 21st Century.
“This is a step change from what schools normally offer in the area of medical and vet courses, and is in keeping with the new emphasis on biochemistry we are considering at present.”
RICHARD Huish's high achievers with their golden tickets! PHOTO: Alain Lockyer.
QUEEN'S deputy head girl, Lauren Theobald, who is going on to do an apprenticeship:
Scarlett Scott-Collins and Oliver Beswetherick of Queen's College, pictured, celebrating their results:
2014 marks the 4th consecutive year that Queen’s College students have achieved over 70% A*AB grades with very nearly a 100% pass rate.
Not all students have chosen to apply for University places, however.
For example, Deputy Head Girl, Lauren Theobald, has been selected out of 600 applicants to take on a legal apprenticeship with Kennedys, an international law firm.
Lauren took A Levels in Ethics and Philosophy, English Literature and History and gained grades ABB. Lauren went for interviews in London and she will be the first apprentice to be taken on at the Taunton offices.
At the end of her four years at Kennedys she will be a qualified legal executive.
Headmaster Chris Alcock said: "I am delighted by these results which are the consequence of a combination of the students’ impressive work ethic and ability as well as excellent teaching and tutoring.
"This has been a most cohesive and mutually supportive year group who can reflect with pride on their significant achievements in Sport, the Performing Arts, Outdoor Pursuits and Community Service as well as academically.
"Particular congratulations to Abdullah Akhter, Victoria Ho, Alex Hoskins, Kate Hu, Raymond Hung, Carmen Lee, Georgia Morley, Abi Sanders-Dutton, Zoe Sanders, Natalie Too, Adrian Tsang and Ella Vacani who achieved at least 3 A grades."
KING'S headmaster, Richard Biggs, said: “We are delighted with these excellent results and congratulate all our pupils on setting such a high standard.
"They have been inspired by outstanding teaching and have worked extremely hard.
"I am proud of the fact that they have excelled in well-regarded, challenging, rigorously academic A levels and that they are going on to study tough, traditional courses in engineering, science, languages, economics, history and medicine at good universities.
"I am proud of this group of young men and women. They are an exceptional bunch and they are going to make their mark on the world.
"They have shown a cheerful and wholehearted commitment to the wider life of this busy school.
"The breadth of their abilities and enthusiasms has been astonishing.”
MRS Karen McSwiggan and Chloe Buttery.
IT WAS cheers all round at West Somerset College this morning for Hannah Norman, Harriet Westcott and Rebecca Willmetts.
FRAN Broome, Sam Sparks and Phoebe Stokes from West Somerset College in Minehead were all smiles this morning after getting their results.
IT’S been a day to remember for students at Bridgwater College as many are celebrating booking a place at university and creating the opportunity for a great career.
Morgaine Stiles, 18, said: “I’m very happy with my results; I’m going to Imperial College in London to study biochemistry. A couple of my friends who don’t come to this college have got in there too so I’m not going to be a loner.”
Antonia Wilmot, 18, said: “I’ve done pretty well, I got one A* and two A’s. I’m going to be studying physics at Exeter University, I’ve had a lot of work to do but my mum has been really supportive.”
We also spoke to some AS students on how their first year of exams has gone.
Louis Robinson, 19, said: “I got an A in maths and a B in further maths; I was aiming for a C and a B so that’s a bonus. I feel happy and confident about next year and staff here has been really supportive. I didn’t do so well in my GCSEs so I had to retake my English and maths here and progress from there.”
Dominic Morley, 17, said: “My grades were better than expected, I’m happy that my exams are over as they were quite tough. Next year I could do a bit better as I will need to match this year.”
Louise Rowley, head of A-levels at Bridgwater College, said: “We’re very pleased with the students and so happy for them after they’ve worked so hard and got fantastic results.
“We’ve got some really bright students going off to places like Oxford, Bristol and Exeter and we’re really pleased with the number of students going off to university despite the rise in tuition fees.”
KING'S College says pupils have once again set extremely high standards in their A level results, with 83% of entries attracting those important A* to C grades.
One pupil, Thomas Prayer, set a new King's College Record after gaining five A*s.
An impressive 15 pupils achieved three or more As or A*s.
This includes Dominica Taylor, Jack Holmes, Lorenz Holzner and Edward Warmington, who gained A*s in three of their subjects. Of the A*s achieved, 80% were in the academic subjects favoured by the highly regarded Russell Group of universities.
The four King’s Oxbridge candidates have all achieved the grades they need to take up their places in the autumn. School Captain, Emily Albery, will study Experimental Psychology at Somerville College, Oxford, while Lorenz Holzner will read Biochemistry at Oxford. Jack Holmes will read Biological Sciences at Oxford, and Thomas Prayer will read Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge.
FRONT: Emily Albery, Simon Chicken, Chloe Buttery and Conrad Garbutt. BACK: Conor Bannister, Alexander Williams, Camilla Arliss and Edward Warmington.
GABRIEL Evans, 18, from Taunton, and Georgia Morley, 18 from Wellington, Queen's College A Level graduates, are looking forward to the future (after a well-earned rest today!):
Gabriel said: "I'm happy with some results, not so happy with others.
"Next year I'm doing a ski season. I haven't really applied to any universities yet, as I'm not really sure what I want to do."
Georgia added: "I got 3 As, so I'm pleased. I'm going to Australia in two days, then I'm going with him on the ski season. After that, I'm going to Falmouth to study fashion design."
QUEEN'S College A Level students Kyran Kenworthy, Luke Bartlett and Ed Barrett, all 18 and from Taunton, had smiles on their faces after picking up their results today:
QUEEN'S College A Level students Evan Storrs-Fox, Hannah Clarke, and Olly Beswetherick all scored the results they were hoping for.
Former boarder, Hannah Clarke, 18, got an A* in ethics and philosophy, an A in chemistry, and a B in biology.
"I'm thinking of going on a gap year," she said. "At the moment I'm waiting to hear from Bristol University as to whether I can study medicine with them."
Evan, 18 from Taunton, scored 3 Bs in ethics and philosophy, biology and history.
"I'm off to study philosophy in Bath," he told the County Gazette.
While fellow Taunton 18 year-old, Olly, who got two As and a B in biology, Spanish and chemistry, said: "I'm going to Birmingham after taking a gap year.
"I've got a job as a full-time carer, so I'll be doing that for six months before going to Sydney, Australia."
IT’S been another summer of success for Taunton School with an impressive set for exam results coupled with a succession of sporting and other achievements.
The publication of today’s results mean 83% of Sixth Form students have achieved A* to C grades when A-Level and Internationl Baccalaureat results are combined.
Headmaster, Dr John Newton, welcomed the news, saying it was pleasing to build on the school’s top results for Taunton in the Government league tables published in January.
However, he added: “It is not all about league tables and not just about a fine set of results, but enrichment and preparation for life.
“This is something a school like Taunton can provide and was called for recently by leaders of industry and commerce.”
Dr Newton said the school continued to develop its offering with the A-Level programme set to be enhanced by the introduction of BTEC courses this year.
And academic enrichment was again enhanced by the appointment of STEM Co-ordinator.
“As we are proud to say so often, Taunton School is about offering more.”
Head of Sixth Form, Mike Cook, added: “A higher proportion of students than normal have achieved the grades needed to allow them to take up offers at their first-choice universities.”
IAN Grant, assstant head at Heathfield School, and line manager of the SPACE, reflected on 2014's achievements:
We are delighted for the year group. They have worked so hard and their success is thoroughly deserved. Thank you to the teaching team and all the parents who have supported the students all this journey. We wish them well for the future.Ian Grant
West Somerset College students are celebrating A-Level results.
High achievers include Alyssa Dunlop who got one A* and two B’s, she said:
“It’s very much a relief; I’m going to open the champagne to celebrate.”
Jack Morris Edwards also achieved one A* in English Literature and two B’s in Religious Studies and History.
He said “I feel really great, I don’t really know what to say!”
Anna Kelly achieved one A* and two A grades
“I’m very happy, I’m going to go out with my friends and celebrate later on.
Ffion Meagher also achieved one A* and two A grades
“It’s a great feeling to have got the grades. I will definitely be celebrating.
Orla Walsh got three A grades in Economics, English Literature and History.
“I wasn’t expecting that, I am very happy. I will be drinking lots of champagne.
Vocational achievers included Stacey Chilcott, Daniel Godfrey, Rachel Withycombe, Zak Wood and Jacob Worrall, who all received three distinction* grades.
Brett Smith got two Distinction*’s and one Distinction, whilst Gracie Legg got a distinction* and a distinction.
George Cucu, Daniel Haran and Connor Williams all achieved three distinctions.
Head of Post 16 at West Somerset College, Joshua Fitzgerald said:
“The performance of our students is fantastic this year. We have seen a continued growth in the numbers of students gaining the highest grades. I am extremely pleased with the progression of all our students.
Principle Gaynor Comber said:
"It is a delight to see so many of our students excelling in both A Level and vocational courses.
"Against a national picture of fewer students applying to higher education and gaining the top grades, it is a tribute to the hard work of the young people and the staff at the college that we continue to see considerable improvement."
A big congratulations to Bridgwater College student Dominic Grindle who got four A*s - the highest performing student at the college this year.
Avon and Somerset Police have shown their support too.
Bridgwater College got an overall pass rate of 99.5% - a big well done to students there.
Andy Woolley, NUT South-West regional secretary, said: “Congratulations to all students receiving their A level results, on what is a significant and nerve wracking day in their lives.
“A levels are demanding courses. At a time of unprecedented change in education policy, teachers have continued to put students first and support them to achieve their personal best.
“For those who did not get the results they needed do not despair there will be a range of options available to help you continue with the next stage in your education or career.”
Holyrood students Jonathan Simmons and Georgia Facey.
Jonathan got two Bs and an A and is now deferring a year to work in industry.
Georgia got an A, B and D and wil be reading maths at Plymouth University.
Ashley Rawle, Steve Baker and Henry Whitehead pick up their results from Holyrood.
Steve got ABC and is doing an apprenticeship in accountancy.
Head of Sixth Form Carem Seib said: "I am absolutely delighted for everybody's success today.
"It reflects the hard work and dedication and support they have put in and received from teachers and parents."
Bruton School for Girls had record breaking results - 47% of all grades were A or A*, with 22% of students achieving three passes at AAB or higher in the facilitating subjects (such as the sciences, maths and modern languages).
Outstanding results were.
*Ciara Chapman - A* in English literature, A in history and drama and theatre studies, who goes on to read history at Edinburgh University.
*Lydia Lunn - straight As in biology, chemistry and maths, who hopes to go to university after a gap year.
*Naivasha Pratt-Jarvis, aged 15 - A* in geography and As in classical civilisation and Spanish, As in AS French and maths.
Headmistress Nicola Botterill said: “We are so thrilled for our girls. They have fulfilled their full potential and these excellent results are a fitting reflection of their perseverance and hard work, supported by the excellent teaching here at Bruton.”
More from #ClassOf2k14 @CountyGazette @GazetteDaisyB Results day! http://t.co/Q141ay2H7R— @SPACEsomerset 14 August 2014
And boom! Here they are as if by magic.... http://t.co/sCheQ9V8AO— @SPACEsomerset 14 August 2014
RICHARD Huish College's class of 2014 has managed to significantly surpass national averages at A Level and equivalent qualifications, the college says.
90 students have gained three or more A/A* grades, and 38 of these gaining 2 or more A* grades. Five students achieved 4 A* grades, and three of these got an additional A grade.
This is the seventh consecutive year that we have achieved above 55% A*-B grades and 80% A*-C grades and 99% pass rate overall at A Level. This consistent high performance reinforces our position as one of the country's highest performing sixth form colleges. These achievements begin with the efforts of our partner schools and are consolidated by the commitment, work and expertise of students and College staff."John Abbott, principal, Richard Huish College
Gina Hodges and Pip Leggins, from Holyrood Academy, are both off to university after their successful results.
Gina got two As and a B and is heading for to Bath University to study biochemistry.
Pip got an A* and three As and is going to Lancaster University to study earth and environmental science.
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THIS is the cheery greeting meeting Richard Huish College students today:
Holyrood Academy students Jorge Da Silva, Jemima Farey, Emily Davis, Zoe Bond and Josh Bawler were all happy with their results.
Jorge got 2 A*s and 3 As and is now off to study a diploma in art with the hope of a career in fashion.
Folk musician Jemima got 2As and a B, Zoe Bond got two Cs and a B and is off to study fine art in Yeovil.
Josh Bawler was blown away with his grades, getting and A* and two As which means he can apply to a better uni than he was previously offered a place at.
He wants to study media production.
Just been over to @richuish to chat to a big chunk of students who have got tonnes of A*s and A grades! Celebrations are underway.. #ALevels— @GazetteDaisyB 14 August 2014
Wadham School students Christopher Derrick, Eloise Epps, Katherine Draper and Katie Jeffrey.
Katherine got two Bs and a C - the grades she needed to go and study history at Bath Spa University.
Wadham school students Amy Bennett, Carmel Green, Jasmine Clark and Jess Martin with their results.
WADHAM School student Ed Weston with his mum Michele was beaming with delight after picking up his AS results.
He got A's in English Literature and Geography, and C in History.
He plans to go to university after completing his final year of A Levels.
Megan White and Liberty Rowe were all smiles when they picked up their results at Wadham School, Crewkerne, this morning (Thursday, August 14).
Megan got two distinction stars and a B while Liberty got a B and two Cs.
Update - A-level results: the proportion of students given A* grades rises 0.6% to 8.2%— @SkyNewsBreak 14 August 2014
TODAY'S THE DAY! Students across Somerset are flocking back to school today to nervously pick up their A Level results.
Good luck to you all here at Newsquest Somerset -- we've got our fingers crossed!
Luciann Blake from Taunton, and Carly Brown celebrate their outstanding results.
WHILE A-Level students across the country are discovering their results today, a number of Sixth-Formers at Taunton School have already had cause to celebrate this summer.
The world-recognised International Baccalaureate has seen more success for the school with 78% of students achieving scores equivalent to A*/B at A-Level.
Best mark went to Luciann Blake, from Taunton, who recorded 44 points – only one off the maximum.
The result puts her in the top one per cent worldwide and is equivalent to 632 UCAS points – about the same as A*A*A*A* at A-Level and A at AS Level.
Taunton School’s Headmaster, Dr John Newton, said: “This is an outstanding result for Luciann.
“It is wonderful to see a local student score so highly in a world renowned examination and I know this will lead to great things for her.”
Luciann, who is going on to study Human Social and Political Science at Cambridge, said: “I’m so pleased with my score – I can’t believe it.”
Other top IB performers at Taunton School included: Cecilia Price, 43 points; Carly Brown, 41; and Max Dietrich.
It's results day!
Good luck to everyone and we hope you get the grades you need.
I'm off to Bridgwater College to speak to some students about how they've done.
Bridgwater Mercury reporter Sam Jones, 23, recalls getting his A Level results:
It was a bizarre exam results day for me as I found out that I'd been accepted at the University of Sunderland hours before I opened my results.
I awoke early on that morning and checked my phone for the usual text messages of 'good luck' and 'hope it all goes well' but I was very surprised to see a text from Sunderland congratulating me on booking my place in September - I'm not usually a morning person but I skipped to the breakfast table that morning.
After arriving at Thomas Rotherham College and opening my results, I found out that I had met my required UCAS points and felt really proud to be making that next step in life.
The only advice I can give is try not to worry too much, I'm sure lots of you have done superbly and will be itching to head off to university or whatever's next.
For those who don't get the results they need, DO NOT WORRY, there's plenty of options with clearing and alternatives to get you to where you want to be.
You've all worked so hard and it sets you up for a great career, whatever that may be, and I'm sure your family and friends will be proud of your efforts.
Good luck to all.
Interested in applying for apprenticeships after you get your results? Richard Huish Business School are open for you to talk to on results day.
Bridgwater College are eager to see their students tomorrow when they find out their exam results.
Here's a tweet from the college's Twitter page.
Among students returning to Richard Huish College, Taunton, to collect their results is Eva Collom, whose arm was in a cage for most of her first year there after she fell 17 feet from a zip wire, breaking bones in her arm and dislocating her elbow.
Despite over 25 trips to hospital and 11 operations, which meant that she missed large chunks of college, she is picking up her results in English literature and language, health and social care and sociology.
Sophie Keers will be back at RHC to see how she got on after struggling with a complex form of dyslexia only fully diagnosed a month before she sat her exams.
Sophie, who studied English literature, drama and theatre studies and religious studies, is then off to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School next term.
Someone who won’t be back at Huish today is former PE student Harry Everett – he’ll get his results in New Zealand, where he is on a gap year tutoring role.
He hopes to study sports journalism at Huddersfield University when he returns to the UK next year.
County Gazette reporter Francesca Coleman, 22, recalls getting her A Level results:
I didn’t really give Results Day much thought during the summer, until a few days before when the magnitude of the event suddenly hit me.
I was quite fortunate to have completed a BTEC National Diploma and my results weren’t resting on one exam, or one piece of work but I had worked really hard for two years to make sure I did the best I could.
I had to drive to school on my own, because my parents were both working, I’d only just passed my test at the time and I remember clearly the songs played on the radio as I made the journey to West Somerset College.
I got to the desk where they would give out my results and when I received the letter, I was really pleased with what I had achieved and then thought to myself that I shouldn’t have been so nervous about it after all!
The grades secured my place at Southampton Solent University and once there I realised there was so much more to life than just results. They are-of course-important to have, but there are so many other things aside from education that build the foundation for a career.
No matter what happens on results day, there are so many different ways to achieve the career you want and life is not limited to the piece of paper that tells you what grades you have tomorrow.
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The count down to results day is on! Hope those of you picking up results on Thursday aren't feeling too nervous...— @Bridgwater_Coll 12 August 2014
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County Gazette reporter Danielle Morris, 22, recalls getting her A Level results:
It seems like only yesterday I was on my way back from Bristol Airport having just enjoyed a cruise around the Mediterranean that I was waiting for my A Level results.
In reality, it was actually four years ago, but I still get butterflies in my tummy just thinking about it!
I had sent my grandparents to Richard Huish to get them for me but I didn't open them until I got home in the afternoon, so the suspense was even greater.
I remember sitting in the back of the car, looking out of the window wondering if I had done as well as my friends.
For me, the scariest bit wasn't opening my results, but it was waiting for UCAS to refresh itself so I could see that I had been accepted to the University of Kent - it seemed to take hours!
I decided to take four A Levels so I was worried that I had taken on too much and wouldn't get my grades.
But it all worked out for the best and although I didn't do as well as I had hoped (I'm a bit of a perfectionist with exams!), I had done more than well enough to start packing up my room and head to the other side of the country to start the next chapter in my life.
My advice to all of you waiting nervously to pick yours up tomorrow is to not worry as much as you are.
A Levels may seem like the most important exams of your life, but they're just that - exams.
There's always a solution if you don't do as well as expected and if you're off to one - many universities care about more than just your results.
Good luck and I hope the hard work pays off for you all!
Chief reporter Daniel Milligan, 25, remembers his A Level results day.
"The build-up was the worst – sweaty palms and that dull squirming feeling in the pit of my stomach.
No matter what I did to take my mind off things, it wouldn’t really go away. For me, holding that prized bit of paper was as much of a relief that it was all over.
I did well, or I thought I did, with an A in IT, B in English and C in Geography – it was what I needed to get into university to study journalism.
The only tinge of disappointment was with my Geography as I had always eyed up getting a B and working as a weather man or meteorologist if journalism didn’t work out.
At the time I remember picking up my results and walking away from the group of lads I’d turned up to school with so I could have a minute to read my grades.
The school hall was full of emotion, people crying with both delight and disappointment, and I didn’t hang around too long because I’m not a fan of wallowing in other people’s success and I didn’t fancy anyone using my shoulder as one to cry on.
In the grand scheme of things, these exams are just a piece of paper, albeit a useful and important one, but in years after your A Level results you realise your career and future is made on many other factors.
I cared much more about my degree at university because, with no intention of belitting A Levels, it was my university course and exams that helped me get a job in the field I wanted.
Good luck to everyone tomorrow and whether you do well or poorly, there are options out there if you’re prepared to find them and have an open mind.
Keep the bubbly on standby!
Reporter Daisy Blacklock, 26, remembers the day she picked up her results...
My A Level year had been fraught with worry, stress, real highs and real lows.
I’d knuckled down, enjoyed the hard graft, and felt like I’d got a lot from the year – far more so than AS, which had felt like a hazy year of adjustment.
One of my strongest memories from Year 13 is my final performance acting out a 90 year-old cockney woman in ‘Playhouse Creatures’ for my Drama and Theatre Studies A Level.
It meant having to light a candle in the dark as the action began. Needless to say it took a little longer than it meant, my hands were shaking so badly.
I think we all of us at my rural comprehensive felt that feeling of “big change”; that that piece of paper, and those printed grades, really would dictate what direction the rest of my life took.
On results day itself I was on tenterhooks, but pacing in the blistering sun in France with my family, having arranged for my two best friends to pick up my results, and tear open the beast.
I could hear the tearing happening down the line; my mum was in tears, knowing what it meant. But it all came good in the end!
If you're over the moon with your results tomorrow, tweet them to @chardandilynews or chief reporter @CINewsDMilli for a shout out.— @chardandilynews 13 August 2014
The Exam Results Helpline is ready to open on Results Day and for the first time, as well as helping students on 0808 100 8000, advisers will be answering questions on dedicated Twitter and Facebook pages.
Around 40 expert careers advisers will be helping students make the right choices, whether their grades are lower or higher than expected.
Students who are without a place (for any reason) on results day can use UCAS Clearing, while those who do better than expected could use the Adjustment service to find an alternative course.
Angus Siberry, a student who called the line last year achieved A*AA and was predicted AAB. “I was obviously very pleased with my results but it posed a dilemma that I hadn’t been prepared for – whether to try to get into a different University [using the UCAS Adjustment service] or stick with my original choice.
“When I spoke with the adviser at the Exam Results Helpline he made me realise that actually I was really happy with the decision that I had made and advised me to stand by my university choice.
"He also highlighted the fact that I hadn’t actually visited any of the other universities and so it may not be a wise decision to change my mind. It turns out that this year the entry requirements have actually gone up for my course anyway and so are more in line with what I achieved.”
Students across the UK who have received their exam results (A levels and GCSEs) can call in to talk through their options and to get advice about their future learning and career options.
The helpline answered thousands of calls last year on topics including re-sits, vocational courses, gap years, funding, careers and employment.
More information and opening hours at www.ucas.com/examresultshelpline
The nervous wait is almost over as hundreds of students across Somerset finally find out what their A level results were tomorrow (August 14).
Most schools will release the results from 9.30am with the majority of teenagers having received their grades by late morning.