It was a busy day at Daventry’s secondary schools are students picked up their A-level results.
There was plenty to celebrate for individuals, and for the two schools themselves as results improved year-on-year.
At the Parker EACT Academy 100 per cent of students passed, with 65 per cent achieving A* to C grades, and 29 per cent getting A* to B in A-level and AS-leve.
A spokesman described the results as representing ‘a positive and significant improvement in student achievement’.
There were many outstanding individual results, including Louis Williams (ABB) and Maria Scully (BBC). Louis will be going on to study physics at Lancaster University and Maria psychology at Nottingham University.
A spokesman said: “All the students who have collected their results so far have secured places at their first choice universities; some of these include journalism at Kingston, engineering at Nottingham, psychology at Northampton and Leeds, law at Bangor and forensics at Coventry.”
Academy Principal, Andrew Mackereth said: “We had a lot of improvements to make this year, but none more pressing than improving the educational experience of our oldest young people – those with ambitions to go to university and enter the best employment and training opportunities.
“Our Sixth Form had to improve and we are delighted that once again, Daventry has a high-quality provider of A-levels, something our town has sadly lacked for many years.
“I am delighted for the students and immensely appreciative of Mrs Sharkey on making such a significant impact during her first year in post.
“We now turn our attention to enabling as many of our students to enter university as possible, and focus our minds on how we can build on these improvements.”
At DSLV there were also improvements in results – this year 30 per cent of A-level grades were at A* to B, compared to 21 per cent last year.
Particular success stories are Kirsty Barron, who got an A* and three As, and her twin sister Alison who got an A* and two A grades.
Oliver Sanderson achieved A*, an A and two Bs; and Beth Tucker got two As and a B.
Head of Sixth Form Mrs Waugh said: “It’s been really positive. We’ve had some top grades and top achievements.
“Nearly everybody has got their first choice of university course, including several at Russel Group universities.
“We are all very proud of the students; they have worked extremely hard to get good grades and I am sure they are going to go on to good things in future.”