A-level Results Day 2019: Live updates from Essex
PUBLISHED: 09:44 15 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:49 15 August 2019
Thousands of students across the country will today receive their long-awaited A-Level results - but how did the schools and colleges in Essex perform?
Stay with us for live updates throughout the day - and make sure to send us your children's success stories here.
Colchester County High School for Girls (CCHSG)
It was celebrations all round at the Colchester state school, who for the second year running saw every student receive A-Level grades A*-C, and this year the students have even set a record for the school, achieving the highest percentage of A* grades in its history.
Notably, it is the most successful results across the north of the county thus far.
58% of all grades were A*/A and 82% of all grades were A*/B.
Student Lottie Anstee was delighted to have achieved 4 A* grades, securing her place at Cambridge to study music. Her friend and fellow student Jacinta Ngeh, focused her studies on science at CCHSG, and has now been offered a place at Cambridge to study medicine.
Gillian Marshall, executive principal, said: "We are extremely proud of the students and these outstanding results will form a stepping stone to future success. We thank them for the tremendous contribution that they have made to CCHSG and wish them every happiness in the future."
Colchester Sixth Form College
98% of the 1300 students achieved A*-E and nearly 50% of students received a 'high grade rate' of A*-B - which was up by 1.5% on the previous year.
More than 1,000 students have now obtained the necessary qualifications to be able to proceed onto university degree courses, including a very large cohort of students who will go onto prestige degree courses including medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, engineering and maths.
Alfred Wilson was among the large cohort of high achievers, obtaining 4 A* grades in A level Maths, Physics, Geography and an EPQ, and also achieving an A grade in Further Maths. He has now received his offer of a place at Jesus College, Cambridge to study for a degree in Geography.
Ian MacNaughton, the College Principal, said: "Our students' achievements are very strong and they must be very warmly congratulated for their levels of engagement and hard work.
"We are really pleased with how well our students and staff have responded to the demands of the Government reformed and harder A level and Applied General courses."
Witham Sixth Form
Further afield in Witham saw a huge improvement on the results from 2018.
A total of 64% of students secured A*-C grades or a distinction* to merit in their chosen post 16 courses, compared to the 55% last year.
Leaders at the sixth form are particularly proud of the improvement in A-level geography and BTEC health and social care and the continued success in business and finance.
In BTEC sport, 89 per cent of students secured the best grades of Distinction or Distinction*.
Debbie Kershaw, director of Witham Sixth Forms, said: "Congratulations on the positive results achieved, which reflect the hard work and dedication of both students and staff.
"These results will see our students accessing the right universities, apprenticeships or employment for them which is one of our core aims.
"We are thrilled the number of students gaining a place at university has increased by 23 per cent in 2019 to 60 per cent.
"We pride ourselves on offering the correct courses for the young people of Witham to ensure they are well equipped to go on to lead remarkable lives."
Colchester Royal Grammar
It has been a record-breaking day for the state-funded grammar school, with the highest ever numbers of A* grades in the schools history.
Almost 30% of grades were awarded at the highest level and 20 students acheived four A* grades or more.
John Russell, the school'd headmaster said: "The students at CRGS have done exceptionally well once again. Our students will now move on to the best universities across the world, with many going to Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics and Imperial College, as well as top universities in Canada and Hong Kong."
Hedingham School is delighted with another successful year of A-Level results, with students achieving a good set of results across the board.
96% of students gained a pass in their examinations, a pleasing 62% achieved a pass rate at A*-C grade and 36% of students achieved A*-B.
There were a number of notable individual performances, with student Alex McManus achieving 3 A* grades and 2 A's and will now study Medicine at Cambridge.
Headteacher, John Panayi, was once again delighted.
He said: "We are pleased with the performances of the students. The majority of subjects are now purely exam based and this puts considerable pressure on students and teachers.
"The exam season is intense and we always look to provide the support and guidance for our students. This is a key priority for Hedingham School.
"Furthermore, our aim is to provide them with the skills to prepare them for the next step in their lives. Congratulations to all students, staff and parents for all their hard work. I wish all our students a successful future."
Thurstable Sixth Form
This year, all of the Thurstable students who were seeking a university place have secured one - with 87% of students obtaining grades A*-C and 100% of students acheiving a pass.
Mr Gavin Muttock, head of Sixth Form at Thurstable, commented: "We are really pleased with these results which reflect the dedication of our students and the excellent support which they have received from their teachers.
"I would like to congratulate all of our students and wish them all the best as they leave for a whole range of new courses, jobs and challenges."
Particularly outstanding results came from Joshua Clark, Anthony Hark, Nathan Hey, Lewis Jaques, Aidan Kent and Mikaella McIntosh, who all gained three or more A* grades, including equivalencies.