A-level results day was particularly emotional for one Skegness student and her mum. Olivia Downing, daughter of well-respected solicitor Pete Downing who died last year, arrived at Grammar School just after 7am this morning with anxious mum Brigida. But their concern soon turned to delight as Olivia opened her envelope to discover she had achieved an A and two Bs in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Brigida said: “It’s been a very difficult year with losing her dad, but she has worked very hard and this is tremendous. I’m so proud of her.” Olivia, 18, said: “I’m so pleased. I’ve been offered a place at the University of Manchester to study biochemistry and eventually I’d like to do forensic work.” Overall the grammar school achieved an impressive number of As, with more students achieving the top grades than last year, and the number of A*s being awarded also increasing.
Simon Sprague, headmaster, said: “Our students have embraced the challenges that we have set and the standards we insist on, and have achieved results that our community should be incredibly proud of.
“Even on the hardest of measures, which is the number of students achieving AAB in three facilitating subjects, our students surpassed the levels that have been set in the past.
“This is down to the hard work and efforts of everyone associated with SGS. In so many ways it has been an incredibly rewarding day, and I am delighted to see our students leaving to go to some of the best universities in the country.”
Among the successful students were Kitty Thompson, Lauren Storer, James Hughes, Michelle Tai, Nick Clare and Eddie Leung – who achieved 17 As and A*s between them.
Kitty Thompson achieved A*AA in Geography, History and Government and Politics in order to secure her place at Durham University. She said: “I had a really inspiring teacher who pushed me to do my best. I’d now like to go into a career in politics, so I’m excited to specialise in the subject at university.”
Henry Beesley will also attend Durham to read Business Management. He said: “I was really nervous but it is a big relief that I got what I needed.”
Alexandra Smith, who achieved A*BB, will now go on to read Law at the University of Newcastle. Alexandra said: “I had a sleepless night but I’m so thrilled that I’ve secured my place at Newcastle. Through SGS I did some valuable work experience with a legal charity that encouraged me to go into the legal field.”
Mr Sprague added: “Our role as educationalists is to ensure that we don’t just help students achieve the best results they can, but also they leave with the aspiration and vision to make the most of the results that they have gained.
“I look around the school and see a group of young people who have the hunger and desire to achieve great things in their futures.”