Skegness Grammar students celebrate A level achievements

Skegness Grammar School A level students (l to R) Jack Oldbury, Zoe Morley, Frances Bates, Ellis Lawson
Skegness Grammar School A level students (l to R) Jack Oldbury, Zoe Morley, Frances Bates, Ellis Lawson

Hard work and dedication paid dividends for successful A level students at Skegness Grammar School.

Weeks of anxious waiting came to an end as the results were released this morning.

A high proportion of students achieved their expected A Level grades, with 79 per cent of students gaining 3 A* to C, and 16 per cent achieving A*or A grades.Among the outstanding students was Jack Oldbury who received A* grades for maths and biology an A for chemistry and B in physics.

Jack, who will be studying biomedical sciences at Oxford University, said: “The results were in line with my expectations. I found it easy not to think about it until yesterday then it became unbearable. To get an A* got you have to achieve 90 per cent in the A2 exams which is quite difficult - the secret of success has been doing lots of past papers to prepare for the exam.”

He added: “Getting a place at Oxford was difficult then it was all revision from January, but the hard work paid off.

Zoe Morley, from Friskney, described waiting for the results as “awful,” but was rewarded with As in English Literature and Sociology and a B for English Language.

The grades secured a place to study English with sociology at the University of Sheffield.

Zoe said: “The results were better than what I thought I would do. I was incredibly anxious it was awful and now feel like I can breathe again.

“I am fairly pleased with my results and never set high expectations, so it is a nice surprise.

“It was difficult as a new student to the sixth form, but definitely worth it. It has been lots of hard work and practically no social life.”

Ellis Lawson, from Skegness, was celebrating obtaining the grades to study economics at Surrey University.

He credited “lots of hard work” for achieving A* Economics and English and an A grade for History.

Ellis said: “My results were probably better than expected. I was quite nervous waiting for them and just wished it would hurry up.

“I got a text from university this morning saying I had got in, but still wanted to get my results.

“Success has been down to a lot of hard work. I really enjoyed most of the courses and my time in the sixth form.”

Other top performers included Frances Bates who will now study Midwifery at the University of East Anglia. Frances, who achieved 1A* and 2Bs said: “I am really really happy. Studying at SGS has helped me to get to the next level and I am looking forward to starting university in September.”

Headmaster Simon Sprague praised the students for their “fantastic” achievements.

He said: “At Skegness Grammar School we have a relentless focus on academic excellence. We encourage our students to aim high in order to achieve their potential and our A Level results are testament to this.

“There really have been some fantastic achievements this year, every single student passed their exams and the vast majority will now continue their education at some of the UK’s top universities. We are particularly delighted that two of our students have accepted offers at Oxbridge.”