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Top A-Level results reinforce Sutton's reputation

Sutton's reputation as having some of the very best schools and brightest students in the country has again been confirmed with today's (16 August) outstanding A-Level results.

Pupils from the 14 London Borough of Sutton secondary schools were among the hundreds of thousands of students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland picking up their A-Level results today (16 August).

Early indications show that grades in Sutton are set to remain exceptionally high with 66.9 per cent of students gaining A*, A or B grades, up from 66.1% last year. That is all the more remarkable because nationally the percentage of A* and A grades fell this year.

The number of students achieving any sort of pass rose from 98% last year to 99.4% and these results look certain to maintain the borough's position among the top performing local authorities in the country.

One of the schools celebrating exceptional results was Glenthorne High School where they achieved a 100% pass rate; with 38% A* and A, 66% A to B and 90% of the students among A* to C grades.

Headteacher Steve Hume said: "These are record-breaking results. I'm so proud of all of our sixth-formers, they will be a real inspiration to the younger students."

Twins Rebecca and Alex McGoran, both 18, were both celebrating A, A and B grades and looking forward to studying Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway.

Rebecca said: "Alex and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship, we are really competitive but we spur each other on."

Alex said: "Outside class we play judo, everyone thinks we're really rough with each other, but with anyone else we're really tame."

Celebrations were also in full swing at Cheam High School where 99.6% of students achieved A-E grades; 70% gained A to C, up from 65% last year and they tripled the number of A* grades.

Head of the Sixth Form Martin O'Sullivan said: "We are delighted with the results. They are a testament to the hard work of the students and the staff.

"We put a lot of effort into pastoral care, so the students can concentrate on their studies."

Anna Clark, Member of Sutton Youth Parliament, was rewarded for her hard work with an A*, A and B and plans to study politics at King's College London.

She said: "I'm absolutely delighted, but I haven't time to celebrate with my friends I'm going on a family holiday to High Wycombe."

Cllr Dave Callaghan, Chair of Sutton Council's Children, Family and Education Committee, said: said:"Congratulations to all students who are celebrating their success.  Their commitment and hard work, and the invaluable support and guidance of teachers, governors and parents, have been rewarded by these superb results. 

"Sutton's schools are some of the best in the country, and these results mean that students have an excellent start in their future education and careers."

Last updated: Thursday, 16 August 2012

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