It was all smiles for students at Oaklands College as A Level students gathered to find out if months of hard work, revision and exam stress had paid off in this year’s exam results.
This year saw a 98 per cent achievement rate for the 279 students taking A2 exams at the college.
Students gathered in the historic Mansion House at St Albans Campus surrounded by parents, friends and teaching staff, all on hand for support and encouragement to share their big moment.
Ben Halliday, 22, from Welwyn was one of the first on site, kicking off the day with the fantastic news of a secured a place at Cambridge University to study Human, Social and Political Science following straight A results in Politics, Economic and History.
He said: “I’m beside myself - really didn’t think it would turn out so well. I’ve just called my parents and they sound more thrilled than I am! Thanks to everyone at Oaklands - especially my teachers who have been so supportive and knowledgeable. I need time to take it all in and excited for the next step.”
Echoing the A-grade achievement at AS Level was 24-year-old Quintheia Greenaway from Hemel Hempstead, who secured two A’s in English Literature and History. She said: “I am so pleased with my results - I know I’m on the right path and it’s got me focused on what I can do at A2. University is my long term plan but these results reassure me I can make it happen next year.”
Also of note were the success rates in Extended Projects – a freestanding study project which allow students to research an additional subject outside of their A Levels and build vital UCAS points.
Oaklands Principal Zoe Hancock said: “These results represent a year of hard work put in all of our students, it’s great to see their dedication pay off. Whether they move on to university, further study or the world of work, I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”