THERE was plenty of star quality on show at King Edward VI School last week.
For no fewer than 32 pupils achieved at least three A* or A grades in their A-Levels.
Among them were several who have now secured Oxbridge places.
Joe Baxter gained four A* grades and will now be heading to Cambridge to study natural sciences.
He said: “I think I was predicted these grades, but I only really expected to get As. I got a letter before I came to collect my results telling me I had got my place at Cambridge so it didn’t matter as much what grades I had got, but it’s still nice.”
It was a more nervous wait for Ben Jeffrey, who achieved an A* and two A grades, as he only learned he had secured his place studying biological sciences at Oxford after opening his results.
“I didn’t know how I had done because I couldn’t get on the UCAS website before I came out so I was a bit nervous,” he said.
“I’m pleased with what I got, but it was sort of expected and these grades were predicted.”
Classmate Gabi Smyth will study maths at Oxford, having achieved two A*s and two A grades, but despite her success she was disappointed with her results.
“It is not quite what I was expecting,” she said.
“I was supposed to get all A*s so I’m a bit disappointed, but I’ve been told by everyone that they are still good grades and I’m happy to have my university place.”
Another of the high-fliers was James Garland, who gained three A* grades and is going to study chemistry at Manchester.
“I knew I had got into Manchester before I came to school, which took the pressure off a little bit, but then I expected to get in because I was predicted grades way over the offer. I didn’t expect to get three A*s though and when I saw them I was over the moon,” he said.
Other students to achieve three or more A* or A grades are: Rebecca Birch, Anna Bland, Jocelyn Butson, Michael Calvert, Charlotte Christensen, James Croft, Laura Czekirda, Jasmine Donaldson, Abigail Evans, Amy Gibbison, Rebecca Gibbison, Benjamin Hawkins, Alexander Heppell, Holly Ingram, Alasdair Inverarity, Hannah Kaner, John Moffatt, John Packer, David Redpath, Clairwen Richards, Eleanor Rowbottom, Rosa Taylor, Daniel Thompson, Lucinda Towers, Charlie Trotter, Sophie Wardle, Sid Wright and Helen Wyncoll.