Joy and relief for A-level students at The King’s School, Ottery St Mary

PUBLISHED: 13:05 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:05 16 August 2018

Charlie Olive and Kiri English are both very happy with their results. Picture: Philippa Davies

Charlie Olive and Kiri English are both very happy with their results. Picture: Philippa Davies

Philippa Davies

Some were hugging while others were openly crying with joy, as students at Ottery’s The King’s School celebrated receiving their A-level results yesterday morning (Thursday).

Charlie Olive and Kiri English are both very happy with their results. Picture: Philippa DaviesCharlie Olive and Kiri English are both very happy with their results. Picture: Philippa Davies

The school achieved “outstanding” results, with 82% of grades being A*-C and 32% at the highest level of A*/A.

But many students were genuinely relieved to have done as well as they had, saying the exams had been extremely challenging.

Charlie Olive got As in maths and applied IT and a B in physics. He said: “I was lowering my expectations coming up to results day, with the new A-levels which I’ve done one of, I didn’t know how well it was going to go because some of the papers were incredibly difficult. In IT I was hoping for an A*, but I’m generally very happy, it’s something I can take forward.

“I’m very close to getting into university at Bristol which is my first choice, but if not I can get into my second choice so wherever I’m going, I’m going somewhere good.”

Proud mothers Shan English and Karolyn Olive. Picture: Philippa DaviesProud mothers Shan English and Karolyn Olive. Picture: Philippa Davies

Kiri English got an A* in maths, a B in biology, a C in chemistry and an A in further maths AS level, which gains her a place in her chosen university, Reading - to study maths, a subject she described as ‘beautiful’. She said: “I’m so happy. I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did. I just love maths, the language and everything really appeals to me.”

Both Charlie and Kiri’s mothers were there for the results and pleased to see their children’s success.

Karolyn Cook, Charlie’s mother, praised the school’s approach to learning. She said: “I think Kings breeds a very good atmosphere of students wanting to work for themselves. It’s a very well-balanced all-round education, treating the students as a whole, which I think is good for their emotional development as well.”

Shân English, Kiri’s mother, added: “I’m very happy that my daughter got into her first choice, she really felt at home in that subject.”

The King's School head teacher Robert Gammon. Picture: Philippa DaviesThe King's School head teacher Robert Gammon. Picture: Philippa Davies

Headteacher Robert Gammon said: “We are so pleased to be able to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students today. We are equally as delighted that we have provided an education which has produced well-rounded young people who have the confidence and resilience necessary to help them be successful in whatever they chose to do in the future. This approach reflects our belief that a first class education cannot be measured simply with a set of exam outcomes.”

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