A LEVELS: How have Salisbury's students got on?

A LEVELS: How have Salisbury's students got on?

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:18am 16th August 2018. (Updated at 5:50am 17th August 2018)

The long-awaited results have been handed out today (Thursday August 16th).

Students at a number of our local schools and colleges will be nervously picking up those all-important envelopes after two years of hard work.

The results nationally show that more than one in four A-levels have been awarded an A or A* this year - the highest proportion for six years.

But figures from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland show the proportion handed the very top result has fallen to its lowest level since 2013.

Wellington Academy A-Level Results 2018
Students at Wellington Academy in Tidworth

A poll also suggests there's been a drop in how many young people think going to uni is important.

Educational charity. the Sutton Trust found 75% of 11 to 16 year olds feel degree courses are worth it, down from 86% five years ago.

Here's the run-down of how our local schools have got on:


It's been a good year for the school in Durrington, with 100% of pupils getting into their first choice university, all of them gaining a pass in 3 or more A Levels and every student on vocational courses achieving Distinction* to Merit.

Headteacher Sam Johnston said: 

"These results represent the significant improvements the school has made over the past year and are over a grade higher on average than the previous year.

"We wish all of our students the best of luck in their chosen destinations and congratulate them on their hard work."


The school has described this year's results as 'really pleasing', and say they're 'over the moon' for the students.

Headteacher Jonathan Curtis has told Spire FM that 100% of their learners have secured their futures, either with university places, apprenticeships or employment.

"Once again we are pleased with our A Level results and are delighted in the individual achievements of our pupils, many of which have made excellent progress. 

"100% of our pupils have secured a place in university, apprenticeships or employment which is terrific. This blend of courses is proving to offer the best opportunities for young people in realising their ambitions”

Here's how a couple of their students got on:


It's a record-breaking year at the school in Tidworth.

98% of their students taking A Levels passed with A* to E grades, while 89% of their BTEC grades are at Distinction* or Distinction.

All of their Year 13s have their pathways chosen for next year, with 98% of students going on to university.

In a statement from the school, they've also said that apprenticeships are becoming popular too: 

"We would like to extend congratulations to students who will be starting their Apprenticeships soon. Sam A gained a prestigious Sunseekers place; Josh B will be studying at Chewton Glen training to be a commis chef; and Josh P has an apprenticeship with Lloyds bank. Good luck to you all.


"Congratulations to all our students and we wish them well with all their future career paths."

Wellington Academy A-Level Results 2018
Wellington Academy students picked up their results this morning


There's some pleasing results for the girls at the Salisbury independent school - their best for five years.

Over half of all grades were at A* or A grades while 85% of the girls who applied for university sealing places at their first choice,

Head Emma Hattersley said:

"These impressive results are a testament to our hard working students, their supportive parents and our dedicated teachers. I am extremely proud of all the girls. The results are particularly pleasing in light of several media articles in recent weeks that suggested girls would not achieve as highly as boys. Godolphin has proved them wrong.” 


The Tollgate Road college say they're 'delighted' with the 'fantastic' results that their students have achieved this year.

Spire FM's been speaking to their principal, Simon Firth:


The girls' school on Stratford Road tell us that 78% of all A-Level results taken there have been graded at A*, A or B grades, an improvement on previous years.

Headteacher Michele Chilcott said: 

"We are very pleased to be able to celebrate our students’ exceptional achievements. These outstanding outcomes reflect the strength of the relationships between staff, students and parents and these are particularly pleasing now the majority of subjects are linear A-Levels."

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