The nervous wait is over for students across Sutton as A-level results are revealed.
Teenagers headed into schools and sixth-form colleges this morning, with many learning whether they had achieved the grades needed to land their desired place at university.
Those who miss out face a search for a place through clearing.
Sutton High School was the first to announce its results.
Sutton High School Girls celebrate after making the grade
The school maintained a 100 per cent pass rate for the seventh consecutive year, and recorded a huge jump in its A* to C grades, moving from 91 per cent last year to 96.7 per cent this year.
The school also highlighted the achievements of Annabelle Chung, who achieved straight A* grades while Marianna Spring and Alina Dewshi securing their Oxbridge places.
Gaining top marks calls for a high five
Headmistress, Katharine Crouch, said: “These are a wonderful set of A level results. I am delighted that the girls have achieved such outstanding A level grades and I know that this success is down to the hard work and commitment of both pupils and staff.
"The key thing is what these grades mean individually for each pupil, for her prospects of success at university, or in the world of work: and these results certainly provide our younger girls plenty to live up to in the coming years.”
Sutton High School pupils with proud headteacher Katherine Crouch (Third from right)
Cheam High School was also extremely pleased with its 2014 results, although it saw a slight slip on 2013.
The school recorded a 99 per cent pass rate, the same as last year, but saw a drop of 5 per cent on A* to C grades to 70 per cent, and a drop of 3 per cent to 15 per cent A* to A grades.
All the school's B-Tec Level 3 pupils passed, 95 per cent achieving at least a merit, and 76 per cent a distinction.
Nonsuch High School saw its girls once again pick up excellent results.
The school achieved 97 per cent A* to C, up from 93.6 per cent last year, and 60 per cent A* to A grades, up from 51 per cent in 2013. In fact 59 of their students got straight A* and A grades.
Nonsuch girls with their results: Janan Neirami (Camb), Lauren Vallender (LSE), Felicity O'Toole (Camb), Suzy Shuttleworth (Nottingham), Natalie Stewart (Roehampton) and Eve Tidy (Loughborough).
Director of Sixth Form, Miss Johns, said: "I am really thrilled with these results. It is a pleasure to see our young people do so well, achieve their potential and get such a good start on the next stage of their journey.
"I would like to pay tribute to all the Sixth form teachers who work so hard to get the very best out of their students. It is particularly pleasing to see such fantastic results when results nationally have dipped."
Carshalton High School for Girls head teacher Vivien Jones praised her pupils for bucking the national trend of a dip in results, after they picked up some top grades.
The school achieved the same rate of A* to C grades as 2013, but improved its A* - B percentage from 36 per cent last year to 46 per cent in 2014. The school also recorded 14 per cent A* and A grades.
Mrs Jones said: "We are delighted to announce that this year’s ‘A’ Level results continue our strong academic tradition in the 6th Form.
"Congratulations to all our students who worked incredibly hard to secure their success. Many are going on to university with all those applying securing places; the vast majority at their first choice university."
Wallington High School for Girls has also recorded excellent results this year, with 100 per cent pass rate.
It also maintained its 95 per cent A* to C grades result, but there was a dip from 55 per cent A* and A grades in 2013 to 51 per cent A* to A grades this year.
Head teacher Jane Burton, said: "This was another great year for the school in terms of A-levels results. Congratulations to all the students on their achievements.
Greenshaw chose to highlight the achievements of two of its pupils Robin Platts and Alex Reyes-Wainwright in their A-levels.
Robin gained two A*’s and one A grade and will be studying engineering at Cambridge University, while Alex gained one A* and two A grades and will be taking up his place at Oxford University to study physics.
The school followed a national trend of a small decline in its results, with the percentage of A* to B grades dropping from 55 per cent to 50 per cent and the number of A* to C grades dropping from 83 per cent to 79 per cent.
Jason Mirtschin, director of Sixth Form, said: “We could not be more proud of our students. We have continued to support our students, the majority being the first generation to go to higher education, to gain places at some of the most prestigious universities in the country.”
Wallington Grammar School have announced that out of all the grades achieved, 48 per cent have come in as A* to A- representing a substantial fall from 59.5 per cent last year.
79 per cent of grades achieved are A* to B, also a fall from 86.4 per cent in 2013.
Despite that the school has successfully achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, improving on their impressive achievement of 99.78% last year.
Four students from Wallington County Grammar will be studying at Oxbridge next year.
The school's headteacher Jonathan Wilden said: “We are very proud of our student’s achievements and would like to thank them for all their hard work.
"Thanks must also go to the staff and parents who have supported them during their studies.”
Glenthorne students open their results
Glenthorne has also seen a small drop from last year's top results, though it did record 100 per cent pass mark, an improvement on 2013.
The school saw 47.1 per cent A* - B grades, down from 62 per cent last year, and 80 per cent A* to C, down from 88 per cent in 2013.
Head teacher Stephen Hume, said: "Many of our students achieved the grades to get into their universities of choice: Paul Paine to study Chemical Engineering at Birmingham; Natalie Rumbelow to study Psychology at Bath, Lorna Kagema to study Law at Brunel; Ryan Packer, Accountancy and Finance at Surrey; Alfie Lanham Brown, History at York; and Jack Goldsack, Accountancy and Finance at Exeter, for example.
"We are also proud of our many students who achieved excellent results in their vocational courses, many of whom will also be going to university or who are taking up sought-after apprenticeships, such as Ashley and George Hook who will be starting apprenticeships at Facebook and the Cabinet Office respectively."
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