Ursuline College in Westgate celebrates best-ever A-level results
STUDENTS and staff at the Ursuline College in Westgate have celebrated their best-ever A-level results, achieving a 96 per cent pass rate.
Tanya Utton, head teacher at the specialist sports college in Canterbury Road, said: "I am absolutely delighted with the school's results. The students have worked exceptionally hard, many through difficult personal circumstances, so to achieve these results is wonderful.
"These results reflect the hard work that our teachers have put in and the effort that students have applied. I am very proud."
The good results round off a memorable academic year for the school.
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During the Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic Flame made its lunch stop at the school, as it passed through Thanet on July 19.
Mrs Utton said: "It has been a phenomenal year. A real keynote year in taking on challenges and delivering results."
Daniel Ashworth, 18, from Birchington, got the results he needed to guarantee his place at university.
He said: "I did reasonably well. I got an A in ICT, a B in history and a C in maths. I got what I needed to get into Surrey university, where I will go on to study computer science.
"It's a big weight off my shoulders. I can enjoy the rest of the summer now."
Niamh Kavanagh, 18, from Ramsgate, was among those to collect her results on Thursday morning.
She achieved an A* in Business, a B in ICT and a C in psychology.
Niamh said: "I did all right. I might do a couple of retakes next year in psychology and ICT.
"I haven't applied for university this year, so I'll come back next year and see what happens."
She added: "I'll probably go out tonight as it is Folk Week."
Charlotte Moores, 17, from Westgate, was pleased with her AS results.
She said: "I got Cs and Ds which I am quite happy with. I'll be doing the same subjects next year, politics, classics, history and English."
Charlotte's results have put her in good stead for the next academic year.
She added: "I'd like to go onto university or work in air traffic control."
Morgan Crotty, 17, from Broadstairs, also collected his AS results on Thursday.
He said: "I did all right, I got two Cs and two Es. I'll be back in September to continue my subjects, classics, history and government and politics. After that I would like to go to uni and study history.
"Overall I am happy with my results."
Some students at the school took their AS level in maths a year early.
Daniella Driscoll, 16, from Ramsgate, passed her exam but said she would not be continuing the subject in September.
She said: "I did my maths a year early and got an E. I'm pleased I passed it. I'm not carrying on with it next year, as I will be taking A levels in English, history, business and dance."
The school prides itself on teaching traditional A-level core subjects to help students to develop their career paths.
Mrs Utton added: "We've still got students achieving A* grades despite the challenging marking."