As their envelopes were opened, pupils at The Portsmouth Grammar School today could begin to celebrate their A Level achievements and their time at the school. Over 230 A* – A grades were awarded to the largest year group of pupils to come through the school, with pupils going on to a host of exciting university and further education destinations.

This year 14% of all grades awarded were A*; 46% A*-A and 75% A*-B at A Level, or the equivalent in Higher Level subjects at IB. Earlier this summer, Year 13 International Baccalaureate pupils achieved an average score of over 35 points, with eight pupils achieving more than 38 points which is the equivalent of 3 A grades at A Level, and four gaining over 40 points. The average worldwide point score for the IB Diploma this year was 29.6 points.

“The results our pupils have received today are a real credit to the hard work and commitment they have shown over the last two years,” said Dr Anne Cotton, Head of The Portsmouth Grammar School. “They have engaged in an amazing breadth of activity during their time here and have flourished to become young adults ready for the next stage in their lives.”

Pupils will be moving beyond their time at PGS to undertake degree apprenticeships, university degrees and degree foundation courses at universities including Oxbridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Leeds, University College London and Southampton.

Laura Mayes, who joined PGS in the Sixth Form from Mayfield School as a Wilkie Scholar, is now going on to read English at Exeter University. “Most of all I am looking forward to having some sleep! I have been so nervous about today” said Laura. “I am so pleased though with my results and can’t wait to go to Exeter.”

Samuel Chimbwandira, who received financial assistance to study at PGS, today found out he had achieved an outstanding 4 A* grades, which now takes him to Bristol to read Mathematics and Computer Science. “I’m really pleased with my results today,” said Samuel. “It was hard work, but it has been worth it.”

“He had his heart set on doing well,” said Mrs Chimbwandira. “He worked so hard and I am so very happy for him.”

Ten pupils are going on to study Medicine at university and three pupils have achieved places at Oxbridge colleges: Philippa Noble who will be reading History and Economics at Oxford, Katie O’Flaherty to read Natural Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge and Claudia Wren who will be reading Biomedical Sciences at Oxford.

“It’s all a bit of a shock at the moment,” said Katie O’Flaherty, who gained 4 A* grades. “I am so happy though and will be going to eat some cake to celebrate!”

“We place a strong emphasis on the value of our pupils engaging not only academically but also taking time to discover their passions and to develop as individuals who are ready to thrive in the world beyond PGS,” said Dr Anne Cotton. “This approach, along with the great support of our Sixth Form staff, helps to open doors to enormously exciting opportunities for them.”