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School has its first ever 100 per cent A-level pass rate
IT was smiles all around after 100 per cent of pupils at a school passed their A-levels.
For the first time ever, the overall pass rate at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, in Chesham Road, Amersham, was 100 per cent.
Pupils were cheering all over the campus after 82 per cent of entries were graded B or better and 22 per cent of entries achieved the top A* grade.
Two students at the school managed to rack up five A* grades. They were Dominic Aits from Eastcote and Harrison Gould from Amersham, who also got an A grade in English literature.
Harrison, 18, got the A*s in maths, further maths, physics, geography and general studies.
He said: "Much of the credit must go to my inspirational teachers."
Harrison is going to the University of Warwick to study philosophy, politics and economics.
Dominic,18, got the A*s in maths, further maths, economics, politics and history. He said: "I'm feeling very relieved. Just complete relief. I was panicking before I came in, there's always doubt about every result."
Dominic will be going to the University of Cambridge next month to study economics.
Friend Alex Kemp, 18, from Chalfont St Peter got two A*s and two As in history and religious studies and politics and English.
He said: "I'm feeling really good and I'm extremely relieved. I woke up at 6am and couldn't get back to sleep."
Alex will be joining Dominic at the University of Cambridge but will be studying English.
Tom McPherson, 18, from Amersham, achieved four A*s in history, economics, geography and maths.
He said: "I'm feeling relieved and in shock. I was only expecting three As. I was very nervous because I needed three As to get into university, I didn't want to take anything for granted."
Tom will be going to the University of Oxford to study history and economics.
Tom Hughes, 18, from Amersham, got two A*s and two As in history and maths and French and German.
He said: "I'm feeling really happy. It was a nice surprise. I'm was expecting something near that but not quite as good."
Tom will be going to the Netherlands to study liberal arts at Maastricht University.
He added: "I wanted to go there because it's something different and it's a bit cheaper."
Friend Cameron Ford, 18, from Amersham, got four A*s and two As in maths, further maths, physics and general studies and chemistry and German.
He said: "I'm feeling pretty good and so pleased. It was better than I was expecting and most of my friends have got what they wanted as well which is always nice."
Cameron is going to the University of Cambridge to study maths.
James Dowds, 18, from Gerrards Cross, got two As and a B.
He said: "I'm feeling ok, I want a coffee."
James is still deciding what to do in the future but is interested in a career with the police.
Overall 51 students achieved A* or A grades in all their entries at the school.
Headmaster Dr Mark Fenton said: "The boys can be very proud of what they've achieved. A-level results stay with you for the rest of your life and they'll be able to look back with satisfaction on a job well done. Most importantly, they can move on to university with the confidence to make a success of the next chapter in their lives. This year's record pass rate of 100 per cent shows just how well our students have done across the board."
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