A-LEVEL RESULTS: St Philip Howard Catholic High School

RECORD results were achieved by A-level students at St Philip Howard Catholic High School in Barnham.

This year’s passes were the best in the school’s 60 year history. They surpassed even last year’s previous best.

About one in three grades were A* or A grades and almost two-thirds were A* to B grades.

Dave Carter, the school’s headteacher, said: “We are all thrilled with today’s results, not just for those who achieved the top grades but for all those who worked hard and achieved their personal best.

“The attitude of our students has been exceptional and they deserve every success. We are enormously proud of them all.”

One of the school’s top students was Michael Aldridge. He gained three A* grades in mathematics, further mathematics and physics.

The 18-year-old from Worthing said: “I like problem solving and the subjects are logical. I know that there’s an answer.”

He is off to the University of Bristol for a joint honours degree in mathematics and computer science.

“I was a bit surprised by my results but I needed three As to get into the University of Bristol. I enjoy the subjects which helps with my studies.”

He is considering a career in computer sciences among the options open to him.

Another student who will be the studying the same subjects at university is Tom Whitfield who gained four A* grades.

Other students to have achieved at least three A grades included Sim Finniear (philosophy at King’s College, London), Daisy Williams (medicine, Southampton), James Turner (law, Bristol), Grace Keating (fashion), Matthew Johnson (aerospace engineering) and Sam Foster (chemistry, Surrey).

James, 18, of Chichester, gained A* grades in mathematics and chemistry, A in history and B in Latin.

He said: “I’m really pleased with my results. They came from a lot of hard work, a lot of revision and lot of studying past papers.

“I want to be a solicitor. I enjoy studying law and find it rewarding.”

Samuel Foster, 18, of Littlehampton, gained an A* in mathematics and As in chemistry and biology.

“I’m thrilled with the results,” he said. “They are better than I expected. I was predicted to get them but didn’t believe I would.

“It’s about hard work and perseverance.”

He will start studying chemistry at the University of York. He said: “That opens up so many opportunities as a pharmacist or in the oil industry.”

Dominic Setters, 18, of Westergate, is off to university in Spain after he achieved an A in Spanish and Bs in ancient history and law.

He is studying classics at the University of Exeter with a year at the University of Oveido in northern Spain.

“I’m very pleased with my results. I enjoy the chance to study another language and to learn about the culture,” he said.

A total of 90 per cent of the 60 students at the Elm Grove South school are going on to university and higher education.

Sixth form head Leon Hogan said: “It has been a privilege to work with such dedicated and motivated students. I wish them all well in their future pursuits.

“We look forward now to welcoming our new Year 12 students, many of whom join us from other schools.”

Enrolment for the limited places left takes place on August 21.