Kingsley School in Bideford had exceptional A-level results this year, with 45 per cent of students achieving A-A* grades.

Daisy Burnell and mum with sister Lily May. Picture: ContributedDaisy Burnell and mum with sister Lily May. Picture: Contributed

One-hundred per cent of students achieved A or A* in all science subjects, and all BTEC hospitality students achieved Distinction*.

Headmaster Pete Last said: “I am immensely proud of our students and their record results today enabling them to secure places on their university degree level courses.

“I congratulate all our students and our staff who have worked together to achieve this success.

“Whilst we have been putting the wellbeing of our students on an equal footing with academic achievements at Kingsley, we are delighted that an outcome of this has been these exceptional results this summer.”

Head girl Eleanor Barker and mum Pam Barker. Picture: ContributedHead girl Eleanor Barker and mum Pam Barker. Picture: Contributed

Student Chris Lee was thrilled to get the grades needed to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge.

Gaining five A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths, she said: “I’m really pleased I got the grades I needed to get onto my course, I worked hard for it so it’s good to see it paid off.

“Picking up results is a nerve wracking thing, but now I’m excited to start at Cambridge University in a few weeks’ time.

“I’ve got a real passion for science which is why I chose the course.

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“I would like to thank all my teachers at Kingsley School who made me realise that I could achieve the results I have picked up today.”

Meanwhile, head boy George Robinson received his results and is now getting ready to start studying Business Management and Marketing at UWE.

He said: “Last year I decided that I would work a lot harder to make sure I did as well as I could and I’m really happy with what I’ve achieved today.

“Now I’m looking forward to starting my degree. A big shout out to Mr Whaley and the Go-Pro Club where I started making videos and found a love of filming.

“I am delighted that I will be able to continue to operate my film business, Westward Media, alongside my studies, to financially support my university days.

“Kingsley has really helped me become a more confident person, all the teachers believed in me from my first day.”

Head girl, Eleanor Barker added: “I am off to Exeter to read English in September.

“Leaving Kingsley has been hard as I have been here since I was four months old.”

Mr Last added: “At Kingsley we have been taking big steps towards continuing to build exceptional pastoral care and making our student’s social, physical and mental wellbeing a priority.

“The emotional and social skills, behaviours and knowledge that are learnt in a Kingsley classroom can help our students set the pattern for how they will manage their health and well-being throughout their lives. “As expected, this new approach has positively impacted our public exam results.

“Our teaching team are driving this transformation with effective teaching techniques, a clear focus on the individual, extra clinics and catch up sessions, tutorials, or simply by just sitting with students at lunch to talk through their day or encouraging them to switch off and go and join the school’s afternoon surf club at Westward Ho!.

“I believe such good wellbeing on leaving school has a far greater impact on life outcomes than purely exam success, albeit the exceptional ones of our Sixth Formers today.”