LIVE BLOG: A-level results day

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Well done to those of you that achieved the results you needed. Don't panic if you didn't - scroll down for support info. The live feed ends here but the comments section will remain open for your messages of congratulations.

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Thomas Penfold, 18, of York Road in Drove, bagged four A* grades in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry. He said: “The A-Levels were okay, it was the entrance exams to get into Cambridge which proved the biggest challenge. If anything, the A-Levels were a nice touch in comparison and provided some relief from preparing for entrance exams.”

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The ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) offers the following advice to students and parents who didn’t make the grades they needed to get into their university of choice this A-Level results day.

Sarah Hathaway, head of ACCA UK, said: “Before making that mad dash for clearing, A-level students and their parents should think longer term and consider the option of pursuing a qualification in the professions. Professional education is a long-lasting badge of credibility within the business community. Combining study with employment has the added benefit of gaining work-relevant skills as you learn. Employers have been looking much more closely at what specific skills they need in recent years and aren’t necessarily finding it among new graduates. They are calling out for new recruits to have already developed some of the skills required by the workplace. The alternative is to jump straight into university on a course they aren’t even fully committed to and wasn’t even in their original five UCAS choices.”

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Hannah Donovan via email: "For those who did not get the results they were expecting, there is no age limit on success, try again next year." 

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Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “We congratulate students and teachers on today’s great A-level results, which are well deserved after all their hard work.

“We are pleased that grade A* awards have risen this year and that entries in the core subjects such as the sciences, English, maths and further maths continue to rise. Although there has been a slight rise in the number of girls taking physics, there is still work to be done, however, to encourage more girls to take maths as numbers have declined slightly this year.

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Speaking at the college this morning, New College principal Graham Taylor said: “If any students across Swindon have not managed to secure a place at university or a job, it is worth them remembering that we can continue to provide advice and support.  New College offers a range of higher education courses – degrees, foundation degrees and HNDs as well as Apprenticeship courses.”

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Another happy batch of students from Ciren College: Jade Moreman, Amie Roberts, Bekah Harris, Alex Williams, Hannah Smith, Zoe Benham and John-Luke Bolton.

Email pics to webteam@swindonadvertiser.co.uk.

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John-Luke Bolton, Amie Roberts, Alex Williams, Jade Moreman, Hannah Smith, Bekah Harris and Zoe Benham celebrating their results at Cirencester Sixth Form College. Email your pictures to webteam@swindonadvertiser.co.uk.

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Dale Nunes, 18, of Newcastle Street, achieved an A* and three A-grades at St Joseph’s Catholic College. She said: “The most difficult thing was just trying to manage the workload for each subject and balance them. You always have to contend with a social life at our age too, but I like to think I found time for both worlds.”

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Early indications from schools and other providers suggest there have been some very good results with a number of individual students doing exceptionally well in Wiltshire.

Richard Gamble, cabinet member for schools said: “Congratulations to all those who have received their A Level results today and I am really pleased that many students have done so well.

“These results demonstrate that these students studied extremely hard and it is a tribute to the support and guidance they have received from their teachers, lecturers and those around them, all of which will have contributed to this success.”

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From Rachel Davis via Facebook: "I got an A in sociology as level and a distinction star (D*) in btec level 2 photography! :) so happy! :)"

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10:56am Thu 14 Aug 14

Swindon College says

If you still haven't decided where to study your degree, there's still time to apply to Swindon College. We offer a range of degree and university-level courses in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and the University of Bath.

Our university-level courses fees start at just £2,000 per year, with honours degree fees at just £7,000 per year, making us the affordable alternative to university. And if you're local, you won't have to pay accommodation costs either, saving even more money.

We have just received an excellent report from the QAA on our higher education provision, so why not give us a call on (01793) 491591 to discuss your options for September with our friendly team of advisors?

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National business organisation, the Forum of Private Business, is urging post A-level students to consider the option of realising their aspirations of starting their own business.

Phil Orford MBE, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, said: “I would say to any students now heading to university to join an enterprise society there. To all those not going to university, there are many excellent apprenticeship schemes to go into but if you want the freedom and excitement of business then consider taking forward your ideas and becoming self employed.”

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For those of you not intending to go to university, have a look at our jobs section.

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At Cirencester Sixth Form College, 54 per cent of students achieved grades A* to B and 38 subjects achieved 100 per cent pass rate.

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Two Swindon students who excelled at Cirencester include Thomas Titcombe from Haydon Wick and formerly of Nova Hreod and ex-Isambard student Matthew Gilbert, who both gained four A* grades.

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Daniel Bright, 18, of Okus Road, got A*'s in Chemistry, Physics and Maths, and an A in Biology. 

He said: "It's been a lot of hard work. I don't think I'm the most naturally gifted person here. My parents have never been pushy. It's always been me doing the work and wanting to push myself."

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Paul Hughes, principal at St Joseph's Catholic College, said: "Overall it's been a very positive morning for us. Congratulations to all those students on their results. The vast majority got their first preferences for what they wanted to do in their next phase of education."

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Thirty-one per cent of New College's BTEC diploma students gained distinctions, which are equivalent to top A Level grades.

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At New College, 43 of 58 subjects had a 100 per cent pass rate, compared with 39 out of 55 last year.

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At New College, 39 per cent achieved A*-B grades. Four per cent achieved an A* grade and 21 students achieved three A grades or more.

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This Is Wiltshire: Graham Taylor. the principal of New College

New College principal Graham Taylor said: "We are so proud of the achievements of these students, especially at a time when young people are competing so hard for university places or in employment."

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Royal Wootton Bassett headteacher George Croxford says figures are up, with two students securing Oxbridge places.

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Ishi Tamakhar of RWB will be off to study economics and geography at Loughborough after earning two A grades and a B. Well Done Ishi. Add your own results in the comments section below or contact us using the channels given at the top of this page.

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This Is Wiltshire: Results out for A-level students

If your results are not quite what you hoped for, a special helpline will be open for 10 days this year to cover both A-Level and GCSE results day. Call 0808 100 8000. More information here.

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This Is Wiltshire: A-Level Results 2011

Here's our full preview of results day, as featured in today's paper.

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LIVE BLOG: A-level results day is sponsored by Swindon College.

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Good morning and welcome to our special live blog charting A-level results day. We'll be reporting from Swindon's sixth form centres and colleges as the envelopes are opened. Please get involved by sending messages of congratulations/commiserations to friends and family via the channels mentioned above.

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10:56am Thu 14 Aug 14

Swindon College says...

If you still haven't decided where to study your degree, there's still time to apply to Swindon College. We offer a range of degree and university-level courses in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and the University of Bath.

Our university-level courses fees start at just £2,000 per year, with honours degree fees at just £7,000 per year, making us the affordable alternative to university. And if you're local, you won't have to pay accommodation costs either, saving even more money.

We have just received an excellent report from the QAA on our higher education provision, so why not give us a call on (01793) 491591 to discuss your options for September with our friendly team of advisors?
If you still haven't decided where to study your degree, there's still time to apply to Swindon College. We offer a range of degree and university-level courses in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and the University of Bath. Our university-level courses fees start at just £2,000 per year, with honours degree fees at just £7,000 per year, making us the affordable alternative to university. And if you're local, you won't have to pay accommodation costs either, saving even more money. We have just received an excellent report from the QAA on our higher education provision, so why not give us a call on (01793) 491591 to discuss your options for September with our friendly team of advisors? Swindon College
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2:19pm Sat 16 Aug 14

AndrewWilkins says...

On such a wonderful day with so many students getting their rewards for many years of hard work it is nice to see a photograph of...er...the New College Principal.
On such a wonderful day with so many students getting their rewards for many years of hard work it is nice to see a photograph of...er...the New College Principal. AndrewWilkins
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