Miles of smiles as Rasen pupils make the grade

Happy Business Studies students - Luke Robinson, Daniel Grindley, Ed Trotter, Sam Foxlow and James Telfer
Happy Business Studies students - Luke Robinson, Daniel Grindley, Ed Trotter, Sam Foxlow and James Telfer
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WITH an A-level pass rate of more than 99%, including 11 A* grades and 24 A grades, De Aston’s Year 13 students have again achieved excellent results both in academic and vocational courses.

“We are thrilled with students achieving the highest possible grade at A-level, known as the new A* or A Distinction, which is awarded to the highest achieving students in the country, ” said headteacher Ellenor Beighton.

All Smiles: Alexandra Watkinson, left, is going to study Events Management at Leeds, Rachel Brent, Fashion Communication and Promotion at Nottingham Trent, and Alexandra Watkinson psychology at York St John's.

All Smiles: Alexandra Watkinson, left, is going to study Events Management at Leeds, Rachel Brent, Fashion Communication and Promotion at Nottingham Trent, and Alexandra Watkinson psychology at York St John's.

Among De Aston students gaining this accolade were Trutz Johanny, Joan Lei and Thomas Manson, Head Boy at De Aston Sixth Form, with two A* grades each.

Thomas, who was Christ in the Lincoln Mystery Plays and has been a stalwart of theatrical and musical productions at De Aston is going to study Drama at Bristol, while Joan is looking to head for University College London to take Maths and Statistical Science.

Andrew Siu and Guy Williams also achieved the A* grade, these two head off to study Mathematics and History respectively.

Another A* grader was Olasupu Majasan, who is expected to be taking Mechanical Engineering.

One of De Aston's A* students was Tom Manson, pictured with headteacher Ellenor Beighton. After taking on the role of Christ in this year's Lincoln Mystery Plays, Tom will be heading to Bristol to study drama and film.

One of De Aston's A* students was Tom Manson, pictured with headteacher Ellenor Beighton. After taking on the role of Christ in this year's Lincoln Mystery Plays, Tom will be heading to Bristol to study drama and film.

In addition to these A* performers, there was also notable A-Level success at A grade for Gavin Lau and Sam Parkinson. Both having places at York University - Gavin to study Environment, Economics and Ecology, and Sam to study Biological and Medicinal Chemistry.

Excellent performances from the female students included, Ashleigh Gilliot and Hayley Sage, who both achieved two A grades. Ashleigh is going on to study Biology and Hayley Criminology at Lincoln, De Aston’s partnership university.

The school has also praised the Year 12 students for their results.

Jasmine Ng achieved A grades in all her AS subjects, while Venita Chow achieved not only an A grade at AS, but also an A grade in a full A-level.

Sadie Richardson's A* in Business Studies secures her place at Nottingham to study Business Management, Jordan Bixley is taking a year out in Australia, Kate Fenwick heads to Northampton to study acting and Paige Guthrie, right, will be studying Criminology at Chester.

Sadie Richardson's A* in Business Studies secures her place at Nottingham to study Business Management, Jordan Bixley is taking a year out in Australia, Kate Fenwick heads to Northampton to study acting and Paige Guthrie, right, will be studying Criminology at Chester.

Other students who achieved A grades at AS included Alice Bull, Sally Brunton, and Ksenia Gertsen.

Of the Vocational courses, particular praise goes to James Allington-Kay for his BTEC Level 3 grade in Information Technology.

“As we recognise the high grades achieved by individuals, we also recognise the exceptional personal progress made by other students, their results are a credit to the work they put in,” added Mrs Beighton.

“Many students have gained qualifications that will now allow them to pursue their chosen career path at university, in training or in work.

“De Aston students will now go on to study and train in a range of areas from Medicinal Chemistry to Criminology.

“We will follow their achievements closely, but before they go there will be one final chance to celebrate their success at the Upper School Awards in early September.”