(WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23) There were smiling faces all round as Lord Williams's School students received their A level results on Thursday, August 17.

Sixth-formers screamed, whooped and hugged each other as they opened envelopes containing the grades they had worked so hard to achieve.

From a total of 521 exam entries, 98.5 per cent achieved a pass grade, a fraction down on last year's 99 per cent pass rate, but staff and students were still ecstatic.

Holly Brown, 18, from Tetsworth, who achieved four A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History, described the hours leading up to receiving her results as the scariest morning of her life. She said: "I was so scared I was shaking. But now I'm just really excited." Holly is looking forward to studying Maths at Oxford University's Somerville College.

Jo Hanks, 18, from Whittle Road, Thame, achieved A grades in Psychology, Politics and English Literature, and plans to study Psychology at The University of Nottingham. She said: "I'm very excited and very surprised. This was a bit unexpected but I'm very happy."

Sophie Robinson, 18, who lives in Long Crendon, also achieved A grades in Theatre, English Language and Art. She said: "I'm awestruck."

Lukas Schmidt and James Mallinson, both from Thame, were also pleased with their results which will enable them to attend the universities of their choice.

Lukas, who achieved an A, B and a D, said he was delighted to have got into The University of Sheffield to study Economics, whilst James, who achieved three Cs, will read politics at Loughborough University.

Head of Sixth Form, Kate Sheehan, was over the moon with her students' success.

She said: "We are very proud of the achievements of all of our students, both those who gained high grades and those who found Advanced Level study difficult but through their hard work achieved pass grades. They thoroughly deserve their success, both now and in the future."

Deputy head teacher, Jon Ryder, added: "I think it's really pleasing to see the students so pleased with the rewards of their hard work."

Gareth Bradley, David Koster, and Amy Price also achieved 4 A grades, whilst Hannah Buggey, Christine Bunyard, Vicky Chaplin, Anna Clayton, Jessica Connah, Helen Davies, Alice Emerson, Hayley Litchfield, and Sophie Shanahan all achieved three As each. 68% of passes were A-C grades.

by Sophia Jay