Havering A-levels: Good news for Sacred Heart of Mary schoolgirls with almost 100% pass rate

PUBLISHED: 12:50 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:06 15 August 2013

Caroline Lewis with her AS-level results at the Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School.

Caroline Lewis with her AS-level results at the Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School.


Girls at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School collected their results bright and early at 7.30am after an anxious night.

Many already knew whether they had been accepted into university by checking online.

But the wait ended with happy news for most, as nearly 100 per cent of exams at the school, in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, were passed - 86pc with A* to B grades.

Deputy headteacher Kim O’Neill praised the hard work of pupils and teachers for the “excellent” results.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted and the average UCAS point score was up on last year.

“When they were coming through the door they already knew about their university place but not their grades.”

Zoe Osborn, 18, was waiting to get home to open her results after doing A-levels in art, business and Italian.

She said: “I’m not going to university, I don’t think it’s for me.

“I’m looking into getting a job in London in admin.”

Emma Attwaters got accepted into her first choice university - the University of East Anglia in Norwich - but is deferring her entry until 2015.

Her A* in general studies, Bs in economics and history and C in psychology secured her place on the economics and politics course but she is doing an 18-month apprenticeship at a city insurance firm first.

Emma, 18, said: “I think a lot of employers look for experience now, they don’t just want a degree.

“I don’t think I would have done the same thing a couple of years ago but the fees make you think a bit more about work.

“A lot of people aren’t even going to university, I think the money is putting them off.”

There was also good news for head girl Rebekah Jones, whose three A*, an A and a B secured her a place at Oxford University studying history and French.

Students also collected their AS level results on the day.

Caroline Lewis, 17, is considering a career in scientific research after getting six As in biology, chemistry, physics, maths and general studies.

She said: “I’m not sure what i’m going to do yet but I’m looking at doing biology. I’m going to carry on all the subjects next year.”

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