A-LEVEL students at Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton, near Odiham, shone against a national landscape of more rigorous examination assessments.

While the pressure was on for the cohort of 2017, continuing academic progress and development throughout the year enabled college pupils to deliver some superb academic stories, with 32 per cent of all results being graded A*-A, 63.1 per cent at A*-B (an increase of six per cent on the previous year), and a pass rate of 99 per cent.

With significant investment in teaching and pastoral facilities over the summer close to completion and more than £10m more planned within the next five years, the school is confident of a bright future, with record levels of interest and record numbers of pupils attending this September.

“Huge congratulations” have been expressed, in particular to Katherine Heywood, who achieved four A* grades and an A* in her Extended Project Qualification (she heads on to Cambridge to read medicine), followed closely by Miles McDuffus, Charley Rogerson, Harry Badger, Dan Budd, Hannah Evans and Georgia Warner, Jake Samut, Ella Jeffery and Kate Towsey, all of whom achieved at least three A grades.

The year group further provided an almost clean sweep of A* grades in their Extended Project Qualifications as they took and applied their subject knowledge to university-degree level.

Headteacher Adam Williams said: “As a school which is utterly committed to character education, pupil voice and an all-round education, our pupils can be rightly proud of some fine exam performances which will spur them onwards and upwards in their future careers to make a positive difference in the world, where curiosity, creativity and emotional intelligence are key.

“They have been supported by some inspirational teachers too, who constantly strive for new and innovative ways to deliver an ever-changing curriculum.”