The long wait was finally over for thousands of students who collected their A-Level results.


There was cause for celebration at colleges in and around Southampton on the highly anticipated results day on Thursday.

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College celebrated an 'encouraging' performance from students.

There was an a 100 per cent pass rate (A* to E) in Chemistry, Physics, Geography, English Literature, Accounting and Photography.

Student Grace Preston, 18, got an A in Criminology, B in History and B in Sociology.

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She said: “I’m really happy with my results, a B in history is a massively surprising result.

"I really didn’t think I would pass.”

Friend and fellow student Millie Franklin said: “I feel great about these results.

"Criminology is what I wanted to study so I’m happy with these results.

"I have deferred a year to get some money, relax, and go clubbing.”

She received an A in criminology, B in sociology, and C in social care.

Thomas Billows studied Uniform Public Services at Richard Taunton and is ‘really happy’ with his results.

The 18-year-old was awarded a Distinction* and two Distinctions.

He said: “I was super confident that I could smash it out of the park and that is what happened.

“I have got an offer from the University of Law and Nottingham and Leeds.

“It has been a really good to see what I nearly doubled their requirements to get into the course.”

Blake McKnight, 18, got a D in History, E in English Literature and E in Sociology.

He said: “I had everything against me, but I managed to pass.

"I’m everything I got more than enough points to get into the University of Winchester so I’m really happy and looking forward to moving there and extremely excited to get started.”

Overall picture

According to Southampton City Council, this year’s A-Level results reflect the ongoing impact of the pandemic on students.

The national picture shows a downturn in grades across the country, with 2023 being the second time since 2019 that A level grades are being based on exams, after two years of alternative arrangements in response to Covid-19.

Just under 60 per cent of students in Southampton have achieved A*to C grades, and over 93 per cent achieved grades A* to E.

Full results from Southampton schools

Here are the full results from schools across Southampton, Eastleigh, the New Forest, and further afield.

  • Barton Peveril 

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Barton Peveril Sixth Form College is celebrating 'remarkable' A Level and Vocational results, which saw the college achieve an overall 99 per cent A Level and 100 per cent Vocational Pass rate.

The College results, when compared with 2019, show an increase in A*-A’s and A*-B’s with 28 per cent of students achieving an A* or and 59 per cent A*-B.

82 per cent of Barton Peveril A level students achieved A*-C.

  • Richard Taunton

The college saw ‘excellent’ results in science and art subjects with most courses achieving 100 per cent pass rate and an overall pass rate of 98.3 per cent across these key areas.

The college performed well in many subjects, including a 100 per cent pass rate (A* to E) in Chemistry, Physics, Geography, English Literature, Accounting and Photography, with 90 per cent in Computer Science and Sociology.

Students studying BTEC and Vocational Level 3 subjects achieved a 95.1 per cent pass rate, with 74 per cent achieving D* to Merit.

Principal Angela Berry said: “I have been very impressed with all the work our students have put in this year and it has paid off for them so I send them all my congratulations.

"I am really pleased for the students and all our staff with the progress we are making.”

  • Itchen College

Itchen College students have achieved a 96 per cent provisional pass rate for A levels and expect 36 per cent of students to achieve A* to B and 65% to achieve a grade between A* and C.

Principal Alex Scott said: "This is a good set of results for a group of students who did not have public examinations until this summer due to the pandemic.”

Students on vocational courses achieved a 99 per cent pass rate with over 50 per cent enjoying Distinction grades or better.

  • Bitterne Park School

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At Bitterne Park School, 15 per cent of students achieved A*- A grades and 40 per cent achieved A*- B grades.

In vocational courses the school had a 100 per cent pass rate and 22 per cent of students achieved a Distinction or Distinction* and 56 per cent of students achieved a Merit or above.

Mr Paul Overton, head of sixth form, said: "I cannot fault the hard work and commitment of the students this year, and I know they will all go on to incredible achievements in the next stage of their journey.

  • King Edward's School

The results achieved by students are 'nothing short of exceptional', King Edward's School has said.

With over 56 per cent of our pupils attaining the highest A*/A grades in their A-level exams, and nearly 30 per cent of the entire year group securing three or more A* or A grades, their accomplishments are a source of immense pride for King Edward's.

Neal Parker, Head at King Edward VI School says "We could not be prouder of our King Edward’s A-level pupils, who have achieved so much this year despite facing so many obstacles during their time at school.”

  • St Anne’s Catholic School

Headteacher James Rouse is delighted with the school's results.

He said: “We are so proud of our Year 13s.

“Our smaller sixth form has really helped us support them through these two years. We look forward to hearing about their successes in later life as they progress beyond our sixth form.”

  • South Hampshire College Group

Daily Echo: Andrew Kaye, CEO of South Hampshire College Group (SHCG) and Ashley Martin, Director of Student Experience and Transition of SHCG, celebrate successful Level 3 and T Level results with students at Fareham CollegeAndrew Kaye, CEO of South Hampshire College Group (SHCG) and Ashley Martin, Director of Student Experience and Transition of SHCG, celebrate successful Level 3 and T Level results with students at Fareham College (Image: South Hampshire College Group (SHCG))

Students from across the newly formed South Hampshire College Group (comprising City College Southampton, Eastleigh College and Fareham College) have achieved a very successful set of results in their Level 3 courses.

This summer’s results saw a 98 per cent pass rate for students on T Level courses and a 96 per cent pass rate for students on Level 3 qualifications.

  • Brockenhurst College

One hundred percent pass rates were achieved in 17 A Level subjects, with nearly two-thirds of students achieving A*– C grades overall.

Principal Helen Odhams, who joined Brock in June 2023, said: “I would like to congratulate our students and staff for the results achieved this year.

“They have shown determination and resilience to achieve their grades, with lots securing places at leading universities.”

  • Arnewood School results

Sixth Form students at The Arnewood School in New Milton were celebrating after receiving hugely successful A Level exam results.

Headteacher Jamie Anderson said: “We could not be prouder of the Arnewood School Class of 2023, who have seen their hard work, dedication and resilience rewarded with an excellent set of A Level results.”

  • St Swithun's School

Students at St Swithun’s received the result that 86 per cent of A levels were graded A* to B against a backdrop of a decline in top grades nationally to pre-pandemic levels.

Half of U6 girls achieved AAA or higher, 61 per cent AAB or above and 73 per cent ABB or better.

Headmistress Jane Gandee said, "The success of our A-level students is testament to their hard work and intellectual curiosity, in addition to the support provided by our dedicated staff.”

  • Peter Symonds College

The pass rate for A Level stands at over 98 per cent with 32 per cent of the grades awarded being at A* or A.

The proportion of the very highest grades (A*, A, B) is an impressive 62 per cent.

The pass rate for vocational courses was 99.7 per cent, with 66.7 per cent of grades awarded at Distinction or above.