Five-star performance by NSB's A-level students

Five students have been awarded five A-levels, each with top A grades, as Northampton School for Boys achieved a 97 per cent pass rate in the exams.

The school, which was the top performing comprehensive school in the country at A-level last year, also saw 16 students earn four A grade A-levels and 34 students with at least three As.

The overall pass rate was over 97 per cent, with over half of all grades being A or B - the total number of A grades reaching 199.

Head Mike Griffiths said: "The whole community can all take great pride in these excellent results. Over half our students gained at least one top A grade. I am delighted for them – and their parents."

Deirdre Kennedy, the director of Sixth Form, said: "At a time when the government is obsessed with the under-performance of boys regarding literacy, it is fantastic that NSB boys have again bucked national trends.

"As well as our usual fabulous results in subjects such as mathematics, it is marvellous to see over 88 per cent of English Literature entries being A or B grades.

"Performance in expressive arts and social science subjects generally, and several subjects such as French, Spanish, History, Design Technology and PE, were equally impressive."

The students achieving five grade A A-levels were Harry Thompson, James Youel, Anja Kempa, Anna Clements and Ruth Parks.

Don't miss the eight-page special A-level supplement in the Chronicle & Echo on Friday - and if you've got an A-level story to tell click here to email the Chron