‘Financial banking here I come’ exclaimed one proud teen at Abbeyfield School on A-level results day

A Level results at Abbeyfield School, Mereway, Northampton.
A Level results at Abbeyfield School, Mereway, Northampton.

All students at Abbeyfield School in Northampton are set to go to their first choice university after celebrating top A-level results.

The school is still collating its overall results, but head teacher Claire Morrell said the early signs are that grades have improved on last year.

“What we are particularly pleased about is the grade A and A*s have gone up this year, against a national downward trend.

“We were really concerned about the reports in the press this morning.

“But we are thrilled and delighted, as without exception all our students got their first choice university, apart from those doing a gap year or foundation course.

“Part of that is because nationally universities are allowed to accept more places this year, but for our students that’s unbelievable.

“One student walked past my window and said ‘financial banking here I come’.”

That student was James Harding, 19, of East Hunsbury, got an A* in maths and business as well as a B in English and a B in further maths.

He will now go on to study financial economics at the London School of Economics - and hopes to become an investment banker.

“I really want a challenging career,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in maths and statistics.”

James will be studying at the same university as his friend Arif Jones, 19, also of East Hunsbury, who got an A* in maths, an A in chemistry, a B in biology and a B in physics.

He is set to read actuarial science, a study of economic statistical trends, in September.

“I was a little surprised at the results,” he said. “Because they are such top grades.

“I’m really looking forward to many things; the lectures, meeting new people and meeting world class lecturers.

“Then there is the social side too.”