LISTEN: "This is the Most Tested Generation", A Level Results Day in Dorset
2:24pm 15th August 2013
Thousands students across Dorset are busy planning their futures after collecting their A Level results today (Thursday 15th August).
Record numbers of youngsters have been offered University places this year. Nationally there has been a slight drop in the top grades awarded though.
Dorchester's Thomas Hardye School say they've had another record breaking year for results, with early indications putting them at a nearly 99% pass rate, equalling their top marks achieved last year.
Head teacher Mike Foley says it's been a fantastic day for all students: "We're really pleased, because all the stories in the paper are about results being harder to get this year. But having gotten record results we really feel we're on par with last year and we're delighted with that".
"This is the most tested generation of students; they've gone through far more exams than I've done. The pressure is certainly greater; the competition for places in higher education is fierce."
Katie Taylor, Head of Year 13 at Thomas Hardye, is proud of the School: "he way in which the staff and students here work so very hard to get the grades, they're very committed and so committed, we're delighted we've got another record breaking year at the Thomas Hardye Sixth Form."
There have been top results from Weymouth College and Budmouth too, with students awarded exceptional marks and securing places at University.
Click the player below to hear Wessex FM's Luke de Costa chatting with some happy young students.