With emotions running high, students at King Edward VI School have truly made the grade as their A-level results were revealed - unveiling the path to a bright future.
At the Bury St Edmunds school, 168 students sat A-levels with 82 per cent achieving A* to C and a 99 per cent overall pass rate.
Head Geoff Barton said the results were exactly in line with their predictions and the vast majority of students will now move on to the university of their choice or into employment.
“Year after year our students delight us by showing that they can achieve superb results whilst contributing richly to the school and wider community,” he said.
“Their academic achievements go hand-in-hand with their sporting success, musical talent, charity fundraising and stunning work in drama, debating and many other areas.
“All of this is a credit to a wonderful group of young people, to the support of their parents, and of course it is a real credit to the great staff team we have at King Edward’s. Once again, I feel very proud of what all our students and their teachers have achieved.”
Georgia Walker, 17, of Bury, scooped an A* in maths, A in chemistry and physics as well as a B in English literature. She has secured a place at Oxford to study philosophy, politics and economics.
She said: “It’s amazing and I can’t believe it - it’s so surreal at the moment. I was so nervous last night I couldn’t sleep.”
Josh Moore, 18, from Bury, has won a place at Kent University to take chemistry after scoring an A* in maths, A in chemistry and B in physics.
He said: “I’m so happy with what I got.”
Emily Williams, 18, of Bury, opened her envelope to find she had achieved an A in English language, B in English literature and C in psychology.
She will study English Language and Literature at Goldsmiths, in London.
Emily said: “I’m relieved and a bit surprised after a year of not knowing what’s going to happen.”
Callum Millar, 18, from Long Melford, got an A* in psychology, A in biology and C in chemistry. He is now taking a gap year to work at The Swan, in Long Melford, until March and then travel to Thailand and Australia.
Next year he will study economics in Sheffield.
He said: “I’m amazed - it wasn’t what I expected at all. I can’t quite comprehend it yet. At the moment I’m doing work experience in the financial planning area. I think I definitely want to go into the finance side of things.”
It has been a ‘roller coaster journey’ for Rachel Jackson, 18, from Bury, who received a D in biology, D in theatre studies and C in media studies.
She said: “When I applied for my five universities, I got four rejections and literally at the end I got an offer from Anglia Ruskin to do paramedic science. I got my offer this morning.
“I was expected to get three Cs so they’ve been quite lenient with me.
“I’m ecstatic and can’t believe I get to be a paramedic - I can’t imagine doing anything else.”