Students achieve the best ever A-level results in Mildenhall school’s history

Kirsty Locke, Cassie Biddecombe, Harrison Plumpton, Sophie Peckham and Carol Cromie

Kirsty Locke, Cassie Biddecombe, Harrison Plumpton, Sophie Peckham and Carol Cromie

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THE class of 2011 has given Mildenhall College of Technology its best A-level scores ever.

For some students, their story of achievement was one of a battle against the odds.

Kirsty Locke, from Mildenhall, faced sitting exams while suffering debilitating glandular fever. “I missed one exam and battled through the rest,” she said. “The worst thing was being so tired. It was difficult to revise because I just wanted to sleep.”

But her two As, a B and a C mean she has the grades to study British Politics and legislature at Hull.

Coral Cromie, from Thetford, transferred to MTC after finding she could not get on at a school nearer home. “I don’t think I would have seen my A-level through there,” she said. “I’m so grateful to the teachers and everyone here.”

She has As in physics, maths and further maths and has already landed a job as a trainee accountant with a Bury St Edmunds accountancy firm.

Illness also inspired former head boy Harrison Plumpton’s plans for the future. His two Bs and a C secured his place to study medicine at Southampton.

“It’s always been science I wanted to go into,” he said. “I have a nut allergy and had a bad reaction and ended up in A and E. There I was exposed to what healthcare professional do and from then on got more interested in that field.”

Head girl Sophie Peckham, from West Row, had intended to follow a career in the performing arts, for which she got a double distinction (equivalent of two A grades). But she said: “Once I started doing biology and chemistry at A-level, that’s what made be decided what I wanted to do.”

Her B in Biology and C in chemistry, along with a C in general studies, have secured her place at Loughborough to study medicinal and pharmaceutical science.

Head Susan Byles also praised Ksenija Rodiceva who joined the sixth for two years ago with little English but she is leaving MTC with a double distinction in performing arts and a grade D in art.

n Results special – Pages 4 and 5.