A-level anxiety turned to exaltation for many at Thetford Academy as the school celebrated its ‘best ever’ results this week.
Students woke Thursday to news that nationwide the proportion passing their exams had dropped for the first time in three decades, but that was not the case at the academy.
Bucking the national trend, 98 per cent of the school’s 42 pupils passed their exams, with 65 per cent obtaining grades A*-C.
The school’s pass rate this year was a 26 per cent improvement on last year and a full 30 per cent compared to 2012, with 28 per cent more pupils achieving the top four grades compared to the previous two years.
Adrian Ball, executive principal, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the results students have achieved.
“They’re celebrating the best ever A-level results at the academy and all the hard work that they and the staff have put in over the past year have been topped off with nearly all students achieving their first choice university placement.”
“I’m looking forward to next year. May the great work and great results continue,” he added.
Kenny Fitzgerald was among students celebrating after finding out he had received an A* in maths, gaining full marks in one of his modules, and Bs in both business studies and history.
He hopes to work in finance in the future and is ‘very excited’ to be going to Nottingham University to study maths.
Meanwhile, the exam success of fellow students Lucy Claydon, 18, and Sasha Baranskaya, 17, will see them become first generation university students from their families.
Lucy earned a distinction* and distinction (equivalent to two A-levels at A* and A) in health and social care and will be going on to study Early Years’ Education at the University of Essex, after which she hopes to become a primary school teacher.
Sasha obtained straight As in biology, chemistry, English and maths and is aspiring to study medicine at Oxford University.
She was selected to be part of the Medical Aspirations course at UEA and is currently half way through a Nuffield Science placement at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
Thetford Grammar School received an overall pass rate of 100 per cent, with 76 per cent of students receiving grades A*-C.