Mildenhall students mark exam success

Mildenhall College Academy students celebrate A level success L-R Jessica Charles, Laura McMullan, Abbie Hunter, Megan Norton, Samantha Reay.
Mildenhall College Academy students celebrate A level success L-R Jessica Charles, Laura McMullan, Abbie Hunter, Megan Norton, Samantha Reay.

Students at Mildenhall College Academy celebrated as successes in A levels, BTECs and Diplomas offered up bright futures yesterday.

Headteacher Susan Byles said: “This is a great set of results and the students must be congratulated on how hard they have worked.”

The school saw an increase in its overall pass rate which rose to 97 per cent however the amount of A*-C grades fell by 14 per cent.

Jessica Charles, 18, of Mildenhall, was delighted to open her results and find she had achieved two A*s and two Bs.

Last August Jessica gained a C in History at AS level and made the decision to retake modules and put in extra work to ensure a place at Bristol University.

She said: “I’m shocked. I’m so looking so looking forward to it, I’m so happy.

“When I got the results last year I thought it’s over now because I wanted to get into Bristol and now I’m thinking oh my god.”

Ms Byles said a decrease in the percentage of A*-C grades was expected.

She said: “The students have met their targets, last year we had some real high flying young people so A*-C grades were a bit higher, this years cohort met their targets.

“One of the most successful things we have done in the sixth form is to introduce the possibility of studying personalised programmes of study.”

Students can mix and match A Levels, BTECs and Diplomas to best suit their abilities.

Abbie Hunter, 18, of Brandon gained distinctions and double distinctions in a range of diplomas and BTECs and will go on to study clinical exercise science at Bournemouth University.

She said she found it reassuring to do a BTEC as she was able to monitor her progress and see how her hard work was paying off.