Thurston Community College, which has the largest school sixth form in West Suffolk, saw its students achieve their best A-level results in six years today.
Of its 421 sixth formers, 99.5 per cent achieved an overall pass, while almost a third passed with A* or A and 81.5 per cent achieved A*-C.
Principal Helen Wilson said: “We’re very proud of our comprehensive ethos. We allow students who achieve a grade E or above in AS level to continue into A2 therefore encouraging mixed ability cohorts in their final year and, despite that, to have 30 per cent of individuals passing with a grade A or A* is truly amazing.”
Jack Campbell, who achieved B in A-level German last year, was celebrating having added A* Maths, A in Further Maths and Physics and B in Chemistry to his grades.
He will be going on to read Bioengineering at Imperial College London.
“I’m relieved to have closure after all this hard work and worrying about what I’d get,” said the 18-year-old, from Tostock.
James Marschalek, 18, from Stowmarket, was ‘relieved’ to find out he had scored three A*s, in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. He will be undertaking Earth Sciences at Durham University.
Also among the school’s highest achievers were Matthew Tandy, Ellie Brown and Felicity Lewis, who achieved two A*s and an A.
Matthew, 18, from Stanton, said he only needed three As to get into the University of York, where he will sit Chemistry, so he was ‘overjoyed’ with his results.
Ellie, Thurston’s head girl, will sit Drama, TV and Film at Bristol University.
The 18-year-old, from Hessett, said: “I had a look on UCAS this morning so I knew I had got into my uni, but these results are a bonus. I was predicted A, A, B so I went up quite a lot.”
Felicity, 18, from Lawshall, is off to read History at the University of Warwick and hopes, ultimately, to become involved in a ‘think tank’.
“I’m very happy with my results. I thought I’d messed up Politics but I got an A so I’m very happy,” she said.
Caitlin Evans, 18, from Rougham, was feeling ‘disbelief’ at having secured her place at Oxford University, where she will read History. She achieved three As, in History, Maths and Chemistry.
She said: “I didn’t get really excited - I just stood there in a daze and started crying. I was a bit emotional. I think all my friends did well too so that’s a relief.”
Eighty per cent of the school’s sixth formers will be going on to study at university, with 10 per cent going into employment or apprenticeships and the rest taking gap years.
Ms Wilson said: “I couldn’t be more proud of all of our students who have achieved such fantastic results, a credit to their hard work and to that of their teachers.”