Students at Bury St Edmunds’ County Upper School have been given much cause for celebration today after learning they passed all of their A-levels.
As well as achieving a 100 per cent pass rate, the school has revealed that 88 per cent of its pupils secured grades A*–C.
Head students William Curwen and Gabrielle Deora were among its highest achievers.
William, of Fornham St Martin, got 4 A*s in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry and will be going on to read physics at Birmingham, while Gabrielle, of Bury, will read languages at Cambridge after achieving A*s in French and maths and A in German.
Gabrielle, whose dream is to work for the United Nations, said she put her ‘heart and soul’ into her Cambridge application and to have that rewarded felt ‘amazing’.
“I’m still shaking,” she added. “An A* for maths, I didn’t expect that at all and the other was in French which I desperately wanted.”
William – who wants to go into physics research, perhaps for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research – felt fairly confident after sitting his exams but said he was ‘relieved’ and ‘pleasantly surprised’ with his results today.
He said: “I knew I’d done well, I was just waiting seeing what happened really.”
“There’s a sense of relief that I’ve actually managed to achieve it,” he added.
But it was Amelia Thompson, of Bury, who stole the show with her A* in media, A in art and C in geography.
She has a genetic form of brittle bone disease and has spent much of her time ‘in and out of hospital’.
In her first year of sixth form she underwent leg extension surgery and has only recently began walking again.
“I didn’t really sleep well last night – I’m relieved now,” she said.
Her mother, Michelle, said: “I’m just very proud of her – she’s achieved so much. She takes everything with a pinch of salt really. I don’t think she realises how clever she is.”
Amelia will be going on to read film and TV at Herts and looks set to be rewarded with a family holiday to Disneyland Paris.
Headteacher Vicky Neale said: “Once more our students and staff have achieved a truly superb set of results at all levels, meaning students across the ability range can move on to their chosen career paths. Yet again, every student has passed every A-level they took and a quarter of all grades are A*/A, including 15 A*s in mathematics.
She added: “I thank the staff for all they do to give our students an excellent all-round education. I congratulate the students and I wish them every success for the next phase of their lives.”