A-LEVEL RESULTS: Students discover whether they have made the grade
Students are discovering whether they have made the grade as they collect their A-level results this morning.
At St Benedict's Catholic School, in Bury St Edmunds, 63 students sat A-levels with 85 per cent gaining A* to C and a 100 per cent overall pass rate.
Headteacher Kate Pereira said: "We're delighted with this excellent set of results. We are very proud of our students.
"They have worked really really hard for this and they deserve the grades they have got. Hopefully they'll go out and celebrate now and enjoy every minute."
Jeremy Snudden, 18, got two A*s and two As and is going to Bath University in September to follow in his father's footsteps and study engineering.
"It's an awesome feeling to get these results. You finish exams and kind of forget about it but then it all comes back about a week before results and the nerves start up again. But it's so great to know that all the work was worth it," he said.
Of the 100 students who took A-levels at County Upper School, in Bury St Edmunds, 82 per cent scored A* to C with an overall pass rate of 99.3 per cent.
Headteacher Vicky Neale said: "Every year, ‘A’ level results day is about celebrating the success of our students from across the ability range and seeing them move on to their chosen career paths.
"Today is no exception and I am delighted that the strength of our results once again means that, despite all the changes, our students are excited to be going to the destinations of their choice."
Jack Emmerson, 18, achieved three A*s in maths, physics and chemistry. He is taking a gap year working at St Nicholas Hospice Care and will be applying to the University of Sheffield to do medicine next year.
"Getting the results has been a big sigh of relief and I'm shocked but so happy. It's been very overwhelming," he said.
Ben Amroota, 18, who is head boy at the school, achieved three A*s and an A. He will be going to Imperial College London in September to study physics with the hope of becoming a physicist.
"I'm relieved, happy and just still a bit caught up in it all," he said.
"It's been a very nervous summer sitting waiting and worrying about the exams but my family and I are so pleased and will definitely be celebrating a lot."
Rebecca Severy, 18, head girl, achieved four A*s. She is taking a gap year to focus on her cello-playing and will be applying to study English Literature at university next year.
"I'm so shocked, it's not what I was expecting at all. Summer has been so nerve-wracking because it's so difficult to predict what it'll be but it's opened up so many opportunities for me," she said.
At King Edward VI School, in Bury St Edmunds, 176 students sat A-levels with 80 per cent achieving A* to C and an overall pass rate of 99.6 per cent.
Stuart Small, head of sixth form, said: “We are very proud of our Year 13 students and we are delighted with their achievements.
"Their dedication and conscientiousness have been rewarded with a terrific set of qualifications.
"Sixth Form study is a young person’s passport to the next stage of his or her life: we wish all our Year 13 students well as they progress to university, college, apprenticeships or employment."
Close friends Will Allsopp and Matthew Jackson were celebrating straight A*s in their respective subjects - a testament to their determination after they received rejections from Cambridge earlier in the year.
Will, 18, of Bury St Edmunds, who studied physics, chemistry and maths, said: "I'm absolutely ecstatic. It's been a long two years leading upto it. We were both rejected from Cambridge and we've really pushed ourselves to get the grades we wanted."
He is due to study physics at Manchester University and wants to pursue a career in physics research.
Matthew, 18, of Chedburgh, who studied maths, physics, biology and chemistry, said: "I can't really believe it. I'm very happy and after working so hard it's such a relief to finally get the results and see it's all paid off.
"It was quite tough when I got the Cambridge rejection. I stood back up on my feet and kept going and finally got what we deserved."
He has secured a place at UCL to study natural sciences.
Lucy Howard, 18, of Barrow, achieved an A in English literature, B in politics and C in philosophy and is leaving on Saturday to study international politics at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
She said: "I wanted to study international politics in a university that was international but didn't have a very British centric view of what was going on around the world.
"I wanted to experience something different and it seems appropriate in the political climate to understand different cultures and studying abroad provides that."
Of the 351 A-level students at Thurston Community College, 77 per cent achieved A* to C with an overall pass rate of 98.3 per cent.
Twin brothers Nathan and Ronan Somerville were celebrating incredible results with Nathan achieving four A* grades and Ronan an A* and two As.
It was a particularly important day for Nathan as he also managed to secure a scholarship at Yale University in Connecticut, America.
Nathan said: "I'm over the moon pretty much, this is what I was hoping for, I'm feeling relief at the moment."
The scholarship is worth £70,000 a year.
Nathan said: "I just thought it would be cool, I started googling it, at first it was a bit of a dream.
Nathan studied maths, further maths, physics and product design.
He said: "I started a bit later than I should but this was my life for about seven weeks."
His brother Ronan was awarded an A* in art and As in maths and product design.
Ronan is planning on going to West Suffolk College to do a foundation year in art and then plans to go to university in either Leeds or London.
He said: "I did pretty well, an A* in art, I'm over the moon.
"Through the year I've had some rough patches, I didn't mean to take maths as another choice, and ended up getting an A."
Emma Jobbins was also celebrating achieving two A*s in biology and chemistry and an A in maths.
She has secured a place to go to the University of Oxford.
Emma said: "I'm very happy, I can't believe it, it hasn't sunk in.
"I'm really excited, last night I was really worried."
Paul Potter, Vice Principal and head of sixth form said: "We’re very proud of the way in which our students have risen to the challenge of the tougher exams this year.
"Over the last two years, with the support of staff, parents and friends, they have not only adapted to these new courses, but have also enjoyed amazing and rewarding experiences, preparing them for the rigours and challenges of life in universities, apprenticeships and employment. We wish them all the very best for the next exciting steps in their lives."
At Mildenhall College Academy, 70 students took A-levels or Applied General qualifications with 64 per cent achieving A* to C grades - an increase on last year.
Principal Susan Byles said: "We are currently awaiting results for music A-level which means that our statistics are estimated calculations and I am unable to provide an overall pass rate.
"OCR revealed yesterday that they had failed to mark part of the students’ work and are trying to do this ‘as quickly as possible’.
"This is very poor as students’ university places are at stake.
"I would like to congratulate all of our students who are so deserving of this excellent set of results and I wish them the very best in the future."
Notable successes at A-level came from Tierney Mizell who achieved A in media studies, B in English literature, B in history and a Distinction in photography; Sophie Jarman who achieved A in sociology, B in English literature, B in history and C in psychology; Connor Carter who achieved A in
maths, B in further maths, B in physics and C in computer science and Jordan Roffe who achieved A in maths, B in biology and C in chemistry.
Of those studying Applied General qualifications, Maryna Zamichowska achieved a Distinction star/Distinction in double health and social care and a distinction in business studies.
She aims to study to become a mental health nurse at Anglia Ruskin University.
I'm so so proud of her because she's achieved so much through such a difficult time - Nicole Dobbin
Emily Dobbin, 19, whose father Simon was the victim of an attack by a group of football hooligans which left him with life changing injuries, has completed her sixth form courses with a Distinction star/Distinction in double health and social care and a merit in applied science.
During her final year in the sixth form, Emily’s family were filmed for the TV series DIY SOS when the community came together to refurbish the family’s home in Mildenhall, making it suitable for the long term care that Simon needs.
Emily, who has been caring for her father, now aims to study paramedic science at St George’s University, London.
Her mum Nicole said: "I'm so so proud of her because she's achieved so much through such a difficult time. She's such a strong young woman. There's no words to say just how proud her whole family are. She deserves this because she has worked so hard."
On Emily's decision to study paramedic science, Nicole added: "She wanted to give back to the NHS because they saved her dad's life so she wanted to be part of the NHS."
Emily said: "I'm over the moon and can actually go to sleep now because I've been up all night worrying.
"I've always wanted to do a healthcare profession but when everything happened with dad I think that pushed me into the decision of paramedics."
Hannah Bokor, 18, overcame health issues to achieve a B in English literature, C in history and D in biology. She intends to study history at university.
Mrs Byles added: "These students like many others have shown remarkable courage and perseverance and their results are a credit to them."
Of the 68 students who sat A-levels at Stowmarket High School, 58 per cent scored A* to C, compared to 43 per cent last year, with a 92 per cent overall pass rate.
Mark Blewitt, head of sixth form, said: “I'm so proud of this cohort of students and what they achieved.
"Even with numbers of students getting unconditional offers from universities they have knuckled down and achieved some really pleasing results.
"I am delighted to see so many students being accepted into the university of their choice or onto apprenticeships – securing their next step is what this is all about."
Best performers included Lars Mardall with As in maths, further maths and physics and he has a place at Exeter to study physics; Luke Smith with As in maths, further maths and physics and a place at Nottingham to study engineering; Elise Richmond with a B in PE, A in art, A in psychology and a place at Northumbria to study sports science and Caitlin Francis with As in history and English literature as well as a B in media studies and a place at UEA to study English.
At Stowupland High School, 56 students sat A-levels with 51 per cent achieving A* to C and an overall pass rate of 95 per cent.
Headteacher Wendy Baster said: "Our students have been exceptional in every sense of the word - as role models, mentors, community ambassadors and fundraisers - and it is really good to see them being successful and securing places at universities and with other providers across the country.
"They deserve our warmest congratulations."
There was a 50 per cent A*-C pass rate for the 41 students of Thetford Academy, with an overall pass rate of 93 per cent.
Principal Dan Carter said: "This was a comparatively small cohort but they have achieved some very strong results that each and every student should be proud of."
At Culford School, 71 per cent of students gained A* to C with a 99 per cent overall pass rate.
Headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday said: “We are very pleased with this set of excellent grades, particularly the high number of very good individual results.
"We are also very proud of the value added, as Pupils and teachers work very hard indeed when preparing for the examinations”.
Thetford Grammar School saw 20 students sit their A-levels with 85 per cent achieving A* to C compared to 76 per cent last year.
Linda Pearson, head of sixth form, said: "We are delighted so many of our students achieved excellent grades and are now going on to some of the country’s top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
"Six students obtained straight A* or A grades across a wide range of subjects. Five subjects achieved 100% A*/A success and eight subjects obtained 100% A*-B grades. Overall, success has improved at every grade level over last year’s results."