A-LEVEL RESULTS: Thetford Grammar and Thetford Academy celebrate successes

Patrick Davis pictured with his English teacher, Mrs Wingham
Patrick Davis pictured with his English teacher, Mrs Wingham
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Twenty seven students sat A-levels at Thetford Grammar School with a 99 per cent overall pass rate and 81 per cent at A* to C.

The school’s top performers include Omar El Oakley, Thomas Dennis, Robert Heighton and Emma Ruddy.

Thomas Dennis

Thomas Dennis

Omar got A*s in chemistry, maths and physics as well as an A in biology and plans to gain experience as a personal support worker before applying for medicine next year.

Thomas, who gained A*s in chemistry, maths and further maths, is going on to study chemical engineering at Bath, while Robert will read physics at Durham after obtaining A*s in chemistry, maths and physics and an A in maths.

Emma got A*s in biology, chemistry and extended project qualification (EPQ) and an A in maths and will be studying chemistry, also at Durham.

Patrick Davis, who achieved A* in ICT and As in both business studies and English literature, has now been offered a scholarship to study at Bournemouth.

On opening his results letter, he said: “I feel like the world is my oyster.”

Headmaster Mark Bedford said: “I am extremely pleased to note that the highest 38 per cent of A-level grades (i.e. A*/A) greatly surpassed last year’s figure of 32 per cent.”

He added: “As the headmaster of one of the oldest schools in the country, I am exceptionally pleased for our departing students and, of course, their families.

“This is a real testament to our young people’s determination and hard work, and the dedication and commitment of all our staff. I am mindful that these students lead rich and fulfilling lives – their academic success comes alongside many notable achievements in music, sport, the creative arts and community involvement.

“Moreover, I am delighted that the vast majority of our students performed exceptionally well in their examinations and have gone on to achieve their university offers.

“Many of our youngsters are off to their first choice of university, once again, a tribute to their hard work and the excellent teaching standard which they receive here at Thetford Grammar School.

“A major factor in the success of all subjects this year stems from our favourable teacher/pupil ratios, small class sizes, tracking systems, close monitoring and intervention processes guided by our strong pastoral and academic team.

“All of our students, regardless of their ability or aspirations, have made well informed choices about their futures, and I wish every one of them very successful futures.”

Meanwhile, Thetford Academy is celebrating a 94 per cent pass rate, with 71 per cent of students achieving grades A* to C.

Principal Adrian Ball said: “We are very pleased with these results, and we are very proud of the work our students and staff have put in to achieve them.”