A-LEVEL RESULTS: Wedding bells at Thurston Community College’s A-Level results day
It was an extra special day for two Thurston Community College students who picked up their A-Levels this morning having got engaged in July.
Vinu Ariyaratne proposed to Scarlett Jarrald at the Aysgarth Falls on July 24 while on holiday in Yorkshire.
The happy couple are both off to study in Sheffield having achieved the grades they needed for university.
Vinu said he tried to wait for the perfect time to propose.
“We were just driving around and happened to see these falls so went for a walk,” he said.
“My mum kept the ring in her bag as I thought Scarlett would guess if I had a bulge in my pocket.
“Then I suddenly got this feeling that I’ve got to do it here.
“I said to my mum ‘give me the ring, give me the ring’ and proposed right there.
“I only realised afterwards it was the Aysgarth Falls - which was where I was planning to do it anyway.”
Today, Thurston Community College celebrated the first group of A-Level students to complete a full two years at its new sixth form campus in Beyton.
The school achieved an overall pass rate of 99 percent with 80 percent of its students achieving A* to C grades.
Principal Helen Wilson said: “This cohort has made more progress than any other.
“We are so proud and congratulations to all of them.”
Head of sixth form Paul Potter said: “We are especially proud of our sixth form students and their results this year. “As with all sixth form students, they have each been on a two or three year journey of specialised and intense study in subjects they love and enjoy and these journeys have often involved stories of the toughest of academic and personal challenges.
He added: “We are, of course, proud of all those who excelled in achieving A* and A grades, they have performed particularly well this year. “However we are just as excited about the progress of every single one of our students.”