A-levels: King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds

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THERE were happy tears and stunned faces at King Edward VI School, in Bury St Edmunds, this morning as students arrived en masse to collect their A-level results.

The school faced another record-breaking year with 92 per cent of its pupils scoring A* to C, compared to 84 per cent last year.

A-Level results pictures from Bury St Edmunds.     King Edward VI.''Gabriel Reeves.

A-Level results pictures from Bury St Edmunds. King Edward VI.''Gabriel Reeves.

Of the 99.8 per cent of students who passed overall, an impressive forty-one per cent got grades A to A*, compared to 29 per cent last year.

Headteacher Geoff Barton, said: “Eight students have got places at Oxford and Cambridge which is by far the best we’ve ever done.”

“This is my 10th year doing this and I don’t think I have ever felt so emotional about it,” he added.

Diva Cullum, from Bury, got two As and a B and has been offered a Scholarship of Excellence to study English language with sociology at Aston University of Birmingham, easing some of the financial burden of going to university.

A-Level results pictures from Bury St Edmunds.   King Edward VI.

A-Level results pictures from Bury St Edmunds. King Edward VI.

She said: “I’m overwhelmed. I feel like they’ve got the wrong person, I just can’t believe it.”

Montana Jackson, from Moreton Hall, got three A*s and will be going on to study medicine at Oxford University.

After shedding a few happy tears, she said: “I needed three As and was just hoping for that but I’m so happy to get three A*s. I never thought I’d get that so I’m really proud.”

Gabriel Reeves literally leapt for joy when he found out he had achieved two A*s and an A, which was more than he needed to read film studies at the University of Warwick.

The 18-year-old, from Thetford, only joined the school in sixth form and said ‘it’s probably the best decision of my life’.

“I didn’t even think that was possible,” he said, stunned by his results, “I have far exceeded what I needed to get into uni and everything else is a bonus.

“I thought I was reading the wrong results - I’ve re-read them at least 10 times,” he added.

Twins Jack and Rachel Barber, from Bradfield St George, were similarly overjoyed with their results.

They studied together and admitted ‘it’s really competitive’ between them.

Jack got three A*s and will be going to Oxford University to study history while Rachel got two A*s and an A and will be attending The Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

“I’m very happy, surprised with history because it’s hard to get a good mark in history but very happy,” said Rachel.

“I’m dead happy. I was hoping to get these marks but to suddenly have them, well I’ve got to look at them a few more times,” said Jack.

Their brother Tom will be starting at the school next year so will have a lot to aspire to.

Mr Barton said: “As a proudly comprehensive school for young people of all backgrounds and abilities, we are thrilled once again to celebrate such sparkling success by such a talented group of students.”