Great expectations for talented teens as the A-level waiting is almost over
15:20 13 August 2014
Students nervously waiting for their A-level results reveal their plans for the future, and hopes for results day.
It has taken many years of full-time education, endless hours of revision and a whole lot of worry.
And tomorrow, it is judgement day for thousands of East Anglian teenagers who will find out their A-level results.
For many, it will be a day of shared joy, as they open the famous envelope and celebrate with their friends. For others, it will be a day of near misses – and worries about what to do next.
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While Owen Perry is feeling excited ahead of getting his A-level results tomorrow, his twin brother Matthew is feeling nervous.
The Beetley pair are both awaiting their results from Dereham Sixth Form.
Owen, who studied psychology, maths and biology, needs to get two As and a B to study psychology at Leicester University while his brother Matthew is hoping for an A* and two As from his A-levels in philosophy, maths and English to study social sciences at Durham University.
Owen, who plans to go straight to university in September, said: “I’m kind of excited. After a whole year’s work, I’d like to find out how well I actually did.
“I felt I tried my best and I want to see what I got out of it.”
The 18-year-old added: “I’m excited for Matt too but I think he might do a bit better than me.”
Matthew, meanwhile, is hoping to get the results he needs before he heads to India later this month for a gap year.
Together with his girlfriend Gina, who will also receive her A-level results tomorrow, he has been fundraising since December to fund the trip.
He flies out to India on August 27 and will spend the year working with the charity Project Trust, teaching English and ICT to schoolchildren.
“I’m quite nervous but it’s not something you can change once you’ve gone in and done the exams,” he said.
Lasith has been helping others
Between studying for his biology, chemistry and physics A-Levels, Lasith Ranasinghe has also been fundraising for the charity he founded.
The 18 year old from Admirals Way in Hethersett was visiting Sri Lanka with his family in 2004 when the tsunami hit.
Luckily, he and his family escaped without serious injury, but years later he began to realise how lucky he had been.
He said: “I was only eight, but a few years after I began to think there were still quite a lot of children around who had lost their parents.
“I started asking for donations instead of birthday presents, as my birthday is in August which is when we usually visited.
“The first year I raised about £200 to take over there, but seeing how grateful they were, I knew I had to keep going.”
Lasith officially launched his charity, Smiles, in 2010 and since then has focused on buying equipment to help improve education in rural areas of Sri Lanka.
He’s nervous about getting his results, but having already achieved an A* maths A-Level last year, Lasith is feeling confident.
He said: “I’m just keeping my fingers crossed, but I feel like I should be OK.
“I worked hard and I’m hoping I’ve done enough to confirm my place at Imperial College London to study medicine.”
Chinese dreams for Gresham’s head boy
A Gresham’s School teenager who spent his childhood travelling around the world hopes to learn about Chinese culture, history and language at Oxford University.
Will Langley, 18, from Edgefield, near Holt, took A-Levels in history, chemistry and economics.
He is hoping to get an A* in history and economics and an A in chemistry to get into Hertford College to read Chinese Studies for four years.
Brunei-born Will has already achieved an A in maths A-Level, which he took over 12 months last year.
He started at the Holt independent school six years ago after attending international schools.
Will, who was head boy, said: “A-Levels were hard work and hopefully that has paid off. I always wanted to do something different. I was always comfortable about learning about different cultures.”