South Norfolk A Level results day: Students from Attleborough, Hethersett and Wymondham celebrate glowing grades
15:26 14 August 2014
Emotions ran high in Wymondham, Hethersett and Attleborough this morning, as the results of months of hard work were revealed.
For Daniele Martha, from Hethersett Old Hall School, the grades were a cause for celebration - as it was confirmed she could take the next steps towards fulfilling her dreams of becoming a prosthetist.
The 18-year-old, who was born in Senegal, will study at the University of Bradford after gaining an A* in an extended project which saw the talented teenager create a prosthetic hand.
“My mum works helping developing countries after war, and when I was young I would go and help. After church we would always go to the local orphanage.
“Helping those who have lost limbs is always something I’ve been fascinated with. The lack of facilities and equipment to give to those people really shocked me,” she said.
Daniele, who took A Levels in French, Maths, Life Sciences, Extended Project Qualification and Physics, undertook a work experience placement with prothetists at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and worked with physically disabled people for her Duke of Edinburgh gold award.
Stephen Crump, headteacher, spoke of his delight at the school’s 100pc pass rate for their A2 students.
“We congratulate all our students on their hard work and achievement. This year’s cohort includes sportswomen and scientists, potential lawyers and linguists.
“These results are a fitting reward for all the hard work of the candidates and their teachers - not forgetting the support of parents,” he said.
Meanwhile at Wymondham College, there were tears of joy as successful students opened their glowing results.
Claudine Davies-Parmenter, 18, struggled to contain her emotion as she discovered she’d achieved three A* grades in business, maths and psychology - and would be studying economics at the University of Warwick in September.
But the outstanding grades came as a shock to Claudine, who lives in King’s Lynn.
“I was just trying to get one A* to get into Warwick - even applying had been a long shot. I was so worried about getting it and I was getting myself ready to go to Exeter.
“I would have been really chuffed with As really, but it’s amazing. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve always been interested in how you can be born poor and remain poor and the rich can stay rich,” she said.
The college celebrated a record number of Oxbridge students - including 18-year-old Maddie Taylor, who confirmed her place studying law at Oxford with an A* and two As.
Kenneth Glover, director of sixth form, said: “Once again Wymondham College students have performed tremendously well in the A Level and AS Level results released today. In many respects the results are the best ever A Level results gained at the College.
“The record percentage of A* and A grades in especially pleasing.”
It was a similar message from nearby Wymondham High Academy, who saw an impressive collection of results - including that of Oli Pfeiffer, who achieved four A*s.
Principal Russell Boulton praised the “hard work and dedication” of the students.
“Results show yet another improvement on previous years, with the number of students achieving 3 A Level passes including to 91pc. We wish our students the best possible luck for their future studies and careers,” he added.
At Attleborough Academy Norfolk, students were ripping open envelopes in anticipation.
Principal Neil McShane said: “We are, once again, very proud of the achievements of our students, many of whom have recorded excellent grades this year. Students, teachers and parents have worked effectively in partnership to achieve these positive outcomes.
“These results are also a testament to the unfailingly committed support of Brian Hunt, the Head of Sixth Form who retires this year after eighteen years in the post.”
This year, 13pc of students achieved Norfolk Scholar status.
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