Thursday, August 14, 2014
With five students heading to Cambridge and hundreds of others accepted into their chosen universities, emotions have been running high at East Norfolk Sixth Form on A Level results day.
Results are up on last year, with 73 per cent of students receiving A*-C grades and 99 per cent receiving A*-E passes.
Among those celebrating was Esther Ayuba, 18, of Bradwell, who going on to study neuroscience at Nottingham University after achieving an A* in biology, As in chemistry and English literature and Bs in maths and physics.
“I’ve always been really interested in how the brain works and the biology behind it,” she said.
“I’m hoping to go into research, maybe looking at dementia,” adding that she was excited to start a new chapter and experience a new kind of education that comes with the freedom of university.
Two years ago Alex Joyce, 19, achieved A*s in maths, chemistry and physics and an A in biology. He took a gap year, working in a shoe shop while teaching himself further maths and in spring took the further maths A Level exam. Today he picked up another A which means he will be studying natural sciences at Cambridge.
The teenager, who lives in Worlingham, near Beccles, said: “I can’t wait. All my friends went off to uni last year. I took the gap year so I could take further maths, which I needed for the course, and I bought the books and studied at home.
“I’m really pleased.”
East Norfolk principal Daphne King, proud of her staff and students, said it was another set of fantastic results for the Gorleston sixth form.
“I am absolutely thrilled with these results which represent the culmination of hard work and expert teaching,” she said.
“The increase is all the more remarkable given the fact that the government removed the opportunity for January examinations and yet our students have produced an even better set of results with 100 per cent pass rate in 29 subjects.
“We have five students going to Cambridge, five students going off to study medicine and hundreds off to Britain’s top universities as well into employment or apprenticeships so I am very proud indeed.”
The A Level pass rate for A*-C has gone up 1pc from 72pc to 73pc, while the pass rate for A*-E has gone up 1pc from 98pc to 99pc.
Other students celebrating were Emma Marsden-Hill, 18, of Belton, who has secured a place at the London School of Fashion studying fashion photography after securing A*s in photography and graphic design and a B in English; William English, 18, of Gillingham, who will head to Exeter University next month to study renewable energies after achieving A* in environmental sciences, A in maths and a B in physics and completing an internship at Yarmouth energy firm Seajacks; and South African-born Michael Myburgh, of Gorleston, who moved to the Norfolk coast when he was 16, completed his GCSEs at East Norfolk Sixth Form in a year and today picked up A Level As in English literature and English language and a B in law. The 19-year-old, who has his sights set on becoming a professor of English, is going to study literature at the UEA in Norwich and hopes to go on to get a Masters in Shakespeare from Kings College.