Photo gallery: Students celebrate A-level success in Gorleston
PUBLISHED: 11:29 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:29 15 August 2013
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A crop of "remarkable" A-level results has been praised by East Norfolk Sixth Form College's principal.
Despite a slight drop in the A* to C pass rate, from 71.9pc last year to 70.8pc, the Gorleston hub achieved a 100pc pass rate in 23 A-level subjects and five BTEC courses.
And principal Daphne King said she was “delighted” at the “outstanding” successes of the largest centre for A-levels in the county.
“Our results are all the more remarkable given that we are non selective and when our results are also measured against students’ starting points in terms of value added,” she explained. “We are among the best value added results nationally and this is a testament to our dedicated teaching staff and to the hard work of the students.”
A queue of nervous students snaked out of the sports hall before teens could find out how they had fared at 9am.
And as groups celebrated together, with others grinning as they phoned parents with their news, there were plenty of success stories to be seen.
Christina Brown, 18, of Bracken Road, Belton, achieved four A*s and an A at AS-level, including an A* in further maths completed in a year.
“I felt relieved and just really happy,” she beamed. “I didn’t expect it at all.”
She is heading to Loughborough University to study maths with management.
Case study: Nino Harris
In his first year at college, Nino Harris admits he was a nightmare student.
The 19-year-old, of Beaconsfield Road, Great Yarmouth, said: “I was a bit of a trouble-maker.
“I skipped classes a bit, pretended to be ill and and generally failed everything.
“I’d picked easy subjects too, which made it so much worse, and I left halfway through the year.”
He began work at a design agency, and while he said it was fun he had a nagging feeling that he should have tried harder.
So after “asking for forgiveness” from his tutors, he started again.
Two years later, Nino is the proud owner of three A* grade A-Levels and is destined for Oxford University to study biochemistry.
“I’m glad I made that decision,” he smiled.
Clodagh Boswell, 18, of Beccles Road, Belton, gained three As and a place to study medicine at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
“I felt elated,” she said. “It was just brilliant and I can’t believe it.”
Jack Noakes, 18, of Back Lane, Burgh Castle, achieved three A*s and an A and is going to the University of Durham to read natural sciences.
“That is what I was aiming for,” he said. “I knew I’d got into uni and that was my target.”
Some students had to overcome more obstacles than most.
Laurence Scott, 19, of Long Stratton, suffers from the rare condition complex regional pain syndrome, which means he has developed a persistent burning pain in his right arm.
He struggled at two other colleges and had many days off ill, but settled at East Norfolk and achieved an A* and two As, securing a place at Warwick University to read politics.
He said: “It felt very good to see those results. It’s been hard work.”
And students agreed they were glad the wait was finally over.
Lauren Clarke, 18, of Wood Lane, Aldeby, achieved three A*s and a place at the University of York to read law.
“I hadn’t thought about it much over summer, but this week it was extremely tense so I’m relieved,” she said. “It was a lot of hard work and I’m so happy it paid off.”