A-LEVEL RESULTS: Top grades at Thomas Gainsborough School
Students at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard breathed a sigh of relief after discovering they had made the grade as A-level results were revealed today.
Headteacher Wayne Lloyd praised the combined efforts of both pupils and staff, who have supported them throughout their studies.
“Once again, we are encouraged by the progress our students made with these results," he said.
"This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the young people of this area, through the high quality teaching and excellent support that the school has provided them with."
Francesca Perkins-Taylor is thrilled with her grades after achieving an A* and two As in Philosophy, Maths and History.
She described her reaction to the grades as a mixture of joy and relief.
"I am grateful because I haven't disappointed my teachers," said Francesca. "And I guess that kept me motivated. I know how hard they work, so I wanted to pay them back for that."
With an exceptional set of results, the 18-year-old has secured a place at the University of St Andrews in Scotland to study philosophy.
Olivia Kujawa is looking forward to the next step in her studies after gaining two Distinctions and a B in PE, health and social and psychology.
The 18-year-old is delighted to have achieved the grades required to study psychology at the University of Essex,
"I've been thinking about this day for so long," she said."It's a huge relief to know that I have got into my first choice of university."
Olivia is keen to gain further knowledge in a subject she is extremely passionate about.
"I don't think it will be a chore because that's what I would like to do in the future," she said. "And I'm looking forward to meeting people with the same interests as me."
Dylan Bailey-Knox exceeded his expectations after obtaining an A and two merits in photography, media and IT.
"I didn't think I would get what I did," he said. "I was pleasantly surprised."
The 19-year-old has secured a place at Buckingham New University to studycreative advertising in September.
"I'm looking forward to meeting new people and getting into the industry," he said.
Alexander Weston is gearing up to study a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Lincoln after achieving a Distinction in BTEC computing along with a C and D in maths and physics.
"It's been my ambition since I was young," he said. "I have always been interested in building things."
The 19 year-old is relieved the hard work has paid off.
"I found the A-levels quite challenging," he said. "Obviously the pressure was there to work hard and I'm quite chuffed with what I have achieved."
Kenny Alexander, director of sixth form, congratulated the sixthformers on their achievements.
“These results will open many doors to the young people who have worked so hard to achieve them" he said.
"We wish the students all the very best for the next phase of their lives, be that university, college, apprenticeships or employment."