Despite seeing a slight dip in the A level pass rate between grades A*-C in line with national statistics, East Norfolk Sixth Form College was buzzing as 65pc of students looked ahead to the start of university.

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The college, which provides 44 AS/A2 subjects along with BTECs and GCSEs, achieved a 71.9pc pass rate for A*-C grade, down a mere 1.1pc from last year’s 73pc but down 5.1pc from 2010’s 77pc.

The institute was above the national average for pass rates and saw a number of stand out successes, including 18-year-old Chris Watts, who achieved an A* in electronics - in which he achieved a remarkable 100pc - A* in maths, A in further maths, A in computing and is now off to the University of Southampton to do computer science, with big plans for the future.

Chris said: “After university I want to be entrepreneurial, I have this ambition to rewrite computer electronics and computing, I always give myself tall orders.

“The rise in tuition fees did not really put me off university, it is the next logical step, it will give me all the contacts I need, it is the price to pay. It does not matter how much it is going to cost, unless it is completely unaffordable. There is financial support and grants, which I have managed to pick up because my dad lives on his own. It has not been too bad in terms of financing myself, but I have saved up, if you have saved up it is a lot easier. But it is much more difficult.

“I am not massively concerned because I know no matter what I will find the money to do it.”

College principal Daphne King said: “This is another terrific year.

“As a specialist sixth form college and a major centre for A levels, our results reflect our ambitions for our students.

“We have 44 A level subjects, 28 of which have 100% pass rate and the results reflect the hard work of our students and staff who are to be congratulated.

“These successes represent the gateway for university or employment and we are justifiably proud that yet again East Norfolk looks to be significantly above national averages for students gaining university places.”

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