Norwich students celebrate their A-level successes

From left, Jason Yan, George Latoy and Michael Taiwo with their A-Level results at Notre Dame Sixth

From left, Jason Yan, George Latoy and Michael Taiwo with their A-Level results at Notre Dame Sixth Form, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Young people across Norwich woke up on Thursday morning full of anticipation for their A-level results.

Students at Hellesdon High School celebrate their A-Level results. Picture: The Wensum Trust

Students at Hellesdon High School celebrate their A-Level results. Picture: The Wensum Trust - Credit: The Wensum Trust

Although the overall trend saw a slight drop in the percentage of A* to C grades at the city's schools, there was still plenty of cause to celebrate.

At Notre Dame High School 80pc of grades were A*- Cs with five students securing a place at Oxbridge.

There were tears of joy for Cece Turner. "I was prepared to come back to Notre Dame next year to retake," she said. "But I got the grades I need to study modern history and politics at Cardiff University, although first I am taking a gap year just to relax and travel."

Sylwia Gajeck was overwhelmed to find out that she got her place at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge to study architecture. "I am shocked and really excited, I just can't believe it."

Jazmine Smith, left, and Sylwia Gajek with their A-Level results at Notre Dame Sixth Form, Norwich.

Jazmine Smith, left, and Sylwia Gajek with their A-Level results at Notre Dame Sixth Form, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant


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Patryk Golebiowski is heading off to the University of Nottingham to study sport and exercise science.

"I could have done better, I was worried that I wouldn't get in, but I did so I am happy!" he said.

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Head of sixth form Julian McKay said: "We have achieved some good results and our students are about to start on some exciting pathways. We have five students on their way to Oxbridge, and four who will be studying medicine."

Head of school Neil Cully added: "We have more students than ever studying A-Levels this year; this is our largest year 13 cohort ever. The majority of our students have secured their places at university and they should be really pleased with their results."

At Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form one of their therapy dogs, Lionel, was on hand to offer support to any anxious students, however with 80pc achieving A* to C grades, most seemed happy and relaxed with their results.

George Robertson secured his place to study adult nursing at South Bank University, while Fahmida Akther achieved an A* and two Bs, securing her place at St George's University of London to read medicine.

Meanwhile Alice Gibbs will stay local to study operating department practice at the University of East Anglia (UEA), where she will learn to assist with surgery and post-operative recovery.

"I got two As and a B, so I am pleased," she added.

Norwich High School for Girls students celebrate their A-Level results. Picture: Norwich High School

Norwich High School for Girls students celebrate their A-Level results. Picture: Norwich High School for Girls - Credit: Norwich High School for Girls

Fellow Inspiration Trust school, Jane Austen College, scored 82pc A* to C grades as well as their first ever student to get a place at Oxford University.

Principal David Thomas said: "We are proud of our students' excellent results. This year we have students going off to Oxbridge, to conservatories and to degree level apprenticeships. With success like this behind them, we know they will be going onto great things in the future."

At University Technical College Norfolk 67pc of grades were A* to C. Principal Alex Hayes was pleased that their results have enabled students to take-up a wide range of apprenticeship offers as well as university places.

"It is clear that degree apprenticeships, rather than traditional university routes, are rapidly becoming the preferred choice for our students," he said.

A-Level results day at Sir Isaac Newton College, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

A-Level results day at Sir Isaac Newton College, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Donna Howe, City College Norwich's head of A-levels, congratulated students on their successes, which saw 60pc of students achieve A* to C grades.

"Overall our pass rates have been maintained at 98pc with a 100pc pass rate in the majority of subjects. I am extremely proud of our students and the fantastic support and inclusive ethos of our teachers who work tirelessly to support every single student," she said.

At City of Norwich School (CNS), 100pc of its students who applied for university successfully secured their places. They also saw the highest ever number of students going to Oxbridge, as well as an increase in those heading off to study medicine or veterinary science.

Hannah Richmond achieved five A*s and has a place at Oxford to study physics, while filmmaker Samuel Franks-Davies will be staying in Norwich to study moving image and film production.

Poppy Clarke, left, and Merewa Abdu with their results on A-Level results day at Sir Isaac Newton Co

Poppy Clarke, left, and Merewa Abdu with their results on A-Level results day at Sir Isaac Newton College, Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Jo Philpott, headteacher at CNS, praised the hard work of students and teachers.

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