Students at Gorleston sixth form college receive A-level results
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
Excitement was mixed with nerves as A-level students in Yarmouth queued out of a cafeteria door, eagerly awaiting their results.
Young people who studied at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, in Gorleston, were let in dead on 9am and soon the mood turned to celebration, as many got the results they had hoped for.
Dan Wellings, from Hopton, had been at East Norfolk for three years and was waiting in line patiently to get his results.
The 19-year-old already knew he had got into Lincoln University to study economics, but was keen to find out his grades.
He said: 'I know I got into my second choice, Lincoln. I'm excited, I want to know what I got.'
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But the wait was over for 18-year-old Ray Wang, who got an A*, two As and a B, securing him a place to study medicine at Imperial College, London.
Mr Wang said: 'Up until today I hadn't entertained the thought [of going to Imperial]. I'm a big believer in thinking the worst so I'm not disappointed.'
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'The teachers at East Norfolk are so passionate about the subjects. I shopped around and looked at four different sixth forms but this totally shows East Norfolk was the right choice.'
East Norfolk managed to maintain its record a high number of results between A* and C. This year 73pc of grades were in the bracket - the same as the two previous years, and up on the two years before that.
The college also boasted seven offers from Cambridge for its students this year.
Ellie Hagan, 18, plans to accept an offer to study law at the university's Girton college, with hopes of becoming a solicitor.
She said: 'I didn't always want to do law, I wanted to do journalism up to two years ago when I came here and really enjoyed law.'
Miss Hagan, got A*A*A in her results, and said she had been doing a lot of past exam papers to prepare for her A-levels.
She said: 'I suppose the lectures [at Cambridge] will be a lot more work.'
But she had a plan to deal with any stress she would feel with the heavy work load.
'I'll probably get involved with a lot of sport,' she said. 'I'm excited about the indoor swimming pool at my college. I'm a swimmer and I play hockey, so that might give me a bit of a break.'
Miss Hagan planned to celebrate with her family, and said her parents were very proud. She added: 'My brother bet me £100 I wouldn't get an A*, so he owes me that now!'
Other students who recieved offers from Cambridge were Lauren Norman to study geography and Saskia Simm to study English language and linguistics. Ross Downham, Matthew Filby, Kraig Wymer-Webb and Jacob Archibald secured offers to read Maths – a record breaking number of offers for the subject in one year. Maths at East Norfolk Sixth Form College is one of the highest performing subjects in the country, this year being ranked in the top ten percent nationally for its results.
Principal Dr Catherine Richards put her institution's success down to the attitudes of the staff and students.
She said: 'It's really good there are loads of positive students and it shows how hard our students and staff work.
'They're good results for a place like Great Yarmouth which is often an area where people think it's not good with education but we can have brilliant results.'
She added: 'I am absolutely thrilled. Our students have again achieved some excellent results due to their hard work and the dedication of our highly skilled staff.'
'Seven students have been offered places at Cambridge, four are moving on to study medicine and hundreds are off to top universities to study a wide range of subjects. Many others are leaving us to gain employment and apprenticeships having achieved excellent grades. I am very proud indeed and would like to congratulate all our students and staff.
'Our students are all encouraged from the moment they start with us to see themselves as achieving at the highest level, including going onto places at the most competitive universities. Our Oxbridge students have all taken up the opportunities offered to them in taking part in summer schools and mock interviews as part of preparation for their University applications.'
'We do expect a lot of our students because we stretch and challenge them to achieve the very best results they can. We're proud of all our students who have worked really hard to get over and above their forecast grades. EN has always had a unique community feel about it and that is what sets us apart from other colleges.'
Other success stories from the day included Regwaan Choudhury, who achieved three A grades to secure his place at St. George's University in London. He said: 'The best thing about East Norfolk is the people and the teachers. It's been a brilliant college and I felt really comfortable here. I'm going to miss it.'
Sarah Bonn will be joining Writtle College to study animal science and is looking forward to a career as an animal geneticist. She said: 'I have a family background involving agriculture and I'm looking forward to working in the labs.'
Lily Nichols, an ex-Ormiston Venture student studied at East Norfolk for three years to enable her to get to the results she needed and has earned a place at the UEA to study Psychology.
But Dr Richards added all was not lost for those who maybe didn't get what they were expecting.
'There are always options in terms of what they do next,' she said.
'And some universities will give students places even if they haven't quite got the grades because they know about the quality of our students. Overall I'm very proud and I'm very happy.'
However, Great Yarmouth College principal Stuart Rimmer wanted to point out A-levels weren't the only route to university.
He said: 'Choosing an academic programme after GCSEs can be challenging and confusing and there are many different routes to university and success in a chosen career. Some students choose A-levels, others a mixed course but an increasing number are choosing a more comprehensive, wide ranging Extended BTEC Diploma programme at college or via an apprenticeship.'
He added Great Yarmouth College had 200 students this year applying to university and in the past 95pc of their students had gained places.