Joy and relief as A-Level results come in at schools in Hethersett, Wymondham and Attleborough
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She has lived with a condition called hypermobility syndrome since she was 12 years old.
But now Wymondham College student Erin Boyle is breathing a sigh of relief after doing well enough in her A-levels to be able to go onto study medicine at the University of York.
Erin, 18, from Berkshire, said she was delighted with her results; two A*s, an A and a B.
She said: 'When I was a kid I always used to say I wanted to be a doctor, so I'm really pleased it can now come true.'
Erin said her condition meant she had a lot of fatigue around exam time, so she was extra pleased to have done so well.
She was one of 208 students at the college who received their A-Level results, with the school achieving 84pc A*-C, up from 81pc last year.
Jonathan Taylor, principal, said: 'We've had a record-breaking set of A-Level results. Students have worked incredibly hard, they've been really well supported by staff and by the parents. Today we're seeing so much celebration as a result of those endeavours.'
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Wymondham High Academy pupils finished with 83pc grade A*-C, which was up from 80.2 in 2016.
Principal Jonathan Rockey said: 'Once again our students have achieved outstanding results.
'The students at have shown determination in attaining results that will allow them to move on to the next phase of their lives with confidence. With 83pc of entries reaching a Grade C or above, the young people have a huge amount to be proud of.'
Aaron Cahill, 18, was among students celebrating top results at Attleborough Academy. Aaron got three As in creative writing, business and media, and will now go onto study sports journalism at the University of Huddersfield.
Aaron, who is from Attleborough, said: 'I was ecstatic, over the moon. I have always enjoyed writing and I'm a massive sports fan, so this will allow me to combine my two great passions in one career.'
Dan Smith-Hughes, 18, was the academy's top achiever, getting three A*s and three As. Dan is now off to study maths at the University of Bristol.
Dan said: 'I feel relief from the nerves of the past month since we had the exams.
'The teachers have been pushing me every step of the way which has been helpful.'
Classmate Amy Foster, also 18, is now off to fashion communication and promotion at the Norwich University of the Arts after getting an A*, two As and a C.
Amy, also from Attleborough: 'This course covers so many subjects and it's really creative which is my strength.'
Of the 68 academy students getting their A-Levels, 54pc finished with grades A*-C, up from 52.4pc last year.
Neil McShane, principal, said: 'Congratulations to all our Year 13 students for their hard work and commitment.'
Of Hethersett Old Hall School's group of 10 students, 75pc finished with A*-C, up from 61pc last year.
Stephen Crump, headmaster, said: 'Once again we say goodbye to our hard-working Year 13 girls.
'They are a multi-national year group and are off to universities in England and beyond – from Newcastle to Canada – with geographers, artists, paramedics, equine managers and potential businesswomen in our small cohort this year. I am delighted that all applicants have gained places on their chosen courses again this year, something in which the school takes great pride.'
And the school's talented deputy head girl Tamikani Nkhata received the grades she needed to study international development at the University of Ottawa or York University in Toronto.
She said: 'My ultimate ambition is to open maternity clinics and paediatric centres in my home country of Malawi.
'Provision there is poor and I especially want to help women with obstetric fistulas and premature babies. I am so grateful to Hethersett for all the kindness and support.'
As well as her A-Levels, Tami achieved an A* for her extended project qualification, for which she composed and performed a song about black women's self-image from historic times to the present, called The Bluest Eyes.
Tami received the maximum 100pc marks for the project.