South Norfolk and Breckland A-level results day

Diss High School A Level results 2016.Chloe Watson, Kate Wheeler and Ellie Drake.

Diss High School A Level results 2016.Chloe Watson, Kate Wheeler and Ellie Drake. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Many students across south Norfolk and Breckland were celebrating with their friends this morning after finding out their A-level results.

Diss High School A Level results 2016.Sarah Hunt is off to Cambridge.

Diss High School A Level results 2016.Sarah Hunt is off to Cambridge. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

As the envelopes were opened there gasps of shock at unexpected results and shouts of joy as the teenagers realised they had got the results they needed to get into their first choice university.

At Diss High School 85pc of students received A*-C grades.

Sarah Hunt, 18 and from Diss, will be going to Queen's College in Cambridge to read Geography after she achieved five A*and A grades.

She said: 'I am really happy it was a really long wait. But I am really happy. I am excited and it will be amazing it has always been one of my goals. Just unreal at the moment for me and cannot really believe it.'

Headteacher Dr Jan Hunt said: 'Students and staff are to be congratulated on a fabulous set of results.'

At Hartismere School in Eye, 79pc of students achieved A*-C grades.

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Headteacher James McAtear said: 'These results are a testimony to the hard work of all our staff, governors and students and to the support given to them by their parents.'

Mary Rowland-Pomp, 18 and from Eye, will be studying Adult Nursing at King's College London after gaining two Bs and 2 Cs.

She said:'I did not think I was going to get in. I was expecting an email saying no. I have always wanted to do nursing. I am really happy.'

Hethersett Old Hall School, which has a proud tradition of teaching international students, saw 61pc of students gain A*-C grades.

One of the school's 12 students getting their A-level results was Tracy Derey, who is from Ghana and now lives in Norwich.

Tracy, 17, plans to study business management at Buckinghamshire University, and hopes to work as a business manager and one day run a restaurant with her mum.

She said: 'I didn't realise I was going to get into university and I was really surprised when I saw the unconditional offer this morning.'

A spokesman for the school said: 'Training for the clergy, make-up for the film industry, songwriting, astrophysics, interior design – just some of the higher education paths chosen by sixth formers at HOHS in another successful year for the school's leavers. beyond the academic.'

The percentage of students who gained A*-C grades at Attleborough Academy Norfolk was 52.4pc.

Among them was Ella Maxwell, 18, who overcame dyslexia to get A-levels in history, psychology and sociology.

Ella said she was thrilled with her results, and now plans to do a sociology degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

She said: 'I have always been dyslexic but I was told it wasn't bad enough to be given extra time to finish exams. It's a challenge for me to think of things in the exams and get it done on time.

'I really studied quite hard this year, and I started revising in January for the exams in June.'

Schoolmate Jack Reynolds, 19, was offered a university place last year, but decided to defer to stay on at the academy for a pioneering project.

He said: 'The school told me about an exciting opportunity to help start up a music technology course, so I decided to stay on to do that, I and ended up with a music technology merit.

'I learned so much through the year about the whole process of recording bands. It was a fantastic experience.'

Jack, from Attleborough, is now getting ready to start a degree in computer science at Aberystwyth University.

Attleborough Academy Norfolk principal Neil McShane said: 'This year shows a significant increase for the Academy in the points achieved by all students and increases on other measures, including the overall pass rate. Congratulations to our Year 13 students for their hard work and commitment, the vast majority of whom have been accepted onto their university course of choice.'

At Wymondham High Academy Trust 80.2pc of students were graded A*-C.

Victoria Dinwoodie, Vice Principal: 'Many congratulations to our A-level students and staff who have worked extremely hard and had their efforts rewarded. With six places at Oxbridge secured and over 31pc of grades at A or A*, our students have a bright future ahead. We are also very proud of our AS-level students whose grades are particularly strong this year and prepare them well for Y13.'