THERE were hugs and high-fives all round at Midhurst Rother College as students opened their GCSE results.
Lucy Van Zwanenberg, from Selham, was delighted with a total of 11 A grades, and is now set to study chemistry, biology, physics and maths at A Level. The high-achiever will be spending the remainder of her summer holidays camping and could even be set to join the Team GB sled dog racing team later this year. “I’m very, very happy,” said Lucy.
The hard work also paid off for Sarah Kane from Midhurst, who has left school with an impressive six A grades, two A* and three B grades. She said: “I’m going to Godalming College to study for A Levels in English literature, English language, biology and early history.
“I’m not sure what I’ll do after that, but would like to keep my options open. I would definitely like to go university.
“I’m so surprised, I had no idea what grades I would get. I didn’t even plan celebrations!
“I may just go and stuff my face with cake!”
At MRC, 52 per cent of students achieved 5+ A*-C including English and maths.
Jamie Salter from Trotton came away with seven A grades and three B’s and will carry on studying for his A Levels in maths and science at MRC.
“I would like to go to university in Edinburgh to become a vet. The facilities and equipment there are brilliant. I come from a ‘horsey’ family and also play polo at the Cowdray club, so would like to become an equine vet.”
But despite achieving fantastic results, Jamie admitted he was rather disappointed with his grades. “I was hoping for at least one A*,” he added.
Principal Dr Joe Vitagliano said: “I offer sincere thanks to our students for their hard work and determination, and also express gratitude to our teachers and support staff for their invaluable role in achieving such pleasing outcomes. Taken with last week’s A Level results the college is set on a good course for the future.”
William Keohane from Milland got ten A’s and one B, and plans to become an RAF jet pilot. “My family are very happy,” he said.
“The college really helped me and gave me a lot of support.”
Going on to do his A Levels at Chichester College is Peter Thomas, from Petworth, who got two A*, one B and eight A’s. “My parents are just as happy as I am,” said Peter. “I wasn’t expecting anything, just hoping to do well.”
Talented artist Isabel King, from Nyewood, got one A*, two A’s, two B’s, a distinction and a merit, enabling her to go on to study fine art. “I’m very, very excited,” said Isabel, who is looking into a career in illustration.
“I will study for my A Levels at MRC, then hope to do a degree in illustration. I am interested in medical illustration, which includes creating graphics for medical textbooks.”
See next week’s Observer for a full round-up of GCSE results, and all the pictures (August 28).