A-LEVEL 2015: Tears of joy for A-level students at Midhurst Rother College

from left Will Murphy, Corey Pilcher, Alison Collins and Styn Oomen
from left Will Murphy, Corey Pilcher, Alison Collins and Styn Oomen

THERE were tears of relief and joy among the A level students who gathered at Midhurst Rother College (MRC) for their results this morning (Thursday August 13).

And among the stars of the show was Alison Collins who gained an A* for English Literature and two As in English language and geography.

A level students celebrate at MRC

A level students celebrate at MRC

Alison who is going to the University of Sussex to read English Literature said: “It’s been a roller coaster - there have been a lot of ups and downs but this makes it all worthwhile.

“There has been so much pressure waiting for the results with all the changes and then hearing on the news that exams are so much harder.”

Alison starts her degree next month and said: “I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

She hopes to go into journalism or publishing ‘anything to do with reading and writing.’

Once again a number of Midhurst students have secured places at top universities including those in the Russell Group

Dr Joe Vitagliano, Principal

Another top achiever was Elizaveta Steinberg who gained an A*, two As and a B. She starts her degree in Chinese studies at the University of London next month.

Will Murphy was yet another star gaining an A* in history and two Bs in English literature and philosophy and ethics.

“It was pretty hard and there was a lot of pressure, but we had great support from the teachers who got us through.”

He starts a degree in history at Warwick University next month.

Styn Oomen goes on to Queen Mary University of London to study maths after gaining an A in maths and Bs in further maths and physics: “I have enjoyed it, but it has been a struggle at times and I am glad its over, but the support from the school has been really good,” he said this morning.

Jacob Calvo Penfold gained an A*, A and B and will study maths at the University of Exeter.

With an A* and two Bs Annabelle Harris goes to Liverpool to study psychology and gaining two A*s and a B Lisa Taylor has achieved her ambition to study psychology at the University of Surrey.

71 per cent of A level grades at MRC were A*-C, 43 per cent of them were graded A*-B and 18 per cent of results were A* and A grades.

Principal Dr Joe Vitagliano said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results.

“A levels are a world class qualification and students at MRC are excelling in these challenging exams. While the demands of A levels increase from year to year, the college continues to improve on its already high standard.

“Once again a number of Midhurst students have secured places at top universities including those in the Russell Group.”

He said it had been a privilege to be associated with such hard working and dedicated students: “their excellent results are a just reward for their great efforts.”

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