BISHOP Luffa students reacted with delight on A-level day as the school kept its impressive results record on track.
With a 99-per-cent pass rate for students, the school labelled its results as ‘outstanding’.
Annie Slater, 18, is off to Newnham College, Cambridge, to study veterinary medicine after getting A*s in maths and biology and A’s in chemistry and further maths.
She said becoming a vet had been her dream ‘since forever’.
“Apparently when I was tiny I used to put bandages on my toy animals,” she said.
More than a third of all the exams taken by the group of 146 students gained grades A*-A.
I was a bit nervous, I sat up for ages and didn’t want to look – my computer was on one of 26 updates so I had to wait a whilePhoebe Noble, 18
“It’s nice to know,” Annie said of the relief after opening results, “there was so much pressure on today because it’s the next six years of your life.”
Meanwhile, Phoebe Noble, 18, got two A*s and one A and will be heading to New College, Oxford.
“I was a bit nervous, I sat up for ages and didn’t want to look – my computer was on one of 26 updates so I had to wait a while,” she said.
She said her parents were ‘really happy’, adding she had really hoped to get into New College.
“I visited it and loved it and my godfather went there,” she said.
Her friend Lois Peake, 18, is off to Loughborough University to study sport and exercise science.
The England table tennis player said she was excited to be heading to the renowned sporting institution.
“I’m really fortunate to get in and just relieved,” she said after getting A for PE and B’s for maths and chemistry.
Sixty-four-per-cent of the students also gained A*-B, which the school said was ahead of its 60-per-cent target.
“These are fantastic results for a wonderful group of young people. Most have secured places at top universities to read an array of interesting subjects. Others are embarking on exciting gap years or beginning careers,” said Jamie Saunders, head of sixth form.
Head teacher Nick Taunt added: “It is always a great pleasure to see students’ delight when they open their results envelopes. A-level is strenuous and demanding. The courses challenge not only students’ academic ability but also their determination to work hard, particularly when the going is tough. They have worked well together and learnt those skills of collaboration, resourcefulness, reliability and resilience that will stand them in good stead in the future.”
The video above features Lili Gyarmath-Nagy, who joined Bishop Luffa sixth form three years ago having emigrated from Hungary.
“With very little ability in English and few formal qualifications her first year was very challenging,” said the school, “but she persevered to retake her courses and finally achieve A*s in both English literature and media studies and a B in history. She begins a degree in English literature and politics at the University of Glasgow this autumn.”
Joe Duncan-Duggal, 18, will also head to Cambridge to read natural sciences at Homerton College.
“It’s been really good here,” he said. “Our teachers were very supportive.”
His friend Mary Lock, 18, had A* in maths, A in Biology and B in physics.
She said she was excited to study mechanical engineering at Loughborough and praised the school’s teachers.
“We couldn’t have done anything without them. They were brilliant, especially this year.”
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