THEIR faces said it all when teenagers arrived at Leek High School at 8am on Thursday, August 15, to pick up their A level results.
There were smiles all round as the students opened their envelopes for every single one of them to find they had achieved what they needed to fulfil their ambitions.
Many achieved well above their expectations and a delighted head teacher, John Spencer, said: “From a relatively low starting point – this year group achieved an average Grade C at GCSE – these are truly our best results ever.
“We are really pleased for all our students as they have all made such terrific progress. Everyone has got where they need to be and some of the results this summer really are outstanding.”
Among the shining stars was Isabel Birds from Sheen who gained A grades in Maths, Biology and Physics as well as a B in Further Maths and is heading to Leeds University to study Natural Sciences.
She said: “I wasn’t really worried about my results – there’s no point in worrying – but I am very relieved and looking forward to a few drinks with my teachers this lunchtime to celebrate.”
Also off to university in Lancaster to study English Literature is Sammy-Jo Luton who scored an A* and two A grades in English, Maths and History.
She said: “I sat up watching Bridget Jones’s Diary until 2am to take my mind off collecting these results. "I was really worried about not getting my place as I’d set my heart on Lancaster University. It was a lovely, sunny day when I visited and I just got a good feel about the place as soon as I walked in there.”
Ben Greenwood is bound for York University to study Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence after gaining A grades in Maths and Further Maths and a B in Physics as well as Distinction* in his IT OCR National – equivalent to A* at A level.
He said: “I’m quite surprised and pleased with these grades. I did try and find out earlier this morning by logging on to the UCAS website but I couldn’t find out how I’d done before I got into school.”
Tori Kirkham plans to study Maths at Keele University after gaining two As in her favourite subject as well as B and C grades in Physics and Chemistry.
She said: “I just love maths and numbers and I would like to teach maths eventually. I’m aiming to do a PGCE course after my degree and I might even come back to Leek High as a teacher. I’ve loved it here apart from all the stress of exams but that’s over now.”
Music fan Kieran Holmes aims to take a gap year before deciding on his next step after gaining a Distinction* in his music exam and being offered a place at Keele to study Music Technology.
Fellow musician Tristan Myatt has opted for Leeds College of Music after making outstanding progress in the subject.
Tristan got a double Distinction* - two years after he burst into tears in the headteacher’s office after achieving less than he’d hoped for in his GCSEs and fearing he wouldn’t be allowed to enter the sixth form.
Already signs are looking good for the class of 2014 with two students, Hannah Gordon and Reilly Knight, picking up a clutch of A grades at AS level and 60 per cent of Maths students gaining A grades at AS level.