Hundreds of A-level students in north Suffolk and south Norfolk are celebrating after outperforming their national peers.
Youngsters at Diss High, Hartismere Sixth Form (Eye), Thomas Mills High School (Framlingham) and Attleborough Academy were just some of the hundreds of thousands across the country to put an agonising wait behind them and pick up their results yesterday.
The national pass rate was 98 per cent, a 0.1 per cent drop from last year.
At Diss High School, students enjoyed a complete 100 per cent pass rate, with 85% of those rewarded as A*-C grades - an increase on the results from last year.
The school also saw a student achieve a place at an Oxbridge university for the tenth year running, with Declan Jones going to study Physics at St Anne’s College, Oxford University after earning 5 A*-A grades.
Headteacher Dr Jan Hunt said: “We have bucked the national trend.
“We are absolutely delighted with these results. We think this is a very successful sixth form - all of these youngsters have worked very hard and it has paid off.”
Among the celebrating students was Lauren Bennett, who will study Classical Civilisation at Warwick University after gaining three A*-As and two Bs. She said: “I’m just relieved. It’s all a bit surreal, to be honest.”
Lauren Chittock, who achieved 3 As and is heading to study Marketing Management at Lancaster University, said: “I’m really pleased. I was nervous because I got 3 As in my AS levels, so it felt like the pressure was on to repeat that.”
Hartismere School, Eye, also recorded a 100 per cent pass rate for students, with 80 percent scoring A*-C grades.
Headmaster James McAtear said: “These results are a testimony to the hard work of all our staff, governors and students and the support given to them by their parents.”
One high achiever, Jake Foster, gained three A grades in physics, maths and geography. He will now study physics at the University of Surrey.
“I am just chuffed. It has been two years of hard work and it’s paid off,” he said. “I am so happy. I was tempted to look at my results online before coming in but I wanted to see it on paper to feel the full effect.
“I am more excited now (about starting at university). I was excited before but now I know I am definitely going where I want to go, so this is really rewarding.”
Attleborough Academy principal Neil McShane heaped praise on the departing head of sixth form Brian Hunt, who is retiring. There was an overall pass rate of 96.2 per cent, with 54.7 per cent of students earning A*-C grades.
“We are, once again, very proud of the achievements of our students, many of whom have recorded excellent grades this year,” he said. “Students, teachers and parents have worked effectively in partnership to achieve these positive outcomes. These results are also a testament to the unfailingly committed support of Brian Hunt, the Head of Sixth Form who retires this year after eighteen years in the post.”
Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham scored an overall pass rate of 96 per cent, while 73 per cent gained A*-C grades.
Philip Hurst, headmaster, said: “The high level of success will enable students to progress to their choice of university or employment. This includes the Oxbridge and Russell groups as well as medical schools.”
This year there are an extra 30,000 university places available across the country, with around 500,000 places to be allocated in the autumn.