A-LEVELS: Hundreds of youngsters in Diss Express area celebrate “fantastic” results

Eye, Suffolk. A-Level Results at Hartismere School pictured: Charles Pigott, Helena Buono and Jonathan Hodgson
Eye, Suffolk. A-Level Results at Hartismere School pictured: Charles Pigott, Helena Buono and Jonathan Hodgson

Hundreds of youngsters across south Norfolk and north Suffolk have played their part in making it another record-breaking year for A-Level results.

Pupils at Diss High School, Hartismere School (Eye), Thomas Mills High School (Framlingham) and Framlingham College were among those picking up their AS and A2 results yesterday.

This year’s overall UK pass rate for the 300,000 pupils who sat A-Level exams was 98.1 per cent.

Dr Sarah Gray, director of sixth form at Hartismere School, said: “We are so pleased with the excellent results achieved by our students at both AS and A2.

“The students’ fantastic results reflect the hard work and commitment they have shown throughout sixth form.

“Particularly impressive is Genevieve Marsh-Feiley getting A*, A*, A, with an A* in the Extended Project Qualification. She will read medicine in September.”

Two other high achievers at the Eye School were Alice Nichols, whose four A grades mean she will begin a degree in translation at Durham, and Justine Williams, who will begin a degree in maths at Sheffield having achieved two A* grades and an A grade.

Mrs Gray, added: “The students and their parents and teachers should be justly proud of all their achievements.”

A level students at Diss High School achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, with 78 per cent of results grade C or above and nearly 50 per cent grade A*, A or B.

Dr Jan Hunt, headteacher at the school said: “We are really pleased with all the results and almost all of the students have already got their university places confirmed. Two students have achieved places at Oxford and Cambridge. I am very proud.”

Abbey Ellis achieved four A grades and will read classical archeology and ancient history at Merton College, Oxford, while Alex Lord achieved four A* and A grades and will red classics at Magdelene College, Cambridge. He said: “I am overwhelmed. I was nervous coming to collect my results but I already knew that I had already secured a place at Cambridge so that took the pressure off slightly.”

Ben Parsons of Harleston achieved five A* and A grades and is hoping to study Mathematics at Warwick University. He said he was relieved that the wait was finally over. He added: “I’m happy with my results and am just waiting to hear if I have got a place at my chosen university.”

Emily Young said she was ‘over the moon’ at achieving two As and two Bs, and is off to study Geography at Kings College, London. She said: “I really wanted to get an A in Geography and I am so happy I got one. I wasn’t expecting it at all.”

And Eleanor Missen of Diss achieved two As in media and English and a B in classics and has been offered a place at Nottingham University. She said: “I’m really happy. It is exactly where I wanted to go.”

Framlingham College, meanwhile, has celebrated a pass rate of 100 per cent, with 86.5 per cent of entries awarded A*-C grades.

William Hamilton, who plans to apply for Cambridge this year, secured an outstanding four A*s and one A grade, while Emma Vidler has confirmed her place at Oxford to read medicine with three A*s and one A.

Headmaster Paul Taylor, said: “The results have confirmed Framlingham as one of the leading academic schools in the area. It is good to see the combined efforts of students, teachers and parents being rewarded.”

At Thomas Mills High School, 99 per cent of students were awarded grades A*-E, with 20 students achieving three or more grade As.

Five students have successfully obtained places at Oxbridge universities: Patrick Brooks, Connor Milne, Cailin Phoenix, Megan Hutchings, and Maisie Hulbert.

Philip Hurst, headteacher, described the results as “excellent”.

He added: “Success at A Level reflects hard work, which will take our young people onto university and their chosen career path.”

Despite the overall pass rate rising in the UK for about the 30th successive year, there has been a fall in the proportion of A-level papers awarded top grades for the second year in a row, after years of steady increases.

Just over a quarter of exam entries - 26.3 per cent - were given A or A* grades. This was a slight fall on 2012’s figure of 26.6 per cent.

See tomorrow’s Diss Express for more.