The agonising wait for A Levels students in the Diss Express area is over, with hundreds set to join the record breaking figure of people starting a university course in September.
Diss High School, Hartismere School (Eye), Attleborough Academy and Thomas Mill High School (Framlingham) all opened their doors this morning, with UCAS saying 409,000 university places have so far been confirmed.
At Diss High School, for the second year running the pass rate was 100 per cent, while 85 per cent scored A* to C grades.
Headteacher Dr Jan Hunt said: “Students and staff are to be congratulated on a fabulous set of results.”
Notable successes included Philippe Maju, who came away with an A*, two As and a B, and will read Biotechnology and Microbiology at the University of York.
“I am surprised but happy,” said the Diss resident. “It worked out well in the end.
“I have crossed the A Level gap, I need a break, and the future will sort itself out.”
Theo Perrin was another high achiever, being awarded two A*s, an A and a B, and will study English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham in September.
“You always begin to doubt yourself at the last minute but it has worked out,” he explained.
Dr Hunt added: “The icing on the cake was to learn that Alex Brundle, a former Diss High student, has just gained a First Class Honours degree on his MChem, Chemistry with a Year Abroad (USA) course at the University of Leicester.”
Hartismere School matched their Diss counterparts with an overall pass rate of 100 per cent, while A*-C grade awards rose to 85 per cent, compared to the 80 per cent figure of last year.
Headmaster, James McAtear said: “These results are a testimony to the hard work of all our staff, governors and students and to the support given to them by their parents.”
The pass rate at Thomas Mills High School improved by two per cent, from 96 to 98. Just under 50 per cent of students earned A* to B grades, while the number of students earning A*-C grades stands at 73 per cent, the same as last year.
Philip Hurst, Headteacher said: “I congratulate students and staff on an absolutely stunning set of results.
“The year group thoroughly deserve their success: they were a joy to work with and their contribution to the wider life of the school was exceptional.”
He also paid tribute to Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form John Jennings, who retiring from the school after 25 years.
“John is an outstanding Head of Sixth Form,” he said.
“He has created an inclusive, welcoming environment where academic learning is valued.
“Students are known as individuals and able to develop by contributing to an amazing range of extra-curricular opportunities.”
And at Attleborough Academy principal Neil McShane praised the dedication and professionalism of staff, and commitment of pupils and parents. The pass rate was 98.8 per cent, while 57 per cent of students were graded A* to C, both figures improving on last year’s results.
“Congratulations to our Year 13 students, almost all of whom have secured their first choice University place,” he said. “Particular congratulations should go to Rosie Matthews as our top performing student with a superb set of three A* grades.”
Nationally, the overall pass rate rose by 0.1 per cent, to 98.1 per cent, those earning an A* grade remained the same at 8.2 per cent, and A grade awards have fallen by 0.1 per cent.