Article by Josh Nichols, Brentwood Gazette: Students at Billericay High School were ecstatic on A level results day - with 72.8 per cent of pupils achieving grades A* to C.
The overall pass rate at the school was up two percent on last to 99 per cent and nearly half the students (44.5 per cent) attained grades between A* and B.
Among the high flyers was Daniel Adeyemi, 19, from East Tilbury, who after getting two A*s in politics and EPQ (an Extended Project Qualification), three As in maths, economics and general studies) and a B in Physics is off to Cambridge University to study law.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Daniel Adeyemi"]I’m overjoyed and ecstatic. I’m very excited about going to Cambridge I never really thought this was possible for me but it is now so I’m really happy. My mum has been calm but I spoke to my dad was on the phone and he was crying. My parents believed in me and the results have come the best way they could’ve come out. I want to thank my teachers because without them I wouldn’t get these grades so I thank them for pushing me and getting me to do what I’ve done.[/quote]
Meanwhile Lucy Franks, 18, who got three As in history, biology as well as an A* in EPQ was equally delighted.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Lucy Franks"]I’m ecstatic. I’ve had to put quite a lot of work in over the whole year, I’ve done lots of revision and I’ve written so many essays I think my arm would fall off! But it’s definitely been worthwhile. I’m going to Leeds to do English and history which I’m excited about.[/quote]
Her friend Kelly Heard, 18, was also extremely satisfied with her results as she looked ahead to university life at York where she will study chemistry.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Kelly Heard"]I’m really pleased and kind of relieved really it has been quite a hard few months. I had to put my social life on hold to make sure I always had the time to put work in but it has definitely been worthwhile. Uni is a new challenge and a chance further what I’ve been doing now. I think I’d quite like to do a Masters in chemistry but after that I don’t really know, I’ll just enjoy the moment. I was relieved when I opened my results because it has been quite a nerve wracking wait.[/quote]
On a proud day for individual students and the school as a whole, head teacher Sue Hammond spoke of her joy at seeing so many young people achieve their goals.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Sue Hammond"]There’s nothing better than seeing students who’ve worked hard achieve the results they wanted it makes me extremely proud. The students have worked exceptionally hard I think it is very, very tough for sixth form students at the moment things are constantly changing, they having to keep up and actually the standards are constantly rising so they’ve done a remarkable job. It’s the end of a seven year partnership with these students, they’ve been with me and the teachers for seven years and it is wonderful to see them going off into the world, now and making their way.[/quote]
Article and image from Brentwood Gazette, Josh Nichols