Article by Josh Nichols, Brentwood Gazette: Students at Mayflower High School in Billericay were shocked and thrilled in equal measure on A level results day today (August 14) as more than half (58.6 per cent) achieved grades between A* and B.
More students at the school achieved A grades than in any of the past four years with the overall pass rate at a huge 99.5 per cent.
One of the many high-achievers was Richard Wood, who found out he had achieved A* grades in maths and economics as well as an A in biology just a day before his 18th birthday.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Richard Wood"]I’m really, really happy. There’s no other way to describe it I’m ecstatic. I’m really pleased, I don’t really know what to say, I’m almost speechless, I didn’t really expect this I’m going to Warwick University to study mechanical engineering and I’m really looking forward to university life it should be great. My parents will be amazed at my results too.[/quote]
One of Richard’s fellow students, Hayley Spicer, 18, of Oakwood Drive, was equally taken aback by her high grades after she got an A*s in art and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), an A in religious studies and a B in history.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Hayley Spicer"]I’m quite shocked I didn’t think I’d get these results at all so I can’t really believe it. I had to put a lot of work in was in art a lot to get my grade and I did two resits for History to get my grade so I definitely worked for it. I was probably doing eight or nine hours revision a day. My mum will probably cry when she finds out.[/quote]
Tyler Hilborne, 18, of The Grove, who got As in law, business and economics as well as an A* in EPQ securing his place to study law at York University said celebrations between himself and his family became rather raucous.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Tyler Hilborne"]My parents are happy it was like football celebrations when they found out. I had to put a lot of effort in, I worked all the time. It (York) is a really good uni for law so it’s my best chance to get a job in the future, I’ve given myself the best opportunity to become a lawyer by going to York.[/quote]
While Lucy Elwell, 18, from Princes Drive, who attained an A* in EPQ, a B in English Literature, an A in History and an A* in Religious Studies was elated that many long hours of work had paid off.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Lucy Elwell"]I couldn’t have spent another hour revising otherwise I wouldn’t have been eating and sleeping, I really was doing everything I could so it’s nice to see everything pay off. The results are much better than I expected so I’m really pleased, I exceeded my ABB university requirement which is really nice. I’m going to Royal Holloway University to do History and I’d quite like to work in museums in the future. I’ll probably go to the pub to celebrate now I’m very, very, very happy and relieved.[/quote]
The school’s head teacher Lee Brumby, could not speak highly enough of his students’ performance and the staff who helped them to achieve such high grades, on a landmark day for everyone involved.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Lee Brumby"]These spectacular results which have exceeded our expectations are a testament to the extremely hard work and dedication of both students and staff. We extend our warmest congratulations to students and wish them every success for the future. I am immensely proud of the exemplary standards and outstanding results we have produced.[/quote]
Article and image by Josh Nichols, Brentwood Gazette