Scenes of joy were played out by students from both Newmarket Academy and Mildenhall College Academy on Thursday as this year’s A-level results were released.
While it may not have been a record breaking year at Mildenhall College Academy students still posted a solid set of results with the figures of those achieving grades at the higher end of the spectrum up on last year’s numbers.
Just under 40 per cent of pupils at the academy, which is split across two sites in the town, achieved A* to B grades, up 17 per cent on last year’s figures, while 67 per cent achieved A* to C grades, a rise of 21 per cent on the results from 12 months ago.
“I am exceptionally pleased with this year’s results for our Year 13 students. They have all done well and have bright futures ahead of them,” said Susan Byles, principal at MCA.
“When we get results like these it is further proof that investment in the new facilities that MCA6, which will open in September, will provide is money well spent.”
Outgoing head boy Adam Serpant was one of those to shine after securing a place reading history at Royal Holloway university in London, after gaining As in English literature, in history and his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and a B in government and politics.
“My offer to go to Royal Holloway was two Bs and an A so I am really happy to have got two As,” said Adam.
“As I am originally from near the university it will be like going back home. I could not have wished for a better day.”
Joining Adam in the capital come the end of next month will be John Cheshire who will study Anatomy, Developmental and Human Biology at Kings College after achieving As in biology, chemistry and maths.
The 18 year old from Lakenheath’s achievement was made all the more significant with it coming just a year after his father Stephen passed away.
“The school have been helpful and very supportive over the past year and it is through that I have managed to get these results,” said John.
A place reading History at the University of East Anglia now awaits Lucy Croft after the 18 year old gained an A* in history, an A in sociology, an A in general studies and an A* in her EPQ.
“I was so nervous that I think I only got between three and four hours’ sleep the night before,” said Lucy.
“I was so pleased with my history grade as having looked at several marking guides I didn’t think I would get an A star but I managed to do it.”
Over at Newmarket Academy, results were up four per cent on last year’s points per entry, something that delighted academy head Nick Froy.
“We are very pleased with these results which are a testament to Newmarket Academy’s students who, as a result of their own hard work, have secured places in some of the most prestigious universities in the UK,” said Mr Froy.
“What these results tell us is that we are getting the right students on the right courses and therefore we have done better because of that.”
Among those to have performed well at the Exning Road academy was Aaron Peart who achieved a double distinction and a distinction, the equivalent to three A stars. He will now go on and study musical theatre in London.
Michael Rawson was one of the major success stories over at St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds.
The teenager, who comes from the Soham area, opened his results envelope to find out he had achieved three A* and two A grades.
As a result of his high marks Michael will now go on to read computer studies at Robinson College in Cambridge.