As thousands of students across the country collect their A level results this morning, officials at one West Norfolk school are hailing this year as their best ever.
Staff at the Downham Market Academy say 65 per cent of their students achieved top A* to C grades, a record and up three per cent on last year.
The overall pass rate remains unchanged at 98 per cent.
One student who was particularly pleased with their results was 18-year-old Eleanor Navrady, of West Winch, who got two A* grades in business studies and an A in politics.
Eleanor will be going to Lancaster University to study marketing management in September.
She said: “I’m feeling relieved, it’s been a long time. I really enjoyed my time at Downham – the teachers are so great here.”
Similarly, 19-year-old Laura Williamson from Downham was feeling relief this morning, as she got an A* in psychology, an A* in health and social and business studies and an A in PE.
Laura will be studying psychology at University of East Anglia in September.
She said: “I’m very excited to start at university, definitely now I’ve got my results. I’m very relieved because it’s been some very nervous weeks.
“I really enjoyed Downham Sixth Form, the people here especially. The teachers did everything possible, it really has paid off for me and I can’t thank them enough.”
Principal Jon Ford said: “I am delighted that the students have risen to the challenge of sixth form study so well this year.
“Supported by a fantastic staff team, who have also gone the extra mile, the students worked incredibly hard to achieve these great results.
“Most will be taking up their first place offers at university whilst other look forward to bright futures through higher apprenticeships or job opportunities.
“I am particularly pleased that our students were able to deliver the best A Level results we have ever achieved – over a grade higher on average from last year.”
18-year-old Jade Nicholson, from Downham, said: “I did surprisingly well, better than I was expecting.”
Jade got an A* in health and social as well as two Bs in PE.
She is going to study sports development at Portsmouth University in September and said: “I just want to get there now, there’s been a big weight lifted off my shoulders, my stomach was in knots this morning.”
Robin Wagg, 18, of Downham, got an A in maths, a B in physics and a B in chemistry.
His next step will be at Jaguar Landrover in Leamington Spa.
Josh Swift is excited to be studying theoretical physics and astrophysics at the University of Nottingham in September after achieving four A grades, whilst George Broughton, who got one A* and two As, has been accepted to study literature at the University of Durham.
George said: “I’m ecstatic – it hasn’t been easy, but the load was definitely lighter because of the great staff here. I am very grateful to Downham Market Academy and its wonderful sixth form for the opportunities they have given me.”