A-Level Results Day 2019: King Edward VII Academy, King's Lynn
Not many students receiving their A-Level results today will also be told they will meet the Queen to mark their achievements.
But that's what one King Edward VII (KES) Academy pupil found out today when he opened his envelope.
Arminas Bartkus was the top performing student and will be presented with the Royal Gold Medal by the Queen at Sandringham in January in a tradition dating back to Victorian times.
He achieved an A* in Maths and two As in Chemistry and Physics.
Arminas, of West Lynn, will be studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds come September.
"I'm feeling amazing – I woke up so nervous at like 6am and I was really scared to open UCAS Track but I did and it's good news, thankfully," he said.
"I was not expecting to be the top performing student, I had so many self-doubts. If you ask the head of sixth form, I had so many self-doubts.
"I kept going into the office after school most days to just talk about it, and I just thought 'there's no way, surely there's someone better', but apparently it happens."
The percentage of A* to C grades achieved by the 83 A-Level students at KES was 66 per cent – an improvement of eight per cent from last year, the second year of "significant" improvement.
A* to A grades improved to 14 per cent and A* to B grades also improved to 38 per cent, and the number of students qualifying as Norfolk Scholars also increased this year.
Principal Sarah Hartshorn said: “I am delighted that we have improved for the second year running.
"This represents the dedication of the sixth form staff and their provision of high quality advice and guidance to the pupils.
"We look forward to continuing to improve on these results."
It was an emotional moment for Isobel Mitchell, of Lynn, when she opened her envelope.
She achieved an A in Sociology, and Bs in Religious Studies and Business Studies.
Isobel said: "I'm so overwhelmed, I honestly didn't come out of a single exam thinking they had gone well. I'm really happy."
She will be taking a year out with the hope of travelling before taking up a course in Event Management at Greenwich University.
Isobel added: "I'm really sad this is the last time I'm going to be here at KES, I've been here for seven years."
Alfie Bobbins, of Terrington St Clement, got an A in PE, a B in Business and a C in Psychology.
He said: "I'm pretty happy, I've got into uni – I had an unconditional offer."
Alfie will be studying Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Nottingham Trent University.
His celebrations were set to be put on hold, until later this evening at least, as after picking up his results Alfie said he was going to coach some children playing football. After that, he will celebrate with a pub crawl.
His time at KES will be remembered for the "family vibes" at the sixth form.
Tom Hitchcock was also ecstatic with his results, with As in Maths and PE, and a B in Biology.
He said: "I love KES, thank you so much to everyone involved in making my dream come true and making it fun in the process."
Tom is off to study Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds University.
Emielia Burch got three Bs in Psychology, Sociology and Religious Studies.
She had received an unconditional offer to study Psychology with Forensics at the University of Lincoln.
"I thought I had done a lot worse but through the years I had been getting As so there's a little disappointment but at the same time I know a lot of people have dropped, but it's still acceptable," Emielia added.
She said sixth form had been a "rollercoaster", but the teachers' support "got her through it".
After receiving his results, Adam Russell, of Lynn, is looking forward to studying Civil Engineering at Loughborough University.
He got two As in Physics and Maths, and a B in Chemistry.
Adam said: "I'm speechless, it's crazy, I'm so happy. I'm going out partying tonight to celebrate.
"I didn't get any sleep last night, I was just waiting to find out how I did."
He added: "I'm really excited to go to university, and to be moving away from home for the first time."
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