A-LEVELS 2018: Family joy as Downham student secures Cambridge place
As scores of students celebrated A-level success at the Downham Academy Sixth Form this morning, it was a moment of particular delight for one family.
With an A* and two A grades, Maddie Jackson has won a place at Jesus College, Cambridge to read English Literature and her family were there to share the moment.
Maddie said: "I'm just so pleased that all the hard work has paid off.
"I'm so grateful for everyone who has helped me, all my family and all my teachers. This means so much to me."
Her mum, Libby Manning, added: "The work she's put in has been phenomenal. She's been dedicated, focused and I'm so proud of her."
Also among those celebrating was Kelan Sarson, whose grades are taking him to Leeds University to read English Language and Literature.
He was quick to pay tribute to a school that has faced its share of challenges in recent years.
He said: "This has been a good experience. It's kind of got a bad reputation but you have to be a student here and not look from the outside perspective.
The school says pass rates at A* to C were 65 per cent or better in 11 subject areas and 100 per cent in five, including English Literature.
Alison Hornby, the academy's sixth form director, said: "We are delighted to have another year of pleasing results. These results are testament to the hard work of both the staff and students."
Another of their high achievers was Ben Saberton, whose two As and a B are taking him to Loughborough University to study Maths.
He said: "It's relief. I'm glad it's over."
Meanwhile, Olivia White is off to Reading to read psychology with her two As and a C grade.
She said: "There's some absolute gems of teachers here, especially my psychology and history teachers.
"I was panicking yesterday and I emailed them and they calmed me down.
"They're really supportive but you've got to get it to receive it."