A-LEVELS 2018: KES Academy celebrates improved pass rates
There were scenes of jubilation at the King Edward VII (KES) Academy in Lynn this morning as sixth form students received their A-Level results.
The school is celebrating its improved pass rates this year, with 61 per cent of its pupils achieving A* to C grades, and 34 per cent attaining A* to B.
Principal Lloyd Brown said: "We are very pleased with our improving results this year. We are hoping that our progress scores will also reflect that.
"There's a buzz around, it's good to see so many happy faces here. If there are any students in need of support, we have colleagues in our sixth form centre working with those students now."
Katie Clarke, 18, from Lynn, said she was "over the moon" after finding out her results.
She achieved an A* in English literature, an A in history and a B in religious studies, and will be going to the University of Manchester to study law with a year of international study.
Katie said: "I am completely elated, I wasn't expecting to get the results I got, I'm over the moon."
She added: "I'm really looking forward to university but it's not really sunk it yet that I've left KES."
Another high achiever was Molly Lawson, 18, from Lynn, who achieved an A* in psychology, an A* in classics and an A in history.
She said: "I'm feeling wonderful – delighted. I have done better than I expected, although I always hoped for these grades."
Molly is going to read History at Lancaster University.
"I'm so excited. It's strange knowing that I won't see these people again but I'm so excited," she added.
Ruiheng Wang, 18, from Lynn, got an A in maths, a B in biology and a B in chemistry and will study chemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.
"I'm feeling like that's what I expected to get, so I'm not too surprised about it but I am pleased," he said.
"I've been at KES for two years, I have enjoyed it, the staff are really helpful and friendly all the time."
It was an emotional moment for Chloe Watson, 18, and her parents Catherine and Neil as she opened her envelope.
Chloe achieved an A* in maths, an A in biology and a B in chemistry and will study medicine at Keele University.
She said: "It means so much to me. I already knew I had been accepted to the University this morning so I wasn't too stressed but I'm really happy that I got the A*, I wasn't expecting that."
Chloe's mum Catherine said: "We are so proud, she's put in so much hard work and had some great support along the way but it's all Chloe's effort."
Former head girl Kate Sycamore, 18, from Lynn, achieved an A in psychology, a C in sociology and a C in business marketing.
She will attend the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich to study marketing.
"One of my grades was less than I expected, I was one mark off a higher grade so I'm going to get it remarked," Kate said.
"I'm pretty happy overall though, and I'm looking forward to university.
"I was a big part of the school as I was head girl, so I had a big involvement."
Also celebrating were Mason Garrod, 18, from Lynn, and Joshua Hodgson-Hale, 18, from Terrington St Clement.
Mason achieved an A in English Literature, an A in classics and a B in English language and will study creative writing at Essex University.
He said: "I was really nervous, I was not expecting what I got. I'm really relieved and blown away by how much better it was than I expected."
Mason added: "Ever since I was little I have liked writing stories so I would love to be an author."
Joshua got a B in sociology, a C in psychology and a D in religious studies and will study politics at Lincoln University.