STAFF and students at Hucknall’s Holgate Comprehensive School have reasons to celebrate after a nerve-wracking A-Levels results day.
The number of young people passing their exams — by getting an E grade or above — was up and more top A* marks were achieved than ever before.
Holgate’s head teacher Wayne Barsby said: “Everyone at the school celebrates these achievements. Our senior students provide excellent role models for young people in the Holgate School community and encourage them to study hard and aim high. We wish all our year-13 students the very best for their future.”
On average, pupils scored 206 UCAS points per entry each, which was also up on last year.
Among the school’s top performers was triple A* student Matt Waller, who also achieved A and B grades and will go on to study maths at Nottingham University.
Said Mr Barsby: “We are all really pleased for Matt. He is exceptionally bright.”
Eighteen-year-old Ewan Marriott was over the moon to have achieved the three B grades he needed to study English at Sheffield Hallam University, and celebrated the results on a night out with pals!
Ewan, who studied English, history and psychology, said: “I did not sleep at all the whole night before the results because of the nerves. I was watching the Sky News channel virtually on a loop!
“In the morning, it was not so bad because I checked the UCAS website and saw I had been accepted. It was just a matter of seeing how well I had done — and I actually got one better grade then I needed.
“I’m not sure what I’ll do in the long-term. It’s too early to say. I just knew I wanted to study English.”
Meanwhile fellow Holgate student Emma Crump, also 18, endured a traumatic day, having not quite achieved the grades she needed to win a place studying psychology at her preferred university — Loughborough.
“I had to go through the clearing process and ended up on the phone for more than three hours trying to find a place at another university,” said Emma. “When I finally got the yes I wanted, I was so pleased.”
Now Emma, who scored a B in psychology, B in PE and a C in biology, says she is pleased with how things turned out, having got the go-ahead to study at Coventry University in September.
“I went to visit the university at the weekend and having seen it, I really do think things have turned out for the best.
“I’d like to move into forensic psychology in the future.”
A third Holgate pupil, Kyle Winfield (also 18), achieved the three C grades in history, geography and English he needed to go and study history at Sheffield Hallam University.
“The nerves did get to me at times but the day was not too bad.
“I am planning to do my three years at university and then possibly take an extra year because I’d like to move into a teaching career.”