A-level success for town’s students

Students celebrate exam success
Students celebrate exam success

STUDENTS across town were celebrating their A-level achievements on Thursday, August 18.

After nail-biting weeks of waiting since sitting their exams many were jumping with joy after finding out they had made the grade.

Parkwood, the joint sixth form between Helenswood and William Parker Sports College, saw many of its students achieve top marks.

The overall pass rate this year stood at 97.4 per cent for Parkwood, and despite a drop of two per cent from last year, many students will be heading to their chosen universities.

Around 120 took A-levels this year at Parkwood.

Jenny Rozier, 18, of Vinehall Close, was elated with her results, which were four A*s, in geography, maths, further maths and psychology.

She is going to Cambridge to study geography.

Jenny said: “I wasn’t expecting to do this well but did put in a lot of work and effort into getting these grades.”

Max Thomas, 18, of Downs Road, was equally as excited and chuffed after getting four A*s and one A grade. He took maths, further maths, chemistry, psychology and biology and is heading to Bath to read maths.

He said: “It’s amazing and I got more than the required grades to go to my chosen university.”

Peter Rackshaw is heading to Oxford University to read medicine after getting four A*s and one A grade.

Mina Mesri achieved two A* grades and three As and is reading medicine at Liverpool University.

Other high-flyers included Alex Campbell, who achieved three A*s and two A grades and is going to Durham to study history.

Lucy Monk and John Court, joint headteachers of Parkwood, were full of praise for students when they received their results.

Mrs Monk said: “The class of 2011 has demonstrated that a sharp focus on excellence has reaped rewards for all.

“Congratulations are due to each and every student for their wonderful outcomes and we wish them every success as they move into their next phase of education.”

Students from Academy 6, the A-level division of Sussex Coast College Hastings (SCCH), were delighted with their grades yesterday.

The overall pass rate this year was 99.5 per cent, up from 2010’s 99 per cent, with around 100 students taking the exams this year at the college.

Lucy McDonald got two A grades in biology and psychology, along with a B grade in law and is now heading to Norwich to study paediatric nursing.

She said: “I am absolutely overjoyed with my results and so grateful for all the support I received at the college.”

Sean Adams, achieved one A*, two As and a B in maths, further maths, psychology and economics and is studying maths with economics at Sussex University from next month.

He said: “I hadn’t thought I could ever achieve such high grades and greatly appreciate the effort all the teachers put in for me.”

Damien Robinson has secured a place at Bath University to study psychology, thanks to achieving an impressive two A*s, one A and a B.

And Suzan Ozkan will be starting a zoology degree at Exeter University, having achieved two A grades in biology and chemistry, along with a National Diploma.

Jim Sharpe, head of Academy 6 at SCCH, said: “Our learners and teachers have worked extremely hard for this success and we are delighted with their achievements.

He added: “These results mean they can move forward into the future they deserve.”