STUDENTS across town jumped for joy and punched the air with delight as they received their A-level results this morning (Thursday).
Many had been up since the early hours nervously awaiting their results to see if they had made the grade.
Parkwood 6th Form, made up of Helenswood and William Parker Sports College students, saw a number of high achievers gaining top grades.
Hermione Hawkins, 18, of Tower Road West, St Leonards, achieved an A* grade in art, a B in history, B in English Literature and a B grade in drama.
She said: “I am really pleased with what I got, despite hoping for an A in history. I wasn’t expecting to achieve a B in English Literature so I am delighted.
“I did have to give up a lot of my spare time to get such good results, especially having studied four A-levels.”
Hermione plans to go to university in September next year to study criminology.
Ben Urban, 18, who lives in Red Lake Terrace in Ore, gained an A* grade in art, graphics and photography respectively.
He hopes to become an artist in fine art and has won a place at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London.
Ben added: “I was hoping I’d achieve grades like this, so am very pleased to have done so.”
Parkwood student Ashley Piper, of Hoads Wood Road, achieved an A in geography, and an A* grade in maths and further maths respectively.
He is going to the University of Surrey to study maths next month.
Ashley said: “I’m quite surprised to get these grades, even though I was predicted them.”
Students at Sussex Coast College also celebrated outstanding A-level results, with many gaining top grades.
Hayley Graham, 19, of Willingdon Avenue, St Leonards, got an A* in media and geography respectively, as well as a B in history.
She said she was ‘really pleased and shocked’ to achieve such high grades.
Hayley said: “I woke up at 4am today and could not sleep, wondering what my grades would be. It was nerve-racking.”
She will be studying ancient history at the University of Birmingham in September.
Noella Kyomi gained Bs in economics, business and sociology. She grew up in Tanzania and moved to the UK in 2009 with her mother and three younger brothers, when she was aged 16.
She started studying English, ICT, accounting and business but struggled with these subjects and found the transition to studying in the UK hard. However, instead of giving up, she took economics, business and sociology the second time around.
James Hamilton, learning standards manager of Academy 6 and teacher of economics at Sussex Coast College, said: “Noella worked really hard to overcome the challenges of the course and did extremely well. I am very proud of all the students’ achievements.”
Noella is going to the University of Kent in September to study accounting and finance.
Rob Tyson, 18, who lives in Broad Oak, achieved As in politics and psychology and a B in maths.
He intends to go to university in 2014 to study politics and hopes to become a Labour MP.