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Hard work pays off for students

PUBLISHED: 15:07 17 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

WITH looks of nervousness and

anticipation on their faces, pupils at Farlingaye High School filed in to the school library.

Within minutes they appeared again with smiles, cheers and a few tears, holding on tightly to the slips of paper bearing the A level results for which they had been waiting for weeks.

WITH looks of nervousness and

anticipation on their faces, pupils at Farlingaye High School filed in to the school library.

Within minutes they appeared again with smiles, cheers and a few tears, holding on tightly to the slips of paper bearing the A level results for which they had been waiting for weeks.

Hugging each other and eagerly asking each other what they had got, it was clear the happy Woodbridge students far outnumbered the few disappointed at their grades and those facing going through clearing to secure a university place.

The school's pupils had achieved a grade A to E pass rate of 95 per cent, with 75pc of grades at A, B and C level and 51pc at A and B.

One of Farlingaye's star pupils was Claire Brown who received a special award for ranking as one of the top five, out of more than 19,200 students in Sociology. She also achieved grade As in Religious Studies, English Literature and a B in General Studies.

She said: "I couldn't believe it. I was predicted three As but there's no way I thought I would get that.

"I was so shaky and nervous when I came in this morning and then the head said she wanted to speak to me.

"When I found out what she had to tell me I

couldn't believe it. To get the special award is the icing on the cake."

Claire is now going to St Andrews to study Philosophy and Social Anthropology and eventually hopes to get a job in journalism.

Sabina Staziker achieved four grade As and one B while Alice Foster, Liz Hands and Jack Pynn all achieved four A grades.

Liz achieved her grades in English, Drama, Religious Studies and General Studies and is going to Birmingham to study for a Joint Honours Degree in English and Drama before hoping to start a career in teaching.

She said: "I didn't expect this at all. I was hoping for a couple of As but this is unbelievable.

"I'm totally stunned and am so pleased, I can't stop smiling."

Greg Aldman, Simon East, Fiona Brenner, Heather Kraushaar, Liz Melia, Alex Stevenson, David Gillespie and Richard Jennings achieved three A grades each.

Fiona's results were in Maths, Further Maths and Sociology. She also achieved a B in History and will now be going to Kings College, Cambridge, to study Social and Political Sciences.

She said: "I was expecting a lot worse than that so when I got my results I started crying and went off on my own.

"It's a long wait between the exams and getting your results and you start off thinking you've done okay. By the end you're thinking you've failed everything. I'm very happy."

Ripa Fahmida was also pleased with her results, a B in General Studies and Cs in Religious Studies, English Literature and Business Economics.

She said: "I thought I had screwed up in English and Religious Studies but I got a C for both.

"I'm very happy and can tell everyone about my results without feeling ashamed. I was having nightmares about getting a D. I was expecting it but I

didn't get it."

Ripa has a full time job with NatWest and will start studying for an Open University Degree in February.

The pupil's joy was shared by headteacher Sue Hargadon who said: "We are absolutely delighted to achieve the very best results the school has ever achieved at A level.

"Our students have worked incredibly hard and really deserve these excellent results. I am delighted for them."

n Pupils at Stowmarket High School achieved a fine set of results, not only in A-levels, but also in the Advanced GNVQ exams.

The school recorded a 90pc pass rate at A level grades A to E, with an average points score of 17.

"We are thrilled with the individual performances at all levels," said headteacher David Oliver.

"I would like to congratulate staff and students for all their hard work and thank the parents for patient encouragement.

"As a school with a wide range of abilities and an open exam policy, where all students who have worked are allowed to sit the exams, the success rate is impressive."

The school had some outstanding results. Joe Gillam gained five A levels, four at grade A and one at grade B. Megan Tuttle gained three grade As and one grade B, Christopher Collyer gained three grade As and one C, and Emily Redhead scored three As.

However, Mr Oliver said: "We are as delighted for those students who have given their all, sometimes in difficult circumstances, to gain one, two or three

passes as we are with those students who have worked hard to gain at least three 'A' grades."

He added: "Our advanced GNVQ students have also produced a good mixture of distinctions and

merits in business and science."

Christina Rozier and Amy Fargher achieved

distinctions in business, and Terri Taylor gained a

distinction in science and PE A-level.

"What matters most is that the individual student feels ready and equipped to proceed to the next stage of their education, whether at university, college or work," said Mr Oliver.

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