A-level results: South Downs College

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CELEBRATING a jump of six per cent of students achieving high grades, there was a real buzz about South Downs College.

The college, in Waterlooville, saw its most successful year with outstanding A-level and vocational grades.

Students achieved a 99.2 per cent A-level pass rate, with a six per cent increase in students achieving the highest grades of A*-B, with nearly half achieving these prestigious outcomes.

Mike Gaston, principal and chief executive, said: ‘This is a really exciting morning with students coming in after a culmination of two years hard graft and seeing what they have achieved, allowing them to move on to university or the job of their choice.

‘There’s been a real increase of students achieving high grades, A* to B, so there’s been many happy faces this morning.

‘There’s been a real thrill when they open up their envelopes when they realise that actually the hard work and the support they have had over the last two years has allowed them to move in to the university of their choice.

‘It’s a fantastic morning and a real celebration.’

Among the students picking up their results this morning was Rory Kelly, from Hayling Island.

The 18-year-old was pleased to get an A in Computing, A in Maths, B in Extended Project and a C in Physics.

He said: ‘It is a shock. I was not expecting it. I was completely racked this morning when I came here. I was in tears when I found out I had got in.’

Rory will now be heading to the University of Southampton to study Computer Science.

Also collecting a set of admirable results was Jemma Flores.

The 18-year-old got an A in English, B in Textiles and a C in Physics despite being on the waiting list for an operation for scoliosis - a painful spine condition which means she has a curve and a twist in her spine.

Jemma, from Havant, said: ‘It has been a lot of hard work. I have been ill quite a lot and waiting for the operation, the thought of it, has been worrying me.’

But she added: ‘I am really happy with my results. I did not have high expectations of myself. I have even had bad dreams about my results but I got higher then I expected.’

Jemma will complete another year-long course at South Downs while she waits for operation, in the hope that it will be done before she heads off to university.

Olivia Childs, 18, from Copnor, was one of the high-flyers of the day after scoring an A* and two A grades to earn a place at Cambridge.

Despite the excellent results she is not getting over-excited.

She said: ‘I’m going to see the Fantastic Four movie so I don’t know if that counts as a wild night out.’

Students were also collecting their results for a range of BTECs.

Jasmine Cooke, from Emsworth, got the top grade - three D*s (distinctions) - in Music Technology.

The 18-year-old said: ‘I am really happy to have got the top grades.’

She will now spend some time volunteering at music festivals such as Victorious while she decides if she wants to go to university.

Main picture: Alex Vass