AS a parent, there is no better feeling than seeing your child succeed after they have put countless hours of hard work into something.
And Rod Feilder was left on cloud nine when his daughter, Amber, opened her brown envelope and achieved no less than 10 A*s at Bay House School.
Some parents have to encourage their kids to study, but there were times when we had to tell Amber to stop and go to sleep it was getting so late.Rod Fielder
He said: ‘I’m as proud as punch as Amber put in a lot of effort.
‘She worked extremely hard to get the grades. Some parents have to encourage their kids to study, but there were times when we had to tell Amber to stop and go to sleep it was getting so late.
‘Everything has boiled down to this day and she’s gained the grades she deserves.’
Amber said: ‘I worked really hard and definitely did not expect it.
‘I haven’t been that worried about my results as I went on a long holiday over the summer and put it to the back of my mind. It was last night when it dawned on me and I just wanted to get it over and done with.
‘I hoped for some A*s and I’m most proud of my A* in physics. It was my weakest science subject at the start of Year 10 but I put in the time to improve and had great support from teachers.’
Amber, who’s one of the youngest in her year having turned 16 only a few weeks ago, is now staying on at the school’s sixth form where she’ll study maths, biology, chemistry and English language and has ambitions to become a vet down the line.
‘I’ve always loved animals and I’ve done work experience in a veterinary practice already. I think the subjects I’m doing will help me towards becoming a vet.’