WHEN 18-year-old Emma Woodhall woke up this morning, she could not bring herself to check whether or not she had got into her chosen university online.
With a conditional place reading history at Oriel College, Oxford, in the balance, she was under a lot of pressure to see good A-level results when she opened the envelope at De Ferrers Academy.
After discovering she had managed a brilliant line up of two A*, an A and a B, she said she breathed a ‘huge sigh of relief’.
“I’ve been worried about it for weeks so it’s great to finally know. I didn’t get to do as much revision, so I was concerned,” she told the Mail.
Emma was one of hundreds of students celebrating their good results yesterday morning. At De Ferrers, 99 per cent of students passed their A-levels, with one in 10 managing the top bracket of grades with AAB.
Sarah Wilkins, of Stretton, also made the grade with three As, two Cs, and a merit in her baccalaureate, to name just a few of her achievements. She will be going to Keele University to study Medicine.
The 18-year-old said: “It doesn’t feel real at the moment. I feel relieved, but it hasn’t sunk in.”
Chloe Sharratt, 18, who lives in Stretton’s Bitham Lane, is going to study English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University after getting two As and a B in her exams.
“I’m relieved and excited. I didn’t know how the exams had gone, so I was feeling a bit worried about it,” she said.
Over the river in South Derbyshire, there were still more ecstatic students.
Tom Robinson, who lives in Eureka Road, Swadlincote, racked up three A*s in maths, further maths and physics and an A in chemistry. He is going to study maths at Oxford.
“I’m really happy. I’m kind of speechless, to be honest. When I woke up this morning, I expected I would do well, but not this well,” the 17-year-old said.
Shannen Merwick was slightly more carefree as she headed to pick up her results, as she already knew she had done enough to get into the Liverpool School of Performing Arts.
The 18-year-old had already achieved a raft of qualifications outside of school, and sailed through her audition to do community drama. However, the grades she achieved at Pingle School secured her chances.
“We bought all my stuff in about February, but my mum said she was keeping the receipts just in case. I’ve been counting down and it’s only 22 days until I move now,” said Shannen, of Browning Road, Midway.
Pingle managed a 98 per cent pass rate overall, joining other schools in the area which achieved perfect or near perfect pass rates.
Assistant head teacher Deb Holland told the Mail: I’m delighted with the results. The students have worked really hard and we are proud of them. They are a lovely bunch, and deserve all the success in the world. The results are definitely improving.”
See tomorrow’s paper for full coverage.