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Delight for local A-Level students

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 August 2009 | UPDATED: 08:27 01 August 2010

STUDENTS at the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles were celebrating yesterday as more than 90pc achieved grades of A-E at A-level.

And there was special jubilation for one student who managed to pass a clutch of grades despite discovering she was pregnant while studying for her exams.

STUDENTS at the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles were celebrating yesterday as more than 90pc achieved grades of A-E at A-level.

And there was special jubilation for one student who managed to pass a clutch of grades despite discovering she was pregnant while studying for her exams.

Rachel Frost, 18, gave birth to her daughter Mia in January, during the middle of her studies, but yesterday she found she had gained a C/D double award in health and social care, a D in general studies, a D in sociology and an E in psychology.

She said: “The pregnancy came as a surprise, but my first thought was that I wanted to stay on in the sixth form and I went to find out what could be done. My maternity leave was organised, although I came back after four weeks so I didn't really take it.

“It was hard because I wanted to stay at home, but I also wanted to come back to get that balance of education.”

Rachel added: “It has definitely been worth it because I know that I can go on and get a better job for us. My partner Andy has been very supportive. He stayed at home looking after Mia while I was at school.

“My best friend got the notes I missed. It was nice to have that support, and the teachers and staff have been amazing.”

Rachel plans to retake parts of her psychology A-level and hopes to improve her grade.

Meanwhile Elizabeth Kett, 18, head girl at Sir John Leman High, passed both her A-levels and her ambulance driving test this week.

She gained three B grades and an A grade. She has a place at Hertfordshire University to study paramedic science.

Elizabeth is planning to become a paramedic and is not worried about her future prospects

“It is actually quite a good industry to go into,” she said. “They are always looking for paramedics and improving it. Everybody needs a degree to study for it now. I am not worried at all.

“I wanted to do something medical and I am quite an outdoors person and you get to drive a van, which has always been one of my ambitions.”

In Bungay there were also some breathtaking results, with five students achieving four straight As and five achieving three As.

Sean O'Neill, headteacher at Bungay High, said: “This is testament to the tremendous relationship between staff, students and parents, the breadth of opportunities provided by the school and sheer hard work of the students and staff.”

And at Langley there was also celebration, with the A-level pass rate of A-E up on last year.

“I'm delighted with this year's A-level results,” said headteacher Dominic Findlay. “From a non-selective entrance to get a 98.2pc pass rate and a quarter of our top students gaining two grade As or more is a real indication of the hard work that both staff and students have put in over the past year.”

Bungay High School: A-Level pass rate A-C: 70pc (65pc last year); AS-Level pass rate: Unavailable; A-Level pass rate A-E: 95pc (93pc last year); AS-Level pass rate: A-E: Unavailable.

Sir John Leman High School, Beccles: A-Level pass rate A-C: 58pc (last year unavailable); AS-Level pass rate: Unavailable; A-Level pass rate A-E: 93pc (last year unavailable); AS-Level pass rate A-E: Unavailable.

Langley School: A-Level pass rate A-C: 74.5pc (74.5pc last year); AS-Level pass rate: Unavailable; A-Level pass rate A-E: 98.2pc (97.5pc last year); AS-Level pass rate A-E: Unavailable.

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