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Students A-level triumph

PUBLISHED: 18:08 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 07:35 01 August 2010

celebrating some impressive A-level results.

The two years of hard sixth form work has proved well worthwhile for most of of those at Bungay High School and the Sir John Leman High School at Beccles, as well as Langley School, Loddon, and as they gathered to get the results yesterday they were praised for their hard work.

celebrating some impressive A-level results.

The two years of hard sixth form work has proved well worthwhile for most of of those at Bungay High School and the Sir John Leman High School at Beccles, as well as Langley School, Loddon, and as they gathered to get the results yesterday they were praised for their hard work.

Leading the way was Bungay student Henry Carruthers, who lives at Beccles - he achieved a remarkable five As, and is off to Cambridge University in the autumn to study history at Robinson College.

“It's a relief!” he said as he celebrated. “I had hoped to get results like that but I'm pretty surprised they are all As - I thought it might be a B in physics.”

His As were also in history, maths, further maths and general studies and Henry, still 17, said he was “very happy,” and looking forward to studying British constitutional and social history, and economic history after 1850, during his first year at Cambridge.

His hobbies are reading - particularly Russian and American literature, and running.

Sean O'Neill, headteacher at Bungay, where Henry has been deputy head boy, said he was “an absolute natural.”

But he was “very pleased” with the results overall, which saw the school improve its A-C pass rate to 65pc - “it has gone up significantly and we are really pleased with that,” he said. “It was a really good performance at A-level, both A2 and AS.

“There is a very good feel all round, and it is the result of sheer hard work by students and staff. Those who say exams are easier now are simply not right - students have to work to achieve these results.”

Other good performances included four As by David Lawes, who is now off to study civil engineering at Durham, and three As each for Harry Blanby, Chris Bennett, Dylan Payne, Ashley Sewell and Katie Forsyth.

At the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles there was no pass rate available yesterday as they were still waiting for some results. But assistant headteacher Sarah Marsden said:

"We have had a wonderful morning here congratulating our student on their A-level results. Their success is down to all their hard work and support they have received from home and from colleagues as well as from Shaun Common, our outgoing headteacher.

"The vast majority are off to their first choice university, including Andrew Plummer, who is going to do maths at Cambridge. Our points per entry is 73, which exceeds our predictions at A2."

Andrew gained four A-grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Also gaining top results were Mairi Walker, who got As in Fine Art, Maths, Further Maths and Physics, and Gavin Marjoram, who got As in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

The success south of the Waveney was also reflected to the north, at Langley School, where the passes at A-C grade rose to 75pc - “a significant improvement on last year,” according to delighted headteacher Dominic Findlay.

The percentage of A-B passes was 50pc, while the figure for A-E passes was an impressive 97.5pc.

Mr Findlay said: “The results are a significant improvement on last year, and have allowed the majority of students to gain places at their first choice university. I am delighted with this year's results, especially the 50pc A-B grade passes, which are a well deserved reward for all the hard work put in by both students and staff at Langley.

“I am so proud of all students and staff - they have put in so much effort and this has been reflected in the extremely positive results being celebrated today.”

One Langley student, Tom Fisher, achieved four straight As and will now go on to study economics at York University.

The school's AS results were not available yesterday.

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