PUPILS achieving top grades in their A Levels have spoken of their pride and plans for the future.
Another outstanding year for schools in and around Uttoxeter has seen several pupils attain straight As and secure places at some of the most prestigious universities in the country.
Thomas Alleyne’s High School pupil Robert Stockton, 18, has been accepted at Cambridge, where he will study English literature, after getting two A*s and an A in English, History and French.
He said: “I just couldn’t believe it when I opened my results. To a certain extent, I really wasn’t expecting to have done so well.
“I’m really looking forward to the academic side of university and meeting a lot of talented, highly-intelligent people at Cambridge. I can’t wait.”
John Evans, also of the Dove Bank school, got an A* in maths and As in English literature and French and is off to Nottingham University to study maths.
He said: “I’m not quite sure how this has happened but I’m really pleased all my hard work has paid off.
“I’m looking forward to being able to dedicate myself to one subject and the whole experience of university.”
Matt Cort turned his grades around, attaining an A in maths after scoring a U in his AS Level course two years ago.
He is going to Staffordshire University to study accounting and business after also gaining C grades in accounting and business studies.
He said: “This is proof to me that nothing’s impossible if you set your mind to it.
“I attended every voluntary extra revision session I could and put my social life to one side to do the best I possibly could.
“I’ll be staying at home while studying for the time being to save some money but I’m looking forward to further education.”
Denstone College school captain, Rosie Cammack, is going to study biological sciences at Oxford after getting two A*s and an A in biology, chemistry and maths respectively.
She said: “I came home to a letter making me a conditional offer after a biology exam in January and never really imagined that would turn into a reality.
“I’m over the moon and am equally pleased for my parents, who have been almost as stressed as me waiting for my results.”
Tom Blundell, also of Denstone College, is off to Durham to do English literature after getting an A* and two As in English, politics and economics.
He said: “I eventually want to work in the financial sector in the city but the analytical skills I’ll learn doing English literature will stand me in good stead for that.
“It’s a massive relief to have got the grades I needed and I now can’t wait to get started at uni.”
Abbotsholme’s Annabel Gill will study English literature and Spanish at Birmingham after achieving an A and two Bs in English Literature, Spanish and biology.
She said: “I didn’t quite get what I needed but they’ve let me in anyway, which is a big relief.
“I’ll have a year abroad as part of my course and will be going to Spain or South America, which is really exciting.
“Now I’m going to V-Festival to let my hair down and celebrate the culmination of my hard work.”
Fellow Abbotsholme School pupil Matthew Mead got three Bs in history, design and technology and English literature and will study history at Oxford Brookes.
He said: “I’m very happy and it’s a massive relief after only getting three hours’ sleep last night. I was sick with worry.
“I’m looking forward to moving away from the area I’ve been in all my life and experiencing new places and people.”