Castle School's A-level students are university-bound
AFTER an excruciating wait and many sleepless nights, the scores are finally in for scores of students in Thornbury.
And months of revision certainly paid off for a majority of sixth formers who were welcomed with exciting news as they stepped into Castle School on A-level results' day.
It was another bumper year for the high-performing secondary school, with 54 per cent of 174 pupils achieving A* to B grades.
But 22 students particularly shone, each receiving at least three As.
Twins sisters from Thornbury Natalie and Rozzie Harrison topped the school's league.
Natalie will be volunteering in Africa and India for a year before starting a degree in Geography at Oxford University, while her sister will start a Law course in Durham next month.
Natalie who achieved an A* in maths and 2 As in geography and biology, said: "I didn't think I was going to get in. I'm differing to 2014 so I hope it gives it time to sink in."
Her sister, who scored an A* in maths, A in math and physics and B in history added: "I wasn't sure how my exams went. I'm really excited to do something new."
Alasdair Fowler, 18, from Thornbury is also off to Oxford. His two A* in chemistry and maths and A in physics secured him a place as a chemistry student at the prestigious university.
"I didn't think I would get an interview but I did," he said. "I didn't think I would get an offer but I did. I'm not sure I've processed this yet."
As for Liam Cain, 18, he has fulfilled his dream of studying medicine at Nottingham University, scoring an A* in biology, A in chemistry and A in maths.
"I've wanted to be doctor since I can remember," he said. "It's pretty much a dream come true. I'm over the moon."
Head teacher Melanie Warnes said: "It is incredibly heartening to see students fulfill their potential and see their well-deserved success. The achievements are the result of the hard work of the students and teachers and the continued support of our parents."
Head of sixth form Paul Nicholson, who is retiring after 25 years at the school, said he was delighted to be leaving on such a high note.
"As ever the students, and staff, have performed very well," he said. "That's exciting for them and it's exactly as it should be."
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