Teens tear open A level results envelopes

A Heanor teen with cystic fybrosis was one of many celebrating top A-level grades this morning - despite a year spent in and out of hospital.

A Heanor teen with cystic fybrosis was one of many celebrating top A-level grades this morning - despite a year spent in and out of hospital.

nrhn 220813'Mill HIll A Level results 2013.

nrhn 220813'Mill HIll A Level results 2013.

Heanor Gate Science College pupil William Marler of Owers Avenue, did much of his revision while receiving a treatment of antibiotics for the genetic condition at Nottingham City Hospital.

But this morning the talented 18-year-old, who one day dreams of working for animation movie makers Pixar, received A* grades in graphics, photography and media studies and an A grade in English.

He said: “It has been tough, but one thing I’ve loved about this school is how they’ve been brilliant in sending me work to do and my parents have been incredible.”

William will now go on to study visual communication at Birmingham City University, which features a mix of photography, graphics and animation.

William Marler.

William Marler.

“My passion in life is animation,” he said: “It’s what I want to do when I’m older.

“My end dream in life is to work at Pixar. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting someone from Pixar and showed them my work, which they liked so - who knows!”

Teenagers across Ripley and Heanor faced a nail biting morning - as A Level students at local sixth form centres opened their exam results.

Heanor Gate Science College opened at 8am to allow teens a head start if they needed to go through the fraught clearing process for a university place.

Despite attaining an A* grade in biology and an A in both chemistry and physics, 18-year-old pupil at the school Rosie Blount is taking a year out now to move to Manchester and train with the British Cycling Squad as part of its under 23 Academy Programme.

Rosie, of Breadsall, said competing at the Olympics is a possibility - but she also has a place guaranteed at Leeds University studying medicine the following year if she wants it.

“I’ve always wanted to be a professional cyclist,” she said.”If not I will study medicine.

“I was just so happy to get the grades, a lot of work went in to them so it was nice to be rewarded.”

Head teacher Rob Howard said he was proud of his sixth formers’ efforts.

He said: “I’m really pleased, we’ve had some amazing results, we have a number of students that got a string of A stars. The majority of students got into their first choice university.”

Another year of record results were posted at Mill Hill School in Ripley, with an overall pass rate of 95 per cent.

A total of 24 per cent of grades were A* to A, an increase from 21 per cent last year and 18 per cent in 2011.

And 72 per cent of grades were A* to C, compared to 66 pe cent last year.

Helen Fozard, the school’s Head of Sixth Form, said staff are were thrilled with the latest set of results.

She said: “The students at Mill Hill have worked extremely hard to achieve these fantastic results with the support of our talented and dedicated staff who also work closely with parents.

“We are extremely pleased with the results which demonstrate a strong trend of improvement. The percentage of A* to A grades has increased every year for the past five years, a statistic that we are very proud of.”

One teen celebrating top grades was Beatles fan Daniel Ball who will now go on to study music at the University of Nottingham.

The grade seven guitarist wants to become a music teacher one day - but also showed he has a knack for the sciences with an A* in chemistry and physics as well as an A in music.

He said: “I enjoy playing and passing the knowledge on - I want to work with people and I want to carry on doing something I enjoy!”

Charlotte Henshaw, 18, of Cross Hill, Codnor passed on tips to those taking the exams next year as she celebrated A grades in maths chemistry and physics.

“It was quite stressful,” she said. “but just keep practising it really. I think I did every past exam paper that was going, that way you get used to the types of exam questions on the paper.”

Alfreton Grange Arts College year 13 students also celebrated their best ever A Level results.

A spokesperson for the school said: “These are a testament to the hard work of both staff and students.

“Special congratulations go to Tim Cole who achieved 3 A* grades including Chemistry and Physics and will now take a place at Manchester University; Alice Galligar who gained an impressive bursary for her place at Bournemouth University and Dara Wetton who won scholarship for Leeds University. All staff and Governors wish our students well in their future studies and careers.”

The school saw a massive 17 per cent rise in the number of Year 13 students achieving three or more A Levels this year and a 14 per cent rise in students achieving AAB or higher in two or more subjects.