Tears of joy were shed today (Thursday August 16) as pupils at the College of Richard Collyer’s in Horsham swarmed to collect their A-Level results.
The sixth form college hailed its record-breaking exam results as bucking the national trend.
Gemma Surridge was just one of many happy students clutching results and embracing her friends.
The 18-year-old, who gained two As and a B, told the County Times: “I cried. And my mum was crying down the phone.
“Just the amount of work I put into it and it’s just amazing to finally get the results I want.
“You do have tough times when revising, but it’s like when you go to the gym and get to that really tough point until you just get over it.”
The results means Gemma has secured her first university choice of Sheffield, where she will study Biology with the hope of taking a PHD in the future.
“I’m going to celebrate in Brighton, this is a very very happy day,” she added.
Students have excelled with an A2 pass rate of 99 per cent, with 60 per cent achieving grades at A*/B - the college’s best ever performance.
Photography, Dance, Chemistry, Spanish, Computing, Classics, Music and Further Maths all had 100 per cent pass rates.
Jackie Johnston, principal at Collyer’s, paid tribute to the hard work of students, parents and staff.
She said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating yet another record-breaking year of outstanding success across our broad range of subjects.
“I’m incredibly proud of our students, parents and staff as the success reflects their hard work over the course of another hugely successful year. The results are quite simply superb.”
The array of successes include Cambridge-bound Ben Kent, who achieved five A*s in Maths, Chemistry, Further Maths, Electronics and Physics, and Oliver Harris, who having achieved A* in Electronics, Maths and A’s in Further Maths and Physics will be studying Physics at Sussex University. Evie Button achieved four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology and is now heading for Cambridge to study Natural Sciences, while Michael McGearty is off to Oxford to study Engineering, having achieved A*s in Geology, Maths and Physics and an A in Further Maths.
Dr Johnston added: “In these difficult economic times, quality education is clearly at a premium and I’m delighted that Collyer’s continues to provide an outstanding educational platform for young people in the area. I wish our departing good luck for the future.”