Jessica Quach is going to train as a midwife after gaining an A in Geography and Bs in Biology and Psychology plus a Distinction * in Health and Social Care.
She said: ‘I was originally going to do nursing but decided to do midwifery. It is a three year course at De Montfort and I will be doing practicals from six weeks in. I had to do interviews and a maths and English test to get accepted and it is so competitive. Lots of people say “oh you are so young to be a midwife’” but I knew straight away that is what I wanted to be. I am most pleased about my biology result.’
Lydia Pouncey achieved As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and C in Further Maths.
She said: ‘I thought I was on the cusp for a few of them but I really worked hard so I am glad I got the As. I am most pleased about chemistry as it was a struggle the whole way through and it was probably the hardest subject. I was getting Bs right up until the exams and did a final push because I really wanted that A quite badly, so it was that final push that I am really proud of. I am going to the University of East Anglia to do biochemistry which is a four years Masters course. I’d like to go into the pharmaceutical industry and work on the development of drugs. I wanted to be in the medical industry but I don’t want to be in a hospital environment so I thought it would be the best place to help, developing drugs behind the scenes.’
Shehan Retnasingam is celebrating his A* in Maths and As in Physics and Further Maths.
He said: ‘I am going to study mathematics at Bath University as it has always been my favourite subject. I have always been trying hard from Year 7 so I guess these results are down to seven years of hard work. I wanted to go to Bath as it is a top ten university and I will probably look at doing a Masters afterwards, or maybe get a corporate job in finance.’
George Carr got an A* in Design Technology plus A grades in Business Studies and Maths.
He said: ‘I am going to the University of Birmingham to read Economics and I want to do financial management or maybe banking afterwards as maths and business are my strong points. I really liked the university and the city and it seemed like a really good place to go to. The A* and As were the icing on the cake and I was massively pleased with them. My advice to new Sixth Formers is to work consistently and stay on top of your work, particularly at the start.’
Lauren Coull was awarded an A* in Philosophy and Ethics and As in Geography and Biology.
She said: ‘I am going to study Geography and Philosophy at St Andrew’s University as it did the course I wanted and it is a really good university so it will be a great opportunity. I like those subjects but I am not sure what I will do at the end, I’ll figure it out later! I spent nights revising and I would advise younger students to learn what the examiner wants in terms of key words, because you don’t want to waste your time writing irrelevant stuff. It is about exam technique and focusing your time.’