Thursday 9th October 2008 by C. Freeman
GCSE student Diana Gormley has got some of the best exam results in the history of Brooke Weston and she wasn't the only one. Many students were celebrating after receiving handfuls of top results and James Doherty had a double celebration, getting 7A*s, 3As and a Merit in IT on his 16th birthday. Students lined the corridors to receive their results but some were left speechless when they saw how well they had done.
Diana Gormley 's brother, Matthew, received top marks in last week's A levels. This week it was her turn in the spotlight as, with her 10A*s, 1A and a Distinction in GNVQ she was told by Principal, Miss Stringer that she had one of the best results since the College opened 18 years ago. She said: 'I'm going on to the Sixth Form and I want to do Maths. I'm also hoping to do Sciences and maybe French. I've no idea how I've done it, I'm really happy. It did worry me a bit that Matthew was a hard act to follow!'
Ilse Lee and Felicity Macro both got 8A*s, 3As and Distinctions in GNVQ. Ilse said: 'My favourite subjects are Art and Science and I got A*s for those. The results haven't sunk in yet and I think it's going to take a few weeks. I'm coming back to do A levels. I'll do Art and Science but I'm not sure which others I'll take yet.'
Felicity said: 'It's such a relief to get these results after you have put so much work in and you don't really know how you're going to do. I'll be doing Maths, Chemistry and French for definite at A Level but I'm undecided on my fourth one. I think I'll celebrate with friends but it hasn't sunk it yet, it's all a bit surreal.'
James Doherty, who is celebrating with a joint birthday and GCSE celebration said. 'It's absolutely amazing, I'm lost for words' after hearing he had 7A*s, 3As and a Merit in IT.
Edward Lockwood got 6A*s, 3As and a Distinction in GNVQ. He said: 'All my teachers have said I've worked hard and supported me all the way through it. It's pure shock and amazement!' Edward is coming back to study Maths, Physics, IT and Business Studies at A Level.
Oliver Newton, Priyesh Parmar and Jordana Hadley all received 5A*s, 5As and a Distinction in GNVQ. Oliver said: 'I'm really pleased. People say that GCSEs are getting easier but that's not true at all. They are very testing and the results you get show what work you put in.'
Priyesh said: 'I'm feeling overwhelmed really. I didn't have any idea I'd done as well as this, I'm really pleased'. He is planning to come back to do Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics in the Sixth Form.
Jordana, who want to be a journalist and author said: 'I'm very pleased, especially with English. It's my favourite subject and I managed to get an A* in English Language last year so I wanted to get one in English Literature this year and I did. When I come back hopefully I'll do English Literature, Chemistry, French and Media at A Level.
Scott Balchin got 4A*s, 4As and he also has got an A grade at Maths A Level and a C grade at A Level ICT. He said: 'I'm coming back for Sixth Form but I'm not sure yet what I'm going to study. I was hoping for good results but it's great to finally get them. Photography was one of the hardest subjects because there was lots of individual project work. Maths was the one I found easiest. I didn't find it difficult doing the A Levels early; the workload isn't bad at all.'
Finally Emily Shell was pleased with her results having gained 2A*s, 7As and a Distinction in GNVQ. She said: 'I'm really happy about the A in photography because it was really difficult. Towards the last couple of weeks I was staying on until eight o'clock every single night trying to get it all done so I'm really happy about that. I'm really happy about science as well because the coursework was really difficult in the second year but I must have done well in the exam because I got an A as well.' Emily is now going on to study A Levels in History, French, Maths, Sociology and English Literature and she wants to pursue a career as a linguist, possibly working for an international organisation like the United Nations.