MONTHS of anticipation was turned into tears of joy for hundreds of Forest of Dean students who collected their A-level results today.
It has been another successful year for many further education colleges across the county, including Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre.
There was a 99 per cent pass rate for students there, with 46 per cent gaining A*, A and B grades.
Headteacher Kirsten Harrison said: “This year’s results are among the best ever.
“I am really pleased. We have had quite tricky year as we obviously came out of special measures in February to ‘good’ across the board, so the results holding up in this way is really, really positive.”
Among the outgoing sixth formers in Newent with top grades is Miriam Partington, 18, who got straight As in English, History and Drama.
She will now study English at the University of Bristol and is considering a future career in writing, perhaps journalism.
“I couldn’t believe it, I was in complete shock, I didn’t think I would get three As whatsoever,” she said.
There were similar success stories for Gloucestershire College, which is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate at its Dean campus for the fourth year running. Rebecca Kartal, 18, a student at the college’s Five Acres campus, Coleford, gained A* grades in psychology and biology, as well as an A in biology. She will now study psychology at Aston University in Birmingham. She said: “This has not really sunk in yet – I have been panicking about it all summer.”
Monmouth School pupil Devan Kuleindiren, 18, who lives in Coleford, gained four A* grades and is off to study computer science at the University of Cambridge.
He said: “This means everything to me. I never realised I would have a chance of getting into Cambridge and when I realised I could do it, I thought, ‘why not’.”