A level: Walton High students make vice principal proud

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MORE than 100 pupils from Walton High snapped up places their first choice universities after finding out their A-level results this morning (Thursday).

There were plenty of great grades being handed out too, as 33 students gaining the equivalent of three or more A* and A grades.

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Ellen Foley-Williams was filled with excitement and relief as she achieved her A* in biology, A in chemistry and A in geography. Ellen is looking forward to studying biology at Oxford University. She said: “I worked really hard, it definitely wasn’t easy. I was unbelievably nervous to get my results, I couldn’t really sleep at all.”

Fellow student, Nishay Nathwani was also pleased to collect his results, getting an A*in economics, A in maths and B in psychology. Nishay explained: “I’ve got a tough choice to make now: I can go to uni or take up an offer to join KPMG’s graduate training programme where I can learn and work at the same time. I’ve got a few days to decide.”

Amma Dompreh, pictured, can’t wait to get started in her new life in London, courtesy of her A* in fine art, A in geography and B is psychology. She’ll be swapping Walton Park for King’s College where she’ll be studying geography. It was a huge relief for Amma too, after all the hours she put in to get her grades.

“I stayed for all the after-school clubs and study sessions,” she said. “The cleaners were kicking me out of school at 8pm so they could lock up! None of my friends saw me because I was always in school!

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“I’m so thankful to all of my teachers who helped me get to where I needed to be and helped me whenever they could.

“I want to become a town planner, which incorporates geography and art.”

Another Walton High pupil, relieved to receive his grades was Dean Bryce who achieved a B in ICT, B in business studies and a Distinction* in BTEC sport (equivalent to an A Level A* grade). “I’m happy with what I got. It was a lot of hard work!”, said Dean. Unlike many of his peers, Dean wont be heading off to university, and is excited about taking a different route. “I’m going to be an apprentice at my Dad’s company and I hope one day I can take over the family business.”

Mrs Bowman, vice principal at Walton High, said: “We’re so pleased that so many of the students have achieved their first choice uni places.

“A lot of the students we’ve seen come through the school so it’s really satisfying to see all their hard work has paid off.

“As teachers, we get the results earlier than the pupils, but we don’t hear about whether they get into university until they tell us. It’s great to see them so excited.”