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Celebrating A level success

There were celebrations at Glyn School when A level students collected their results this morning.
With three students heading to Oxford and grades ahead of the national average, head teacher Matt Duffield said everyone was delighted with the performance at Glyn.
"Myself and all the staff and governors at Glyn are delighted with the published results for our A level and BTEC students this morning," he said. "Yet again our students have secured fantastic outcomes, well above national averages and these grades will be the passport for our students in securing the next step in their educational journey.
"All of today's results are a testament to the professionalism, commitment and hard work of our students and staff alike, and we are also hugely grateful to our parents for the significant support they have given to their daughters and sons over these last two years."
The school recorded an 81 per cent pass rate at grades A*-C this year. The highest attaining students included Kieran with four A*, Conor with three A* and one A grade, and Daniel who was delighted with his two A* grades in physics and maths, and two A grades in chemistry and further maths.
The trio will be studying at Oxford in September with Kieran studying maths and computer science, Conor studying Biochemistry, and Daniel studying Chemistry.
Conor, who got three A* grades in biology, maths, and chemistry, and an A in further Maths, was a very relieved man at Glyn. "I can't really believe these results. I had been worried all summer about what they might be. More than anything, I'm just relieved I've done this well and I'm now really looking forward to going to university."
Conor, who has been at Glyn since Year 7, found out online he'd secured his place to Oxford before collecting his results. He added: "It was great to be able to share the news that I'd got into Oxford with my mum and dad before I came here. They were really happy for me."
As for his time at Glyn, Conor continued: "My whole journey here at Glyn has got me to where I am today. I've loved my time here and the teachers have really helped me push on with Maths with extra classes to help me achieve my goals. All my friends here have got into university so we are all pretty happy this morning."
Meanwhile Daniel, who has also been at Glyn since Year 7, was terrified about today. "I was unsure that I had done enough to get a place because I found the exams really tough," he said. "I was so relieved when I checked the UCAS website this morning and could see that I'd got into Oxford. Once I saw that I'd got in, I was feeling better about coming in to get my results but I'm really pleased with what I've got."
Kieran, who secured A* grades in Maths, further maths, physics and computer science, was much calmer than Connor and Daniel when coming into Glyn to collect his results. 
"I wasn't too nervous because I'd checked on the website that I'd got into Oxford and, more than anything, I was just keen to see what I had achieved,' said Kieran, who has been at Glyn since Year 7.
"I wasn't confident of getting four A* grades but I was always confident I'd get the grades I needed to get into Oxford. My parents knew that I'd got into Oxford but I think they'll be speechless when they see my results. I wouldn't be surprised if my mum cries!"
Other outstanding performers were Rahmin and Karita who both secured grades well above their targets.
Rahmin, who got two A* grades in law and history and an A in economics, will now be taking up a place at UCL to study Law but he admitted to feeling nervous before he arrived at Glyn to collect his results.
The 18-year-old, who hopes to become a corporate solicitor, said: "I'd checked the UCAS website this morning so I knew I'd got into UCL but I didn't know my results and I was so relieved when I opened the envelope."
Rahmin, who has been at Glyn for seven years, added: "Throughout my time here at Glyn I've always felt supported by the teachers and they have really helped me. They always encourage you to be the best you can."
Meanwhile  Karita secured two As in sociology and geography and a B grade in RS and will be taking up a place at Sheffield to study Applied Social Sciences.
She said: "I was thrilled with my results. I honestly was expecting to get three Bs and when I opened my envelope, I didn't believe that the sheet was mine - I thought it was someone else's!
"I can't thank the teachers enough for helping me get these results. All their support and going the extra mile for me has helped me achieve results that were above what I was predicted."
She added: "My mum and brother were here with me and they are so pleased for me and I can't wait to go to Sheffield now. Once I leave uni, I'd like to go into the police - perhaps become a child protection officer."