IT was a case of hooray-levels at Midhurst Rother College as excited students jumped for joy, receiving the results they need to get to university.
There were some excellent individual results, including talented young photographer Oliver van Zwanenberg, who got an A* and two B’s and is going to the University of Westminster to study photography.
Despite saying he was ‘reasonably pleased’ and ‘could have done better’, Ashley Baker, 18, got an impressive A, B and C and will now go to the Royal Veterinary College in London to study veterinary medicine.
Ashley said: “I’ve had horses all my life, and have done lots of relevant work experience, including at the veterinary practice in Lamberts Lane.”
A show-jumper with the Cowdray Hunt, Ashley was celebrating by going for a ride in the evening, but not before having to go to work at the polo yard.
Jack Benham, 18, from Heyhsott, got a A*, A and B and is going to the University of Manchester to study for a degree in mathematics. “I haven’t got a clue what I want to do afterwards,” he said. “But maths will give me a lot of options.
“I did a lot better than I expected, and my parents are really, really pleased.
“I’m now going to the pub to celebrate!”
Simon Dennis, 18, from Bepton, got an A*, A and two B’s and is set to study chemistry at the University of Bath. “I would like to go into the pharmaceutical industry,” said Simon.
“I enjoy chemistry, and it’s a really good career. I can sit back and relax for the rest of the day.”
Catriona Gibbon, 18, from Upperton, was delighted with two A’s and two B’s and will now go to the University of Southampton to study chemistry and mathematics. She hopes her degree will take her into forensic science. “We did a day of forensic science in Year 9, and I really enjoyed it, so decided that’s what I wanted to do. I’ve been working towards it ever since.
“I’m off to celebrate at an ice-cream parlour with my family now!”
Her friend Caroline Miller, 19, got four fantastic grades - A*, A*, A, A, and will go to the University of York in September to read mathematics and philosophy.
Caroline said: “I’m not quite sure what I want to do, but I went on a HSBC programme in Canary Wharf recently, so now I’m interested in global banking.
“I would definitely like to travel as well, hopefully to New Zealand after university.
“I’m now going to spend the afternoon shopping with my mum, she’s over the moon!”
Principal Dr Joe Vitagliano was delighted the hard work and dedication shown by both teachers and pupils paid off: “I am always humbled by how hard students have worked to achieve their grades; such results are a just reward for their effort and dedication. I wish them all well in the future.”
See next week’s Observer for all the pictures and full coverage of A Level results from around the area (August 21).