Whaplode Drove student Charles Pell is celebrating after achieving excellent A-level results which will see him go on to study at the University of Cambridge.
Charles received three A*s in maths, further maths and physics, along with an A in music, securing him a place at Wolfson College, Cambridge, to study music.
The 18-year-old admitted he was surprised by just how well he had done and had already prepared himself for the worst.
He said: “I was a bit blown away to be honest, I was not expecting to get that many A*s.
“I thought I might get a little lower in a couple of subjects as, even though I had worked very hard, I tried to play down expectations in my mind so not to get disappointed if I hadn’t done as well as I had hoped.”
After months of hard work and dedication it was an anxious wait for Charles who said his nerves really kicked in the night before.
He added: “I didn’t sleep at all well, I’m always a very nervous person going in to collect results.
“I picked up my results and went and sat in my car before opening them.”
Mistakes on his results paper originally led Charles to believe he had under performed, with one A* appearing as an A and another as a C.
He said: “Obviously opening the results was a happy moment but I knew a few mistakes had been made as I’d done better in some areas than the paper said.
“It took me the rest of the day to sort out but I was very relieved and pleased when it was all done.”
Charles will now go on to the University of Cambridge to study music in hopes of building a successful career in the industry.
He continued: “It’s a dream scenario to be honest with you, the interviews were quite hard on me and the first one didn’t go very well so I was prepared for disappointment, but thankfully I got accepted.
“I come from a very musical family, particularly my dad, and my parents always nurtured and encouraged me.
“I’ve been playing the violin and piano since I was seven, so it has always been a passion of mine.”
Looking to the future Charles already has a clear idea of where he wants to be and what he wants to do after completing his course at university.
He concluded: “I want to compose music for films and television, that is the goal.
“I’m not sure how it will go or where it will take me but that is my dream job.”