Even the impossible dream came true ...

Former Thomas Cowley High School pupil Luke Cowdell has secured a place at Cambridge University following two years in the sixth form at Spalding Grammar School.

Luke was offered a place at Christ’s College in January to study law, but it was only on Thursday that he sealed the deal with a sparkling A* and two As.

Off to Cambridge - star Spalding Grammar School student Luke Cowdell. ANL-150813-150958001

Off to Cambridge - star Spalding Grammar School student Luke Cowdell. ANL-150813-150958001

“If you had told me two years ago I would be going to Cambridge, I would have told you that you were joking,” said Luke. “Everyone here (Spalding Grammar) has been so accommodating and it’s helped me to grow as a person.”

But Luke, from Quadring, also paid tribute to his old school in Donington for providing the foundations of his success.

Luke was one of 15 top performers at the school and that list was headed by head boy Edward White, with two A*s and one A.

Edward hadn’t expected to do quite so well.

A-level stars (from left): Kristian Kulleseid, Alex Dormor, Ryan Brown and Mario Fragale. SG080815030mf

A-level stars (from left): Kristian Kulleseid, Alex Dormor, Ryan Brown and Mario Fragale. SG080815030mf

He said: “The results are a bit of a relief. It was quite stressful leading up to it. I wasn’t sure if I would get the grades and the university.”

Edward will study earth science at Durham.

James McGeown’s A* and two A’s saw him land a place in the top 15 and he’s off to Warwick to study management.

He had an early-morning look at the UCAS site – knew he’d secured his university place – but had to go to school to find out his grades.

In the thick of it ... students get their A-level results at Spalding Grammar School.

In the thick of it ... students get their A-level results at Spalding Grammar School.

“I’m really pleased,” he said.

Another top performance came from Michael Lewis with two A*s and one B.

Max Pearce grabbed an A, B and C in business, ICT and German respectively but he’s deferring Sheffield University for a year – where he will study business and German – to take a ski instructor course in Austria.

He said: “ There’s a guaranteed job at the end of it (the course). I wanted to improve my German before I go to university.”