Students throughout Bourne could be about to follow Matthew Hassall’s (18) solution to fretting about their exam results with a pre-results day party.
As it turned out, Matthew had nothing to worry about with a four-star showing of A* grades in English literature, history, maths and further maths.
The teenage mastermind, who has ambitions to become an academic and author, is now looking forward to the towers and canals of Cambridge University where Matthew is set to study history.
Matthew said: “The grades were as I expected up until two weeks ago when I started thinking they weren’t going to be so good.
“I enjoyed my A-levels a lot and I couldn’t have imagined doing them anywhere else but Bourne Grammar School.”
A place at Cambridge University is the achievement of an ambition for Matthew but it came after a searching interview with one of its history dons.
Matthew said: “The hardest part was the year leading up to the interview when I was doing all my reading and extra-curricular stuff.
“But I really enjoyed doing all the research and the interview itself was pretty surreal, talking about whatever kind of history they wanted to talk about.
“It’ll be mostly classical history that I’ll be doing and I can’t wait to get to Cambridge because I’ve always wanted to go there.”
Headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “At Bourne Grammar School, all our courses are tough, demanding, academic subjects, so we have a great deal to celebrate this year.”