It was a morning of happy surprises – and shock for some – as Spalding High School students opened record-breaking A-level results.
Star student Eloise Lawton had four straight A*s and is heading to Durham to study English literature.
She said: “I am a bit shocked, but really pleased, and I am happy that it’s all over. I haven’t had time to ring my parents – I think they will just be shocked.
“I am a bit blonde at times and I think they find it weird that I do well academically.”
Laura Congreve had three A*s and an A and Daisy Smith matched the three A*s accompanied by a C.
Laura said: “I am really, really pleased and really surprised. I didn’t now what to expect.”
She’s going to Durham University to study chemistry and spent the weekend celebrating at the V Festival near Birmingham.
Daisy will go to Leeds College of Art for a foundation course in art.
She said: “I thought I was going to get Bs, I was hoping for that. I am a bit overwhelmed, really, quite shocked.”
Emily Gray’s three As are her passport to Bath University to study accounting and finance.
“I am very pleased with them,” she said. “I am going out tonight with friends.”
Georgia Cantwell said: “I have been up since 5am this morning because I couldn’t sleep.”
She hit UCAS Track and found she had secured her place at Queen Mary’s, London, to study history before going to school to collect a trio of As and a B.
Georgia said: “When you come out of exams, you think ‘I could have done better’, but I have got what I needed,”
Alice Lunn has three As and a C and will go to Leeds University to study human resource management – her big sister, Bethany, is about to start her third year at Leeds studying to be a child nurse.
Alice said: “It will be nice to have her there if I get homesick.”
She was “chuffed” with her results, particularly maths.
Alice said: “I am really surprised that I got an A in maths because the exam was so difficult.”
Jasmine Myland gained an A* and two As and is the school’s only student to secure an Oxbridge place.
She will study Spanish at Girton College, Cambridge.
“Everything I have worked for has finally happened,” she said.
Tommy Payne’s two A*s and an A will take him to Norwich Medical School – on Friday he set off to America for medical work experience.