Cambridge for Aiden as Grammar thrives

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Spalding Grammar School is celebrating after a year of excellent A-levels results, which has seen one of its students accepted at Cambridge University.

In total 125 students took their A-levels this year, with almost all successful.

Spalding Grammar A levels'Alistaire Crisp, Dan Mather Georgie Stocks, Josh Parrott ANL-140814-115630001

Spalding Grammar A levels'Alistaire Crisp, Dan Mather Georgie Stocks, Josh Parrott ANL-140814-115630001

The day’s big winner was Aiden Dobney (18) of Gosberton as he achieved an A* in law and an A in both economics and maths, securing a place at Cambridge, where he plans to study law.

Aiden said: “I still can’t believe it myself, just getting the offer was unbelievable.

“My dream is to emigrate to America and practice law there.

“I’m a big believer that if you want something enough, you can get it and this is proof.”

But Aiden wasn’t the only success story as a number of students picked up impressive results, which saw the grammar school maintain its 98 per cent success rate.

Spalding’s Alistair Crisp (18), fresh from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia as part of the school’s World Challenge initiative, returned home to an A* in sociology, a B in Law and a C in psyhcology.

He said: “I think the key to my success was a determination to succeed to get to the University of Leicester.

“I want to go in to the police force in a larger city.”

Thorney-based Scarlett Blades (18) admitted she was nervous before receiving an A* in English Literature, an A in history and a B in both general studies and government and politics.

She said: “Yesterday was my worst day for my nerves and being around my parents has been edgy because they were more nervous than I was.

“In the last few weeks before the exams I cracked down and worked really hard and that helped.”

Scarlett will now go on to the University of Manchester where she will study English Literature, hoping to fufil her dream of becoming a writer.

Some students however are still to decide what their future holds.

Ernestas Jackevic of Spalding earned an A in economics, an A in both geography and maths and a B in physics, and has yet to decide what career he wants to pursue, despite planning to do economics at the University of Leeds.

He said: “I haven’t closed any doors, we’ll just have to wait and see.”