Star A level pupils making the grade
STAR students from across Macclesfield celebrated some outstanding results in their A-levels this year.
Among some of the highest achievers was Beatrice Nixon, 18, from Marton. She clocked up four A*s and one A after studying at Eaton Bank Academy, in Congleton, and has secured a place to study natural sciences at Lancaster University.
She said: “I feel good. I was nervous but now I’m relieved.”
One of the Fallibroome Academy’s most successful ever students was Daniella Schutze, of Sandpiper Close, who throughout every paper in both her AS and A2 examinations dropped a total of just five marks.
Daniella got a remarkable three A*s in English lit- erature, philosophy and ethics and German and now plans to study German at Oxford University.
She said: “When I opened the results this morning I was over the moon.”
Fellow Fallibroome student Sam Smith, of College Court, Macclesfield, was surprised by his results because he can’t even remember sitting some papers after falling ill during the exams.
Despite his illness Sam managed three A*s in biology, chemistry and maths. He dropped just 22 marks out of 1,800 in his nine A2 assessments, and has landed a place studying medicine at Cambridge.
He said: “I don’t even remember taking one paper that I sat, it is all a bit of a haze.”
Over at Tytherington School Emma De Sousa achieved an A* in maths and three As in further maths, physics and chemistry.
The 18-year-old, of Southwest Avenue in Bollington, only dropped two marks in her entire A2 maths examinations, getting a total of 298 out of 300.
She said: “You always worry that you haven’t done as well as you hope so when I opened the results I was thrilled.”
Tytherington pupil Michael Simmons, 17, of Castle Hill in Prestbury, managed an amazing three A*s in maths, further maths and physics.
He now plans to study maths at Warwick University. He said: “I thought I just scraped through, I didn’t think I would get three A*s.”
One student who had a difficult decision to make was Harry Spearing.
The 18-year-old had to decide whether to start university in September, or pursue his dream of becoming a rock star with his band, Vedanna, who have just been offered a recording contract.
Harry, who is also a pupil at Tytherington, achieved three A*s in physics, maths and further maths and has been offered a place at Lancaster University studying physics.
He said: “I’ve decided to go to university. I want to go into research and do a PhD and get my doctorate. If I had to choose between becoming a doctor and being a rock star I am not sure that I would be able to in all honesty. Maybe I can be both – Dr Rock Star.”
Clockwise from top left: Harry Spearing, Emma De Sousa, Beatrice Nixon and Michel Simmons