Saffron Walden County High School A-levels: Students rise to challenges with 152 A* grades
A student who recovered from meningitis was one of the Saffron Walden County High School (SWCHS) A-level successes.
Mason Sherman resat his biology this year and achieved As in the science subject as well as in geography and English literature.
He will be training at a GB Taekwondo talent club in Southampton next year before studying law at the University of Manchester.
On receiving his results on Tuesday morning (August 10) Mason said: "It's been a very challenging year, however the support from SWCHS has helped me to reach where I am today."
In all, 27 students achieved at least three A*s and seven got four A*s. Of those, four also gained an A* in their EPQ (extended project qualification): Nathaniel Burke, Isabella Foote, Ursula Gerhard and Thomas Swiecichowski.
A dozen students have secured places at Oxford or Cambridge with a further four off to study medicine. Overall, 152 A* grades were awarded.
Lizzie Robson, who is to study history and economics at Oxford, said: "Thank you to everyone at the school for being so supportive."
There was also success in vocational qualifications, with 12 double distinctions and 16 starred distinctions. Overall, 74 results included a distinction grade.
Melisa Syuleyman, who was awarded double distinction* in health & social care and an A* in criminology, is to study law at Exeter University. Lucy Bedding-Reece and Elena Jennings also received the double distinction* in health & social care along with an A* in sociology and an A* in French respectively. Wilfred Lee received a double distinction* in business and an A in media studies.
Head Polly Lankester said: "Our students should be so proud of these results. They've worked so hard across the last two years in the face of great uncertainty and significant periods of disruption. I've been so impressed by their resilience and how they've risen to every challenge given to them.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank SWCHS teachers who taught their students and then marked and moderated all of the assessments to ensure each young person has been awarded results that truly reflected the standard they had achieved.
"We're delighted that so many students have done so well, and we wish them every success in the next stage of their careers."