A levels: Hard work paid off

PUBLISHED: 13:59 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

WHILE some were whooping with joy, others were weeping with woe as the A-level exam results were announced after months of waiting.

WHILE some were whooping with joy, others were weeping with woe as the A-level exam results were announced after months of waiting.For some it was a cause for celebration - secured a place at their chosen university and excitedly awaiting their next step of study.But for those who failed to gain their hoped-for results, it meant anxiously awaiting the clearing process and deliberating over their choices.Axe Valley Community College pupil Becky Crispin gained three As. She said: "I'm very happy. I didn't expect it, but I did work very hard. I'm going to study English at Exeter University - I didn't fancy travelling too far a-field."Daniel Gaine, also from Axe Valley, gained two As and a B. He said: "It's good to have my place at Bournemouth University confirmed. I was worried it might not happen, so it's a great weight off my shoulders."And one Axe Valley student had the unusual result of three As and one E. With the higher results in art, photography and biology, Dean Barden said he was not overly concerned about his chemistry mark."I'm happy as I wasn't expecting to get three As," he said. "I'm not bothered about the chemistry result."Colyton Grammar School pupil and head girl Sally Turner gained As in English, maths, history, chemistry and general studies, including two distinctions and an Advanced extension award for history - where she came among the top 10 in the country. She has now secured her place at Oxford, for which the process started last summer, and will study English.She said: "It's a big relief. I was hoping for three As to get into Oxford, but two get the distinctions and the extension award is a nice surprise and happy bonus."I'm looking forward to starting my course but I'm nervous too. It's going to be a lot of hard work but English is something I enjoy. "I've no idea what I will do after university but three years - even though they'll probably fly by -is a long time to decide."For students who did not achieve their desired grades, options include re-sitting exams, challenging the grade where appropriate, and going through the clearing process.

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