A level Results Day is a massive day for 18 year olds across the country and for two students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull (part of the Ninestiles Academy Trust) it is cause for massive celebration after they got the very top grades possible.
Nick Delaney and Louise Rippin are looking forward to starting their studies at Cambridge and Birmingham Universities respectively after both achieving A* grades in all their A level courses.
Former Lode Heath School student Nick Delaney achieved all A* grades in A level German, Law and Russian. His university place is at Churchill College, Cambridge to study Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
“I’m really happy with my results. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I did feel nervous and I didn’t get much sleep last night. I’m looking forward to taking up my place. I’ve got a year abroad to look forward to, which I will be spending in China and that’s really exciting. I’m not 100% sure what I want to do as a career yet, but studying languages will keep lots of doors open for me.
“Making an application to Cambridge was intense. There was so much to keep on top of with a separate entrance exam and work to be sent in. I was never sure if what I was giving them was good enough or what they were looking for. However, I visited the university and I had two mock interviews at College to prepare me, including one on the place with my teacher on the way back from my German exchange. You can never prepare for everything they will ask you, but that preparation was really helpful.”
For Louise Rippin (a former Light Hall School student), her A* grades came in A level Biology, Geography, Mathematics and Further Maths. She is going to the University of Birmingham to continue her Mathematic studies.
“I wasn’t really expecting to get such high grades. I had an unconditional offer from the University of Birmingham, so I knew I had my university place, but I was still determined to get the grades. I’ve always been pretty good at Maths and I enjoy studying it, so that’s why I chose to continue it at university. I wanted to study at Birmingham because I liked it when I visited at Open Day and it’s still close to home. I’m the first person in my family to go to university and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not sure where my degree will lead, but I’m considering possibly doing accountancy.”
16 August 2018