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A-LEVEL RESULTS: Thurston Community College students rise to the occasion

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Thurston Community College saw its 123 students achieve an 81 per cent pass rate for A* to C grades in their A-Levels and a 99 per cent pass rate overall.

Compared to last year, where 351 students that took A-Levels had a 77 per cent pass rate for A* to C and an overall pass rate of 98.3 per cent.

The morning was full of mixed emotions but the most inspirational story at the college was that of Grace Long.

The college saw an improvement in its grades A* to C and its overall pass mark.
The college saw an improvement in its grades A* to C and its overall pass mark.

After dropping out of her first year battling anorexia, not even being able to finish some lessons, Grace restarted, dropping her fourth subject, physics, and re-taking maths, chemistry and biology.

She said: "I still struggled during exam season and my mocks were rubbish, with my anxiety levels so high. I don't really believe it, it is just crazy."

She expected three B's but after opening her envelope she discovered she had three A*s.

Grace will now be going to the University of Surrey, in Guildford, to study nutrition and dietetics.

Paul Potter, vice principal and head of sixth form at the college, said: "Despite all the challenges of being the first students to take the new GCSEs two years ago, a tougher A-Level curriculum and the 25 per cent government funding cuts to further education, our students have made more progress than ever before- in line with the top 25 per cent of sixth forms nationally."

"We believe that this group of students will look back at their years at Thurston Sixth as the most challenging and some of the most wonderful years of their lives. We wish them all the very best for the next steps in their journey."

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