Budding musicians, computer whizzkids and vets rejoice at Forest of Dean A-level results
FROM music stars to computer engineers, talented students celebrated A-level success across the Forest of Dean.
At Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre, two top pupils are heading to Oxford University with a string of A*s under their belts.
Tobias Corrigan cleaned up in his grades, getting A*s in maths, further maths and physics and an A in chemistry. The 18-year-old from Longlevens is off to read physics at Keble College.
He said: "I'm pretty happy. I had my interview there in December and it was hard work."
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Susie Gold got A*s in biology, maths and chemistry and goes to Merton College to read biological sciences.
Two Bs and a D were music to the ears of Tom Butler, 18, from Hartpury, too. He has won a rare place at the Welsh Conservertoire for a four-year clarinet masterclass.
He's already graced the stage at the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall since taking up the instrument as a youngster and is determined to make it his profession.
"I had an audition there which was the hardest part – they gave me an offer and I needed to get two Cs to get in," he said. "I'm really pleased."
Still at Newent, teaching assistant Jenne Golding was as proud as any parent to see one of her pupils make the grade too. She has helped dyslexic Giles Hardman, 18, from Hempsted, since he started at the school seven years ago. He got the grades he needed to do computer systems engineering at Brunel University.
"He's like one of my own," she said. "I've had two of my own kids come through the school and I feel the same about Giles today as I did about them.
"I didn't sleep a lot the night before, I was desperate to know how he'd done. Seven years is a long time. He's been brilliant, I'm really proud for him."
At Gloucestershire College's Royal Forest of Dean Campus, it was a second consecutive year of having a 100 per cent pass rate.
Budding vet Holly Maller, 19, from Mile End, can pursue her dream career now after retaking chemistry and getting an A. "I've always wanted to be a vet, I'm so happy," she said.
Ben Wadley, 18, from Broadwell, came away with As in environmental studies and maths, and a B in physics.
He takes up a place at Cardiff University doing mechanical engineering and said: "I'm surprised – the grades are good news."