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Taunton's College A level results 2011
5:14pm Friday 19th August 2011 in Education
THE corridors were “buzzing” at Taunton’s College, as students opened their envelopes to reveal record-breaking results.
There were plenty of cheers and screams of delight as teenagers and proud parents discovered the grades.
Delighted principal Alice Wrighton said the scenes of joy provided a sharp contrast to the fierce criticism of the country’s young people following this month’s violent riots.
She said: “It’s come at a time when of lots of negative emotion around our young people and negative judgements.
“All you need to do is walk in our hall and what you will see is a group of people we can be extremely proud of, who have huge potential, and they are representative of out young communities generally.”
Amongst those celebrating was Amber Harte, who got two A*s and an A to add to A and B grades she achieved last year.
She said: “I’m ecstatic – I’ve only just stopped crying and shaking, I couldn’t be happier. I’m not looking forward to doing it all again next week, but regardless of my GCSE result I still got fantastic results.”
Harriet Powell, from Beaulieu, added three As to the A* she got last year, but has still missed out on a university place to study veterinary medicine.
The 17-year-old is now planning a year out gaining work experience to support a second application next year.
She said: “I was a bit disappointed, but it’s veterinary medicine and you have to expect that you might need to take a year off because it’s such a competitive course. I’m very happy with my results though.”