STUDYING a fatal virus has put an A-level student from Felpham on course for a job helping to keep people safe.
Rebecca Wood gained an A* grade for her 10,000 word dissertation about Ebola which swept through western Africa with devastating effect.
“I wrote about its molecular basis and how the disease began and how it can be managed better and epidemics stopped,” she said. “I wanted to study something that was in the news and it was interesting to read different ideas about it.”
Rebecca, 18, was one of Felpham Community College’s leading students when the exam results were revealed last Thursday. She also gained an A* in biology, A in psychology and a B in chemistry.
This allows her to study neuroscience at Bristol University after she has travelled around New Zealand and Australia. She expects to follow her studies with a job either with a global health body such as the World Health Organisation or in academia.
Carol Rossell, 18, is going to the USA for her degree. She left home on Tuesday and will begin her studies on September 9. She beat tough competition to win a scholarship from the Sutton Trust education charity to enable her to spend four years at Tufts University in Boston.
The backing is worth $69,500 a year and will pay for her major expenses. “I am majoring in biomechanical engineering,” she said. “That is the integration of a non-living item into a living body, like a stent or a hip replacement.
“It’s an up and coming area of research and the research which is going on at Tufts is really interesting. They are looking at silk scaffolding for hearts.
“I want to do something for a living which helps people and this will achieve that.”
She will also be studying chemistry and Spanish at university after she gained A grades in her maths, biology and chemistry A-levels and a B in physics.
Flynn Jeffery, 18, was happy with his As in biology and physics and B in chemistry.
“The grades are a big improvement on those I gained last year,” he said. ” I did more work and more reading, a lot more reading. I’m now going to King’s College London for biochemistry. I like learning about all three sciences but I like biology and chemistry the most. I hope my degree will lead to something interesting.”
Overall, the college’s sixth formers achieved an impressive 75% at grades A*-C. Its tradition of outstanding BTEC results continued with 96% awarded at distinction-merit level, equivalent to A*-C at A-level.
Headteacher Mark Anstiss said: “We consider our sixth form to be a unique and special place for students to learn. We are particularly pleased to see an increase in STEM-related subject (science, maths and engineering) and also have achieved excellent results in English and business studies this year.”
Other students with notable results were Joe Kan with A* maths, A further maths, A physics, A* extended project; Hiren Patel with A* maths, A further maths, B physics, A extended project and Laura Mason with A in English literature, A history, B psychology. Dan Bulic, Jasmin Coote, Harry Keane, Kirsty Lavery and Daisy Lawrence did well in their vocational exams.
A-level results are a record
TOP Bognor Regis A-level student Lucy Stubbings has achieved a surprise place at a leading university.
Lucy’s results among a record-breaking total at The Regis School saw her accepted to take her humanities degree at Warwick University.
“My results have given me more choice about where I can study next,” said Lucy, 18. “I can now look towards one of the top tier universities rather than Cardiff where I had been guaranteed a place.”
She gained A* grades in biology and English and an A in history.
Lucy said: “I’m elated. I can’t believe it. It’s a fantastic day and I was not expecting it. I put as much work as I could into my exams and it’s paid off.
“I’m now excited about the opportunities I’ve got and I want to see where my hard work is going to take me.”
Reece Mears, 18, was also delighted with his results. He said: “I couldn’t be happier! I was confident I would get into Warwick but was not expecting an A* in further maths and I am told that I am the first student to have achieved this.
“I have loved being at The Regis School and have been really well supported by the staff and want to thank them for helping me to achieve my goal”
Katy Green, also 18, said: “I am over the moon with my results. I didn’t expect the three A grades although I was told I would get them. I am so happy to receive the offer from Bristol to study medicine.”
Their results were among a record haul at the Westloats Lane school.
More than one in five A-levels were awarded A*-A, up from 9% last year, with 33% awarded A*-B, an increase from 24% a year ago. Textiles, history and maths had particularly good results.
Vocational performance saw significant gains with 71% of all grades equivalent to A*-B, a rise of 29% on the previous year. Of those, 87% achieved A*-C equivalent grades and a 100% pass rate overall.
Principal Mike Garlick said: “Our sixth form students have all worked very hard throughout their time here and I am delighted that their commitment and talent has been recognised in these results.
“These grades will allow them to go on to university and into careers of their choice.”
The school’s sixth form was increasingly popular and the results showed its students were able to achieve there, he added.
OUTSTANDING results continued to be produced by the sports academy at The Regis School.
Last Thursday’s results saw 25 Distinction Stars (D*) and 7 Distinctions (D), health and social care achieved 21 D* and 1 Ds, and performing arts (including music) achieved 9 D* and 3 Ds.
These vocational grades are equal to A* and A grades.
Level 3 BTEC successes at the school included: Luisa Namadila who achieved at A level A* sociology, A psychology and at BTEC Double D* BTEC health and social care and will study psychology at Southampton University, Georgina Keywood who achieved Triple Distinction* in BTEC sport and will study physical education for secondary at the University of Chichester and Ceri Marsh who was awarded Triple Distinction* in BTEC sport and go on to study football studies at Southampton Solent University.