STUDENTS hugged, shouted and jumped for joy in the sports hall at Tapton School in Crosspool, Sheffield as their A-level results rolled in.
Pals Tom Ludlow and Victoria Dunnett-Kane, both 18, were both grinning with delight as they held the slips revealing they had clinched an impressive seven A*s between them.
Tom, from Fulwood, scored top grades in maths, chemistry, physics and biology, while Victoria gained A*s in maths, chemistry and biology.
“I’m over the moon, the work’s finally paid off,” Tom said.
“We’ve both put so many hours in and done as well as we could have done.”
Tom was set to study medicine in Manchester, and Victoria had been offered a place on the same degree at University College London.
“I’m very happy with my grades, I put in so many hours of revision, but it was definitely worth it,” said Victoria.
“I feel like we deserve it.” Tom, an aspiring anaesthetist, said: “It’s that competitive for medicine that you need A*s. You just can’t get into some careers without them.”
Laura Russell, 18, from Crookes, gained A’s in theatre studies and English language, and a B in English literature.
“I’m a creative person, I’ve never been very good at science and maths,” said Laura, who had been offered a place on Leeds University’s theatre studies course.
“I’m excited about moving away, making new friends and sharing accommodation. I’m used to being at home and having everything done for me, I can’t cook anything, I can’t even make toast.” And Emma Worsley, 18, from Loxley, was ‘thrilled’ with her A grades in psychology and sociology, and B in combined English.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Emma, bound for Lancaster University’s criminology course. “I just cried, I didn’t expect two As at all,
“I’ve always been interested in crime, we’ll be looking at the whole process of criminal investigation.”
She said her pals were planning a big night out in Sheffield city centre to toast their exam success in style.