Sheffield students celebrate success

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Students at Sheffield College are mapping out their futures this morning after being among the first in the city to collect their A-Level results.

They turned up at the Hillsborough campus at 7am to find out how they had done, with principal Heather Smith welcoming the teenagers back.

Thomas Lowson

Thomas Lowson

She was joined by colleagues to congratulate students on their successes and support those who failed to get the results they had hoped for.

The first student to pick up his results was Thomas Lowson, aged 19, from Grenoside, who punched the air in delight when he opened his envelope.

He achieved a grade B in film studies and a C in media studies - guaranteeing him a place at Leeds Trinity University to study English.

Thomas, who initially began his A-Levels at a school sixth form, left mid-way through his first year because of bullying over his weight.

At his heaviest he topped the scales at 24 stone but shed 10 stone in 10 months during his time at Hillsborough after embarking on an NHS weight loss programme.

He said he feels the happiest he has ever been.

“It has been three years getting here but these results make it all worthwhile,” he said.

“I used to be a lot bigger - I weighed in at 24 stone at my heaviest, which is an obscene amount to weigh.

“I did a year at sixth form but then I moved here and started on a weight loss programme, which has changed my life so much.

“Coming here has been such a journey but it has all been worth it for this moment of holding my results in my hands.

“College was the best decision I ever made.”

He said staff and newfound friends had supported him trough his weight loss and helped him succeed with his studies.

“It is a nurturing environment and a passion for people to learn,” he added.

“Everyone has been supportive, everyone has been so kind and friendly - it’s hard not to feel cared for here as opposed to when I was at sixth form and very much isolated from everyone else.”

Bridie Hamilton, 19, from Woodhouse, was also one of the first students to collect her results at Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus.

Her A in environmental studies, and Bs in English Literature and Geography have secured her a place at the University of Sheffield to study physical geography.

The teenager is the first member of her family to ever go to university.

“It’s brilliant to get my results, it’s good it’s finally over,” she said.

“I was nervous, but I think everybody has been.

“It feels amazing, it has been two years of hard work so it is good that I am in.

“My family is very proud.”

Molly Wilson, 19, of Kelham Island, has three grade Bs to her name in English literature, fine art and photography.

She is planning on taking a year off to help run vintage shop TNB Indie Arcade with her mum.

They rent out the ground floor of the Nichols Building in Shalesmoor to sell vintage clothing, home ware and furniture.

Molly said she plans to use the next 12 months developing the business and going into events management, organising film screening and art exhibitions in the space they rent.

“I am pleased with my results because they mean that if I want to go into further education I can, but I am excited about taking a year out to help develop the business,” she said.

Principal Heather Smith said: “We are very pleased for the students who have done really well today - we can see some students who are really celebrating their results and the fact they have got in to the university of their choice

“It’s a time of mixed emotions there are some who have not got in and are just checking ‘clearing’ now.

“There’s other options for the students as well - they could be looking at apprenticeships or they could be looking at doing a foundation degree here at college.

“We do think that as long as they stay calm they will have a positive outcome by the end of today.”