Student Natasha Coyle was celebrating top A-level results today.

The 18-year-old achieved an A* in History, an A* in Sociology and a B in English Literature. She is going on to study English at the University of Exeter.

She said: “I’m really pleased that I got into the university I wanted to go to, I love it down there. I was happy after the exams knowing that I had worked hard and I had the summer to look forward to and I knew that the results were out of my control after that.

“I managed to switch off over the summer. I had a good time reading books, seeing friends and going on short holidays with my family. I started to get nervous about two to three days ago although I managed to sleep last night. My heart was racing when I came in to collect my results, it was nerve-racking. We are going to have a special breakfast with my family to celebrate. I know I can breathe again now and I’ve got the rest of the summer to look forward to.”

Student Maria Johnson, 19, achieved a Distinction * in BTEC Media and Merits in Applied Business and Applied Science.

She was pleased with her results as during her exams her father suffered a serious stroke and was taken to hospital.

She said: “I’m so happy as I didn’t expect to do as well as I did. My dad has been poorly for a while as he has heart problems. He has had four heart attacks and he suffered the stroke after my Science exam and before my Business exam. I didn’t get time to do much between my exams and I felt like my full focus wasn’t on my Business exam because of what had happened. Initially my dad was paralysed down his left side but he’s out of hospital now although he’s in a wheelchair and we’ve been helping him to get better.”

Maria is going on to Birmingham City University to study an Architecture Foundation Year.

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