A-level success stories shared by students

Students across England have been receiving their A-level results and finding out whether they have made the grade for university.

Some students have been sharing stories of their success.

Here are a selection.


Charlotte Kemp, 19, has passed her A-levels after battling against a brain injury during her first year at sixth form college.

Image caption Charlotte hopes to study costume design at university after her foundation course

The Beeston student said she was elated after getting two Ds and an E in film, photography and textiles at High Pavement college.

She had brain surgery in 2010 and spent two weeks in hospital after a tumour was removed but still managed to complete her year at school.

She said: "I had a lot of headaches - and I was going blind every five minutes - so it was difficult trying to do art when you can't see.

"The blindness would come and go," she said.

Her parents said they were astounded at her "tenacity and perseverance" as she battled against the brain injury.

Charlotte now plans to undertake a foundation year in art and design.


Twin brothers Alec and Jack Trigger are heading to Oxford after achieving identical grades at A-level.

Image caption The twins' mother Claire said she was delighted with their results

The 18-year-olds, from Esher, said their late father would have been "extremely proud" of their one A* and three A grades achieved at Wellington College, Berkshire.

"It's really nice that we've done the same, there's not one of us doing better than the other," Jack said.

Mother Claire said she was "absolutely delighted" with the results.

"It's an amazing achievement and a real acknowledgement of the hard work they have done," she added.


Olympic medallist Tom Daley has gained an A grade in his Spanish A-level.

The 18-year-old diver, who won bronze in the 10m individual platform at the 2012 Games, has been a student at the independent Plymouth College since 2009 after gaining a scholarship.

Image caption Daley won a bronze medal in the 2012 Games

Daley said the Spanish result added to his A* grade in A2 photography and A grade in AS-level maths.

The Team GB star tweeted: "I got an A in Spanish! Overall I have A* photography (A2), A Spanish (A2) and A maths (AS) :) thanks @PlymColleg1 :D"

Daley will return to Plymouth in September to complete his maths A-level and to study Spanish at a higher level.


An 18-year-old hoping to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics is celebrating top grades in his A-levels.

Blair Brown, a sports scholar at Queen's College in Taunton, achieved A* in biology and PE and an A in maths.

The teenager, who won the 2,000m steeplechase in English Schools Track and Field Championships in July, said he wanted to go to university in case his athletics dream "doesn't work out".

He said: "I'm pleased with my results and they are better than I expected. I thought I was going to get straight As, so to get two A*s is brilliant."

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