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News A-level successes for Tom Daley, acid attack victims and cancer patient
A selection of some of the notable outcomes for the thousands of students receiving their A-level results on Thursday
The British teenagers attacked with acid in Zanzibar last week are among those who learned they had achieved the A-level grades needed to take up their university places.
Katie Gee tweeted: "On the plus side I'm off to Nottingham!", while Kirstie Trup's father confirmed that his daughter had won a place at Bristol.
"We found out that she got a place to study history at Bristol university and will be starting in September," said Marc Trup, adding that his daughter had found out just before going into the operating theatre for a skin graft at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London.
"We haven't opened the letter with her results in yet, but Kirstie is very modest so I don't think she will want to tell the whole world if she has done well," he said.
• The Olympic diver Tom Daley was also the recipient of good news after finding out he had been awarded an A* in photography and As in Spanish and maths.
The bronze medallist, who sat his final exams at Plymouth college in June, posted a video online to share with his 2.4 million Twitter followers.
"Okay, so just got my A-level results on email which is the most nerve-wracking thing ever, having to open that and see it come through," he said. "But anyway, I opened it and I have now officially got an A* in photography, A in Spanish and an A in maths, so very happy with that. I never have to go to school ever again. I am kind of going to miss it but I mean I'm very happy to come away with straight As and yeah, very happy."
• Kate Prescott, an 18-year-old student at Peter Symonds college in Winchester, was celebrating after being awarded six A*s in her A-levels and three As in her AS-levels.
Prescott, from Swanmore, in Hampshire, took A-levels in maths, further maths, chemistry, physics, general studies and the extended project, and AS-levels in biology, French and critical thinking.
"I'm speechless really," she said. "I guess I did work a little bit. Really, I did work really hard – I didn't have much spare time, but I have achieved what I wanted."
Prescott, who is going to Cambridge university in the autumn to study natural sciences, dismissed suggestions that the exams were getting easier.
"Perhaps people are just getting better," she said. "Everyone works very hard to do well."
• Tom Woodward, who underwent three rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with testicular cancer at Easter, won a place at Bristol university after getting an A* in psychology and As in history and English.
The diagnosis failed to deter the teenager from keeping on top of his studies at independent Brighton college, although he did concede that it had been "pretty stressful".
He added: "I have been given the all-clear and I just have to have check-ups done every three months. It wasn't too bad because I had the chemo round my exams."