A-level Results Day 2017: Starry-eyed Stowmarket student scoops two A*s with one for ground-breaking gadget that predicts exam results

Students receive their A-level results at Stowmarket High School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Students receive their A-level results at Stowmarket High School. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

An aspiring data scientist praised for developing a ground-breaking gadget which predicts pupils’ GCSE results has won a place at a top university to develop the project for real.

Students receive their A-level results at Stowmarket High School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Students receive their A-level results at Stowmarket High School. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Stowmarket High School sixth-former Matt Ball discovered he had received two A*s, an A and a B when he collected his A-level results this morning.

The 18-year-old was awarded an A* for his extended project – a GCSE predicting gadget which uses pupils’ previous grades and attendance levels to work out student results – with 99.5% accuracy.

He explained: “My project takes all of the data that the school has on students – it takes into account their attendance and pass grades.

“With the help of staff I built a model which has taught itself how to predict results to 99.5% accuracy.

“Teacher accuracy is typically 47% – we ran simulations which would test how a student’s attendance would affect their GCSE grades.

“I am now hoping to develop the project properly at university.”

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Now Matt, who is heading to the University of Nottingham to study data science thanks to his bumper crop of A* and A grades, is working with Bacton-based company to adapt his gadget for the software world.

He added: “I’ve had the backing of my employer Wheatley Solutions and we are working together to develop it as a proper tool.

“The school have been absolutely brilliant in giving me anything that I needed to help and providing me with extra people power.”

Students receive their A-level results at Stowmarket High School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Students receive their A-level results at Stowmarket High School. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Teachers at the school said they were incredibly proud of him.

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The 18-year-old, who now plans to study English at University of Birmingham, said she worked hard to turn things around and is very pleased with the result.

Receiving one A* and two A grades in maths, further maths and English, she was also awarded an A for her extended project.

She thanked her family – which includes her maths teacher – for their ongoing support.

“My grades were much higher than I was expecting – I worked really hard and have done ever since I got my GCSEs,” she said.

“I didn’t do as well as I hoped and I was disappointed, but I put the work in and it’s paid off.

“I’m delighted with how well I did in maths – I’ve had a lot of support from my family, and my dad is my maths teacher!

She added: “I’m studying English at Birmingham University and I’m really excited.

“I’m not sure what I want to do when I finish but I’ll talk to my lecturers about it and see what I’d like to do.”

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