Video/gallery: Top class students at Farlingaye High and Thomas Mills are all smiles as they discover A-level results

SCHOOLS throughout east Suffolk have provided countless stories of academic success today.

For many, the task of balancing a demanding workload and managing essays, course work and revision is tricky enough - but some students wilfully undertook extracurricular activities in order to achieve their personal ambitions.

Louisa Sergeant, who notched up an impressive four A* grades in drama, English literature, philosophy and ethics, and general studies, devoted much of her spare time striving to realise her goal of going to dance school.

The 18-year-old Farlingaye student, from Melton, said: “It was a lot of work but I find dancing relaxing - I think it probably helped with my A-levels. I loved doing both and I wasn’t expected quite such good results.”

From September, Louisa will be studying musical theatre - including drama, singing and dance - in London.

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Thomas Mills, in Framlingham, had its own numerous success stories, including high-achievers Emily Bosley, Duncan Drysdale and Ollie Friston.

Emily, 18, from Monk Soham, gained an outstanding six A*s, in maths, further maths, physics, chemistry, biology and general studies. She will be off to Cambridge to study natural sciences in the autumn.

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Head boy, Duncan, who is 18 and from Framlingham, managed A*s in biology and chemistry, and As in physics and maths. He will be studying natural sciences at Cambridge.

Ollie, 18, who is deputy head boy and lives in Wickham Market, got A*s in physics and chemistry, and an A in maths. He needed three As to get into Birmingham and study chemical

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