A-level results: Top grades are passport to success for Lydia Gonzales, travelling to Australia to study medicine

Sarah Coomb, 18, of Ilford, said she was 'so scared' before receiving her results - but she needn't

Sarah Coomb, 18, of Ilford, said she was 'so scared' before receiving her results - but she needn't have worried. The 18-year-old is now heading to Leeds University after achieving an A and two Bs - Credit: Archant

For many of yesterday’s A-level success stories, starting university will be a first step towards independence – and one Ursuline Academy student has proved she’s really willing to go the distance for her subject.

After achieving a set of top A-level grades, medic hopeful Lydia Gonzales is quitting sunny Redbridge for Melbourne in the south of Australia.

“They have a pathway into medicine where I can do an undergraduate degree in a core science and then go straight into medicine,” the 19-year-old explained.

“I’m feeling really happy – now I just have to sort out accommodation.”

After achieving A grades in ICT and maths, and a C in biology, Lydia leaves next month – and her family are still coming around to the idea.


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“All of them are supportive, although my mum’s not too happy,” she laughed.

“I’ve been working over the summer so I haven’t had much time to think about results.”

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