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

PUBLISHED: 12:37 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 17 August 2017

Students receive their A level results at Stowmarket High School. Pictured celebrating is Matt Ball. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Students receive their A level results at Stowmarket High School. Pictured celebrating is Matt Ball. Picture: 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. Student holds her breath as she opens results. Picture: GREGG BROWN Students receive their A-level results at Stowmarket High School. Student holds her breath as she opens results. Picture: 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.”

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. Pictured is high achiever Hannah Vaughan-Wright. Picture: GREGG BROWN Students receive their A level results at Stowmarket High School. Pictured is high achiever Hannah Vaughan-Wright. Picture: GREGG BROWN

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

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Fellow high achiever Hannah Vaughan-Wright is celebrating today after transforming “disappointing” GCSE grades into top-of-the-class A-levels.

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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