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Steven is a top achiever

PUBLISHED: 19:41 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 05 July 2010

A STUDENT from a Lowestoft school has been hailed as one of the greatest achieving drama students in the country.

Steven Lewis took his GSCE drama exam this summer at Denes High School, in Yarmouth Road, and his results have placed him in the top 10 pupils, out of an entry of near 70,000.

A STUDENT from a Lowestoft school has been hailed as one of the greatest achieving drama students in the country.

Steven Lewis took his GSCE drama exam this summer at Denes High School, in Yarmouth Road, and his results have placed him in the top 10 pupils, out of an entry of near 70,000.

The 16-year-old was told the news by his headteacher Mick Lincoln after he received confirmation from the examining board Edexcel, who set the practical tests.

Steven is now taking English language, business studies and economics A-levels, plus a BTEC in performing arts at the school and admitted he was in shock when he was told of his dramatic success.

“I thought it was a joke when I was told about being one of the top students. I didn't think it was real, but I am definitely pleased and my parents were gobsmacked. I never thought about how well I could have done because the drama exam is practical and it's different to a normal exam.”

Steven's drama GCSE course was split into 60pc coursework where he studied and performed scenes from Blood Brothers, while 40pc was down to the exam.

“We were split into groups of six or seven and we had to perform a half-hour play. We had to make up our own idea and we decided to create a US school shooting. We did a lot of research and I played the shooter. We didn't want to portray him as a villain though. He was a vulnerable and lonely person and the other kids didn't even know who he was. I think everyone did well because it was a team effort.”

Steven said his ambition was to become an actor like his idol Jack Nicholson, although he appreciated it was a hard business to crack.

Mr Lincoln said: “Steven is a talented, hard-working and reliable student who thoroughly deserves this fantastic success. It shows all Lowestoft students what they can achieve with good teaching and hard work on their part.”

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