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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 August, 2004, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
Student gets grades by videophone
Alexandra Cook
Alexandra Cook saw her mother opening the results on videophone
While most A-level students were walking nervously into school to find out their results, Alexandra Cook was relaxing with her sister in Sydney.

The 18-year-old from Preston, Lancashire, found out she had got three A-grades via videophone.

Alex, who is going on to study classics at St Andrews University, said: "It was really weird. I had to watch my mum opening the results 12,000 miles away.

"But I thought it would be nice to share the moment with my whole family."

Alexandra, who studied Greek, Latin and French at Stoneyhurst College, Preston, recommends other students get away from the long and stressful build-up to results day.

Bondi Beach, Sydney
Alexandra chose Bondi Beach, Sydney, over Preston, Lancs.
She said: "With all the new technology available it's cool. Just a year or two ago you wouldn't have been able to see each other so clearly on the phone.

"My whole family is a bit technical and my mum loves using the phone, so it suited us all.

"I worked really hard and didn't think I'd do this well, but my mum was even more excited than I was."

Alexandra will spend a little more time touring Australia's east coast before heading back to the UK to start her degree course in September.

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