Tynedale: Pupils rank among best in UK for GCSE results
Published at 07:34, Wednesday, 04 September 2013
TYNEDALE’S pupils were among the best performers in the country when it came to their GCSE results.
Top of the class were a handful of teenagers who achieved the new A* distinction grade in further mathematics – among them Prudhoe High School’s Aeysha Vernon who submitted a faultless paper.
Her perfect score was topped off by another three A*s in other subjects.
She said: “It is a bit surprising to get 100 per cent, but it is a good feeling.
“I am really pleased with my results because I was very nervous opening them, and it is a relief that a lot of hard work has paid off.”
Fellow Prudhoe High pupil Jonny Drake also achieved an A* in further mathematics – plus another 10 A*s in other subjects.
He plans to study biology, chemistry, maths and further maths to A level.
He said: “I am over the moon with the results and it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
At Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School, William Howard achieved an A* in further maths, to add to his nine A*s and two As.
The teenager has always wanted to be a surgeon after he was treated for a broken arm and he’s hoping his excellent GSCE results will put him on the right path.
So determined is he to succeed that he’ll be spending October half-term shadowing a surgeon in a hospital in Eastern Europe.
Overall, 72 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades at Prudhoe High School.
Dimitri Psarianos achieved five A*s, four As and a B, while Fintan Kealy collected four A*s, six As and a B.
Meanwhile, friends Geri Best, Megan Wilkinson and Georgia Douglas were also celebrating good results.
Georgia gained an A*, six As and three Bs, Megan returned from Cape Verde to pick up three As, three Bs and three Cs, and Geri was rewarded with two Bs, four Cs and a D – plus £375 after her parents withheld her pocket money and told her they would only return it if she did well her in her exams!
Ponteland High School enjoyed another bumper crop of excellent results, with Charlotte Burrin, Rosie Clear Hill, Joseph Pilsbury and Matthew Ross achieving all A* grades.
School mates Patrick Allsop, Robyn Bartlett, Emma Farquhar, Ellen Forsyth, Josh Hunter, Rosie Jesper, Daniel Jones, Katie Landreth, Sophie MacKenzie, Bea Milligan and Annabel Wilson gained all A* and A grades.
And at Haydon Bridge High School, 79 per cent of pupils celebrating achieveing A* to C grades.
Among the top performers was Catherine Gray with six A*s and five As, with Emma Brown, Amy Hill, Jonathan Ross and Hannah Walke also registering four or five A*s.
The best performer at Samuel Kings School in Alston was Thomas Carrott who achieved nine A*s and two As.
Meanwhile, Year 10 student Nobie Dodd, made an early start on her qualifications, achieving an A* in science and French, as well as a distinction in ICT.
More than a third of GSCEs at QEHS were A* or A grades, with 80 students gaining five or more grades at that level.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1950Friday, December 15, 1950....
THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.