Tynedale: Students make the grade
Published at 07:41, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
BRIGHT sparks across the district are looking forward to a shining future after securing excellent results in their A-Levels.
Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth, Prudhoe, Ponteland and Haydon Bridge high school enjoyed another year of first-rate grades.
Many students are now preparing to join their first choice university, while several top performers are headed for Oxbridge.
Among them is QEHS student Theo Windebank who will study engineering science at Oxford University after achieving three A*s in maths, further maths and physics and A grades in extended project and product design.
The 18-year-old said: “I didn’t want to expect anything too much. But I read the results and it hit me that it’s real now; I can start planning.
“I had worked really hard, but I didn’t want to expect it and be disappointed.
“I want to get into aeronautical engineering eventually.”
Fellow student Ian Shevlin (18) is also heading to Oxford University to read economics and management after securing an A* in history and A grades in maths and economics.
He said: “It was a massive relief to get my results more than anything else. But now I’m secure in what I got, so I can get started and I’m just really really happy with the results.”
Other high-flyers include Harry Forster (18), who will study mechanical engineering at Bristol after earning three A*s in maths, physics and chemistry; Rebecca Howell (18), with two A*s and a B, who is off to Durham to study music; and Stuart Conley (18), who received three As and one A* to study civil engineering at Newcastle University.
Two GCSE students, Rose Garret Jowsey and Rosie Wordsworth both celebrated passing A-level law, successfully completing a two year course in just 10 months.
Haydon Bridge High School scored an impressive pass rate of 100 per cent with more than 53 per cent of students achieving A*-B grades at A-level and equivalents.
Headteacher John Whittle said: “Well done to students and staff, because they have worked tremendously hard.
“Whether our young people are wanting to go to university, or do something different such as an apprenticeship, they are on course for the next step, and for a bright future.
“We are maintaining a high standard at Haydon Bridge and this has been another good year for our A-level students."
Prudhoe High School also achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in A-levels with many going on to study at their chosen university.
One such student is James Jordan, who is off to Oxford University to read maths after obtaining four A* grades.
Over half of the A-level students at Ponteland gained two or more A* or A grades
Most Ponteland students are already preparing for their time in higher education after the majority gained places in the course of their choice.
Bryony Clear Hill is preparing to read geography at Oxford after attaining A* grades in biology and geography and As maths and general studies.
Fellow student Beth Wainwright achieved A*s in biology and maths and an A grade in further maths and will study natural sciences at Cambridge University.
Other high achievers at the school were Ben Wainwright who earned A*s in maths and physics and As in further maths and chemistry and will study mechanical engineering at Imperial College, London.
Joining him there are Chloe Hall and April Covington, who have both been successful in securing places to study medicine each gaining three A*s and one A grade.
Headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “These excellent results are thoroughly well deserved and are testament to the hard work of our students along with the high quality support of their parents and teachers.
“This year group have added real value to the school during their time in post-16 study and we wish them well as they progress to the next stage of their career and/or professional lives.”
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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