GCSE RESULTS: Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick

Rachel Stephenson, Peter Holder, David Mossman and Daniel Lyst celebrate their five or more A* results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

Rachel Stephenson, Peter Holder, David Mossman and Daniel Lyst celebrate their five or more A* results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

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As the North East celebrates the biggest year-on-year rise in the number of GCSE candidates receiving grade C or above, Alnwick’s high school has notched up another year of successful exam results.

The Duchess’s Community High School celebrated multiple successes in both GCSE and vocational exams this morning, with a fifth of the total grades achieving A or A* for GCSE results and Distinction or Distinction* at BTEC.

Out of the 280 Year 11 students, more than 40 achieved at least five As or A*s.

The highest performing students were Zara Orange and Olivia Rose who both achieved eight A*s with an impressive A** in further maths GCSE.

Zara said she was ‘so happy’ to get the results she was hoping for.

“I was always aiming to get these results but I thought I wouldn’t,” she said. “The further maths exam was horrible and I thought I wouldn’t get that result.”

Jessica Swinbank, Zara Orange and Rachel Stephenson celebrate their GCSE results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

Jessica Swinbank, Zara Orange and Rachel Stephenson celebrate their GCSE results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

Zara will stay on at the high school to study further maths, physics and biology at A-Level.

Olivia, who also received an A** in further maths, received one of the top marks in the subject but ‘wasn’t sure’ she’d get the marks.

“I was always hoping to get the marks but I wasn’t 100 per cent sure but I’m happy. I’ve got my A-Levels next so I’m doing further maths, physics and chemistry. I want to go on to study physics or chemical engineering at university.”

“I think the staff helped a lot and we’ve received lots of support from the staff, particularly in the maths department, they’ve been really good.”

There are many positive stories across the ability range where our students have worked hard and achieved the targets that they set themselves.

Maurice Hall, headteacher

Headteacher Maurice Hall said that there were ‘many positive stories’ to come out of today’s results ‘across the ability range where our students have worked hard and achieved the targets that they set themselves’.

He said: “Once again our Year 11 students have worked hard to achieve many excellent results in their GCSEs and vocational exams. A fifth of the total grades were at the highest level of A/A* at GCSE or Distinction/Distinction* at BTEC. This is at a time when all exams are now taken at the end of Year 11 with many students sitting over 20 during the exam period. They have risen to the challenge of this added pressure.

“In our vocational subjects – health and social care, child care, uniformed services, engineering and business studies – students have applied themselves to the large coursework components with many achieving Merits or Distinctions. Many of these young people are our technicians, education/health care workers and uniformed services people of the future. We take their education extremely seriously. The vast majority of the courses we offer in Year 11 offer pathways into our Sixth Form.

Continuing with the successes, Daniel Lyst, Rachel Stephenson and Freya Hulbert were all among the big achievers and all received eight A*’s in their exam results, with Peter Holder achieving six A*s and an A** in his further maths.

Oliva Rose and Amber Slater open their GCSE results  at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

Oliva Rose and Amber Slater open their GCSE results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

Jessica Swinbank was among those who received seven A*s. She said: “I wasn’t expecting these results at all, I was predicted the results in some but not all of them, I wasn’t predicted an A* in history and French which was great.”

Jessica will go on to study maths, physics, biology and geography at A-Level.

Merryn Hughes, Edris Ramezampour and Mark Brown were also in the top performers with each receiving six A*s.

Mr Hall added: “Our students need to be congratulated on their success. They have supported each other and worked hard. We wish them every success in the coming years. Thank you for all your help. Community support is essential to our continued success.”

RESULTS

The number is the number of A* to G grades the students have achieved in their full GCSEs/BTECs. Those with a star next to them are those who have achieved five or more As or A*s.

Dan Maiden, Maya Woolfrey and Jenny Kay jumpy for joy at their GCSE results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

Dan Maiden, Maya Woolfrey and Jenny Kay jumpy for joy at their GCSE results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

Patrick Alexander, 11; Bethany Allan, 9; Jake Allan, 8; Kathryn Allan, 11; Issi Allen, 9; Corey Alliston, 8; Paul Anderson, 9; Olivia Angus, 2; Sasha Angus, 8; Charley Anstee, 10; Chloe Appleby, 9; Wil Archbold, 10; Becca Armstrong, 7; Connor Armstrong, 9; Connor Auld, 11; Warick Baird, 9; Josh Barella, 9; Jack Barker, 9; Jordan Barker, 8; Bea Barnes, 8*; Calum Bartlett, 9; Tim Bartrum, 10*; Cameron Batey, 11; Lexy Bee, 9; Aithne Bell, 8; Edward Bell, 11*; Joe Beveridge,10; Lauren Blackmore, 9; Mollie Bone, 9; Ellen Boyes, 10; Eryne Brown, 7; Georgia Brown, 10; Kyle Brown, 9; Mark Brown, 12*; Kate Bruce, 8; Amy-Jo Campbell, 8; Bethany Campbell, 8; Ula Campbell 9; Andrew Carr, 6; Imogen Carr, 9; Ryan Carr, 6; Martha Carrdus, 11*; Dominic Case, 9; Jordan Caufield, 8; Sarah Charlton, 10; Kelly Chowdhury, 10*; John Christie, 9; Morgin Christie, 8; Brendan Clapcott, 11; Helen Clark, 10; Saul Clark, 10; Alex Clark-thompson, 11*; Pamela Cochrane, 9; Ciara Cole, 9; Emma Coleman, 11*; Jack Colledge, 9; William Comber, 9; Matthew Cook, 9; Tonicha Cowens, 9; Robbie Coxford, 6; Ellie Crane, 9.

Jacob Crooks, 10; Fiona Cunningham, 4; Sydney Dale, 9; Jordan Darling, 9; Kathryn Davenport, 10; Adam Davidson, 7; Owen Davidson, 10; Joe Davies, 8; Scott Davies, 11; Euan Dawson, 9; Luke Denny, 8; Charlotte Desborough, 11*; George Devereux-Tinley, 10; Josie Devereux-Tinley, 7; Scott Diamond, 9; James Dobson, 7; Jessica Dobson, 11*; Ryanne Donnison, 9; Dan Dover, 8; Lucy Draper, 9; Josh Elliott, 10; Katie Elliott, 10*; Lewis Elliott, 8; Poppy Elliott, 9; Eve Ellwood, 8; Lucy Embleton, 8; Stephanie English, 11*; William Fair, 9; Ria Fairnington, 10; Selby Fairnington, 8; Jamie Faithful, 8; Joe Falkous, 9; Ben Fordy, 9; Natalie Fordy, 8; Rebecca Frater, 10; Zach Freeman, 9; Marc Friar, 9; James Frost, 9; Jack Gair, 8; Stephanie Gallet, 7; Robyn Gardener, 8; Peter Garratt, 11*; Lacey Gerrard, 8; Josh Gibson, 11; Ben Gilbertson, 10; Rachel Gleeson, 9; Daniel Goodwin, 6; Demi Goodwin, 8; Katie Goulden, 10; Becky Graham, 7; Elliot Gray, 10; Karla Green, 9; Rio Groves, 8; Jonathan Hall, 8; Josh Hall, 9; Nicole Hall, 9; Ellie Hamblett, 9; Georgia Hansen, 8; Kisi Hardman, 10; Tadghe Hardman, 9; Emily Hardy, 9; Matthew Hardy, 9; Bethany Hare, 8; Max Harrison, 9; Aidan Hickman, 11; Kade Hilton, 2.

Katherine Hindhaugh, 10*; Daisy Hope, 9; Kara Howie, 8; Paige Howie, 8; Merryn Hughes, 11*; Freya Hulbert, 11*; Chelsea Hunter, 7; Rachael Hunter, 9; Tom Hutchings, 9*; Aimee Hutchinson, 9; Hayden Irving, 7; Owen Jackson, 8; Samuel Jagger, 11*; Abbie Jeffries, 11; Jodi Jemmett, 9; Nick Jess, 7; Rohan Jobson, 9; Courtney Johnson, 8; Ben Jones, 8; Kieran Joyce, 11*; Lily Juggins, 10; Philippa Kane, 10; Jenny Kay, 11*; Andrew Kelly, 9; Samantha King, 8; Cassey Kinghorn, 10; Natasha Kirk, 9; Mitchell Knox, 1; Sophie Knox, 11*; Sally Larkin, 10; Caitlin Lawson, 8; James Lee, 9.

Caitlin Lewis, 9; Liam Liddle, 8; George Lindley, 9; Jack Little, 6; Jacob Livingstone, 9; Nyle Lowrie, 8; Daniel Lyst, 11*; Jamie Macaulay, 11*; Daniel Maiden, 11; Becca Mallaburn, 9; Aimee Mallan, 7; Riannon Mason, 10; Jordan Mather-Briggs, 10; Craig Matthews, 11; Ashlyn May, 8; Andrew McCue, 8; James McDonald, 7; Jay McDonnell, 6; Evan McEwan, 9; Rohan McLean, 9; Gabriel McMeekin, 10; Lana McMullen, 11*; Shea McNeill, 8; Rachael Mellor, 8; Max Meredith, 9; Charley Miller, 8; Jessica Moore, 10; Sam Morning, 8; Jordan Morton, 8; David Mossman, 12*; Paul Muers, 8; Kyle Muldoon, 5; Sophia Murray, 10.

Kathryn Newton, 9; Matthew O’Neill, 8; Zara Orange, 11*; Edwin Oswell, 9; Jess Partington, 11*; Cameron Pearce, 8; Leah Pearce, 10; Harriet Pearson, 9; Isobel Peden Smith, 11*; James Pentleton, 8; Millie Perocheau, 11*; Kieran Phelan, 9; Eve Phillips, 9; Leah Pickard, 9; Kyle Price, 8; Nathan Prime, 9; Andrea Purvis, 8; James Purvis, 9; Kyle Purvis, 8; Josh Pusey, 10*; Kaia Racey, 10*; Callum Rae, 10; Edris Ramezanpour, 11*; Paul Redpath, 9; Rebecca Reed, 9; Sophie Reid, 8; Callum Renner, 9; Iain Rennie, 11; Kyle Richardson, 9; Hannah Ridley, 9; Michael Robba, 9; Scarlett Roberts, 8; Adam Robinson, 11.

Daniel Robinson, 9; Paige Robinson, 8; Jack Robson, 11*; Rebecca Rogerson, 11*; Olivia Rose, 11*; Emily Rowe, 11; Michael Rowell, 9; Melissa Rutter, 9; Dylan Scott, 2; Jamie Scott, 6; Daniel Shepherd, 9; Thomas Slack, 9; Amber Slater, 11*; Ryan Smailes, 9; Georgie Smibert, 10*; Katie Smith, 9; Matty Smith, 11; Katie Somers, 8; Adam Sparrow, 8; Katie Spink, 10; John Sprot, 8; Georgia Stephenson, 9; Rachel Stephenson, 11*; Jessica Swinbank, 11*; Beth Taylor, 9; Emily Taylor, 10; Luis Teles, 9; Daniel Thompson, 8; Monty Tilley, 9; Becky Truman, 10; Josh Turnbull, 10; Laura Turnbull, 10; Benjamin Turner, 8; Patrick Turner, 10; Ruby Unwin, 8; Corrine Ward, 7; Nathan Wass, 10; Blaine Watson, 7; Jemma Wendt, 6; Kiera Whillis, 9; Hollie White, 9; Lauren Whiting, 7; Liam Wilkin, 8; Rory Wilson, 10; Steven Wilson, 8; Shannon Winter, 8; Kieran Wood, 9; Calvin Woods, 4; Maya Woolfrey, 11; Charlotte Wyld, 10; Charlotte Yeoman, 11; Yasam Yilmaz, 9; Annabelle Young, 10; Rebecca Young, 8.

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