There was plenty of success this year at Alnwick’s high school as the largest number of students in the school’s history received their long-awaited grades this morning.
At the Duchess’s Community High School, 141 students – double the number from 10 years ago – have once again made their community proud.
The results show that the percentage of entries that have achieved A* to B at A-Level or distinction star/distinction at BTEC stands at 64 per cent, which is above the national average.
Nineteen students gained at least three or more A grades (or equivalent distinctions in BTEC qualifications). More than a quarter of the year group gained at least three B grades, which gives them the opportunity to apply to top Russell Group universities.
Top of the pile was Matthew Jordon, who secured A*s in maths, further maths, biology and chemistry, which left him ‘speechless’ as they were better than expected. He is going to Oxford to read biology at St Catherine’s College and is definitely looking forward to it.
Another high-flier was Kieran Wright, who gained A* grades in maths, physics and biology and an A grade in further maths, which means he will be studying physics at Durham next year. ‘Wow’ was his reaction. “I’m really happy with that, that was the best-case scenario,” he added.
Isaac Moss was another maths and science success story, achieving an A* in maths and As in chemistry and further maths. Despite describing his results as ‘a mixed bag; some good results and one not-so-good result’, he reached his goal of studying engineering at Sheffield.
Taking a different selection of subjects, but just as successfully, was Myles Foggon, who earned an A* in PE and As in biology and geography. He will now go on to study sports science at Northumbria University with the aim of becoming a PE teacher. “I’m really pleased and dead excited with my grades,” he said. “I was quietly confident, but at the same time, with the exam boards being so up and down, you don’t really know.”
Others securing a string of A*s and As were Simon Smith (A* – biology, chemistry, physics, A – maths); Jack Jorgensen (A* – maths, A – further maths, physics, chemistry); Stephanie Keenlyside (A – biology, maths, further maths); Catherine Walker (A – chemistry, maths, music); Georgia Robson (A – English literature, history and classical civilisation).
Many others gained combinations of A* to B grades across a wide spectrum of subjects including the arts, languages, humanities and design and technology.
The vocational equivalent of A-Levels are the BTEC courses, which include subjects such as applied science, health and social care, child care, sports studies and uniformed services. This year has seen excellent results in these subjects with a number of students achieving distinctions or distinction stars (equivalent to A/A* at A-Level) in three separate qualifications – Elsa Adams, Heather Mackay, Faye Newton, Megan Reid, Lauren De’Lay, Zoe Wilkinson, Georgia Laidler, Victoria Rose, Emily Carson and Marsella Scarlata.
Headteacher Maurice Hall said: “At the time of going to press, the majority of our students have gained good places at university, apprenticeships or employment. We wish them every success in their future lives.
“The Sixth Form exam system is rapidly changing at present with a major shift to terminal exams. We value the huge support our students get from their families and the wider community. Thank you for this from all staff and governors linked with our school.”