Delighted students at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School are celebrating a job well done, after an impressive showing in their A-Levels.
Once again, the school increased the number of students completing their A-Level studies, with 150 receiving their grades – double the number of 10 years ago.
The results show that the percentage of students who have achieved the highest grades of A* to B at A-Level and Distinction Star and Distinction at BTEC stands at just below 60 per cent, which is well above the national average.
Twenty per cent of this year’s cohort achieved at least the equivalent of A, A, B, with 14 students achieving the equivalent of at least three A grades.
These students were: Alice Anderson (three Distinction Stars, and one B); Jack Bagness (three As, one B and one C); Edwin Barnes (one A*, three As); Amy Barrett (three As); Joe Beeby (two A*s, one A); Jenny Bolton (two As, one Distinction Star); Olivia Burt (two A*s, one A); Jenny Handley (one A*, two As); Adam Lewis-Douglas (one A*, two As); Jerome Lloyd (two A*s, two As); Rosie Murton (three As); Emily Robertson (three Distinction Stars); Beth Scott (one A*, two As); and Pip Terry (two A*s, one A).
Also of note were Gabrielle Foggon and Poppy Barnes who both gained two A*s and a B, while foreign students Genevieve Moat and Peter Sikora – who could not speak very much English when they first arrived at Duchess’s High – also did well. Genevieve, of Chinese origin, scored a B in Chinese and maths, as well as a Distinction Star in applied science, while Peter, from Poland, got Distinction Stars in ICT and applied science and a pass in public services.
The prestigious University of Oxford beckons for Adam Lewis-Douglas after he scored an A* in maths and As in further maths and physics. He admitted it had been a stressful time, but was pleased with his grades.
‘Amazing and overwhelming’ – those were the sentiments of a delighted Jenny Bolton after opening her envelope to discover an impressive haul of results. She scored As in politics and food technology and a Distinction Star in applied science.
She said: “It has been a long time coming and I didn’t think I would get these results. I am especially pleased with my A in politics, because I didn’t think I did that well in the exam.”
She is going to Newcastle University to study nutrition.
Amy Barrett said she is off to Ikea to buy items for university after finding out that she has done enough to seal her place at Durham, where she will study English literature and education. She scored a clean sweep of As in English literature, RE and classics.
She said: “It is so exciting and I am really pleased with my English literature result because I want to be an English teacher. I can’t wait to go to Ikea for university stuff. I am going to buy cushions and fairy lights – so nothing practical!”
Alice Anderson said it was good and a relief to find out that she had done well in her A-Levels. She scored a B in food technology and Distinction Stars in health and social (double award) and applied science.
She is going to the University of York to study adult nursing.
Jenny Handley was another pupil to earn a fine set of results, with an A* in business, as well as As in art and textiles. The Alnwick lass, who is going to Leeds College of Art to do printed textiles, said: “I am really happy with my results.”
A relieved Edwin Barnes said the most pleasing thing for him was the fact that he has managed to seal his place at the University of York, where he will study politics, philosophy and economics.
Reflecting on a job well done, Edwin, who earned an A* in maths, as well as As in further maths, English literature and physics, said: “It feels really good and I am most happy with the fact that I have got into York – that is the important bit.”
Ecstatic Beth Scott screamed with joy after finding out that she had scored an A* in biology and As in chemistry and maths.
“Oh my God, it is unreal,” she said, before adding: “I really didn’t expect this.”
Beth is now facing a decision – whether to do children’s nursing at Northumbria University or re-apply to do medicine.
A delighted Olivia Burt described her A*s in biology and chemistry and A in history as amazing and exciting.
She said that she can now purchase her pots and pans ahead of starting at the University of Glasgow, where she will study medicine.
Rosie Murton said she was ecstatic after scoring a hat-trick of A grades in maths, chemistry and biology. She is going to the University of York to study biology.
Pip Terry was ‘really, real happy’ with her results after earning A*s in art and textiles and an A in RE. She is going on to Newcastle College to study an art foundation course and she wants to specialise in set and costume design for theatre and film.
Duchess’s High headteacher Maurice Hall praised the students’ efforts and toasted their success.
He said: “What is very pleasing is the consistency of achievement across all subjects. Only three grades across 450 entries did not gain at least a pass, showing the hard work and dedication of our students.
“It also shows the genuine support that parents and the wider community give our students.
“The majority of our students have gained good places at university, on apprenticeships or in employment. We wish them every success in their future lives.
“I would like to thank my colleagues for their hard work in supporting all of our students.
“There has been much turbulence over the last year, both locally with our move into our new buildings and nationally with major changes to the A-Level and GCSE systems.
“These have both needed major commitment from staff within the school and these results show our real desire to make a positive difference to the lives of our young people.”