There was delight this morning as students from Amble’s James Calvert Spence College celebrated impressive performances in their A-Levels.
This year’s performance was an overall improvement on the 2014 results and head of sixth-form Sue Bell praised the hard work of the youngsters and the staff.
One of those to shine was Fay Rochester, who spoke of her delight after scoring A*s in maths, physics and chemistry, as well as a B in product design.
The Amble lass, who is looking forward to studying mechanical engineering at Loughborough University, said: “I am so happy. I am particularly pleased with the A* in physics because I felt I really struggled with the exam.”
Georgia Soan faced a nervous wait to see if she was able to study veterinary science at the University of Glasgow. Much to her relief, the Amble pupil had done enough, earning As in geography, biology and chemistry.
“I am really pleased,” she said. “It has been a stressful morning, but I am really pleased that I will be able to do veterinary science.”
Zoe Wilson, from Red Row, spoke of her surprise and pride after discovering that she had earned A grades in chemistry, biology and English.
“I wasn’t expecting that at all. I am really, really pleased” said Zoe, who will study English at the University of Newcastle.
Kathryn Patterson admitted she was ‘over the moon’ with her A-Level results. The teenager, from Amble, secured an A in biology and Bs in chemistry and English.
She said: “I never thought that I would be able to get a B in chemistry in a million years, because I found it really challenging. I didn’t think I would do that well, so it is a big relief.”
She is now looking forward to studying human nutrition at the University of Newcastle.
Maree Hardy, from Red Row, was celebrating after earning the grades she needed to secure a spot at Northumbria University, where she will study psychology. She scored a B in creative writing, Cs in English and philosophy/ethics and a distinction in ICT.
Robyn Stevens, from Amble, was ‘really happy’ with her A-Level performance, which saw her achieve a B in product design and Cs in English, history and philosophy. She is going on to study product design engineering at Northumbria University.
Amble’s Scott Harvey is preparing to do a built environment foundation course at Oxford Brookes University, with a view to studying architecture or real estate management in the future. He earned a distinction star in ICT, a C in design and technology and a D in maths.
Chairman of governors Scott Dickinson hailed the performance of the students. He said: “Our results at James Calvert Spence College have significantly improved from last year. We are really pleased with all the students’ progress and the results they have achieved and it is down to the massive amount of work put in by the students and the staff.”