There were tears of joy this morning as students from Amble’s James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) celebrated their GCSE results.
It was the third year in a row that scores have improved at the school, with the percentage increase of youngsters achieving A* to C grades rising yet again.
One of those to shine was Rachel Thew, from Widdrington, who achieved A*s in maths, chemistry and French, as well as As in biology, physics and geography. She also earned B grades in English literature, religious education, art and English language and a Distinction Star in ICT.
Reflecting on her results, she said: “I am really pleased, especially with my A* in maths. I was so nervous before I opened my envelope, but I am so relieved to find out how I have done.”
Rachel is going on to study maths, chemistry and biology at JCSC’s sixth form. She is yet to decide on a fourth subject choice.
Jack Coulson scored a hat-trick of A*s, with fine performances in biology, chemistry and physics. On top of that, he earned A grades in geography, design and technology, English literature and maths, Bs in religious education and English language and a C in French.
We are delighted with our students’ results. They deserve these grades for all the hard work they have put in.Scott Dickinson, chairman of governors at JCSC
“I am happy and I did better than expected,” said the Amble pupil, who is staying at JCSC to do design and technology, IT and chemistry at sixth form.
A delighted Adam Potts admitted he was overwhelmed and absolutely amazed with his GCSE haul. The Amble lad secured As in English literature, chemistry, physics, food technology, French, English language and history, plus Bs in religious education, maths and biology.
“I couldn’t be any happier,” said Adam, who is staying at JCSC to do chemistry, biology, maths and ICT at sixth form.
GCSE grades weren’t the only thing on the minds of pupils Jo Stiansen, Niamh Pirie, Rose Marshall and Kathryn Wilkinson, as the clever quartet also sat an AS-Level in creative writing – one year early – and with impressive results.
Kathryn, Rose, and Niamh secured an A in the AS-Level, while Jo earned a B. On top of this, all four were toasting a job well done in their GCSE results.
Kathryn grabbed A*s in biology, chemistry, physics and English language, As in maths, English literature, French and history and a B in art.
Reflecting on how she managed to juggle her GCSE revision with AS-Level preparations, she said: “The workload was quite heavy on top of the GCSEs, but I am glad I did the AS-Level in creative writing and I am really happy.”
The Amble lass is going on to study biology, chemistry, physics, English literature and A2 creative writing at JCSC’s sixth form.
Niamh, from Amble, scored an A* in English literature and English language, As in French and biology, B grades in maths, chemistry and geography and Cs in physics and art.
“I did a lot better than expected and I am particularly pleased with my A*s in English language and literature,” said Niamh, who is going on to JCSC’s sixth form to take English language and literature, biology and the next chapter in creative writing.
Rose admitted she was really happy with her GCSE results, after finding out that she had secured an A* in English literature, As in English language, IT and geography, Bs in core science, additional science, religious education and art and a C in maths.
The Amble teenager is taking English literature, geography, history, philosophy and A2 creative writing at JCSC’s sixth form.
Delighted Jo, from Hadston, said that she was so happy to have an AS-Level to her name and spoke of her pride at achieving an impressive set of GCSE grades, with As in English literature and language, maths, biology, chemistry and history, as well as Bs in French, physics, art and religious education.
She will be doing A2 creative writing at JCSC’s sixth form, as well as maths, physics, history and English literature.
There were A* performances from Julia Gair and Abby Sheldon. Julia, from Amble, secured hers in food technology, while Abby’s came in chemistry.
Julia was also celebrating As in English language, physics, chemistry, biology and maths, Bs in English literature, French and geography and two Distinctions in health and social care.
“I am ecstatic, especially with the result in food technology,” said Julia, who is staying at JCSC to study biology, chemistry and maths at the sixth form. She is also taking fashion, but if she doesn’t like it, will change to IT.
Abby, from Widdrington, said she felt good after her impressive results, which included A grades in maths, biology, physics and food technology, as well as Bs in English literature and language, religious education, French and history.
She is taking biology, chemistry, maths and PE at JCSC’s sixth form.
Jamie Christie was all smiles after learning his GCSE fate. Having opened his envelope, he was delighted to see that he had earned A grades in chemistry, physics, biology, maths and English language and Bs in geography, French, graphic products, religious education and English literature, as well as a Distinction Star in ICT.
“I didn’t think I would do that well,” said the Amble lad, who is staying at JCSC to do ICT, maths, physics and biology at sixth form.
Chairman of governors Scott Dickinson praised the performance of the pupils.
He said: “We are delighted with our students’ results. They deserve these grades for all the hard work they have put in.
“JCSC continues to improve as a federation of schools and we are delighted that both today’s GCSE results and last week’s A-Level results have continued to improve for the third year running.
“We are having an upward trend of improvement and we intend to ensure it continues in that direction. All of our staff are hugely dedicated and committed to our schools and students who join us. Without such dedication and enthusiasm we wouldn’t achieve the good things that we are.”
Lysa Grieve, assistant headteacher at JCSC, added: “We are thrilled. All of the students have done themselves, families and us proud. We hope that whatever they do next as individuals, these results will assist them to succeed in life.
“We look forward to those coming back to us in the sixth form and this is a great start to the new term.”
A higher number of pupils have decided to go to JCSC’s sixth form, which was rated as good by Ofsted in 2014.