A-level students help South Tyneside sixth form live up to its ‘getting better never stops’ motto

Head of school Peter Mitchell with students.
Head of school Peter Mitchell with students.
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A South Tyneside sixth form is living up to its motto of ‘getting better never stops’ as students pick up top A-level results.

For the third year teenagers have been able to collect their certificates at St Wilfrid’s RC College Sixth Form in South Shields.

Thomas Flynn and Lewis Hall pick up their A-level results.

Thomas Flynn and Lewis Hall pick up their A-level results.

Overall 99% of pupils gained an A* to E result, which is an improvement on last year’s 98%, while over two thirds achieved A* to B grades.

Brendan Tapping, executive headteacher, said: “I am thrilled to see the high level of success that our students have archived this year.

“We have continued to improve on our achievements of previous years and have delivered some outstanding results.

“Seeing our students being offered university places across the country and in some of the best universities, show that we are one step closer to being a world class school.”

We have continued to improve on our achievements.

Brendan Tapping

He added: “These results really do reflect our ethos that ‘getting better never stops’ and we look forward to working with our new intake in September as out sixth form goes from strength-to-stength.”

Molly Nelson, 19, from Whiteleas is now off to Edinburgh University to study psychology

She gained an A* in psychology, including passing one of the tests with 100% plus a A in business studies and a B in biology.

She said: “I’d realised at 7.30am that I’d gained my place at university as I’d looked at my emails but I never realised I’d done so well, I am really shocked. I never expected an A*.

Students looking at their results.

Students looking at their results.

“I’d like to one day work in research, as I am very interested in the mind and cognitive behaviour. But it’s a four year degree to I have a while to think about things.”

Thomas Flynn, 18, from Jarrow was thrilled to bits with his A* in maths and two As in further maths and physics.

He said: “I am hoping to study maths at Newcastle University, I’m very pleased with my results.”

Lewis Hall is hoping to attend the same university as Thomas to learn chemical engineering.

Molly Nelson is delighted with her marks.

Molly Nelson is delighted with her marks.

The 18-year-old from Chichester, South Shields, scooped an A* in biology, an A in maths and a B in chemistry.

He said: “It’s four year degree, but I have no idea what I’d like to do career wise just yet.”

Jonathan Waddell, 18, from Westoe, is also aiming to study at the Tyneside university.

He gained an A in maths and two Bs in chemistry and business studies.

He said: “I want to study chemistry, but I’m not to sure yet what I want to be.”

While Harriet Shaw, 18, from East Boldon is thinking a job in academia might be in her future.

Harriet Shaw is off to Durham Uni.

Harriet Shaw is off to Durham Uni.

She received an A* in maths, two A*s in maths and further maths and a B in French.

She said: “I’ve got a place at Durham University to study mathematics.

“I’m not entirely sure what I’d like to do eventually, but I think maybe something academic. There’s a lot of options.”

Jessica Trotter, Sarah Wright, Bethany Mercer,  Elizabeth O'Neill and Molly Lindsley with their results.

Jessica Trotter, Sarah Wright, Bethany Mercer, Elizabeth O'Neill and Molly Lindsley with their results.