Sixth form students across the country are looking to the future today after collecting their A-level results.
And at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy in Sunderland, there was plenty to celebrate with the school’s students achieving a 100% pass rate across 33 subjects.
Deputy headteacher Michael McDonagh praised the youngsters for their hard work and dedication, as well as the school’s faculty and families for their support.
Speaking to the Echo, he said: “It’s a real tribute to the hard work that the girls and the staff have put in, and the support from their parents too.
“No matter how many times we do this it’s still a thrill and we are still delighted.”
Seventy percent of the St Anthony’s students scored A*, A, B or C in their subjects.
In addition, 44% of the young women sitting their exams at St Anthony’s achieved one, two or three A* or A grades.
Claudia Spoor, of Millfield, is going to study history at Jesus College, Cambridge.
The 18-year-old scored A*s in history and English literature, and an A in Classics.
She said: “I wasn’t expecting these results at all. I am just gobsmacked.
“The school was so supportive when I was making my application and they cheered me on all the way.”
Also scoring two A*s and an A was Charlie Steer-Stephenson, St Anthony’s head girl, who joined the school from Thornhill for sixth form.
Charlie will study history at Durham.
Mum Hazel, of High Barnes, said: “We are so proud. All of her academic life she was worked so hard and she deserves everything she gets.”
Also going on to Durham to study sport science is Faye Huntley, who got three A grades in human biology, PE, and English literature.
In the future, she hopes to become a teacher, or a coach.
Ann Andreas was “ecstatic” with her three As in biology, chemistry and maths, as they confirmed her place at Newcastle University to study medicine.
She attended results day with her parents Otto and Jaya, who spoke of their pride at their daughter’s hard work.
Ann, 18, added: “I was really nervous but I am over the moon.”
Monica Shepherd, headteacher, said: “Each year we come here and each year there are some lovely individual success stories.
“It’s a positive day for us all, and there are some amazing results.”
Heidi Newton is heading straight into employment with the civil service after her three Bs and a C secured her an apprenticeship with the Land Registry in Durham.
“Usually the natural progression is university but the school is really good because they show you alternative routes,” she said.
“The work experience that I will get is invaluable and will help me further in life.”