Students face an anxious wait for A-level results

A-level students celebrating last year, from left, Guy Roulstone, Dominic O'Neill and Christopher Stafford.
A-level students celebrating last year, from left, Guy Roulstone, Dominic O'Neill and Christopher Stafford.
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Hundreds of nervous A-level students across the city are eagerly awaiting their results next week.

The anxious wait is almost over for the young people from Sunderland College and sixth form centres, including St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy, St Aidan’s Catholic Academy and St Robert of Newminster School.

At Sunderland College there will be about 800 students hoping for success when they open their envelopes on Thursday, August 13.

Young people will gather at the college’s multi-million-pound visual and performing arts building at Bede Campus, to get their results and say farewell to the college.

One of the students who will be excitedly opening his A-Level results is Paralympic hopeful, swimmer Matt Wylie, who became the double Euro Junior champion and British national champion in 2014.

Matt, who hopes to compete at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, studied A-Levels in Law and PE at Sunderland College.

He is hoping for B grades to study Sport Science at Sunderland University, although he is planning on deferring for a year to focus on his swimming.

Another student who will be keeping his fingers crossed is maths prodigy Gavin Taylor, who is hoping to get A* grades to take up his place at the University of Cambridge to study mathematics. Gavin, who was elected in the Youth Parliament Elections as a Deputy Member of Youth Parliament, describes the University of Cambridge as his “dream university”, and hopes to achieve the grades he needs to follow in the footsteps of revered alumni, including Stephen Hawking and Isaac Newton.

John Rushworth, assistant principal for vocational curriculum at the college, said: “It is a very exciting time for our students who are receiving their A-Level results next week.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating with them and marking the end of what I’m sure will be another successful year for Sunderland College.

“We’re confident of another strong performance this year.”