STUDENTS across Wearside are celebrating another good set of A-level passes this year.
Provisional figures show the percentage of A*-E passes in school sixth forms and at Sunderland College remains at 99 per cent.
Last year the percentage of passes rose two percentage points to hit 99 per cent.
Also staying the same overall on Wearside was the percentage of grade A*-C passes at 76 per cent, which went up from 69 per cent two years ago and 52 per cent five years ago. This year more than one in five students received an A* or A grade.
Councillor Pat Smith, cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “Once again, we can be very proud of city students who have worked hard and have another set of excellent exam results.
“I know everybody will want to congratulate them.
“We should also congratulate families, friends, teachers and staff in school sixth forms and Sunderland College who have all supported students.
“Their support helps pave the way for students to go further in their education and careers.”
Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Children and Families, said: “The qualifications that Sunderland students have picked up are their reward for years of hard work.
“I’m sure everyone in Sunderland will therefore join me in wishing them warm congratulations and good luck for whatever they’re going on to do, as well as thanking those - like their teachers and parents - who have helped them along the way.”
Caroline O’Neill, head of education at Durham County Council, said they too are on track for another good set of results.
“Year on year Durham County Council has had fantastic results and we aren’t expecting this year to be any different. I would like to wish them all every success for the future.
“Early indications are that A-level results across the county show an improvement on last year, particularly in the numbers of young people achieving A*, A and B grades.
“This means that where these young people have applied for university, very many of them will achieve their preferred option.
“These improvements are a result of the hard work and effort of the individual students supported by committed teaching staff and schools across the county as well as involved and interested parents.”
St Anthony’s girls are record breakers
STAFF and students at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy were buzzing with excitement as the school smashed all A-level records.
Headteacher Monica Shepherd said: “It is absolutely amazing, this group has done phenomenally well with 34.4 per cent of students achieving A*/A grades and 61 per cent achieving A*/A/B grades.”
Emma Marshall led the group with three A*s in history, English Literature and general studies, plus an A for French.
The Roker 18-year-old also had a 100 per cent mark for her history exam.
Emma, who will go to Durham University to study history, said: “It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I was really pleased.
“I don’t know what I want to do yet, I will just concentrate on uni and take it from there.” Other successful students included Katie Barraclough, 18, from Broadway, who got A* in psychology, and two As in biology and chemistry and will join Leeds University to study dentistry.
On the same course will be Laura Routledge, 18, from Seaburn who got two A*s in biology and geography and two As in chemistry and English literature.
Bethany Hutchinson, 18, from Doxford, got two A*s in English literature and history and a B in English language and will study law at Newcastle University.
Agnieszka Lewandowska, 18, from Thorney Close got two A*s in physics and maths and two As in further maths and chemistry and will be going to the University of York to study maths and physics.
Siobhan Stobbs, 18, from Fulwell will be going to Durham University to study a combined history and geography degree after getting an A* in geography and two As in history and English literature. Callie Foreman, 18, from Boldon, got two A*s in classics and English literature and A in history and will be going to Durham University to study history.
Catherine Evans, 18, from East Herrington, got an A* for general studies and three As for English literature, history and law and plans to study history at Newcastle University, and Lindsey Marshall, 18, from Ashbrooke, got two A*s in history and English literature, an A in general studies and a B in politics and will study children’s nursing at Northumbria University.
St Aidan’s top class with 100% success
ST AIDAN’S Catholic Academy is also celebrating another year of a 100 per cent pass rate.
Helen Miland, head of Sixth Form, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results. Loads of the students will be going on to medical courses.
“There were mostly tears of joy. I am delighted that the majority of them got into the university courses they wanted.”
Among the top performers at St Aidan’s, was Scott Huntley, 18, from Moorside, who got two A*s in biology and Spanish and an A in chemistry and will be heading to Newcastle University to study medicine.
Matthew Bourn, 18, from Tunstall, got an A* in maths, an A in physics and a B in chemistry and will be heading for The University of York to study physics.
Jamie Emmerson, 18, from Ashbrooke, will be going to York to study law after gaining A* in geography and two As in history and English literature.
College produces best performance yet
SUNDERLAND College is celebrating after chalking up its best set of A-level results on record with a 99.6 per cent pass rate.
Among them was Wenhui Tan, 18, from Hendon, who scooped A* in maths, A in further maths, A in Chinese, B in physics and B for an extended project and is heading for the University of Bristol to study maths and statistics.
Wenhui’s achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that she could not speak English when she moved to Wearside from China two years ago. “The first year was quite difficult,” she said.
“College was not only a challenge for me academically but also because of the language barrier.
“The college helped me a lot and I think their support really helped me to achieve the grades I did. I am looking forward to university.”
Other bright sparks included Emily Elkington, 18, from Tunstall, who got A* for religious education, A* for an extended project, A for psychology and A for sociology and will study psychology at the University of Nottingham.
“I put my social life on hold to focus on my studies, and just hoped it would pay off. I cannot take the smile off my face today. I’m so happy.”
Jonathan Softley, 18, from Newbottle, got an A* in physics, A in maths, A in chemistry and B for an extended project and will be joining Newcastle University to study chemical engineering. He said: “I’m looking forward to studying it.”
Sam Morrison, 17, from South Shields, is going on to study for a degree in medicine at Newcastle University after gaining an amazing 4 A*s in maths, physics, biology and chemistry.
“I’m really happy. It was a nervous wait and I didn’t get too much sleep last night. I have always wanted to be a doctor, so I am looking forward to getting started on my course.”
Nigel Harrett, vice-principal at Sunderland College, said: “I’m thrilled for all of the students at the college, who have achieved such great success this year.
“The results really are outstanding, and I am delighted for each and every person as they prepare to take their next step towards their career goals.”