TEENAGERS across Wearside and County Durham are celebrating today after an anxious wait for their A-level results.
Early indications predicted some record breaking results with colleges and schools reporting good success stories.
Among them is City of Sunderland College, which is once again celebrating the success of its students with excellent A-level results across the board.
For the second year running, the pass rate was an amazing 99 per cent with students achieving 33 A* grades between them.
Nigel Harrett, vice principal, curriculum and student support, at the college, said: “We are delighted with this year’s results. In particular, the increase in students achieving an A* grade, and the 100 per cent pass rate our Higher Achievers programme has provided for those striving to get in to the country’s most prestigious universities.
“We have the largest number of students in Sunderland and we’re very proud to be improving on our success year-on-year.
“On behalf of City of Sunderland College, I’d like to congratulate our students and our teaching staff.
“These results are a direct reflection of their continued hard work and dedication and we’re thrilled. The college’s commitment to delivering the highest quality of education is delivering results for our students.”
Claire McCarthy, 18, from Murton, got A*s in law, history, sociology and extended project and is going to study law at Durham University.
She said: “I am absolutely thrilled. I was up at five, checking the e-mails every couple of minutes.
“It is like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”
Rebecca Musgrove, 19, from Seaham, got A*s in history, law and extended project and an A in English Literature and is going to Oxford to study law.
She said: “It is fantastic, I am just on cloud nine. I could not sleep at all last night.
“It is just great to get the results.”
Also celebrating a bumper year of A-level results was St Anthony’s RC School for Girls in Sunderland.
Monica Shepherd, headteacher at the Ashbrooke school, said: “The results are even better than last year and we are very, very pleased with them. There are really pleasing results all round regardless of ability.
“We have had very, very few failures, which is good and I was struggling to see any U grades on the sheets.
“The quality of the passes at the top end are excellent as well.”
Also celebrating top successes was Byron College at St Bede’s School in Peterlee, which has 52 A level and BTec students.
Assistant headteacher Richard Dennis said: “We are delighted with our results this year as our students have achieved a pass-rate of 99.3 per cent, well above the national average.
“In addition, both the average points score per student and per entry have improved again this year.
“Many of our students did extremely well, achieving top grades in traditional A level subjects, including A-stars.
“Our students following the A-level equivalent vocational courses also did extremely well, with a large proportion gaining triple distinction grades, which are equivalent to three A grades.
“Once again this is a credit to the hard work of students and staff – congratulations to all concerned.”
Star pupils included Kathryn Riddell, from Peterlee, who gained A*s history and psychology and an A in English literature and is heading to Newcastle University to study English literature.
She said: “My predicted grades were three As and I was hoping I would get those.
“But to get the A*s is a complete shock.”
Karolina Kapka, from Shotton, who gained As in Polish, philosophy and ethics and art as well as a C in psychology and is going to Northumbria University to study adult nursing.
She said: “I was chuffed.
“I was going to get on Ucas this morning but I thought I had better come to college first.
“My dad is sitting in the car outside so I’m going to go and tell him.”