A-level students make the grade

The students at Durham High School for Girls celebrate their A-level success.
The students at Durham High School for Girls celebrate their A-level success.
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YOUNG people across County Durham are among those celebrating another set of good A-level results.

Phil Hodgson, Durham County Council’s strategic manager, support and development, said: “We are delighted with the increase in the average grades achieved in each A-level taken.

“The number of pupils gaining two or more A* to B grades in Durham schools is up by 10 per cent, which is a fantastic outcome and continues the excellent progress seen over the last few years.

John O’Hara, assistant headteacher at Byron College, in Peterlee, said: “We are once again delighted with our results which are even better than last year. Over half of our students achieved two or more A*-B grades, and 100 per cent achieved two or more A*-E grades.

“Many of our students did extremely well, achieving three A or A* grades in traditional subjects.”

Among the college’s successful youngsters was Liam Huntington, a student at Byron College in Peterlee, is celebrating clinching an outstanding set of results.

The 18-year-old got an A* and an A at A-level, as well as three distinction* BTECs and secured his first choice place at Newcastle University to study engineering and Alice Hopkinson, who gained three As and a B and will study physics at Durham University.

The hard work of staff and students at New College Durham paid off with a 100 per cent pass rate in 17 subjects for the second year in a row, these included core subjects including maths, English, sciences and humanities.

Jon Ridley, head of sixth form at New College, said: “The excellent pass rate reflects the A-level students’ hard work and commitment over the past two years.”

Durham High School for Girls celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate with 39 per cent of all grades at A*/A.

Headteacher Lynne Renwick said: “We are thrilled by this level of achievement. Everyone has worked consistently throughout their time in the sixth form and deserve the excellent grades that they have achieved.”

Another successful County Durham student was Sara Kamouni, 18, from Chester-le-Street, a pupil at Newcastle Church High School, who picked up an A* and two As in history, religious studies and Spanish and will study politics at Kings College London.

Sunderland High School’s ‘wonderful year’

SUNDERLAND High School celebrated another bumper year of A-levels with 100 per cent pass rate and 60 per cent A*-B grades.

Headteacher Dr Angela Slater said: “The students have worked so hard over the past two years and they thoroughly deserve these wonderful results.

“I would like to thank the teaching staff for the dedicated and enthusiastic teaching which has made these excellent results possible.”

Among the top performers was Marcus Cassop-Thompson, 18, from Ashbrooke, who gained three As, in biology, chemistry and maths, and intends to study medicine following a gap year.

Michael Cameron, 18, from Barnes, will join Manchester University to study French and linguistics after gaining an A in French and two Bs in German and English.

Chris Wilkinson, 18, from Peterlee, plans to study engineering at Loughborough University after getting an A in physics and Bs in chemistry and maths.

Farhan Yousuf, 18, from Grangetown, got an A in maths and Bs in biology, chemistry and physics and is planning to take a gap year.

Two other Wearside students celebrating were Gateshead College students, Olivia Murray, from Sunderland, and Lydia Lendurm, who lives in Washington, who both got three Bs, in sociology, English language & literature and psychology.