A-star pupils hit the heights

Emma Cowan with boyfriend Morgan Hares.
Emma Cowan with boyfriend Morgan Hares.
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High-flying Olivia Graham is the pride of St Robert of Newminster School, after sweeping the board at GCSE.

Oivia, from Usworth, earned ten A* grades and an A* distinction in further maths.

Olivia Graham with dad David.

Olivia Graham with dad David.

“I am amazed,” she said.

“I thought I had done alright with some things but I was concerned about some others.”

Dad David was on hand to see Olivia open her results.

“I am absolutely delighted,” he said.

“I thought she would do well, but this is fantastic.”

Olivia is looking forward to studying maths, biology and chemistry at the school’s sixth form.

Richard Danby-Platt, who was accompanied by mum and dad Christine and Trevor, picked up 5A*s and 5A grades.

“I was pretty much expecting to get the results I did but I’m very pleased,” he said.

Richard is looking forward to coming back to St Robert’s to study biology, chemistry, maths, psychology and RE at A-level.

Classmates Ethan Beadling, Lucy Colman, Meg Wilcox, Alexandrea McCourt and Emily Cushlow are also celebrating, after picking up 20 A*s and 25 As between them.

Executive Head Teacher Nick Hurn was delighted to see 70 per cent of the school’s pupil pick up five or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths.

“I am very pleased,” he said.

“We have had some excellent performances all round, which is testament to the hard work of the staff and pupiuls, as well as the support of our parents over the last two years.”

Up the road at Biddick Academy, Emma Cowan is off to Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School for A-lvels, after earning nine A*s and two As.

“I am shocked, I really thought I was going to do much worse,” she said.

“I can feel myself shaking.”

Boyfriend Morgan Hares was never in doubt Emma would do well, however.

“She was so worried but I knew how much work she had put in and that she was going to do as well as she has,” he said.

Head Paul Cowen is in his first year at the school and has seen the proportion of pupils securing A*-C grades, including English and Maths, rise from 43 to 47 per cent.

“It has been difficult for the students this year but they have worked hard and some of them have done exceptionally well,” he said.

Washington School saw 43 per cent of pupils pick up five or more A*-C grades, including maths and English, a proportion head of school Mike Beverley expects to see rise after concerns were raised over some results.

“We have done well in English and maths and across other core subjects,” he said.

Pupil Lucy Goodfellow was delighted to have walked away with ten passes at B and C grade.

“The teachers have really helped me when I have needed it most,” she said.

“I was really surprised and happy with my grades.”

Oxclose Academy executive head Tony Cunningham was pleased with results that saw 56 per cent of pupils pick up five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths.

“The children have worked really hard and deserve their success,” he said.

“We are pleased with our GCSE results this year.”