TEENAGERS across Sunderland and County Durham are celebrating today after getting their A-level results.
There were tears of joy as sixth form students opened their envelopes when they arrived early this morning at colleges and sixth form centres.
Early indications predicted another year of bumper results for Wearside with some remarkable achievements.
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Monica Shepherd, headteacher at St Anthony’s RC Girls’ School, said she was delighted with the pupils’ results right across the ability spectrum.
She said: “The results are really fabulous. I know it sounds corny, but they are genuinely our best ever overall, which is great.
“We have 50 per cent of all the entries at A*, A or B, which is really brilliant. We are so pleased with that.
“And, even more pleasing, just under 80 per cent of all the grades are at A*, A, B or C, which means our students of lower ability have also done really, really well.”
The Thornhill Terrace school also has 13 girls who have gained three or more A-levels at grades A* and A, and one youngster clinched five A*s.
It was also a day of celebration at Sunderland College where bosses installed a Skype booth at the St Peter’s campus so happy students could video-call relatives to tell them their good news.
The college again produced an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, with 100 per cent pass rates in 21 subjects – the fourth consecutive year of improvement.
John Rushworth, director of Sunderland College Sixth Form Centres, said: “This year’s pass rates are exceptionally high, and we are immensely proud of our A-level students.
“Results day is one of the biggest days in the academic calendar and a day many students will have been looking forward to. They have worked incredibly hard and it is fantastic to see the result of all that effort.”
Sunderland college students are among those receiving their results today.
Eighteen-year-old Daniel Holliday of Whitburn, who got As in maths and physics and Bs in biology and chemistry, is going to Newcastle University to study medicine, said: “I was so excited – it’s a grade more than I needed for the course, so I am really pleased.
“It is nerve-wracking waiting for the results but worth all the hard work.”
Former Whitburn Academy pupil Ryan Harbottle, 18, is celebrating As in physics, maths and geography and is going to Newcastle to study engineering after winning a scholarship with industry giant Siemens.
He said: “I was so worried. I did not expect to get such good grades, so I am really delighted.
“Engineering is something I have been interested in for a long time and I can’t wait to get started.”