Triathlete Lucy leads the way as students celebrate exam success

Lucy Cottee from Sunderland with her fantastic GCSE results.
Lucy Cottee from Sunderland with her fantastic GCSE results.
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Triathlete Lucy Cottee has taken her fantastic GCSE results in her stride.

The 16-year-old, from Sunderland, was a little bleary eyed after just returning from trekking in Peru when she opened her results to find she had earned seven A*s and three As.

Durham School students celebrate success.

Durham School students celebrate success.

She said: “I knew I couldn’t change the outcome, so felt quite comfortable when I went into school. I am pleased with my results in particular with the A* in German.”

Lucy, who combined study with training as an athlete, intends to stay on at Newcastle High School for Girls, where she is a pupil, to take her A-levels.

Students at Durham School are also celebrating another good set of GCSE results with a record 93.5% pass rate of grades A*-C.

And, 14% of pupils achieved a straight run of A* and A grades in ten subjects.

Headmaster, Kieran McLaughlin, said, “I’m delighted with the excellent results achieved by all our pupils. This year’s results are outstanding and this reflects the dedication and hard work of not only the pupils but also their teachers.”

New College Durham students are also celebrating GCSE result success with pass rates well above national average.

Hundreds of students sat GCSE English and maths papers at the Framwellgate Moor college in line with Government policy which insists students who achieved lower grades at school must retake the exam as part of their vocational training programme.

Of those sitting their English paper, 64% gained a grade C or above and 44% in maths.

Jon Ridley, head of sixth form, said: “We are delighted with the GCSE results and would like to congratulate our students on their hard work and achievement, which has been reflected in the grades. Achieving a C or higher in maths and English enables our students to progress to their next stage of study or into employment.”