Star man Craig Fergus has his sights set on college after scooping a bumper set of GCSE results at Oxclose Community Academy.
Craig was the school’s best performing male student today, picking up four A*s, an A, two Bs, two Cs and two Ds.
“I’m shocked and very happy,” he said.
“I was thinking ‘Are these really my results?’.”
Parents Andrea and Jeff had been delighted when he told them how he had done: “They went crazy, they were so proud,” he said.
Craig has got his next move all planned out and already knows what he wants to do for a living.
It has been a good day for the school but in particular a good day for those pupils in year 11.Tony Cunningham
“I am going to Gateshead College to do Social Media Design and Digital Journalism to get into PR,” he said.
Head Tony Cunningham was pleased with results that saw 55 per cent of pupils secure English and Maths at grade A* to C and paid tribute to the hard work of both students and staff.
“It has been a good day for the school but in particular a good day for those pupils in year 11,” he said.
“Congratulations to all pupils for their success in the GCSE results today.
“The school is proud of their achievements across the board. They worked hard throughout the year and today is a day to celebrate.
“I would also like to thank all the staff - teaching and non-teaching - for all of their efforts, which have contributed to our positive GCSE results.
“Oxclose Community Academy continues to provide successful opportunities for all young people to fulfil their potential and our results today one again reenforce the good quality of education provided by the academy.”
The day was, however, touched with sadness, with news that design technology teacher John Drummond has passed away during the holidays, aged just 33.
“It has been a huge shock to the school,” said Mr Cunningham.