A Level joy for Ponteland students

MANY students in Ponteland High School’s A Level class of 2011 were jumping for joy after achieving great results.

No fewer than 20 students gained three or more A* or A grades, compared with 14 last summer, and the average point score per student improved from 753 in 2010 to 831, which is the equivalent of more than two grades.

More than a quarter of all the entries (28.2 percent) scored top A* to A grades and over half (53.67 percent) earned A*-B marks, compared with 47.3 percent last year, while three quarters of the entries notched up a grade C or above.

Among the successful students was Sixth Form President Charlotte Whaley.

The 18-year-old, who lives in Cheviot View, will study Law with French at the University of Sheffield after getting A* grades in Performing Arts and General Studies and Bs in French and English Literature.

She said: “I had a lot of happy emotions when I opened the letter because I needed two As and a B to get on the course and I was expecting to have to go through clearing.

“I enjoyed studying French and so I wanted to continue doing the subject and it brings an international dimension to the degree. I will also get to study French Law in France during my third year.

“I’m very grateful to my subject teachers and form tutor Miss Fielding. I had a lot of stuff going on in my President role and they were very supportive and understanding.”

Ponteland resident Peter Suttie achieved two A*s – Maths and Physics – and he received an A for Further Maths. These results secured his place on a Physics degree at Birmingham University.

“I was nervous coming here and it was a great relief to get the grades I needed as I had my heart set on doing the Birmingham course,” he said.

“I really enjoyed studying Physics at school and the degree covers the whole subject because I want to keep my options open.

“I played football and table tennis during Sixth Form, which helped to relieve the stress of coursework and exams.”

In 17 different subjects, more than half the students entered achieved A*-B grades and those who completed BTEC Business courses also did well – with ten youngsters achieving double distinctions, equivalent to two A levels.

Other subjects that Ponteland students are going to study at universities across the UK include Medicine, Mathematics, Bio-medical Sciences, Computing Science, Architecture, Economics, Business, English, Nursing and Pharmacy.

Ponteland High Headteacher Stephen Prandle said: “All our A level students deserve congratulations for their performance. It is great to see such an improvement in achievement across the board from the already high standard set in previous years.

“Our post-16 students’ magnificent results this summer is indicative of the quality of teaching and learning that goes on at Ponteland High and I would like to congratulate them, and their teachers, for their tremendous efforts.

“Parents deserve praise too, for working alongside teachers to motivate, encourage and support their youngsters.

“This successful partnership means that, once again, a huge number of our youngsters have gained places at top universities and we wish them all well in their future studies and careers.”