MORPETH’S King Edward VI School will be moving up the exam charts with a top 40 of A-grade success.
While TV’s A-Team was made up of just four members, the Morpeth high school can turn to ten times that number to show its GCSE prowess.
For no fewer than 40 students chalked up at least nine A* or A grades in their exams, a staggering 12 per cent of the year group.
Among them was Angus Kirk, of Morpeth, who achieved a straight run of ten A* and A grades while balancing his academic work with his role as school magazine editor, Student Voice community representative and Herald contributor.
He said: “It is such a relief to know that everything has gone well. I worked so hard, but I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I have been really nervous, but it has turned out so well.
“The magazine does take up a lot of my time and through Student Voice I get to do a lot of charity work and work with the community, but it is really nice to be able to build up links with people in the community and I’m pleased I have been able to do it all.
“I’m going into sixth form now to study English literature, politics, 16th century history and French, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Lois Flounders, who notched up four A*s and six A grades, said: “They were kind of expected, but I did put myself down because I didn’t want to be disappointed.
“I’m going to Newcastle sixth form now to do environmental sciences. It will be a bit scary going somewhere else, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Fellow student Daniel Pearce managed to get two A grades, seven A*s, one A* with distinction and a merit.
“This was not expected for me,” he said.
“I think my Mum was more nervous about the results than me though. She kept asking me if I was nervous, but I was ok.”
Scott Crosbie, of Morpeth, was delighted with his set of results, achieving six A*s and four A grades.
He said: “I’m really, really happy. I didn’t think I was going to get those results. I was so nervous opening them.
“My family are really happy for me. I think I heard a tear when I called my Mam on the phone and she has changed her Facebook status about it so I think she was pleased.”
Honoria Brown, of Morpeth, was so anxious about her results that she took her whole family along for support. However, she soon found there was no need to worry as in front of mum and dad Joanne and Peter, and brothers Pearson, Brad, Theo and Harry, she revealed eight A*s and two A grades.
She said: “I’m very pleased with how I have done. I didn’t expect it. I have been more excited than nervous until the results’ day, but I was really nervous in the morning. It did help having all the family here.”
Proud dad Peter said: “Honoria wanted us to come down to support her because she was a bit nervous, but the results are wonderful. She has worked really hard for them and they are even better than expected. We’re all over the moon.”
Daniel Haxell achieved two A grades, eight A*s and one A* with distinction for further maths.
He said: “It is nice to get these results, but they were not unexpected. I’m really happy with what I have done.”
Meanwhile, classmate Erin O’Connor was surprised by her impressive tally of seven A*s and four A grades.
“I feel really good, it wasn’t expected at all,” she said.
“I’ve just come back from holiday so it’s taken my mind off the results a bit.”
Jack Taylor, of Morpeth, collected nine A* grades and one A.
He said: “It was definitely a lot of work. I was revising after school every night, in between my social life.
“I didn’t expect to do this well, I was hoping for maybe three A*s.
“I’m not really sure how my friends have done yet because we’ve made an agreement not to talk about the results.”
Fellow KEVI student Adam Wild also achieved nine A*s and one A grade.
“I’m overjoyed,” he said.
“I’m so relieved about it. I thought I would get some A*s, but not nine. I was quite nervous about getting the results, but I’m so happy now and I’m a bit in shock about how well I did. My friends have all done well too so that’s really nice.”