Good signs for sixth formers

Pictured, from left, are Ponteland High students Dan Aston, Jamie Carpenter, Rosie Clear-Hill, Charlotte Burrin, Matthew Ross and Joseph Pilsbury.
Pictured, from left, are Ponteland High students Dan Aston, Jamie Carpenter, Rosie Clear-Hill, Charlotte Burrin, Matthew Ross and Joseph Pilsbury.

A number of Ponteland teenagers are on course to earn a place at prestigious universities across the UK.

Charlotte Burrin and Matthew Ross are both set to go to Cambridge to study medicine.

Dan Aston and Joseph Pilsbury have also already received offers to study medicine and another prospective medical student is waiting to hear from institutions after having interviews last month.

Jamie Carpenter has received an offer for a mathematics degree at Oxford and Rosie Clear-Hill has one to study biology at this university following a gap year – she will be working in Central America for a year before taking up her place.

About 85 per cent of the Year 13 group at Ponteland High School have applied to go to university, with subjects ranging from law and business with Japanese to astrophysics and equine therapies. There have also been applications for drama schools, art foundation courses and internships with major companies.

Teachers are delighted that more pupils than ever before have received offers from universities well before the deadline date for applications.

David Hicklenton, head of post 16 at the school, said: “As well as our talented students, I would like to praise our team of dedicated tutors for their efforts. It is their guidance, support and hard work that provides the much-needed help in ensuring our students have such success with their applications to university.”