Star students on a High over results

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TWO talented Northumberland girls were among the success stories at Newcastle Church High School.

The school saw almost a third of all its GCSE grades marked at A* level this year, jumping to two thirds with the inclusion of A grades.

Among those boosting the total was Sarah Woodruff, from Medburn, who received seven A*s and three As.

She said: “I’m over the moon about my results. I’ve worked really hard, but never expected such good grades.

“My parents are really proud, as are my teachers who have supported me throughout the years at Church High.

“I can’t wait to work hard during my A-Levels and hopefully do really well then too.”

Felicity Nelson, from Morpeth, also performed well, achieving six A*s, three As and a B.

“I’m so happy to receive these grades — I really wasn’t expecting it and my parents are over the moon too,” she said.

“I’m already looking forward to starting my A-Levels and have decided to study religious studies, English, biology and geography, with a view to studying law at university and becoming a barrister one day.”

Headteacher Joy Gatenby was thrilled with the school’s success and praised pupils’ efforts.

“We’re delighted with both our A-Level and GCSE results and whilst we’ve seen some outstanding individual performances, the school as a whole has done exceptionally well,” she said.

“With 63 per cent of GCSE grades awarded at A* and A level, the girls have smashed the national average of 23.2 per cent.

“Over a third, 37 per cent, of girls received nine or more A* and A grades and this has demonstrated how well they have performed across the board.

“It’s always an anxious wait as they learn the result of many months of hard work, but as we’ve seen once again this year, hard work really does pay off.”