THIRTEEN was lucky for some as students performed a star turn in their GCSE results.
No fewer than 13 pupils at King Edward VI School in Morpeth chalked up straight-A exam success last Thursday in what was a record results year.
Henry Blake, of Morpeth, achieved four A* grades and six As in the exams and is now all set to go into sixth form to study maths, further maths, economics and chemistry.
He said: “I was really nervous about the results, and I think my family were more nervous than I was, because I never expected to do this well. I’m really happy.”
Classmate Niamh Davies-Branch, of Longframlington, also performed well, securing seven A*s and four A grades.
“I’m really happy. I didn’t expect to do that well in all of the exams,” she said.
“I’m going to do A-Levels in biology, chemistry, English language and maths and I hope to go to university after that because I want a career in medicine. I’m on the way to that now.”
Another high-flyer was Rosie Court, of Glororum, who will now go on to study A-Levels in psychology, geography, English language and economics.
She said: “I was all right waiting for the results because I saw people get good marks in their A-levels last week. I knew I was going to get into sixth form so I wasn’t really worried.
“I have done better in some of the exams than I thought I would. I’m just really chuffed with them because I have reached my target grades.
“My parents said I have done my best and worked hard so I have got what I deserved.
“After sixth form I’m taking a gap year and when I come back I’ll go to university, probably to do geography and cross with law.”
Student Laura Brown, of Stannington, is certainly reaching for the stars after her top class performance as she is hoping to one day secure a place at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Before then, she will go into sixth form to study physics, music, performance and history.
“I’m really happy with my results because I wasn’t expecting it,” she said.
“I wasn’t really worried about my results because I couldn’t do anything about them, but I was really nervous when it came to opening the envelope.
“I just feel so relieved, I don’t have to stress about it any more and getting A*s and As is a good way to start sixth form.”
Ellen Tiffin, of Longhorsley, will also be going onto A-Levels, with plans to study biology, chemistry, history and psychology.
She said: “Getting all As and A*s, I’m still taking it in. I can’t even say yet what each subject grade was.
“I tried not to think about the results because I was so nervous and when I got the results it didn’t really sink in for a while. I didn’t expect anything like that.
“In the future I would like to do something in paediatrics, but I’m not sure yet.”
Rebecca Reed, from Ashington, said: “I’m pleased with my grades. I think I did expect them, but I was a bit nervous coming to get the results because of my own expectations. I feel better now, I can relax a bit.
“I’ll be going into sixth form to study maths, music, French, Latin and literature, but I have no plans beyond that yet.”
Morpeth girl Louisa Bostock will go on to study A-Levels in biology, chemistry, maths and psychology after her straight-A success.
“I hoped I would get those grades, but I couldn’t be sure I would and all the summer I just didn’t want to get them, it was fine without knowing them,” she said.
“I wasn’t really nervous until I got to school and talked to everyone else who was coming to get their results and talking about how they had done.
“There was a little note on the envelope and I wondered if it was bad or good, then when I opened it I saw a little B, but then I saw all the grades in big letters and realised they were A*s and As. I was so relieved.
“When I told my mum she was so pleased she wanted to come and see me. She is just so proud.”
Frances Rowbottom, of Morpeth, was delighted with eight A* grades and two As and she will be going into sixth form to study maths, physics, chemistry, German and Latin.
She said: “When I went to pick the results up I took them to a quiet place to open them. I felt relieved and now I can focus on getting my A-Levels.
“It is a nice feeling. My family are all proud and my sisters, who both went to KEVI, are proud of me.
“I definitely felt under pressure to come up to their results and it is going to take a lot to fill their shoes, but we’ll see.”