There was plenty to celebrate at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School as pupils collected their A-level results.
Students gathered from 8am at the high school last Thursday to pick up their results and with an overall pass rate of 99 per cent and more than half of grades at A* to B, few were disappointed.
Some achieved staggering success, earning a string of the highest grades.
Among them was outgoing Head Boy Robert Naylor, who is going to Manchester to study physics after gaining two A*s and two A grades.
He said: “I wasn’t expecting to get the grades so I’m completely chuffed. It is a massive relief because the pressure had been building up over the last week and now it just feels great.
“I’m really looking forward to the university course because Brian Cox will be giving lectures in my first year.
“I have loved my time at KEVI and the teachers have all been inspiring.”
Fellow student Aidan Hughes was celebrating the same set of results.
He said: “This is better than I expected so I’m really pleased. I’m going to do mechanical engineering at Sheffield and I needed three As for that so I’m delighted.”
Andrew Waters is also off to study at Sheffield after achieving straight As in maths, psychology and biology to earn his place on a psychology course.
He said: “I was surprised to even pass maths, to be honest. I found it very hard, but the results are definitely worth all the hard work.”
Rebecca Cowell achieved three A grades and a B to secure her place at York, where she will study law.
The would-be barrister said: “I’m really pleased with the results. I think I’m still in shock. History was the hardest of all of my subjects so I really tried to work hard for that A grade.”
Mark Doyle will embark on his dream of studying medicine after earning an A* and two A grades in chemistry, physics and biology.
He said: “Last year I only got a B in physics, but I’ve pulled it out of the bag.
“I have always wanted to do medicine. In Year 10 I did work experience in a hospital and since then it has always been on my mind. I will be studying at Stockton under Durham University, but after two years I move to Newcastle.”
It was A* all the way for fellow medicine student Louisa Bostock, who will now be heading to Aberdeen.
She said: “It was what I needed to do. I was hoping for it, but I’ve been worrying about it for the last two months. I checked to see if I had got my place before coming to get the results. It made coming into school a lot easier.”
There were also three A* grades for Will Aynsley, of Scots Gap, who will study engineering at Imperial.
“I was not expecting these results at all,” he said.
“I thought my maths exam had gone really badly so I was expecting maybe a B. It was a big shock to get an A*. To get into Imperial I needed two A*s and an A so when I thought I had messed up the exam it really built up the pressure.
“Now this is the best day of my life. It has set up my future, doing what I want to do. I know I can be a good mechanical engineer.”
Miriam Pape obtained two A* and an A to secure a child nursing place at Edinburgh Napier University.
“I’m really happy. It’s better than I hoped for,” she said.
Rachael Todd was equally delighted with her straight As in chemistry, maths and biology, which have earned her a place studying veterinary medicine at Liverpool.
“The results are what I was hoping for. Studying veterinary medicine is what I really want to do so I’m happy,” she said.
Deputy Head Boy Tristan Selden, of Rothbury, is heading to Cambridge to study music at Gonville and Caius College with his A* and two A grades.
“I’m very pleased with my results. There was a certain exam I wasn’t happy with so they are better than I expected,” he said.
“King Edward’s must have the best music department in the region. There is absolute commitment and encouragement from the teachers. They go over and beyond what you would expect and I can’t thank them enough.”
CAPTIONS: JCMH kevi alevel 2014 1 - Rachael Todd and Louisa Bostock.
“ “ 7 - Aidan Hughes and Andrew Waters.
“ “ 9 - Rebecca Cowell.
“ “ 8 - Robert Naylor.
“ “ 17 - Mark Doyle.
“ “ 15 - Will Aynsley and Tristan Selden.