Students were seeing scores of stars at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School last week as they collected their outstanding GCSE results.
While the school generally was delighted with the overall results, some youngsters put in a particularly strong performance.
And none more so than Leoni Irvine-Hogg, who achieved a straight run of A* grades and an A* with distinction for further maths.
“I’m quite happy with that,” she said.
“I was a little bit surprised, but I did put a lot of work in.
“I’ll be going into sixth form now to do biology, chemistry, maths and French. I think after that I would quite like to go into medicine.”
Another would-be medic, Shoam Backe of Longhirst, clocked up seven A*s, an A and a B.
She said: “I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I’m pleased. I’ve told my family and they were delighted.
“I want to be a doctor eventually. It’s pretty much what I’ve always wanted to do.”
Adam Shafiq achieved nine A*s and two A grades and will now be heading into the school’s sixth form for A-Level study.
He said: “I’m incredibly excited. It is incredible, but I’m very happy.”
Pal Jack Truscott was equally delighted with his five A*s, three As and a B.
“I’m very pleased with that. I can’t believe that I did so well in further maths,” he said.
Jonathan Tetley achieved a run of A* and A grades, as well as an A* with distinction for further maths.
He said: “My family are really happy with that. I’ll be going in the sixth form now to do maths, further maths, physics and economics.”
Will Shotton, of Longhorsley, earned four A*s, six As and a B, and will go on to study maths, further maths, biology and chemistry, with the aim of becoming a doctor.
He said: “I’m quite happy with everything, apart from the B. I was fine waiting for the results until the night before and then I was a bit nervous.”
Alexandra Browell achieved nine A*s and two As.
She said: “This is better than I expected, but I’m glad I did well.”
Ella Hall-Younger, of Rothbury, was delighted with her four A*s, six As and a B grade.
“I was quite surprised by some of the results because I thought I had done really badly. The exams weren’t the best for me so I’m quite happy with the results,” she said.
“I’ll be going on to sixth form to study chemistry, biology, maths and English literature. After that, I don’t know. I am thinking about medicine, but I’ll have to see how I do in A-Levels.”