STAFF and students at Ponteland High School have revealed some of their goals as they look forward to a busy 2014.
There is a distinct feeling of diligence and aspiration as many of the pupils dawn on the realization that this coming year will be an extremely important one in their lives.
Those in Years 11, 12 and 13 will hope to achieve their aims when they find out their exam and coursework results in August.
Headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “We have a number of students working towards GCSE, AS and A-Levels and I would hope that they seize the opportunity and commit to achieving grades beyond what they think they are capable of doing.
“If they can harness high levels of motivation with a strong work ethic and a questioning outlook, they will be successful.”
In Year 13, feelings of excitement could perhaps be coupled with slight panic as pupils continue on their journey to their final exams, which have the potential to set up their future. Yet their mindset remains determined and focused.
When asked about their resolutions and goals for 2014, upper sixth students Robyn Lillico and Jess Keating said it was important not to give up when things get difficult as it will be worth it on results day.
Jess added: “I’m aiming to achieve the grades to get into Oxford University. Not stressing too much about everything and keeping things organised will help.”
The aspirations are not purely academic. Charlotte Huddart said: “Instead of making resolutions this year, which are too easy to break, I choose to work to make myself and those around me happy.”
Meanwhile, resident band Almost Equal are hoping to record and release an EP by the end of the year.