Accolade for talented and dedicated pupil

Charlotte Burrin gets her award from Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
Charlotte Burrin gets her award from Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

A Ponteland teenager has been recognised for her efforts inside and outside of the classroom.

Charlotte Burrin is the fourth Ponteland High School student in three years to receive the runners-up award for the prestigious Lord Glenamara prize.

The initiative for students in the North East highlights excellent academic performance, civic contribution and a keen interest in public service.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan presented the award to Charlotte during a ceremony at University College London. She and the other winners also received a guided tour of the university.

The Year 13 pupil has a record of outstanding results in tests and exams. At GCSE level, she gained A* grades in all 10 subjects.

Last year, she achieved top grades in all the six subjects taken at AS-Level, with full marks in modules in mathematics and biology. Her other subjects were chemistry, critical thinking, general studies and Spanish.

Ponteland High School’s headteacher, Kieran McGrane, said: “These results were amazing as it is unusual to take more than four AS-Level subjects.

“On the more creative side, Charlotte has reached grade eight in the clarinet, which she puts to good use by being a member of the community band, school band and school wind quintet.

“She plays for Ponteland Netball Club and swims three times a week.

“Nearing completion of her gold Duke of Edinburgh award, Charlotte is well aware of the importance of public service. In terms of education, she works as a Kumon assistant in both mathematics and English, offering support and guidance to younger students.

“She has been a reading coach to a Year 9 student and, this year, is supporting a Year 11 student in science. This is in addition to her prefect duties.”

Charlotte is also a patient representative at her local GP surgery. This involves some canvassing of opinions and hearing patient concerns.

Lord Glenamara, formerly Ted Short, was a teacher, MP for Newcastle Central from 1951 to 1976 and a former Secretary of State for Education and Science. He died in 2012.