Nerves turned to joy for a number of Ponteland High School pupils on GCSE results day.
There were sets of amazing results from quite a few of the Year 11 group, including Sophie Wainwright, who got the top grade in nine of her 10 subjects.
The 16-year-old received A*s in biology, chemistry, English language, French, geography, maths, music, PE and physics and an A in English literature.
She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with these grades and I’m particularly pleased to get an A* in English language and physics.
“I was feeling nervous beforehand, so I had feelings of relief as well when I opened the results envelope.”
Her AS-level subjects are biology, chemistry, French and maths.
There were nine A*s (ICT double award, biology, chemistry, French, graphic products, maths, music and physics) and two As for David Johnson.
He said: “I’m delighted with these grades and getting A*s in all three science subjects was the icing on the cake.
“I’m going to have a think about which subjects to take for my AS-levels, but one of them will definitely be music. I play the drums and saxophone and I’m looking forward to studying it in more depth.”
Alex Iley was among the top performers as he received five A*s (biology, chemistry, geography, maths and physics), six As and one B.
He said: “I’m really pleased with these results and it was a nice surprise to get A*s in geography and physics.
“I’m glad that the hours of revision I did paid off.”
The 16-year-old will study economics, English literature, maths and physics at AS-Level.
Imogen Hetherington achieved A* grades in biology, chemistry, English language and physics and she also got five As and one B. Her AS-Level subjects are biology, chemistry, maths and English and her ambition is to become a dentist.
She said: “I was really nervous yesterday and earlier this morning and so I’m very happy that I’ve done so well.
“I’m especially thrilled to get A*s for all three science subjects and go from failing a mock exam in history to receiving an A in my GCSE.”
Faye Walker was jumping for joy after finding out her grades – an A* in geography, seven As and two Bs.
The Chapel House resident said: “I was a bit emotional and in shock for a few minutes after seeing my results. It’s such a massive build-up and all of a sudden you open a small envelope and your grades are there in front of you.
“I’m delighted with how well I’ve done in my GCSEs. The A* in geography was a big surprise.”
She will do biology, English language and geography at AS-Level. She had yet to decide her fourth subject when speaking to the Herald.
The Year 11 group did extremely well in maths as 85 per cent achieved a C or better and there was a 99 per cent pass rate among support sciences, with 50 per cent of the grades being A*s or As.
There was an unexpected dip in the English language performance and this was the reason why the figure for at least five A* to C grades including English and maths fell slightly to 63 per cent.
Ponteland High headteacher Kieran McGrane said the school has requested a review with the exam board it uses for the subject.
He added: “I’m delighted for the students who have done fantastically well in their GCSEs.
“Parents are a crucial element in our pupils’ success and we benefit massively from their interest and engagement. As for our staff, there is a desire to continually improve and always do their very best by their students.”