GCSE delight for plethora of Pont pupils

From left, Imogen Hetherington, Alex Iley and Alisha Gill. Picture by Keith Robertson.
From left, Imogen Hetherington, Alex Iley and Alisha Gill. Picture by Keith Robertson.

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.”