New chapter for star students

Anna Makepiece and Eden Taylor looking very pleased with themselves
Anna Makepiece and Eden Taylor looking very pleased with themselves

A-mazing students at Ponteland High School are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives after achieving excellent exam success.

Among the A-Level high fliers was Tom Oliver, who got A*s in physics and electronics and an A in maths.

The 18-year-old will now study computer science at the University of Birmingham.

He said: “I’m delighted with these results – both the A*s were a pleasant surprise.

“I’m excited about my course because I knew that I wanted to study this subject at uni a few years ago and I’m looking forward to living in a big city as I’ve always lived in Ponteland.”

Jack Heslop received the highest grade in maths and As for further maths and physics. He will do a degree in engineering at Durham University.

“I needed an A* and two As to get on the course, so I was both happy and relieved when I found out that I had done it,” he said.

“I’m glad my hard work has paid off and I can’t wait to try the different fields in engineering before choosing a specialism at the end of the second year.

“I would like to thank my maths teachers – Mr Bingham, Mrs Maguire and Mr Cockburn – as they make the lessons interesting and they gave me the confidence to do really well in my exams.”

Anna Makepeace is heading off to the University of Salford, near Manchester, to study drama after achieving an A* in the subject at A-Level. Her other results were a B in English language and D in English literature.

She said: “I thought I would do well in drama, but when I found out that I had got an A*, I was over the moon.

“It wasn’t easy to be selected for the course as I had to do a monologue at an audition and submit a written piece as well as having an interview.

“I can’t wait to get started. I really like musical theatre, but I’m happy to give everything a go.”

A degree in computer science at York University awaits John Garner following an A in geography and Bs in maths and physics.

The 18-year-old said: “I’m relieved that I managed to get on my first-choice course and I’m looking forward to moving to York, making new friends and having some independence.

“Hopefully, it will be a stimulating course. I’m particularly interested in online security.”

He also thanked his geography teachers, Mr Brown, Mr Ross and Mr Braysher (who retired last year), for their part in his success.

Eden Taylor was very pleased with her results – an A* in drama, A in media studies and D in English literature. She will do a degree in primary education at Leeds Trinity University.

“As well as the A-Level exams, I had to pass English and maths QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) tests to get on my course, so I had to hammer the revision to make sure I was ready for everything,” she said.

“I worked very hard on my drama and I’m glad it paid off with an A*. It will be great to go away to university and I really want to do teaching, so I can’t wait to get stuck into the course.”

Sam Herford received B grades in physics, biology and geography and he will study mechanical engineering at Newcastle University.

He said: “I feel that I deserved three Bs and now I can’t wait to take on a new challenge.

“I have always been interested in this type of engineering, especially the automotive sector. In an ideal world, my career will involve designing cars.”

Other successful Ponteland High students are going on to study courses as varied as accountancy and finance, biomedical science, forensic psychology, occupational therapy, performing arts, law and medicine.