Plenty of star A-level students at Pont

Students made their parents and teachers proud as Ponteland High School achieved another set of top class A-level results.

An impressive 25 per cent of all entries were awarded A* to A grades and approximately 50 per cent of results ranged from A* to B.

There was an overall pass rate (A* to E) of 98 per cent, with the majority of students going off to university.

Jessica Keating will read geography at Oxford University after getting three A*s and one A and Maisie Ingram, who received three A*s, is planning to study medicine following a gap year.

Andrew Bagnall achieved two A*s and two As, final grades of two A*s and one A went to Elizabeth MacGowan and Tom Oliver and Jack Heslop got an A* and two As. Other high flyers included Caroline Garner, Emma Scott, Vijay Mahal, Rachel Heslop, Anna Makepeace and Eden Taylor.

Ponteland High headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “We are very pleased with this set of results, which are in line with what we accomplished last year.

“Our students, supported by their teachers and parents, have achieved very high standards and I hope this will spur them on to further success in years to come.

“What makes their achievements even more impressive is the change to the qualification system that eliminated the opportunity to sit exams in January. They only had one chance to take them, whereas students in previous years had the option to re-sit some of their exams in the summer.”

The teenagers are going on to study courses as varied as accountancy and finance, biomedical science, computer science, forensic psychology, mechanical engineering, occupational therapy, performing arts, law and medicine.