Record success for Ponteland GCSE pupils

STAR students at Ponteland High School have achieved record-equalling GCSE results.

In total, 70 percent of pupils got five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths – up from 63 per cent last year.

Chloe Hall received A* grades across all 10 of her GCSE exams, whilst April Covington and Beth Forsyth each earned nine A*s and one A.

Another nine girls got all A* or A results. They were as follows: Bryony Clear Hill, Jacqueline Davison, Eppie Gibb, Lisa Gosling, Sarah Hermeston, Kathryn Hitchcock, Isabel Jones, Faye Milburn and Amanda Pallister.

And 47 students achieved seven or more A* or A grades, representing 17 percent of this year’s 276 Ponteland High GCSE exam takers.

More than 70 percent of pupils taking Biology and Physics earned A* or A results, as did 67 percent of those studying Chemistry and 57 percent of Geography students.

Ponteland High Headteacher Stephen Prandle said: “All of our students deserve congratulations for their dedication and determination.

“Results were good last year, but we were determined to do even better this summer and that is exactly what we have done, with what looks like being a record-equalling year for our students.

“We have a fantastic staff at Ponteland High and they have worked wonders in continually assessing students’ progress, feeding back essential tips for improvement and supporting our youngsters right up to the exams.”

The percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C grades looks set to reach as high as 90, compared with 83 percent in 2010.

In Maths, 78 percent gained a C or above in their – with nearly 30 percent achieving an A* or A grade – and 77 percent achieved C or above in English, with 25 percent getting either A* or A.