School celebrates record success

PONTELAND High School is celebrating record successes at A-Level, bringing smiles to the faces of students and staff.

No fewer than 23 gained three or more A* or A grades, compared with 20 last summer.

More than a quarter, 27 percent, of all the entries scored A* to A grades, the average point score per student increased to 850 from 831, and the average point score per entry rose to 218 from 216.

The two male and two female Ponteland High students who applied for places at Cambridge this year were all successful.

Other students will be heading off this autumn to study a range of courses including law, medicine, civil and structural engineering and pharmacy at universities across the country.

Stephen Prandle, who retires as headteacher at the end of the month, said: “All of our A-Level students deserve congratulations for helping the school to achieve record success this summer, building on the already high standards set in previous years.

“Their magnificent achievements are indicative of the quality of teaching and learning at Ponteland High, and I would like to congratulate them, and their teachers, for their tremendous efforts.”

Associate Headteacher Anita Brown, who is also leaving Ponteland this month, added: “Parents deserve praise, too, for working with us to motivate, encourage and support their youngsters. Our successful home-school partnership means that, once again, our students are leaving school with an excellent preparation for life, and we wish them all well in their future studies and careers.”