Star students excited about uni adventure

Left to right, April Covington 3A* 3 A grades, Beth Forsyth 2A* 3 A grades, and Jesica Leslie, grades C D E.
Left to right, April Covington 3A* 3 A grades, Beth Forsyth 2A* 3 A grades, and Jesica Leslie, grades C D E.

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

A total of 24 Year 13s managed two or more A* or A results and they will all be going to top universities in the autumn.

Beth Forsyth got the highest grades in maths and biology and she ended up with As in chemistry, further maths and general studies. She will read natural sciences at Cambridge.

The Stamfordham resident said: “I’ve been very nervous these last few days because I needed to get an A* and two As to get on the course.

“I was delighted when I saw my results. I wasn’t expecting to do so well, particularly the A* in biology. I’m doing natural sciences because I didn’t want to give up any of my main subjects.

“I made plenty of bullet point notes to help remember things during my revision and I also went through many past papers.”

Jordan Barnes will also do a natural sciences degree. He is heading off to Lancaster University with an A* in maths and As in chemistry, physics and further maths.

“I was relieved when I saw the email from UCAS confirming my place, so I was feeling excited when I came to the school to find out my results,” he said.

“Getting an A in chemistry surprised me as I received an E for a coursework module.

“Natural sciences is a subject that really interests me and I enjoy the challenges it provides. I’m also hoping to develop my martial arts skills in a club on campus.”

Ben Wainwright, who lives in Heddon on the Wall, was awarded A*s for maths and physics and As in chemistry and further maths. He is very excited about moving to England’s capital city as his mechanical engineering degree is at Imperial College London.

The 18-year-old said: “I’m over the moon with my grades, especially chemistry as I was a bit nervous about how well I had done in that subject.

“I wanted to do a course with a hands-on approach and the one I’m on includes a year abroad in the fourth year, which will be a fantastic experience. Hopefully I will get to work on aircraft at some point.”

He is also aiming to continue playing golf. He is a member of Close House, with a handicap of 11, and has been working there with the green-keeping staff to help build up his funds before university.

Jonathan Lakey is heading north to Scotland’s capital. He will study mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

His top-class results were: A*s in maths and physics, A in further maths and B in chemistry.

The Darras Hall resident said: “I was thrilled and surprised to get two A* grades and I’m glad that I’m on my degree course and don’t have to go through the stressful clearing process.

“I enjoy both my degree subjects and the two have blended closer together in recent years, an example being the development of electric cars. There’s a lot of culture in Edinburgh and plenty of things to see and do and I would like to continue playing the trumpet as part of a group – I’ve played the instrument in county youth bands.”

Another student going to the University of Edinburgh is April Covington. She will read medicine after a brilliant three A*s in biology, chemistry and physics and one A in maths.

“I was amazed with my results and a bit relieved at the same time because I really wanted to get on the course at Edinburgh,” she said.

“I wasn’t expecting to get A* grades for all three sciences and I wouldn’t have done it without the support of my teachers. I can’t wait to start my degree and study medicine in depth.”