Tears of joy for top pupils

STAR students have been celebrating their brilliant GCSE results.

There were many high achieving 16-year-olds at Ponteland High School and among those receiving all A*s was Charlotte Burrin.

She gained the top grades for biology, chemistry, English language, English literature, French, geography, history, maths, physics and Spanish.

The Ponteland resident said: “When I opened the envelope, I was really happy and a bit shocked that I had done so well.

“I was feeling terrified on my way to school and I couldn’t stop shaking, so I’m glad I’ve finally found out my results.”

Charlotte is taking biology, chemistry, maths, further maths and Spanish at AS-Level and she is looking to study medicine at university. She also plans to continue extra-curricular activities such as swimming, netball and playing the clarinet.

Bea Milligan has also managed to develop her music skills along with her studies as she plays the violin and piano to a good standard.

After finding out that she had received nine A*s and one A, she said: “I was thrilled to get so many A* grades, especially for German and history as they were very unexpected.

“I’m doing AS-Levels in biology, chemistry, French and maths. I’m most looking forward to studying French in more depth because I really like the subject and I’ve enjoyed my holidays in France.”

Carolina Williams, who lives in Woolsington, achieved four A* grades, five As and one B and will now study biology, chemistry, maths and Spanish at AS-level.

“I was extremely surprised and happy with my results and I couldn’t believe that I managed to get an A* for physics,” she said.

“I’m grateful to my family and teachers for their support. I’m looking forward to celebrating with my family and friends over the next few days.”

Joseph Robinson is doing biology, chemistry, geography and maths at AS-Level. He gained two A*s, five As and two Bs in his GCSEs.

He said: “It’s good that I achieved my predicted grades and now I can move on to my A-Level courses.

“During revision, I made sure that I checked everything I wasn’t sure about so I was on top of things and I felt confident going into the exams.”

Katie Landreth felt a mixture of joy and relief after a nervous wait to find out her results, which were an excellent two A*s and eight As

The Chapel Park resident added: “I was thinking that I would get an A or B for history, so I was really surprised to get an A* for the subject.

“I’m studying chemistry, maths, biology and Spanish at AS-Level and I’m looking forward to doing maths the most.”

Three more students achieved all A* grades: Rosie Clear Hill, Joseph Pilsbury and Matthew Ross.

And the others who received all A*s or As were Patrick Allsop, Robyn Bartlett, Emma Farquhar, Ellen Forsyth, Josh Hunter, Rosie Jesper, Daniel Jones, Sophie Mackenzie and Annabel Wilson.