Top marks run in the family

Robin Bartlett, Ellen Forsyth and Rose Clear Hill at Ponteland High School.
Robin Bartlett, Ellen Forsyth and Rose Clear Hill at Ponteland High School.

TWO teenagers followed in the footsteps of their older sisters by recording excellent sets of exam results.

Earlier this month, Beth Forsyth and Bryony Clear Hill secured their places at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford respectively after doing extremely well in their A-Levels. And now 16-year-olds Ellen Forsyth and Rosie Clear Hill are celebrating terrific GCSE grades.

Rosie received 10 A*s and she will be returning to Ponteland High School to study biology, chemistry, geography and English literature at AS-Level.

She said: “I’m extremely happy to get all A* grades. English literature was a big surprise because I didn’t think I had done so well in that subject. I had been feeling nervous about the results for the past few days, so it was a relief to come to school and open the envelope. It’s nice that both me and Bryony have achieved really good grades.”

Ellen, from Stamfordham, who gained three A*s and seven As, said: “I was a bit flustered and thought I was looking at a wrong page, so once I realised that they were my results I was delighted. I’m looking forward to tomorrow evening’s family celebration.”

She is taking biology, English language, geography and maths at AS-Level.

Another happy student was Robyn Bartlett, who lives in Darras Hall. She gained eight A* grades and two As.

“I was pretty nervous and didn’t sleep much last night,” she said. “I was pleased when I opened the envelope and found out how well I had done, but it was more of a strange feeling because it all happened so quickly.”

She will now do AS-Levels in French, maths, music and physics at KEVI School, Morpeth.