A TRIO of Ponteland High School students are looking forward to studying the past at one of the world’s top universities.
Hannah Stoddart, Sam Moody and Imogen Garner all achieved the A-Level grades they required to read history at Cambridge. They also came through a daunting interview process.
Imogen received an A* in geography and general studies and As for English literature and history.
The Ponteland resident said: “I was really excited when I found out that I had got on the course and I couldn’t wait to tell my mum, dad, brother and sister.
“I had two interviews and I didn’t think the first went too well, but the second went much better. I was given an historical extract to read through and discuss with lecturers and I was asked why I wanted to study the subject, I actually quite enjoyed it.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunities I’m going to have and although I will miss my family, it will be nice to live independently.
“The teachers at Pont High have been fantastic and I’m very grateful for their support.”
Sam got the top grade in English Literature and an A in French, general studies and history. The 18-year-old will be based at Homerton College.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet that I have done so well and will be going to Cambridge,” he said.
“A-Level French was the hardest subject I have ever taken and I spent more time on it than the others so it gave me a lot of satisfaction to get an A grade for it.
“I thought I hadn’t done so well in my interview, but they must have seen something good in me. I’m excited about meeting people who are interested in the same things I am and studying history in more detail, particularly the 20th Century.”
Hannah made the target of an A* in English literature and two As in French and history, with further As achieved in general studies and critical thinking. She was delighted to come through the ‘scary’ interview process and a set of tough exams.
“I was surprised to do so well because it seemed unachievable when I received the offer,” she added.
“It’s a little bit surreal because it’s Cambridge, but I’m really looking forward to starting my course.”
Many other students were able to get on their first choice course after obtaining top class A-Level results, including Sarah Briggs whose main grades were A* in maths and As for biology and chemistry.
It was a double celebration for her because she celebrated her 18th birthday the day before.
The Darras Hall resident said: “I’m thrilled with how I’ve done in maths because I struggled a bit with it last year and it now turns out that it was my best subject.
“My birthday party was a good distraction and I’m glad it was yesterday because these results are an excellent birthday present.
“I’m going to study medicine at the University of Aberdeen. It’s a lovely place and I can’t wait to get started.”
Anna Sutcliffe, who was the school president, is looking to follow in the footsteps of mum Alison as she will start an early primary education degree at Northumbria University next month.
The 18-year-old received an A* for English language, A in history and B for chemistry.
“I’m delighted with my results, chemistry in particular because I thought I was going to get a C grade,” she said.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time as school president and some of my duties such as speaking at parents’ evenings and supporting younger students will help me with my degree and future career.
“The staff have been very supportive. If you needed any help, they would bend over backwards to find some time for you.”