KEVI GCSEs: student reaction

Atifa Mahin and Madeleine Lake. Picture by Lewis Jackson.
Atifa Mahin and Madeleine Lake. Picture by Lewis Jackson.

Students at King Edward VI School in Morpeth have been speaking of their delight at getting good GCSE grades.

A total of 70 pupils (21 per cent of the cohort) received eight or more A*, A and/or equivalent 7 to 9 English and maths grades.

Sam Ferstenberg and Theo Dives. Picture by Lewis Jackson.

Sam Ferstenberg and Theo Dives. Picture by Lewis Jackson.

Among this number was Laura Chishti. Her grades made it a double celebration for the family after her older sister, Anna, found out her excellent A-level results the previous week.

Laura achieved an 8 in English literature, 7 in English language, 8 in maths, five A*s and one A. The A-level subjects she will study at KEVI are art, biology, chemistry and psychology.

She said: “I’m really pleased with my grades and I’m thrilled with the A* in Latin as I found it hard at times.

“I’m also very happy with getting the top grades in the science subjects given that I will be studying two of them at A-level.”

Laura Chishti. Picture by Lewis Jackson.

Laura Chishti. Picture by Lewis Jackson.

Theo Dives, who lives in Stobhill, was another top performer. He was particularly pleased with his A* in further additional sciences and grade 8 in maths.

Sam Ferstenberg achieved the grades he needed to return to KEVI to do A-levels in art graphics, English media, music technology and psychology.

The town centre resident said: “I’m most pleased with getting a 7 in English language and a B in music because I didn’t do so well in the mock exams for those subjects.

“I’m really looking forward to the music technology A-level. I’ve heard the subject is very interesting and the facilities for it at KEVI are pretty amazing.”

Atifa Mahin achieved 7 in maths and five A grades in other subjects. She was also pleased with 6s in the English subjects because she thought she would only get a 4 or a 5 in both.

She added: “I was nervous going to school as it has been a very long time to wait for the results.

“It’s good that I know my grades and I can now look forward to my A-levels.”

Atifa will be studying biology, chemistry, maths and psychology at A-level.

Madeleine Lake received an A in additional science, history and Spanish.

She said she was pleased with how she did overall and she did a bit better than she expected in maths (her grade was a 6).

The 16-year-old added: “My A-level subjects are biology, Spanish, English literature and history. I would say Spanish is my favourite – it’s a very interesting language to learn.”

Atifa and Madeleine, who both live in Stobhill, also thanked their teachers for their support.