Students have seen their hard work pay off as a South Tyneside School recorded another “fantastic” year of A-level results.
Harton Technology College headteacher Sir Ken Gibson has praised the efforts of students and staff as 100% achieved at least one A Level or equivalent, while 98% achieved two or more.
Those who have sat and passed their exams are preparing to embark on the next chapter of their lives as they take their places at universities across the UK, apprenticeships or school leaver programmes.
Among those who will be heading off to university is David Swan, from Harton.
The 18-year-old achieved an A in Maths, Economics and Business helping him to gain a place at Durham University where he will study accountancy and finance.
He said: “It’s been quite stressful towards the end but on the whole doing my A levels has been a good experience. I was more excited than nervous coming in for my results.”
It has been another fantastic year at Harton Sixth Form and we are delighted that so many students have reaped the rewards for the hard work they have put in over the past two years.Sir Ken Gibson
George Mulloy is heading off to York University to study chemistry after achieving an A in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
The 18-year-old from East Boldon, how hopes to one day work with pharmaceuticals or in industry, said: “The first year I found it really difficult adjusting to the A levels but in the second year, I had got to know the teachers and I felt a lot more comfortable. Everything you’d been working on and towards hinged on these exams.”
Rachael Barrett has yet to decide whether she will be attending Cambridge or York after achieving A* in Biology and an A in Maths and Chemistry.
The 18-year-old from Horsley Hill said: “The exams were a mixed bag, some were okay, others weren’t. I would have liked to have had another A* but overall I’m happy with my results. It’s now just a case of seeing which university I go to.”
Alan Robson was with his daughter Natalie as she collected her results. She has already been accepted to Newcastle University to study Psychology. He said: “I’m really proud of her. She has put so much effort into these exams - she really has done fantastic.”
Natalie, 18 from Hebburn, who achieved an A* in Psychology and an A in History and Biology, said: “The exams were really stressful. I still can’t believe my results. I really didn’t think I would get the grades at all. I’m just overwhelmed.”
Sir Gibson said: “It has been another fantastic year at Harton Sixth Form and we are delighted that so many students have reaped the rewards for the hard work they have put in over the past two years. It is lovely to see so many fulfilling their ambitions, with high numbers heading to a wide range of universities across the UK and several taking up apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.
“It has been an absolute pleasure watching the students grow, develop and flourish in many areas of school life and we have every confidence that they will be successful in the future and look back on their time at Harton with fond memories. Overall, the students made outstanding progress with 100% achieving one A Level or equivalent, 98% achieving two or more and 92% three or more.”