A HIGH-FLYING student is set to train as a midwife after delivering an impressive set of A-level results.
Esther Dixon, from South Shields, will study midwifery at Cardiff University, after picking up an A* in geography and As in psychology and religious studies.
The 18-year-old attended independent girls’ school Newcastle Upon Tyne Church High, where 99 per cent of results were at grades A* to C.
Esther has shown a passion for nursing, having spent time working with disabled students and shadowing nursing staff.
She said: “I’m so interested in nursing, and midwifery is an area I can’t wait to go into. I’m just so happy that I’ve achieved the results I needed to get my place at university in Cardiff.
“I’m especially looking forward to the placements I’ll have to take part in while I’m studying.
“I was really nervous before results day, and I’m so glad I know my results now and I can celebrate with my friends.
“I love Church High and will be really sad to leave, but I’m also really looking forward to taking the next step toward my chosen career.”
Church High headteacher Joy Gatenby spoke of her pride in what has been a milestone year for the school.
It was announced in January that the school will merge with nearby Central High in September 2014, to create Newcastle High School for Girls. Fifty-two per cent of grades were at the very highest level – A* and A – well above the national average of 26.3 per cent and 10 per cent up on last year.
Eighty-five per cent were at grades A* to B.
Mrs Gatenby said: “I’m so proud of all our girls’ achievements. Once again they have exceeded all expectations and richly deserve every success.
“We know that competition for university places is incredibly fierce, making the A-level results day one of the toughest and most nerve-wracking in a young person’s life.
“The fact that so many of our girls have achieved their chosen university place is a tremendous achievement, and testament to the commitment they have shown to their studies and the outstanding work of our wonderful staff at Church High.
“The success of our girls and the fact that Church High performs so highly year-on-year gives us fantastic cause for celebration.”