HARD work paid off for star students at a South Tyneside sixth-form college.
Teenagers flocked to Harton Technology College’s sixth form in South Shields yesterday to pick up their results.
While 84 per cent of students gained three passes at A* to E, 98 per cent got at least one A-level and a third of students picked up three A* to B grades.
Among those celebrating was David Robertson, Lisle Road college’s first sixth-former to head off to study chemical engineering at Cambridge University.
The 18-year-old, of Harton, was delighted to gain four A*s – in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry.
Incredibly, David missed a month and a half of his studies earlier this year after needing an operation for ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition causing inflammation of the intestines.
He said: “I am so pleased with my results. I never expected to do so well, especially since I had to miss six weeks at the start of the year with being in hospital.
“I don’t know quite what I want to do as a career just yet, so I am keeping my options open. I think my parents are going to be quite pleased when I tell them.”
Emily Bruce has dreams of a job as a publisher after collecting three As – in English, history and philosophy.
The 18-year-old, of Marsden, South Shields, is off to Leeds University next month.
She said: “I’m buzzing, I really am. I thought maybe I’d get one A and a few Bs, but not three As.
“I want to be a publisher when I finish university. That’s what I’m aiming for.”
George Harrison now has four years of studying engineering ahead of him at Loughborough University.
The 17-year-old, of Lawe Top, South Shields, gained two A*s, in maths and physics, and an A in further maths.
He said: “Engineering covers a lot of areas, and I’m not too sure what I want to specialise in just yet, but I am so pleased with my results.”
Product design is the chosen career for Carl Stimpson, 18, also of Lawe Top. After gaining two As, in design technology production and English literature, plus an A* in geography, he can’t wait to start at Leeds University.
He said: “I really enjoy product design, so I am doing a three-year degree, then there’s a year’s placement.
“It covers such a broad range, and I don’t know what exactly I’d like to be designing. I’ll just have to wait and see.”
Executive headteacher Sir Ken Gibson said: “I am delighted for the students, most of whom have achieved the grades they required to go on to various universities in September.
“We all wish them continued success in the future.”