HARD work paid off for South Tyneside teenagers who scooped top grades in their GCSEs.
Three girls at Harton Technology College in South Shields were jumping for joy after achieving an impressive collection of A*s.
The trio are now looking forward to containing their studies at the Lisle Road school’s Harton Sixth Form in September.
Sophie Maccoy, 16, was delighted when she opened her results to find 11 A*s and four As.
She’s now planning on studying A-levels in biology, chemistry, history, maths and media.
She said: “I didn’t think I’d do this well, although I did do a lot of studying I still didn’t expect this.
“I’ve just told my mam over the phone and she screamed, so I think she’s quite happy too.”
Alice White is keeping her options open after gaining five A*s and six As.
Despite her top grades, she admits she thought she’d just received a ‘few Bs’.
The 16-year-old said: “I can’t believe it, I honestly expected to get mainly Bs, I never thought I’d do this well.
“I’m going to be studying geography, history, sociology and English language at sixth form.
“I’m not sure what I’d like to do career-wise just yet, I am keeping my options open.”
Grace Pike, 16 was also thrilled when she realised she’d been awarded two A*s, 10 As and five Bs. Despite gaining so many exam passes, the teenager admits she was worried.
She said: “I thought I wasn’t going to do very well, so I have surprised myself. I had braced myself for the worst, so I am over the moon with these results.
“I haven’t had the chance to tell my mam yet, but I think she’s going to be pleased.
Grace is now looking forward to studying A-levels in biology, history, chemistry and maths.