School’s delight at best ever A-level resuls

'A' Level results day at George Stephenson  High School, Killingworth-(left to right) Beth Nichol, Sarah Aston and Rachael Nichol).'REF 1508135462
'A' Level results day at George Stephenson High School, Killingworth-(left to right) Beth Nichol, Sarah Aston and Rachael Nichol).'REF 1508135462

Students at George Stephenson High School are celebrating their best ever A-level results.

The Killingworth-based school achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, with 58 per cent of pupils getting all grades from A* to B.

Nine per cent of pupils achieved three or more A*s or As, 23 per cent of passes were A* or A grades while 81 per cent achieved three grades from A* to C.

The results meant that the vast majority of the Year 13 students achieved their first or second choice university place.

Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said: “We are absolutely delighted with the A-Level results this year.

“We had a 100 per cent pass rate and an outstanding 58 per cent of our grades were A* to B.

“This is well above both the local and national averages and well above the target set for the year group.

“They represent our best results ever. It is a testament to the hard work from our students and teaching staff.

“The students have performed even better that we hoped they would. They have worked very hard and deserve these excellent grades.

“The vast majority of our students are now going to go on to their first or second choice university place and we would like to wish them every success in the future.”

Among the school’s best performing students were Catherine Stothard who achieved two A*s and an A in biology, chemistry and maths and is now going to study biomedical science at Newcastle University, and Darren Vong who got an A* and two As in maths, further maths and biology and is going to study computer science and maths at Sheffield University.

Catherine, 18, from Shiremoor, said: “I did revise a lot, but wasn’t expecting the star grades. My family know how hard I’ve tried and will be really pleased as well.”

Darren, 18, from Byker, said: “The biology result is a surprise, after I came out the exam I didn’t think I had done that well.”