QUEEN Alexandra Sixth Form College in North Shields celebrated a strong set of results, with a 100 per cent pass rate.
Craig McLennan, of North Shields, had the perfect 18th birthday present with a hat-trick of A-grades and is about to embark on a history degree at Northumbria University.
“It was definitely the best birthday present I could have had, and getting the results was the perfect start to the big day,” said Craig after earning As in history, biology and psychology and a C in classical civilisation.
Helen Younger, 18, of Tynemouth, is preparing to head to Edinburgh Napier University to study English after gaining an A* in English, an A in psychology and a B in media studies.
Headteacher Denise Bolton said: “We are looking at an overall pass rate which is incredibly strong and shows that the philosophy behind having a specialist A-level centre works.”
“In line with the government agenda and new industry and technology needs, we are focused on driving STEM subjects forward and we have seen a significant improvement in results, particularly in the areas of physics and maths where the results are outstanding.
“Excellent English and history results also provide a very strong basis for university entry with A* grades at Queen Alexandra this year.
“In terms of maths we are thrilled that we have a 100 per cent pass rate and half of those are high grades which is the same in physics and they are subjects that are recognised as being very difficult for students to achieve high grades.
“Students and staff have worked incredibly hard and we are very proud of their achievements.”