TEENAGERS across North Tyneside collected their A-level results this morning with another year-on-year improvement to results.
As a result many relieved students have secured their first choice places at universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
The borough saw an overall pass rate of 100 percent, for a second year, and seven percent of students achieved three or more A-levels at grade A* or A.
The average point score per student was 757, an increase of almost nine percent on last year.
At Whitley Bay High School, aspiring doctor Hannah Hubbard achieved five A* star grades in biology, chemistry, English literature, maths and general studies, and will study Medicine at Newcastle University.
Hannah, who also plays the violin in the National Youth Orchestra, said: “I really didn’t expect to do so well, and I’m really pleased with my results. It’s been a lot of hard work but all worth it.”
And three Whitley Bay High students gained the outstanding grades needed to confirm their Oxbridge places.
Joe Taylder has secured his place at St John’s College, Cambridge to read Maths, Anna Appleby will read Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and Stephen Richardson will travel to Regent’s Park College, Oxford to study History and Politics.
Stephen said: “It was a tough process applying to Oxford, including a three-day interview, but finding out I’d been accepted today made it all worthwhile.”
This year, Whitley Bay High School saw a record cohort of 257 students take A-level examinations, and the school has once again achieved its best set of results, to date.
Headteacher Adam Chedburn said: ”I believe this success is down to a combination of hard work from the students, very good teaching and the right kind of advice and guidance.
“We work hard to steer our students in the direction that’s right for them and encourage them to believe that applying for a place at a high tariff university is an aspiration that they should not be afraid to pursue.”
At Churchill Community College, Wallsend, 30 per cent of grades awarded were an A or A*, up from ten per cent in 2010. Average points score per student was up by 20 percent on last year’s figure.
Sam Palmer secured the grades he needed for his place at Newcastle University to study Law.
He said: “I’m really pleased with my results, knowing that I’ve got my place to study Law at Newcastle. I’m glad I stayed at Churchill for my A-levels as the staff are really friendly and the support is great.”
Headteacher David Baldwin said: “These results represent a great deal of hard work from our students, who have been well supported by staff.
“We are all extremely proud of the achievements of individual students, who are now set to take up prestigious university places, as well as the overall results that the college has achieved. They represent our best results ever and a clear improving trend.”
And at St Thomas More High School, North Shields, A-level results were once again outstanding.
The school saw an overall pass rate of 99 percent, with 13 percent of students securing at least three A* or A grades - the highest ever achievement for the school.
Kyle Myers, former Deputy Young Mayor of North Tyneside, was one such high achiever, notching up three A* grades to confirm his place at Christchurch College, Oxford to read Medicine.
Headteacher Di Donkin said: “We are so very proud of all our students. They have worked very hard and deserve these excellent grades.
“The staff have encouraged and supported them every step of the way and I would like to pay tribute to their expertise, professionalism and dedication.
“This is one of the best days of the school year and we all feel a deep sense of satisfaction as we see our students step out into the next stage of their young lives. We wish them further success and happiness.”
Coun David Lilly, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, added: “Our schools encourage high aspiration and set high standards, working closely in partnership with the local authority and each other.
“Our students and staff have worked extremely hard to achieve this great set of results, which are a credit to them.”