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GCSE Results

GCSE Results 2015 (2)TWIN siblings shared in their schools GCSE success as students at a Northumberland Academy were showered with stars.

Matthew and Rebecca Douglas achieved nine A*s, 11 As and two Bs between them as pupils at Bede Academy, Blyth, raised the bar recording the schools highest ever benchmark GCSE pass rate up 15 per cent on last years results.

Top performing boy Matthew, 16, of Blyth, who achieved seven A*s, three As and one B said:

“I’m absolutely elated.

“It’s been a lot of effort and I’ve relied heavily on Rebecca to push me when we’ve been working – she was the real driving force behind our revision sessions.

“It’s a bit overwhelming to be to top performing boy, I knew it was possible but I didn’t expect it and I’d like to thank the superb help I’ve had from all of the teachers here especially in the last few months.”

Matthew will be returning to study his A levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths at Bede Academy in the hope of pursuing a career as a doctor.

Twin sister Rebecca, who is 40 minutes younger than her brother, gained two A*s, eight As and one B.

“I’m over the moon,” said the aspiring paediatrician who will also be taking her A levels at Bede Academy in the same three subjects as her brother.

“I knew Matthew would do slightly better than me as he has more natural ability but I’m very happy to come a close second.”

Continuing its rapid progression in students achievement the academy saw 66 per cent of grades hitting A*-C including English and maths, up from 51 per cent last year.

Principal Gwyneth Evans said:

‘We are encouraged by these results since they show improvement both in attainment and progress. Students have exceeded both the academy’s target and externally predicted results.

“The percentage of higher grades has increased in the majority of subjects with some exceptional departmental performances. The results are our best ever for English and maths, where we saw an improvement rate of at least nine per cent.”

In music, 89 per cent of grades were an A (up 16 per cent on last year), in chemistry a third of all grades were an A* while the figure was 17 per cent A*s for biology.

The overall top student was Kirsty Routledge who achieved seven A*s and four A grades.

“I’m so happy I think I am still in shock,” said the 16-year-old, from Blyth, who is set to study biology, chemistry and geography A levels at Bede Academy.

“I would have been happy to get all As so to get seven A*s is amazing.

“It’s been a lot of hard work, ever since year seven, but this is an amazing school and I couldn’t have done it without the incredible teachers that we have here.”

As well as Matthew, Rebecca and Kirsty, four other students achieved ten or more A grades or better:

Katie Barrett matched Kirsty’s 11 with three A*s and eight As;

Claire Brown, Evie Clark and Stephanie Cullum, all gained five A*s, five As and one B

Other high achievers were:

Lewis Dunsmure and Matthew Hunter with five A*s, four As and two Bs;

Elenore Gibson, with five A*s, three As and two Bs;

Beth Chadwick, with one A*, eight As and two Bs;

Neave Herridge, with two A*s, six As and three Bs.

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A Level Results

A Level Results 2015 (3)Teachers have been celebrating with Joe Woods and his family after he became the first student at a Northumberland academy to get into Oxford University.

Joe, 18, of Rosebery (CORR) Avenue, Blyth, chose to join Bede Academy in Year 9 after being impressed by its facilities and now the school has repaid his faith by supporting him to achieve a place at St Peter’s College to read chemistry.

The former head boy who runs with Blyth Running Club gained an A* in maths, including scoring 100 per cent in three papers, and A grades in further maths and chemistry.

Principal Gwyneth Evans paid tribute to his commitment.

“Joe thoroughly deserves this. There were a number of occasions when I saw him leaving the academy after 7pm because he’d been doing extra work.

“He has the foundation of self-motivation and determination that he needs for Oxford and we are absolutely thrilled for him and his parents who have supported him throughout.”

A Level Results 2015 (2)After deciding he would apply last October, the academy arranged for Joe to have mock interviews with the Principal of Emmanuel College, Gateshead, and to meet an Oxford PhD student before he went to the city for his interviews.

“I worked pretty consistently until Christmas when I stayed back a lot to do extra work on top of homework, especially during the exam period. I revised for several hours a day but always had a break to do some sport or go running,” Joe said.

His mum Julia, who works for Barclays, praised his commitment and his decision to choose Bede Academy.

“If you can’t do well here you won’t do well anywhere, it’s been a partnership. We always said it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Joe didn’t get to Oxford but when you’ve worked as hard as he did and had the motivation to keep going paper after paper it’s fantastic that he’s done it.

“We don’t know where it’s all come from but I was 31 when I had him and was able to work part-time and put the children first. We’ve always talked to them, read to them, kept a routine, spent time with them and enjoyed them. We’ve always told them they could be whatever they wanted to be.”

Business owner dad Terry added:

“Joe was always quite confident and was ready for the exams a couple of months before they came. But it’s hard for the parents. Results day has been constantly in the back of our minds.”

Joe’s sister Georgina, 14, who also attends Bede Academy, said she was very happy for her brother.

“I look up to him and admire him and I’m happy all the determination and hard work has paid off. It’s made me think it’s possible to get to where you want to be.”

Joe’s success has come in only the second year of full A level courses at the academy.

Staff also celebrated the success of former head girl, opera singer and musician Ashleigh Charlton, who was a regular star of academy productions and events. She gained As in history and music and a B in English literature and will read music at Durham University.

Ashleigh, who plays five instruments, came very close to gaining a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London, going up against 500 international students, many in their 20s, when she was just 17.

Miss Evans said:

“Ashleigh has impressed everyone in the academy and many others from outside, including musicians who’ve come from London to teach extra lessons for us. She has shown complete dedication and I’m sure will have a successful career in opera.

“She has been a wonderful role model and an inspiration to younger students and has given a lot of her time to help them. We’re very proud of her and she will be hugely missed.”