August 18, 2008

Pupils Are Top Class

THERE are countless success stories from our region's Alevel stars.

A 17-year-old pupil from Newcastle Church High School, in Jesmond, has won her place at Cambridge University a year early.

Charlotte Squires-Parkin, from Gosforth, will be studying at Trinity College after receiving two As in her physics and chemistry A-levels.

Last year, the then GCSE student received an A grade for her further maths A-level, as well as scooping an A grade in 2006 for her maths A-level when she was just 15.

She said: "I'm very excited about going to Cambridge. My parents are really proud of me and have been a great support."

Head girl Deborah Britland, 18, from Whickham School, Gateshead, was delighted to pick up straight As in English language, English literature and history.

Deborah, from Whickham, said: "I'm feeling very emotional.

I've worked very hard and for all that hard work to pay off is amazing."

In September she's heading to Edinburgh University to do a degree in history.

She hopes to be a history teacher.

First to arrive at the school to pick up her results was Sarah Graham, 18, from Whickham.

She was pleased she achieved the grades she needed to study nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University.

"I couldn't sleep. I was a nervous wreck so I came to school at 7.30am to collect them and was first here," she said.

"I'm pleased and relieved."

Newcastle student Rachel Anderson, from Dame Allan's Schools, in Fenham, celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday by picking up three straight As.

She said: "I was thrilled when I opened the envelope. The results were fantastic and I really wasn't expecting them.

"This is the best birthday present I could have had."

At Cramlington High School, in Northumberland, Sarah Latty, 18, gained four A grades in chemistry, physics, maths and further maths and has secured her place at Oxford.

Her classmate, Elizabeth School, 18, was another straight A student with top grades in maths, further maths, chemistry and biology.

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