A level students at Teesdale Sixth Form are celebrating today after achieving impressive marks in their exams. Despite a turbulent national picture and the increased challenge of more demanding qualifications, Teesdale’s results have improved this year with over 25% of grades awarded at A*-A or Distinction*/Distinction and 75% at C or above.
On the back of their hard work, Teesdale students will now be following in the footsteps of previous year’s graduates by going on to study at some of the UK's top institutions with over 30% accessing Russell Group Universities.
Amongst the bumper crop of high flyers are Sadie Askwith, Scarlett Ballantine and Evie Rigeway:
Sadie Askwith will be going to Manchester University to study fine art and art history. When she took her portfolio to her interview earlier this year the university were so impressed they offered Sadie an unconditional offer. The quality of her work spoke for itself. Their confidence in her talent was well founded as she achieved an A* in art as well as an A* in English literature and a B in history.
Scarlett Ballantine has combined her studies with a passionate commitment to social justice and a real leadership role in the sixth form’s charity work. She led the Rotary Interact Club and was the inspiration behind the fundraising for disadvantaged girls in Nepal. Scarlett has worked incredibly hard on her studies and achieved an A* in sociology and a B in both history and psychology. She is going on to study sociology and politics at Newcastle University where she can extend her passion and talent.
Evie Ridgway achieved a clean sweep of A grades, in English literature, history and sociology and will be going on to study anthropology at the University of Bristol.
As one of those going on to an apprenticeship, Lucy Blackburn has plenty to be proud of achieving As in English literature and sociology and a C in history – impressive given she had not studied this subject at GCSE. Lucy has already started an apprenticeship in Human Resources with Cummins UK.
Dr Simon Henderson, Head of Sixth Form said:
“I am incredibly proud of what our students have achieved against a difficult national picture. Our students have worked hard and once again proved that staying local and seeing their studies through at Teesdale is leading them to achieve great results and giving them a great advantage. We are very proud that we continue to send a significant number of students to top universities, but we are equally delighted that some of our students progress to very competitive apprenticeship programmes.”
Dr Janice Gorlach, Executive Headteacher added:
“Yet again, our students have shown that determination, resilience and hard work pays off with another set of fantastic A level results. We would like to say a massive thank you to our staff for their hard work and commitment and to the students’ families who have supported them every step of the way.
“We are delighted that so many students are moving on to study at universities and colleges across the country and others are taking up apprenticeships. We hope that the life skills they have learned whilst being at Teesdale Sixth Form will stay with them forever.”