TOP performing students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College and Hartlepool College of Further Education have spoken of their delight after securing good grades.
At the sixth form site, in Blakelock Road, top mathematician James Clennett was celebrating after getting A* grades in maths and further maths and an A in business.
The 18-year-old, from Seaton Carew, is going to study maths at Newcastle University and said: “I am delighted and happy all the hard work paid off.”
Joining James at Newcastle will be Eleanor Gregory who achieved A grades in maths, physics and product design and will be studying electronics and computer engineering.
David Brennan, 18, from Clavering, secured an A* in history, A in geography and B in economics and is going to study history at Leeds University. David, who may go into teaching, said: “The grades were around what I expected and I am really pleased with them.”
Recognition also went to Ella Bloomfield and Kieran Smith who both achieved A* in maths, further maths and physics earning places at the prestigious Russell Group University of Warwick.
Hayley Adams achieved three D* (distinction) grades in her BTEC health and social care extended diploma course, which is equivalent to A* at A-level.
The 18-year-old will study adult nursing at Teesside University, while her friend Kirsty Taylor, 18, who secured the same grades in the same course, wants to be a learning disability nurse in the community.
Megan Thornley, 18, from Peterlee achieved A* in business, an A in sociology and a B in economics and will be studying business management at Durham University.
At Hartlepool College of Further Education, Jen Old, 18, achieved B grades in English language, English literature and sociology and will study sociology at Durham University.
Jen said: “I got into university and I am really happy with that.”
Antonia Fawcett, 20, from Bishop Cuthbert, achieved a D* distinction grade for her BTEC in aerospace engineering course.
Delighted Antonia, who is off to Northumbria University to study business leadership and corporate management, said: “So much hard work has gone into this and the staff have been great.”
Melissa Henderson, 18, from Easington, achieved B grades in English language, English literature and psychology and is off to Northumbria University to study law.
Melissa added: “Getting into University is a huge relief and I am looking forward to it.”
Lucy Longstaff, 19, from the Fens, secured a distinction in her applied science BTEC course and a B at AS level psychology while Andrew Smales, 19, from Bishop Cuthbert achieved a distinction in his plumbing course and is now looking for an apprenticeship.
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