A Level results improve at Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy students are celebrating as A Level results continue to show strong improvement.

Thursday, 16th August 2018, 1:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th August 2018, 1:33 pm
Berwick Academy students, left-right William Laws, Moontaha Khan, Mary Davenport, Tegan Miller, Katie Gray.

Students scored particularly well in academic subjects, with biology, physics, mathematics, art, and design technology amongst the top achieving subjects this year. 

Examination results in the sciences and mathematics continue to rise, leading many students towards a career in medical and healthcare professions.

Harvey Burn, Romaney Kidd, Beth Drummond.

William Laws will be pursuing his dream of becoming a surgeon, taking up a place at Newcastle University to study medicine and surgery, having achieved A*AA in mathematics and sciences.

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The 18-year-old, from Paxton, said: “I knew I had put in the hard work before the exams so I was going to feel proud regardless but I am very pleased.

“I’ve wanted to study medicine for a long time.

“Newcastle University’s got an excellent reputation and it’s so close that I couldn’t ignore it.

Tegan Miller and Katie Gray are off to university.

“Now that I know I’m going I can’t wait to get started.”

Head girl, Millie Trotter, gained entrance to the country’s top opthalmology degree, and is looking forward to beginning her studies shortly at Cardiff University.  

Moontaha Khan was inspired by a programme for gifted and talented science students, where she worked with top researchers at universities across the North East.

She is delighted to be starting a degree in audiology at Leeds University. 

“I was mentally prepared to go through clearing because I was so scared but when I woke up and saw my results I was so pleased,” she said.

“My mum could not finish her education so I wanted to do this for her. I’m really happy.”

Students Romaney Kidd and Frazer Matthewson, will be taking their first steps on the pathway to becoming lawyers, accepting places to study law at Northumbria and Dundee University respectively.

Continued improvements in mathematics results at Berwick Academy mean that Rachel Lynn will be moving on to university to read economics, with Shani Wood embarking on a mathematics degree.  

Both James Thompson and Ross Macpherson achieved a Distinction* in Cambridge Technical Business. Ross also achieved a double Distinction* in a Music Diploma. James is going to Northumbria University to study sport science.

Once again, students from Berwick Academy impressed examiners in their independent studies, with many students scoring amongst the top marks nationally in the Extended Project Qualification. Seventy per cent of entries achieved either an A* or A.

Several students drew inspiration from Northumberland’s rural setting for their independent studies.

Matthew Wood and Katie Gray were both awarded A* grades for their Extended Project titles. Matthew, who also got an A for English literature, has accepted a place at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester and Katie is going to Newcastle University to study for degrees in agriculture and land management.

Mary Davenport was awarded one of the highest marks in the country for her Extended Project, with her historical study of Mary Queen of Scots.

Head boy Jordan Malthouse, also gained an A* for his independent study of pan-European urban design.

Mary, who also got an A in English literature, and Jordan will be taking up places at York and Newcastle Universities respectively. 

Other successes included Harvey Burn who is heading to Northumbria University to study sport, Beth Drummond who has secured a place at York St John University to study criminology and Shawnee Kornau who is going to Northumbria to study film and TV production.

The results are an encouraging sign that the school is moving on from being judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors earlier this year.

Efforts are being made to encourage more students to stay on in the sixth form to further their studies.

Acting headteacher, Steve Wilkes was delighted with both the results and destinations achieved by students. 

“Our A level results continue to improve, with achievement strengthening across a range of demanding academic subjects,” he said. “We are particularly pleased with the strong outcomes across a range of science and technology subjects, and with improvements to results in English and Geography.

“These key subjects have allowed our students to access some of the most demanding and competitive courses at leading universities, along with high quality apprenticeships and careers in key Public Services and the Armed Forces.  

“Berwick Academy has been selected as a Lead School for the new North East Careers Hub, in recognition of the work we have done over the last three years at a national level in improving and developing careers guidance for students. This investment of resources has led to improved destinations for our students, particularly in accessing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  

“I’d like to thank parents for their support during study and revision phases, and to recognise the dedication of our teaching staff. We are immensely proud of our students’ hard work, drive and independence, which is reflected in these results.”