Friday, 17th August 2018
DETERMINED Bede Academy student puts in a top class performance
A DETERMINED student put in a top class performance after setting himself a higher bar in resitting his A-Levels to improve upon earlier grades.
Jay Robinson, a stalwart of school productions at Bede Academy, in Blyth, celebrated three As in English literature, history and French, alongside an A* in the extended project qualification (EPQ) after missing out on his first choice university last year with two Bs and a C.
Jay 19, of Blyth, who is to study law at
“I didn’t want to accept the grades I got the first time so I came back to school to do it all again and the hard work that I’ve put in this year has really paid off.
“I knew that I’d been accepted onto the course at
Mum Tracey Robinson, who hopes Jay’s achievement can inspire other students who may not have received the grades they hoped for, credits departing
“I have no words for how happy I am today,” said Mrs Robinson. “It was very brave of Jay to come back and re-sit the year and I am so proud of him.
Principal Gwyneth Evans added: “Jay is ambitious, driven and tenacious. He has a wide range of skills and a lovely warm sense of humour, and it is a real delight and a thrill to see that his perseverance and determination has paid off to secure him the highest grades possible.
“Despite achieving very good grades last year he was determined to raise the bar and he has proved beyond all doubt that hard work really does pay off.”
Sharing the academy’s top achiever spot was Sally Dobson, who secured an A* and two As in biology, maths, chemistry and an A* in her EPQ.
Sally, who was inspired by her science teacher grandfather, will now study natural sciences at
“I didn’t sleep at all last night and was up at 7:30am checking my application online,” said Sally.
More than two thirds of Bede students secured their place at university studying such diverse courses as veterinary nursing, law, medical bioscience, pharmacy, architecture and international business management. With an overall pass rate of 96 per cent, 36 per cent of all A-Levels were at grade B or better.
Other students achieving top results were Georgia Denholm, Alexander Dodds, Adam Hopper, Louis French, Imogen Pollard, Rossi Allen, Rebecca Orr, Alexander Sanderson-Bell, Connor Graham and Sophie Robson.
Miss Evans added: “I am delighted to see the students getting the rewards for their hard work and moving on the next stage of their lives, whether this is in employment, apprenticeship or at university.
“I am so proud of the students both in terms of their results, but also their character, as they leave