The Bay September 2015 S DAY SPECIAL RESULT www.whitleybayhighschool.org
The Bay September 2015  S DAY SPECIAL RESULT  www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Once again Whitley Bay High School students achieved outstanding results at both GCSE and A Level. These results reflect the very hard work of our students alongside incredible teaching, guidance and support offered by Whitley Bay High School staff. At GCSE 87% of students achieved a total of 5 or more A* - C grades with 80% achieving 5 or more A* - C grades including English and Maths, the highest of all the schools in North Tyneside. The number of A* grades went up by 4% to 12% and A grades up to 22% meaning that 34% of grades were right at the top end. Two thirds of all grades were A* - B. A huge 90% of a year group of 350 students achieved A* - C in English Language and 87% achieved A* - C in Maths – again the highest of all schools in North Tyneside. Science results were equally impressive with 87% achieving at least two A* - C grades. Headteacher Steve Wilson said: “These results reflect a stellar year for the school. We are so pleased for our students who have achieved outstanding results. Our students were supported and encouraged to aim for their personal best grades and I am so pleased that students of all abilities have been so successful. Confidence, self-esteem and a genuine engagement in lessons make our students happy to come to school. We consciously foster a love of learning here and it is all about making yourself the best learner you can be.” However, it is the stories behind these statistics that are much more important and this Results Day Special highlights just a few of the many. A Level was an equally impressive story. Top scores in traditional subjects like English, Maths and Science and in applied and vocational A Level courses once again brought excellent results for sixth form students at Whitley Bay High School this summer. Students across the board achieved exceptionally high results. 56% of all grades were A* - B and 84% were A* - C. 100% of students achieved A Level success and will now be progressing to university courses across the country or taking up their chosen career path. 57 students at Whitley Bay achieved at least the ABB grades required for top universities. 19 students achieved 3 or more A*/A grades across their A Level subjects. The average grade at A Level was close to a B which places Whitley Bay High School as one of the top performing A Level providers in the country. “To achieve these results when so much change has been going on nationally across the two years is simply fantastic; our students and their families should be very proud,” said Steve Wilson. As always there are many examples of personal success stories behind these figures, including students going to some of the most competitive university courses (3 students will be going to Oxford or Cambridge colleges and 2 students will be pursuing medicine) as well as local universities. These grades have allowed our Sixth Form students to pursue their degree and career aspirations. GCSE and A Level Results Days were a real joy to witness with many happy students absolutely thrilled with their grades. Over 50 staff were in school to congratulate students on their successes and offer support and guidance where needed. 2 “I wasn’t too nervous about getting my results, I think I’ve just been looking forward to seeing what I’ve got as it’s been such a long time to wait. I actually think that my Mum was more nervous than me! I’m really happy with my results and I am pleasantly surprised with some of them, especially English Literature. I thought I hadn’t done very well but in the end, I got what I wanted. In September, I will be starting A Levels in Psychology, PE, Business and most likely Maths at WBHS Sixth Form and after Sixth Form, I would like to go to university to study Psychology. ” Millie Young - GCSE 1 A*, 3 As and 5 Bs www.whitleybayhighschool.org
Once again Whitley Bay High School students achieved outstanding results at both GCSE and A Level. These results reflect t...
The Bay / Result Day Special “I am so happy with my results. I even started crying when I got them! I can’t believe that I got an A* in Art and when I saw the A for History I was over the moon. I think it shows that all the work I put in really paid off. I’m staying on at Whitley Bay for Sixth Form and will be studying Art, English Language and Media Studies.” Hazel Lea - GCSE 2 A*s, 3 As and 5 Bs “I am absolutely elated. I was so nervous beforehand but now I feel happy and relieved. I’m especially pleased with History because I thought I hadn’t done too well in the exam but clearly I was wrong! When I leave school, I would like to be an Art Historian so in Sixth Form I am going to study Art, English Literature, French and History.” Grace Storey - GCSE 5 A*s and 6 As “Before I came into school to collect my results, I was quietly confident that I’d done well because I had worked hard especially in Year 11 but I was still nervous, especially about English Language. When I opened my results, I was really happy and surprised about my A* in Art. It was a great surprise of course! I’m now going to be studying Aeronautical Engineering at the Aviation Academy at Newcastle College. This course will allow me to go on to study the same subject at university.” “I am very happy and I’m relieved that the stress of waiting is now over. It hadn’t been a relaxing holiday so far! I can’t believe I got a B in Science overall because I found Physics a real challenge. I’m looking forward to starting Sixth Form at Whitley Bay and I will hopefully be studying History, ICT and then either Biology or Chemistry.” Luke Smith - GCSE 3 Bs, 5Cs and 1 D Ben Jones - GCSE 3 A*s, 1 A and 5 Bs “I am really happy with my results because they mean that I can go on to do all the subjects I intended to study at Sixth Form. Come September, I will be taking Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths and will hopefully go on to do something with engineering or science at university.” Michael Milburn - GCSE 3 A*s and 8 As 0191 200 8800 3
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“I did lots of revision for the exams so I was hoping to do well but all of my results are better than what I got in my mocks so I am happy. I am especially pleased with getting an A* in English Literature. I am going to take Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths at WBHS Sixth Form and I hope to go to Cambridge University to read Natural Sciences.” Alice Bull - GCSE 10 A*s and 1 A “I was hoping to open up the envelope and see something that wouldn’t disappoint my mum! When I saw the results I thought ‘Crikey – these can’t be mine!’ I was over the moon! I’m planning to celebrate with my friends and I’m really looking forward to coming to Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form where I’m thinking about studying Drama, Music and English. I’ll decide once the shock of these results has sunk in!” Christopher Charlton - GCSE 2 As, 6 Bs and 2 Cs 4 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
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The Bay / Result Day Special “I feel really happy about my results. I feel like I am in a good place for Year 13 and I am aiming for at least 2 As and a B at A Level, especially as I would really like to go to university to study Chemistry.” Andrew Wrigley - AS Level Biology – B, Chemistry – A , French – C, Maths – B “More than anything I am really relieved because I just wanted to know how I did! I am really surprised with my Maths result because I didn’t think some of the exams went very well. I am looking forward to Year 13 and afterwards I am hoping to study Theoretical Physics at university.” Jamie Clark - AS Level General Studies – B, Economics – A, History – A, Maths – B, Physics - A “I can safely say I am over the moon with my results and my parents are really happy too. I was most surprised about History because I didn’t think I had done that well in the exam. I feel much more ready for Year 13 as before I got my results I felt a little apprehensive.” Jenny Stratfold - AS Level Biology – A, Chemistry – A, General Studies – B, History – A, Maths – A “I expected my results to be nowhere near as good as these so I am absolutely over the moon and I know my family will be really happy too. I feel that now I have got these grades, everything will be better in Year 13 and I can work hard to build on what I’ve done this year. After Whitley Bay, I’d really like to study Textiles and Fashion so I’m going to aim high and look at going to the London College of Fashion.” Charlotte Hampshire - AS Level Applied Science – C, General Studies – B Health and Social Care – C, Textiles – C “I am really happy. In fact, when I got my results I very nearly cried! I did so much better than I expected and this means applying to university will be easier.” Alice Ramshaw - AS Level Art – A, English Literature – C, History – B 0191 200 8800 “I am happy and relieved to have received my results! It’s been very stressful waiting nearly all summer for them and I am so happy the wait is over! I am happy with my grades, especially about my A in History which I didn’t expect at all. I will work hard to get better grades at A2 and then after Sixth Form, I want to go to Sheffield University to study English and History.” Amy Cosgrove - AS Level Media – A, English Literature – C, English Language – B, History - A 5
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“I am very pleased with my results. I feel like I’ve got a good foundation for next year and I now know what I need to do in Year 13 to get the results I want next summer. Next year, I am going to keep History, English and Economics because I did well in those subjects. After Sixth Form, I would like to go to Leeds University to study International Economics.” Ollie Wilson - AS Level Economics – B, English Literature – B, History – B, General Studies – C, Maths - C “I am definitely relieved to have got my results and I am just so pleased with my grades. Results Day has actually been really nice because it’s been so good to see everyone again. I will be sad to leave Whitley Bay behind because everyone here is so great but I am ready to move on. I am going to Sunderland University to study Business and Management.” “I am so happy about my results! It’s a massive relief to know my actual results after waiting all this time. Results day has been great and I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to see my classmates and friends and share the day with them. I am very sad to be leaving WBHS after five great years but I feel that I am ready to start a new chapter and I am now going to Newcastle University to do Computer Science. Although I don’t know what I want to do after I graduate, I am excited to see what the future holds for me!” Andrew Scott - A Level Callum Lake - A Level “I am really happy about my results. I am particularly pleased about my B in English and my B in French which I didn’t expect at all! In Year 13, I will continue to study Biology, English and Maths. I have good grades in those subjects which will help at A2 and will hopefully allow me to study English at Leeds.” Beth Attala - AS Level Maths – A, French – B, English Literature – B, Biology – A, General Studies – C Business – B, Business (AS) – B, Economics (AS) – C, Religious Studies – B ICT –A, History – B, Psychology – B Ellie joined WBHS Sixth Form from Marden High School. She is going to Mansfield College Oxford to study English Literature. ‘I am really happy with my results and relieved too because I thought I hadn’t got what I needed for Uni. This year has gone so quickly, I can’t believe I will be going to Oxford in just a few weeks.’ What advice would you give to a Year 12 student about to start Year 13? ‘Work hard from the word go. When teachers tell you to look over your notes every few weeks actually do it! Don’t go to the ‘Bay’ every week – and in the exam period don’t socialise at all. You need to focus on your revision! I made my own Anthology of wider reading quotations and learnt them – that really helped me consolidate my understanding.” Would you recommend WBHS Sixth Form to students from other 11-16 schools? ‘I really would. We have friends who went to other Sixth forms and they didn’t even get an interview for Oxbridge. We both had loads of help with our UCAS and with interview preparation – it makes a real difference. I am so glad we came here.’ Ellie Lee - A Level English Literature - A*, Psychology - A*, Philosophy and Ethics - A, General Studies - A, EPQ – A* 6 www.whitleybayhighschool.org
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The Bay / Result Day Special How did you feel when you got your results? ‘I thought I’d got the wrong ones! I thought they got me mixed up with Ellie Lee! I’m pretty happy because all my work paid off.’ What are you going to do at University? ‘I have got a place for Adult Nursing at Nottingham and feel really happy to be going there. I have always wanted to follow a career in healthcare (after getting over my initial idea to be Batman); I think people always remember their nurses by name- it’s more personal than being a doctor. I know I could probably re apply for Medicine now but I don’t think I am going to because nursing is what I want to do.’ How did you structure your revision to get such brilliant grades? ‘Basically I wrote every one of my text books about three times. You might think I am joking. I’m not! My revision notes got more complex each time: I had key words in purple; definitions in green and quotations in blue – it wouldn’t work for everyone but it did work for me.’ Josh Evans - A Level Philosophy & Ethics - A*, Biology - A, Chemistry - A, AS Level Physics - A “Overall I am really happy with my results. Results Day has been filled with nerves and stress but now that I know I’m going to Sheffield University to study Chemical Engineering, I am totally relieved. It’s really exciting to be moving on but part of me is a little bit sad to be leaving Whitley Bay as well.” Jacqueline Penn - A Level Chemistry – B, Maths – A, Physics – A “I knew from looking at UCAS that I had got into Nottingham University but when I received my results there were some great surprises. I felt nervous all morning and avoided all eye contact with my parents until I knew that I had got the grades I needed. I’m really excited for the future and I am looking forward to studying Politics with French.” Arthur Dury - A Level English Literature – B, EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) – A*, French – C, General Studies – A*, Philosophy & Ethics– A “I am absolutely over the moon! Before Results Day, it was awful. I had no sleep and felt really sick but then I logged into UCAS and saw that I had got in to my first choice university - I couldn’t believe it! I do feel upset that I am leaving Whitley Bay but now I am moving onto a new adventure. I will be studying Business with French at Nottingham University and I’m even in the same accommodation block as my friend Arthur!” Alina Mironova - A Level Business – A*, English Language -B, French – C, General Studies – B Like her twin, Morgan joined Whitley Bay Sixth Form from Marden High School having achieved excellent GCSE results in 2013. ‘I feel pretty good about my results. Although I have a place at Durham to study Biosciences I am considering applying to Cambridge and these results have given me the opportunity to do that if I decide that I want to. I loved the look of Durham when I went there and the course structure would be brilliant for me. Also I loved the college atmosphere. I worked very hard for these grades; I had to pull out all the stops for Chemistry because I got a B at AS Level but I was determined to get A* and incredibly I have!’ Would you recommend WBHS Sixth Form to students from other 11-16 schools? ‘Yes definitely! I am so glad that I came here. I don’t think I would have done so well if I had gone anywhere else. When I arrived I found that I knew a few people who turned out to be friends of friends and they helped me settle in - but the point is that everyone is here because they want to work and do well so you soon meet and make friends with like-minded people. Most of all I have enjoyed my lessons and relationships with teachers. I have been really well taught.’ Morgan Lee - A Level Biology - A*, Chemistry - A*, Maths - A, Further Maths - A*, General Studies - A 0191 200 8800 7
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“I am so pleased with my results. I’ve been worrying a lot about them and now I have them in my hand, all that worry is gone and I’m just ecstatic! I feel sad to be leaving Whitley Bay because Year 13 was such a brilliant year, possibly the best ever, but I am looking forward to starting at Sunderland University where I am going to study Broadcast Media Production. University is going to be really exciting and will hopefully help me achieve my goal of working for the BBC.” Will McPherson - A Level Art – C, History – C, Media – C “I got what I expected and my family are happy so I am pleased. On the day, I was very calm but also a little shell shocked! I am now going to the University of Chester to study History and French and in the future, I would like to work in the charity sector.” Selina Wilson - A Level English Literature – B, French – D, History – B Will achieved very creditable A Levels in 2014 but came back into Year 14 to re-sit because he wanted to go to a particular course at a particular university. ‘I am feeling not bad at all about my results. I did a lot of hard work because I wanted to improve on the BCC I got last year. I knew I would need high grades to achieve my dream of going to Loughborough to study Automotive Engineering and I have! I am so pleased. I started working pretty much from this day last year. To get my B in Physics up to an A I had to change my whole work ethic, and I managed it. I did loads of research to find the right course at the right university - I want to go into Formula 1 in the future so I really needed to find a Mechanical Engineering course which had the right credibility for the automotive industry. I have really enjoyed my learning at Whitley Bay. The subjects I have been studying are things I am passionate about and the teachers have been incredibly helpful - so has the sixth form team. Everyone has been phenomenally supportive of me. My advice to the new Year 13s would be to start working right now and keep up the pace throughout the year. In Year 12 you learn content and in Year 13 you learn application – think of it like that. You should be doing practice papers from November onwards and starting to get the grades you are looking for by Christmas. From November I was getting A grades in maths papers and that gave me the confidence and motivation to work even harder.’ Will Lenney - A Level Maths - A, Physics - A, Chemistry - B Tobias has been at Whitley Bay since Year 9. Always a gifted allrounder, he considered training to be an RAF pilot before deciding on Medicine. He is going to Leeds University. “I am so, so, so happy! I was so nervous coming into school but now I am totally relieved and really thankful to all the staff who have helped me over the past two years. My results mean that I am going to be starting my Primary Education degree at Northumbria University. I am sad to be leaving Whitley Bay High School as we are like a big family but now it’s the start of a new adventure.” Erin Campbell - A Level English Language – B, English Literature – C, Psychology – C “There isn’t a box big enough to describe how I feel right now…I am absolutely ecstatic about my results. I decided not to look on UCAS before I came into school so I didn’t know whether I had got the grades to get into university so I was really anxious coming here. Now I know what I’ve got, I’m bouncing off the walls! Results Day has actually been really enjoyable and I’m looking forward to celebrating with my friends. In September, I will be going to study medicine at Leeds University and I can’t wait.” What have you enjoyed most about Sixth Form? ‘I have enjoyed everything but most of all the relationships with my teachers – it really helps you to learn.’ What advice would you give someone starting Year 12 who is thinking of doing Medicine? ‘Pace yourself over the two years. Remember the old phrase ’Shy bairns get nowt’ and push yourself. You will need to be writing to lots of different health related organisations to do voluntary work experience too; I went to St Oswald’s Hospice and that really helped me understand what I was aiming for and why. I created a one side CV/Personal Statement saying what I could offer and sent it to loads of different places. It worked and I got lots of opportunities.’ How did you organise your revision in Year 13? ‘Again you need to pace yourself and be really organised. I mapped out the whole year: when I would have my BMAT and UKCAT; when I would have my practice interviews, and when I would revise. Since February I have more or less devoted myself to revision and luckily it has paid off.’ Tobias Mill - A Level Biology – A, Chemistry – A*, General Studies – A*, Maths – A* Whitley Bay High School Deneholm, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE25 9AS T. 0191 200 8800 E. whitleybay.high@northtyneside.gov.uk W. www.whitleybayhighschool.org
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