Exam results Summer 2012

Exam Results 2012






Ponteland High is celebrating record success in GCSE-standard exams this year, to add to last week's best-ever A Level results.


Across the school, 67 per cent of students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.


Three students achieved all A* grades, with Caroline Garner and Jessica Keating scoring 11 out of a possible 11, and Andrew Bagnall achieving the gold standard in all 10 of his exams.


Another 13 students achieved all A* or A grades: Ashleigh Brown, Greg Chambers, Felicity Clarke, Lewis Fraser, John Garner, Olivia Herford, Jack Heslop, Rachael Hickey, Catherine Hunter, Robyn Lillico, Elizabeth MacGowan, Meghan Phillips and Jessica Rea.


Other high-achieving students included:
Ashley Moore,Emily Allan, John Anderson, Jessica Barber, Alexandra Blain, Rachel Blaylock,
Anna Cassidy, Rebekah Dailey, Jake Davison, Rachel Dodd, Stephen Dunn,
Ruth Gillies, Scott Graham, Abbie Henaghan, Sam Herford,Rachel Heslop,
Kayleigh Holland, Maisie Ingram, Kirstie Ions, Sam Kirsopp-Reed, Annabel Knowles,
Michael Mason, Thomas Oliver,Jonathan Ord, Oliver Parker, Emma Scott,
Andrew Short, Bridget Stratford, Bilal Sulaman, Charlotte Twelves, Katrina Wade,
Courtney West, Steven Ziolkowski


Other headline figures this year:


  • 48 students achieved seven or more A* or A grades, representing 18 per cent of this year's 266 Ponteland High GCSE exam-takers.
  • 84 per cent of students gained a C or above in their Maths GCSE - up from 78 per cent last year - with 30 per cent achieving an A* or A grade.
  • 77 per cent of students achieved C or above in English, with 20 per cent gaining either A* or A.
  • 27 per cent of students achieved the necessary grades across the relevant subjects to reach the English Baccalaureate standard.


The proportion of students achieving 5 A*-C grades looks set to have equalled last year's 83 per cent.


Mr Stephen Prandle, who retired as Ponteland High's headteacher this summer, said: "All of our students deserve congratulations for their dedication and determination in making this a record year for our school."


"We have a fantastic staff at Ponteland High, and these results show that we are continuing to make an excellent school even better."


"It's worth remembering that a school's overall achievement is about more than the high-flyers, which is why we make sure all of our students get the support they need to be the best they can be, and I think our results across the board show how truly successful we have been."



Ponteland High is celebrating record successes at A Level this year, bringing smiles to the faces of hundreds of students and their teachers.

No fewer than 23 students gained three or more A* or A grades, compared with 20 last summer; more than a quarter, 27%, of all the entries scored top A* to A grades, the average point score per student increased to 850 from 831, and the average point score per entry rose to 218 from 216.

The two male and two female Ponteland High students who applied for places at Cambridge this year were all successful: Adam Barker (A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, A in Chemistry) will be reading Natural Sciences; while Sam Moody (A* in English Literature, A in French, General Studies and History), Hannah Stoddart (A* in English Literature, A in French, General Studies, History and Critical Thinking) and Imogen Garner (A* in Geography and General Studies, A in English Literature and History) will be reading History.

Other students will be heading off this autumn to study a range of courses including law, medicine, civil and structural engineering and pharmacy at universities across the country.

Mr Stephen Prandle, who retired as Headteacher at the end of August, said:


"All of our A level students deserve congratulations for helping school to achieve record success this summer, building on the already high standards set in previous years.

"Their magnificent achievements are indicative of the quality of teaching and learning at Ponteland High, and I would like to congratulate them, and their teachers, for their tremendous efforts."

Associate Headteacher Mrs Anita Brown, who also left Ponteland at the end of August, added:


"Parents deserve praise, too, for working with us to motivate, encourage and support their youngsters.

"Our successful home-school partnership means that, once again, our students are leaving school with an excellent preparation for life, and we wish them all well in their future studies and careers."