Top results as school marks 50 years of teaching

Cramlington Learning Village will next month mark 50 years of teaching on the back of top A Level results.

Students are heading to the country’s best universities – Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, York and Newcastle – after achieving a clean sweep of top grades.Cramlington Learning Village's magnificent seven. Between they they received 13 A stars and 10 As.

Katie Milligan was awarded A* in Chemistry, Maths and Physics and an A in Further Maths. She will study Engineering at Cambridge.Cramlington Learning Village student Katie Milligan will study Engineering at Cambridge University after four top grades

“I obviously wanted to do well for myself, but I also wanted to do well for my teachers and make them proud.  I’m so thankful for their support,” she said.

Two years ago Katie secured a week’s work experience with the McLaren and Force India F1 teams as she pursued her dream of becoming a racing car engineer, but her career ambitions have changed.  “I’m thinking of doing something that brings more benefit to people – like designing prosthetic limbs,” she said.

Laura McBride is going to study Law at Oxford after achieving A* in History and Politics. Laura McBride - heading to Oxford University to study Law Oliver Davenport turned down an offer from Oxford to study Engineering at Sheffield University.  He was awarded A* in Computer Science and Maths and As in History and Politics.

“It’s been a good seven years.  It’ll be a shame to have to move on.  I’ve made a lot of friends and had a lot of good teachers.  Now it’s time for something new,” he said.

Devon Bryce is going to Newcastle University to study Bio-Medical Science after receiving an A* and two As in Biology, Chemistry and Geography. After her studies she hopes to work in cancer research.

Dan Rahman is thinking about a career in politics after his Economics degree at Durham University.  Dan – who achieved A* in Maths, History and Politics – said: “I’ve always had that anxiety about reading the question wrong or misheard what was going on. It all comes down to on-the-day performances. I was confident I was going to do well, but not this well.”

Head teacher Wendy Heslop said: “I am absolutely delighted for the students and so proud of their achievements.  I wish them every success in the future.”

As well as celebrating the students’ results, CLV is also planning a number of events to mark its 50th birthday.

Jonathan and Carly Harbottle met when they were students at the school and their daughter is on her way to study Marketing Management at Newcastle University after receiving two A* and an A.

“She wouldn’t have done so well without the standard of teaching. There are brilliant teachers here,” said Mrs Harbottle.

“Whenever she’s needed help she’s always had it. It’s been brilliant,” said Mr Harbottle, whose head of year was Mrs Heslop, who has worked at the school for 33 years.
Cramlington Learning Village student Emily Harbottle with her parents Carly and Jonathan and (left) head teacher Wendy Heslop
She said: “We are the only school in Cramlington.  Teachers come and stay because of their fantastic colleagues and the students who make our job such a pleasure”.