Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skype Gives Students a Chance to Share Success

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skype Gives Students a Chance to Share Success

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STUDENTS at Sunderland College got to see the look on the faces of far-away family and friends as they shared their A-level results.

The college installed a Skype booth at its St Peter's campus and happy students were able to video call family to tell them their good news.

It was another record year for the college with an overall pass rate of 99%, the fourth consecutive year the college has achieved this. In 21 subjects the pass rate was 100%.

John Rushworth, director of sixth form centres, was on hand to congratulate students. He said: "This year's pass rates are exceptionally high and we are immensely proud of our A-level students.

"Our students have worked incredibly hard and it is fantastic to see the results of all that effort. We like to go that extra mile so that's why we invited them to share the news with family who couldn't be here."

Ruhi Bhugra, 18, was thrilled to receive As in physics, maths and chemistry and a B in biology and now plans on going to study to become a doctor.

She said: "Being able to video call my relatives back in India was fantastic. It was such a special day I'm glad they could be part of it.

"I have had a fantastic time at Sunderland College and now look forward to starting university in September." Sunderland College curriculum leader Ruth Magnus, said: "I am always amazed at just how much Ruhi is able to do and succeed in.

"She has successfully balanced her college studies with voluntary work and has been commended for her demeanour at hospital placements at Sunderland Royal Hospital."

Fellow Sunderland College student Abby Corkhill wants to inspire others as she has been inspired.

The talented 18-year-old achieved As in law and her extended project, as well as Bs in English language and psychology, and now wants to become a teacher.

Abby, who was one of Sunderland College's student ambassadors, plans to go to Northumbria University to study law before training as a teacher. She said: "I've really enjoyed my time at Sunderland College. I've always had a real interest in law, but I've now also developed a passion for teaching. …

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