Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Students Heading for Great Careers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Students Heading for Great Careers

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NEWCASTLE Sixth Form College is celebrating an exceptional year after 30% of its students have received offers to attend Russell Group universities.

The college, which unveiled a new PS22m building last year, is also predicting a 20% rise in the number of admissions this year as it cements itself as one of the leading sixth form colleges in the North East.

A record percentage of its students are going to the UK's most prestigious universities after gaining excellent grades in both their A levels and International Baccalaureate programmes. For some, it is the opportunity to move away from the region and experience life elsewhere, while others are sticking to their roots and choosing to stay local instead.

Kalvin Collings, 17, is going to Durham University to study medicine after gaining two A* and two A grades in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics. The teenager, from North Shields, is the first person in his family to go to university. He hopes to qualify as a doctor.

"My hope has always been to get into Durham University, so I'm delighted," said Kalvin. "I didn't have a backup plan, so I'm relieved. I needed three As to get in, so I thought that if I did four A levels, the chances of getting three As was high.

"I live in the North East and don't really want to move away. People in this region are so down to earth - so I would love to study and then work here."

Michael Forrest, 18, from South Shields, is also going to Durham University, where he wants to study law. The keen runner and Newcastle United fan said: "Durham is a great university. Doing a law degree is very competitive, so I am delighted I got the A* and two As to get in. It's been a lot of work, but all worthwhile."

Melissa Denker, 18, is off to Glasgow University to study medicine after receiving one of the highest ever scores at the college at the end of her International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. …

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