School’s Head Girl secures dream university course with outstanding A Levels

A sixth former at Teesside High School in Eaglescliffe was celebrating this morning. The School’s Head Girl, Laura Awad, from Hartlepool, has secured her place at Newcastle University to study Medicine, thanks to 3 A Grades at A Level.

Other pupils at the top independent school were also relieved as they gained the grades to get them onto their chosen courses, many at prestigious Russell Group universities.

Headline statistics:

38% of students at Teesside High achieved A* to A Grades – a huge increase on last year’s Teesside High results (27%), while the national average has decreased to 26.6%

65% of all results were grades A* to B (last year this figure was 50%).

26% of students gained at least three Grade As.

83% of results were A* to C Grades (a 6% increase on last year’s results).

29 out of the 30 students passed (98%).

Headline statistics by subject:

Latin 100% Grade A

Maths 70% Grade A

Sports Studies and Chemistry both 66% Grade A

Biology 90% Grades A to B

 Headline statistics by student:

Student name


A Level Grades

Destination Subject
Sophie Herring Croft A*, A, A, B University of York * English Literature
Georgia Capeling Nunthorpe A, A, A, A University of York * Law

Emily Willis

A, A, A, A

Gap year in France, then University of York*

English Literature

Joanne Sayer


A, A, A, B

University of Leeds*


James Twist


A, A, A, B

University of York*

Laura Awad


A, A, A

Newcastle University*


Deborah Bell


A, A, A

Gap year in Africa

Emily Chamberlain


A, A, A

Leeds Metropolitan University

Primary Education

* Denotes Russell Group Universities

Head Teacher, Deborah Duncan, said the School was delighted with the Sixth Formers’ achievements. “I congratulate Laura on achieving 3 As to secure her place to study Medicine, as competition for places in this field is so fierce. We have had many outstanding successes this year and I am delighted with the efforts of all the students. They worked very hard and truly deserve the rewards they are gaining today.”

Pictured below: top left, Laura celebrates winning her place to study Medicine; top right: Georgia’s 3As mean she will now study Law; bottom left, Emily and Emily are delighted with 7A Grades between them!