Joanna Macfarlane from Tynemouth found the arrival at school to collect her GCSE results a nerve-wracking affair. She told us that she cried as she arrived at school and before she had even collected her results and then she cried again when she opened her envelope and then again when she told her parents the news.

By then her anxious tears had been swept away with tears of joy as she learned that she had achieved an outstanding set of results with all 7 – 9 grades and an A*. Among her grades included an impressive five grade 9s.

Joanna said: “I don’t often cry often believe it or not! I had revised a lot but found some of the exams hard – I have done better than I thought I had. I am just so pleased.”

Joanna will be studying Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry at A Level.

“I am hoping to do something with Medicine in the future. I had some work experience in the summer at a GP practice and really enjoyed this.

“It’s a bit scary to think I am going into Sixth Form and it has come around so quickly. I can remember being at Prizegiving in Year 7 and never imagined it would be me walking across the stage to collect my results. I am really looking forward to not wearing uniform in Sixth Form and focusing on the subjects I like best.”

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