Jess has swept the board with her phenomenal GCSE results getting 11 A*/ As including one of the new Grade 9s, and the wait for results is still not over. Jess took Astronomy GCSE at night school, and as she says this result is ‘still up in the air’ and will hopefully arrive in the post later today.
With normal school lessons during the week, Jess also spent Wednesday evenings at the Centre For Life studying Astronomy before hopping on the train to Hexham and into the pool to continue her triathlete training.
Her A* results show that Jess more than managed to balance the demands of education and training and she will be competing this weekend in the National Triathlon Relay championships in Nottingham.
Originally, when discussing her results, Jess failed to mention that she competes and trains at such a high level in Triathlon where she medalled at the National Championships last year. Instead, the focus was on engineering – because as well as a clean sweep of A*/As Jess has secured a highly prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship after a rigorous selection procedure and is looking forward to working with a North East Engineering company that will mentor her and provide work experience throughout her A levels.
Jess will be studying Physics, Maths and Politics at A Level and her plan is to go on to study Engineering at University. Her interests lie in renewable energy, geo-technics and space probes and she is particularly passionate about Maths.
Jess said: “Now that GCSEs are over, I am really looking forward to concentrating on the subjects I love at A Level. With politics in the mix I will still have a healthy balance of numbers and letters in my studies. I am also involved in debating at school, so the politics will help me with that and ensure that I have a good knowledge of current affairs, as well as giving me a break from numbers.”
She will be focused on numbers this weekend as she is striving for a PB (Personal Best) in her favourite leg of the Triathlon, the swim.