BASKETBALL player Chevaughn Gordon was bouncing with joy after securing the grades he needs to pursue his dreams.
The 16-year-old, of Wyvern Academy, Darlington, his now heading to college to study A levels in biology, chemistry and computer science and hone his skills in his chosen sport.
“I love basketball which is a great way to stay healthy,” he said. “The dream is to play in the big league one day for someone like Boston Celtics. To do that I am hoping to study at a university in America, perhaps gaining a scholarship and I would be able to stay with my grandma who lives in LA.”
Also off to college after securing a number of grade 8s is Luke Deery, 16, who plans to study law, history and physics. “I’d love to be a lawyer one day and have my own law firm,” he said.
Other successes included:
• Amber Matthews achieved four grade 9s, one grade 8 and four grade 7s. Amber plans to enrol at Middlesbrough College to study A Levels in Business, Biology and Geography.
• Sam Martin achieved five grade 8s, two grade 7s and two grade. Sam intends to study A Levels in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.
• Jasmine Airey achieved one grade 9, one grade 8, six grade 7s and one grade 5. Jasmine plans to study Fine Art at the Northern School of Art.
• Jessica Price achieved Distinction*, two grade 8s, five grade 7s and a grade 6. Jessica intends to enrol at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College to study A Levels in Sport, Travel and Business.
Owen Inglis, Headteacher at Wyvern Academy, part of Consilium Academies, said:“This is a remarkable day for our Year 11 students. Against the tide of significant challenges faced in their education over the last three academic years they have truly risen above them.
“The focus and dedication of our students and staff has led to outcomes being even better than in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The potential for this group in the next chapter of their lives is tremendous. An exceptional, inspiring and talented set of young people who we could not be prouder of.”
David Clayton, CEO at Consilium Academies, said: “Huge congratulations to every one of our Wyvern Academy students for the fantastic things each one of them has achieved during their time at school, not only these excellent results but the wider opportunities they have embraced and the resilience they have shown in uncertain times.
“We share the privilege of shaping their futures and our staff teams have worked so hard to give them the tools they need to achieve anything they choose to. I know these results, and the experiences they’ve had at school, will prepare them well for their next steps and long into the future.”