Daniel is smart by name, smart by nature

NCEA students Daniel Smart, who gained 15 A*s and As in his GCSEs, with Melissa Hudson and Eleanor Imrye.
NCEA students Daniel Smart, who gained 15 A*s and As in his GCSEs, with Melissa Hudson and Eleanor Imrye.

A STUDENT at the Northumberland Church of England Academy has proved he is amongst the cream of the GCSE crop.

Daniel Smart is living up to his name after gaining 15 GCSEs, all grades A*s and As. Daniel, who is going into the Academy Sixth Form, will be taking A levels in chemistry, physics, maths and psychology, and is planning to go on to study chemical engineering at Cambridge University.

Ninety-five per cent of the students at the Academy in Ashington gained at least 5 A* to C grades in this year’s GCSEs, which is almost double the 50 per cent of Hirst High School two years ago.

Phil Hearne, executive director of the Academy, said “We are absolutely delighted with the achievements of all the learners.

These results prove that the Academy is making a real change to the futures of the young people in this community.”

Daniel’s grades, together with those of Melissa Hudson and Eleanor Imrye, total 44 GCSEs grade A*-B and all three are going into the Academy Sixth Form.

The number of students with 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and maths has also almost doubled from two years ago, up to 38 per cent from 20 per cent.

The English department in particular are celebrating, with 61 per cent of students gaining C or above.

One hundred per cent of students gained at least one qualification.