Blyth schoolgirl hopes to eventually make a bang in the world of theoretical physics
A star pupil at Bede Academy in Blyth is hoping to pursue a career as a theoretical physicist after securing a string of excellent GCSE results.
Aylsha Harris achieved nine grade nines and one seven, and is now on course to enter sixth form and fulfil her dream, partly inspired by the hit American TV show, The Big Bang Theory.
“I’m really surprised, I really wasn’t expecting this,” said Aylsha. “We got support from school to make a revision timetable and although it was quite difficult to stick to it, I did try. We also had revision sessions most nights and I went to pretty much every one, they helped a lot.
“I really thought I wanted to do the GCSE exams because we will have to go through it at A-level, and it would have helped, but I also get really stressed with exams.”
Taawsif Chowdhury was one of the top performing boys with two nines, two distinction stars, four eights and three grade sevens.
“I’m very happy, I was expecting lower grades than this,” he said. “I couldn’t concentrate as well at home compared with school, so it will be good to go back.”
Taawsif plans to do A-levels at Bede Academy in maths, physics and business studies, with a view to studying computer science at university.
Stefan Crown said “revising a lot” had helped him lift his grades considerably as he celebrated three grade nines, five eights and one grade five.
He added: “I had no idea I would get something like this. During the lockdowns I didn't really enjoy the online work. The live lessons were good, but they weren't the same as real lessons. When I was revising I looked through things that I needed to work on and I'm so pleased that it paid off.”
Stefan will study English language, business studies and psychology at A-level at Bede Academy sixth form.
Principal Andrew Thelwell said: “Bede Academy students have shown remarkable resilience and character over the past two years so we are delighted that so many have been rewarded for their continued effort. We look forward to many of them continuing with us in the sixth form.”