2021 Exam Results: Hard Work Pays Off for Dale’s Dedicated Youth – News
Staindrop Academy GCSE
It was party time at Staindrop as the students celebrated their GCSE scores with a ball in a marquee on the school grounds.
It allowed the staff to show their appreciation for the hard work of the students under difficult circumstances which saw a mixture of home learning and school lessons.
Kelvin Simpson, Head Teacher, said: “The students have achieved excellent results which reflect the hard work and dedication of the students and staff throughout their five years at the school.
Paul Marwood, Deputy Director, said: “It has been a very difficult last year, but we have adjusted and the kids have done well. The school community has come together very well.
He added: “It was nice to see everyone having fun and it was a great end to a difficult time.”
Mr. Simpson added, “Young adults who leave school are ready, able and qualified to achieve their aspirations. They leave school as valued members of the community. We are proud of all of them.
Paul Cowen, principal of the school, said: “The students at Staindrop leave with more than one set of grades, but as well-rounded young adults. We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of each student.
Chef Keira Chippendale of Cockfield had every reason to be happy, scoring the highest mark in all of her subjects.
The shocked 16-year-old earned 9’s in all fields as well as two stars of distinction and one distinction in Combined Science, English Literature, Language, Geography, Mathematics, Media Studies, BTEC Engineering, BTEC Sport and Creative Media.
She intends to study biology and math in the sixth grade at Teesdale School, which will be of great use to her studying microbiology at university.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it at first. I want to study microbiology because my father works in this field and I find it really interesting. It’s one of my favorite subjects.
Joel Slater, 16, from St Helen Auckland, was thrilled with his results which means he takes one more step towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a farmer, much to the delight of mum Lisa, who does couldn’t hold back her tears of joy.
He said: “I have what I needed to be able to do what I want now. I am getting into farming and have an internship at Houghall College.
“I have had chickens since I was little and I was always on the subdivision. It is my dream to have my own farm someday.
Jacqueline Gilbey was also reduced to tears when her 16-year-old daughter Tegan revealed her results. She said: “We are really delighted. It has been a difficult 18 months for everyone to learn online and come back to school for the assessments. We couldn’t be prouder.
Joseph Toole, of Bishop Auckland, said the hard work paid off, scoring top marks in four of his subjects and 7-8 in the others. He intends to take a BA in English Literature, History and German at the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form in Darlington.
Natalie Jameson, of Evenwood, is hoping to get into teaching and will study math, physics and sociology, also at QE, after successfully completing all of her subjects, including three with level two honors.
Budding engineer Finlay Brown, of Staindrop, could not have been more pleased with his results, which included level two accolades in BTEC engineering and creative media. He obtained the highest marks in Combined Science, English Literature, Language, Design Technology, Geography and Mathematics as well as a 7 in German.
The 16-year-old, who volunteers at the Thorpe Light Railway, near Whorlton, helped his father Andy restore a steam engine over the past year, will study engineering at UTC, Newton Aycliffe.
He said, “I’m just interested in doing things, doing things right. I think there is too much fantastic plastic in the world.