Queen Alexandra Sixth Form students celebrate new starts on A-Level Results Day 2022 as grades drop nationwide
A-Level Results Day has arrived and here’s where some hard-working Tyneside students are off to next
Teenagers across Newcastle and Tyneside are opening those all-important envelopes with sweaty palms to discover the future of their education today as A-Level Results Day 2022 arrives.
Many students will be awaiting the results to confirm a place at university, whilst others will take their exams into the big world of employment and apprenticeships.
A nationwide trend this year has seen results drop with around 60,000 fewer A and A* awarded in 2022.
The number of A and A*s fell to 36.4% from a record 44.8% in 2021 - although the number is still higher than the 25.5% in 2019.
Education Secretary James Cleverley acknowledged that students have had a "really tough time" over recent times and congratulated them on their results.
At Queen Alexandra Sixth Form in Wallsend, today marks the day students will shift their gaze towards their confirmed future destinations with some preparing to fly the nest.
Daniel Chilvers recorded results of A, B, B and secured his place to study English at Newcastle University.
He said: "I got the A in English so I’m going to keep doing English!
“I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”
Another student with eyes set on Newcastle University is Saad Bakr, who recorded an impressive four A grades.
He said: "I didn’t believe it when I first opened it! The exams were so hard. It was a nice surprise.
“I’d like to take a gap year to gain more experience in medicine. Then, if I can get into Newcastle Uni, I’ll be happy to stay local.”
Replying on Twitter, Newcastle University said: “Amaing results, congratulations Saad and what a bright future you have ahead of you!
“We hope you have an amazing gap year and look forward to welcoming you hen the time comes.”
One student ready to pack their bags and take on life outside of the North East is Aisha Kasim.
Aisha recorded B, C, C and will go on to study Law at Nottingham Trent University.
The student quite rightly spoke of her pride at her results ahead of taking on the impressive degree.
She said: "I reckon I could have done better but I got into my first choice so I’m proud of myself."