Grade 9 Success
30 August 2017
Amy Johnson received a Grade 9 in English while fellow student, Robert Bridge, achieved the same success in maths. We spoke to Westleigh’s highest achieving students about their experience on results day.
How did you feel this morning?
Amy – “Terrified. My mum said I looked white and I couldn’t eat.”
How did you expect you were going to do today?
Amy – “I knew I was going to do fairly well because I’ve studied hard and was confident I knew the answers on the exams. But I never expected to do as well as I did.”
How do you feel now?
Amy – “I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. We’ve been waiting for two months now so there’s been a lot of pressure.”
What are your plans for the future?
Robert – “I’m going to Winstanley college to study maths, further maths. Physics and chemistry. Eventually I plan to study at Oxford University.”
Amy – “I’ll be studying science at Winstanley also. Today has changed my plans because with these results I’ll now be eligible for the HE+ programme, which puts you in front for places in the red brick universities.”
What do you think has been the secret to achieving these results?
Amy – “This is the result of 5 years of hard work and concentration. You can’t afford to lose focus for one minute or else your results will plummet”.
Robert – “It’s really important to pay attention in class and have an interest in the subject. It sounds like a cliché but you have to love what you do. Having a good teacher makes a dramatic difference too.”
Which teachers have made a difference to you?
Robert – “Mr Killen is our favourite. He doesn’t accept any nonsense and has a good blend of friendliness and seriousness. He’s really dedicated and committed and has set a good example.”
Amy – “Mrs Hurst, Mrs Greatbatch and Miss Powell also deserve a lot of credit.”
Have you got any messages you’d like to pass on to staff at Westleigh?
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to Westleigh for everything they’ve done, all the support and the after school sessions. If it hadn’t been for that dedication we wouldn’t be here with these results today.”