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Variety of careers beckons for North Yorkshire students

STUDENTS from Northallerton School and Sixth Form College have their sights set on a wide variety of careers, including medicine, dentistry and the media after posting strong A Level results.

The college prides itself on providing a mix of academic and vocational courses, as well as strong pastoral care aimed at individual needs.

Interim Principal Vicki Rahn said: “The A Level pass rate in 2019 remains high, continuing the strong exam performance from 2018.

“All of our students who studied vocational subjects achieved at least a Level 3 pass, with the vast majority achieving distinctions and distinction stars.

“We are extremely proud of the students’ conduct and work ethic this year and they have been rewarded with these excellent results. I would also like to pay tribute to the staff for their continued hard work, and the Sixth Form team for the strength of their relentless pastoral care.”

Kathryn Redpath, Head of Sixth Form, added: “They have been a really committed, hard-working group this year and got the excellent results they deserved.”

Young sportsman Henry Grainge has enjoyed an unbeaten season with his local cricket club – and he was bowled over with his A-level results.

Henry, 18, who lives in West Rounton and is an all-rounder for East Harlsey Cricket Club, got three A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics.

His grades have earned him a “scholarship of excellence” at Manchester University to study Maths.

“My target was three As so this is better than I hoped,” said Henry, whose family run Whitegates Nursery.

Head Girl Laura West, 18, has starred in pantomime with the Northallerton Amateur Dramatics Company, and she performed brilliantly in her A-levels with four A’s in English Language, English Literature, History, and the Extended Project Qualification.

Laura, who lives in Romanby, was part of a comedy duo in Jack and The Beanstalk, and she was all smiles after landing a place at York University to study history.

“It’s been a tough year because my dad moved abroad with work, but I’ve had so much support from my teachers,” she said.

Harvey Bramley, 18, of Northallerton, is heading for a career in medicine after achieving two A’s in Biology and Chemistry and a B in Maths.

“I’ve done better than I thought and the support I’ve had from the teachers has been great,” said Harvey, who will be studying at Lancaster University.

Ehsaan Hameed, 18, of Northallerton, is the son of a doctor but he’s chosen dentistry as a career.

Ehsaan got three As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and will be studying at Plymouth University.

“I also have a side interest in business, so my ambition is to have my own dentistry practice one day,” he said.

Meanwhile, Frankie Baszynski, 18, of Northallerton, hopes to work in the media after performing with real distinction. Frankie got a Double Distinction* in Health Studies and a Distinction in Media Studies.

“The media really interests me but I’m going to take a gap year before deciding what I want to do,” she said.

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