Headteacher's son's A-level triumph at QK
BEING the headteacher s son could make the playground an unfriendly place for any student - but at Quinton Kynaston yesterday Jake Ross was far from unpopular. Surrounded by friends and teachers congratulating him, the 18-year-old son of QK head Jo Shut
BEING the headteacher's son could make the playground an unfriendly place for any student - but at Quinton Kynaston yesterday Jake Ross was far from unpopular.
Surrounded by friends and teachers congratulating him, the 18-year-old son of QK head Jo Shuter was all smiles after achieving two A*s and two As - results so high he is now having to reconsider his university plans.
He said: "I had expected two or three A's but not the two A*s. I applied to Cambridge and Bristol as well but I was rejected.
"I was supposed to go to study politics at Manchester but now my teachers are recommending that I take a year out a reapply so I think I should probably do that.
"I was hugging my mum earlier and there were lots of tears and then I called my dad and started crying again! It's been a really happy day."
Form tutor Russell Child taught Jake politics, philosophy and history for two years and is convinced that Jake needs the challenge of Oxford or Cambridge in order to reach his full potential.
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He said: "Jake is seriously intelligent. He is easily one of the brightest students I have ever taught and more than that he has a wonderful writing style. He is a tremendous writer.
"The great thing about Jake is that whole he has a serious brain he is also a brilliant guy. It could be hard to be the headteacher's son but he's such a well-adjusted character.
"Jake is popular with everyone because he is just such a nice guy."
A passing student from Jake's class was equally emphatic -"he's a legend," he said.
But Jake wasn't the only one who had reason to celebrate his A-level results, with more than half of all students gaining A to C grades and 98 per cent getting A to E passes.
Nadir Basma, 18 from Harrow Road achieved five as well as an A and a B in two AS Levels. He will be starting UCL in September studying Natural Sciences with a specialism in physics.
"I'm definitely happy. I'll be going out for with some friends for a celebratory meal.