Exam results have all added up for a young dad from Whitley Bay who has secured a place to read maths at Newcastle University despite juggling childcare and work.

Bradley Wailes, a student at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College in North Shields was awarded top grades in his recent A Level exams and is now heading off to university to further his studies.
The 19 year old who has a two year old daughter Lilly with his partner Kayleigh Page secured the top grades with the help and support of the teaching staff at the college who encouraged him to continue with his studies despite his personal situation.

Bradley said: “I completed my first year of sixth form at a local school and to say it didn’t go well would be an understatement and my exam results were pretty poor.  I approached Queen Alex College and the team were so supportive of my situation and encouraged me to re-sit my first year so that I could achieve my full potential. I’m so glad that I took their support and advice and ended up with these results.  I have now secured a place at Newcastle University to study maths.

“My situation was not as straightforward as some, but Kayleigh and I have juggled childcare between both our studies as well as part time jobs and the teachers have been really understanding of these extra pressures.”

Denise Bolton, Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said: “We are so proud of our students who have achieved another bumper set of results, but I am particularly proud of Bradley and others in similar situations who have worked tirelessly to get the results that they deserve.  Rather than seek out the easiest option he remained focused, which goes to show that with hard work and determination together with the right kind of support our students can really achieve their full potential.”

Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College and its sister establishment, Tyne Metropolitan College, passed their recent OFSTED inspection with flying colours.  Rated ‘Good’ across all four key areas, the colleges have repeatedly proved that they match the best post 16 provision in the region with their high academic standards and quality of teaching.