Lodge Park has something to celebrate

Lodge Park Technology Centre in Shetland Way, Corby
Lodge Park Technology Centre in Shetland Way, Corby

A school which has had a tough year has been buoyed by the news that its A-Level students have achieved a string of top grades.

Lodge Park Technology College, which is in special measures, has recently lost both its headteacher and its entire governing body.

But students were invited to open their A-Level results live on television this morning after ITV’s Daybreak producers got in touch with them just yesterday.

It was an early start for high achiever Georgia Harper, who secured her place at Oxford to study law with French after gaining an A* in English literature, A in maths and B in Geography.

Appropriately, she lives in Oxford Road, Corby, with her parents who work for an underlay firm and as a teching assistant. She will attend prestigious Hertford College. Famous alumni including Evelyn Waugh and John Donne.

She said: “Neither my mum or my dad went to uni so to get a place at Oxford is very exciting.

“I had been on holiday in Turkey and only got back first thing this morning so went straight to school to get my results.

“I’m really pleased and excited.

“I’ve been working part-time in the library to get some money together to help me fund my studies and there are bursaries available when I get there to help out.”

Ross Callaghan achieved results including two A*s to take up his place at Sussex to study physics.

Natasha Brooks, from West Glebe Road, gained an A in ICT, Bs in English literature and media and a distinction star in business.

She was there with her mum Karen to open her results.

She said: “I’ve got what I needed to get into Northampton University to do a photography course.

“I’m already photographing some weddings at the weekends and can’t wait to learn more at uni.”

Mum Karen said: “I’m very, very proud of her. She is my youngest child so it’s quite emotional.”

Acting principal Alison Hayes said: “All our students deserve credit for their hard work. These are a brilliant set of results – results that can only be achieved through the hard work and dedication of both our students and our staff. We would like to thank them all for everything they have done.

“There can be no denying that the last six months have been a challenge. These results, however, combined with what we hope will be a very strong set of GCSEs, show that the work we have been doing with the David Ross Education Trust and the local authority is really making a difference.

“The future is looking bright for the college.”