Thunder students celebrate academic success General August 13, 2020 Newcastle Thunder are delighted to report the academic success of our 2020 cohort of Tyne Met College Students. The students all studied a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performance & Excellence (Rugby) as part of the ground breaking partnership between Thunder & Tyne Met. This unique dual focus education opportunity sees students combine their studies with a comprehensive rugby training programme based entirely in the professional setting of Kingston Park Stadium. 100% of this year’s cohort have graduated the course with Distinction’s (D D D) which carry 144 UCAS points – opening up a huge number of university courses both in sport and otherwise. 64% of this years students achieved the highest possible grade Distinction Star (D* D* D*) and now possess 168 UCAS points. 100% of our students have continued into Higher Education or Vocational Training. Most impressively of all – 100% of our students who applied to university were successful in securing a place at their first choice university studying their first choice of course – with courses including Physiotherapy and Applied Sport & Exercise Science. Michael Heap, Academy Manager, is delighted with another year of fantastic results and commented “Everybody involved with the programme can be very proud of this year’s results. All of the students and staff have faced significant challenges this year and to achieve the results that they have shows just how committed everybody is to the course and how great an opportunity the course can provide. Special mention must go to the teaching staff, especially Ben Pollock (Course Leader). Ben’s high standards, relationship based approach and his commitment to continually going above and beyond for the students is highly commendable.” “We are very proud of the programme that we run here and the opportunities that we provide both on and off the field for the young people involved in our programme. Students are graduating the course now as accomplished rugby players with strong academic qualifications and a vast life experience which all stands them in good stead for their future.” College Tutor Dave Challenger had this to say about the results “We’re really proud of the Newcastle Thunder group and their academic results for this year. To go through some uncertain and challenging times whilst maintaining their professionalism and commitment to study and training is a true testament to their character both as individuals and as a group. For those leaving us we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.” With spaces still available to start studying on the course in September 2020 any interested Y11 or Y12 students should contact Nathan Gaughan ([email protected]).