Tragic Ponteland student Rachel Blaylock had performed well in A-Levels

Teenager Rachel Blaylock, who died in a car crash earlier this month, was due to collect her A Level results

Rachel Blaylock
Rachel Blaylock

A Northumberland teenager killed in a car crash did well in her A-Levels and would probably have secured a place on her university course.

Rachel Blaylock, 18, from Ponteland, was killed when the car she was driving hit a tree near her home earlier this month.

She had taken her A-Levels, in History, English Literature and Geography, at Ponteland High School this summer, and had had an offer to study Anthropology at Aberdeen University.

As her friends and fellow year 13 students arrived at the school early this morning to collect their results, headteacher Kieran McGrane told how he had give Rachel’s to her parents the day before.

He said: “I hand delivered them to mum and dad yesterday.

“The whole point of getting them to them yesterday was so that they did not have to come into school today.”

And he revealed: “She did well. I would imagine she would probably would have been able to do her course of study.

“She would have hoped to go on and study at university.”

Rachel, who lived on her family’s farm at nearby Milbourne, was travelling with friends when the crash happened on the A696 North of Ponteland in the early hours of August 3.

Mr McGrane said: “She was very popular, heavily involved in organising the year book and also in organising the leavers’ ball in June.”

Students were today able to leave messages in a book of condolences.

Headteacher Kieran McGrane
Headteacher Kieran McGrane

The headteacher said: “Some people want to record their memories of Rachel or some messages that I think people probably find it easier than articulate it verbally.

“We thought that might be an opportunity for some students to say what they want to say but in a more private manner.

“The intention is that that book of condolences will go to Rachel’s mum and dad once it is complete.”

Members of staff, who had already sent flowers to her family, and Mr McGrane were also available to provide support where needed.

He said: “There was a memorial service on Monday, there was a large number of staff and students present but this is the first time on the school site that people have come together as a group.

“So there will be a lot of support today should they need it.

“Equally it is about students looking forward to next steps. Clearly it is trying to get the right balance today.”

Mr McGrane paid tribute to the sense of community shown by all at the school since Rachel’s death.

A Level results at Ponteland High School, Carys Ellis phones home.
A Level results at Ponteland High School, Carys Ellis phones home.

“When you get a tragedy like that it just pulls the whole school together.

“Particularly so at this time of year when the year 13s are thinking about exam success and thinking about next steps.

“This year group has been a very close knit community, very supportive of each other.

“And at times of tragedy people have pulled together and the pupils have done exactly that.”

Meanwhile, a fund has been set up to allow a memorial plaque to Rachel, and possibly a bench, to be installed at either the school, Ponteland Park or the community’s leisure centre.

The £60 total has already been surpassed, with £250 raised through an online donation page.

Family and friends have raised £595 for Amnesty International, also through online donations, the charity for which Rachel was to do the Great North Run next month.

A local young farmers club staged an auction for the cause, which brought in £280.


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