CHURCHILL Community College was decorated with balloons and banners and pupils were treated to a party breakfast as they collected their GCSE results on Thursday.
The Wallsend college celebrated its best ever set of results, with 68 per cent of students securing five GCSEs at A* to C including English and maths – a rise of 13 per cent on last year, and 18 per cent above the school target of 50 per cent.
For the first time ever, the school also saw 100 per cent of students achieving five or more passes at A* to C.
Headteacher David Baldwin said: “I am immensely proud of the way students have worked for every one of their exams.
“These fantastic results will support all of our students to make the next step in their education or training.
“They already indicate a record number of students returning to sixth form at Churchill and a continuation of our record with no students at Churchill Community College being ‘NEET’, that is not in education, employment or training.”
Budding historian Roslyn Bell said she was “over the moon” with her 15 GCSEs – including 13 at A and A*
Roslyn said she was being treated for a meal out with her family in celebration.
Other high achievers at the Churchill Street college include Jasmine Bagci, who gained a whopping 16 GCSEs – including 14 at A and A*, and Paul Baird, who achieved 15 GCSEs – including ten at A and A*.
Dylan Petts, of Howdon, gained a total of 15 qualifications including BTECs. He gained GCSE A grades in maths and English and B grades in the sciences
The 16-year-old will study maths, English and chemistry at A Level, but has not yet made plans as to what he wants to do after that. “I’m keeping my options open,” he said.
Thomas Hill, 16, got two A*, an A, two Bs and three Cs. In total he has gained 21 qualifications.
Thomas, also of Howdon, said: “I was just ecstatic when I opened the envelope. It was just a sigh of relief, I know I can further my career now.”
He will now study sport in Sixth Form and hopes to continue with that subject at university with the aim of becoming either a PE teacher or sports coach.
When asked how he would be celebrating his results, he said: “As soon as I tell my mum I’m sure she will sort something out for us.”