Star pupils help their schools hit new highs in GCSEs

Students at Marden High School receiving their GCSE results. (l-r) Ellie Clarke, Sam Larkin and Ryan Hay.

Students at Marden High School receiving their GCSE results. (l-r) Ellie Clarke, Sam Larkin and Ryan Hay.

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TEENAGERS across North Tyneside celebrated a record-breaking year as they picked up their GCSE results last Thursday.

This time round, 88 per cent of students got five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C, up from 80 per cent last year.

Overall, 61 per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSEs including English and maths at grade A* to C, up from 59 per cent.

Several schools are celebrating their best-ever results, including Churchill Community College in Wallsend, the St Thomas More RC Academy in North Shields, Marden High School and Longbenton Community College.

At Churchill Community College, 68 per cent of students secured five GCSEs at A* to C including English and maths, a rise of 13 per cent on last year.

For the first time ever, the school also saw 100 per cent of students get 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.”

At the St Thomas More RC Academy, 75 per cent of students got five or more A* to C grades including English and maths, and 99.6 per cent of all students got five or more GCSEs at A* to C.

One in every seven students achieved ten or more A* or A grades, including eight with ten or more A* grades.

A quarter of all the school’s GCSEs and equivalents were A*s or As.

Headteacher Di Donkin said: “I am obviously thrilled and extremely proud of these achievements for the students and their teachers.

“The students have worked very hard and have been extremely well supported by their parents.

“The staff at St Thomas More continue to show incredible dedication and commitment in providing the best possible education for our young people. It is a great pleasure and privilege to work with such an amazing team of professionals.”

At Marden High, 73 per cent of students gained five A* to C grades including English and maths.

The Hartington Road school also saw its passes in maths at A* to C up from 79 per cent to 87 per cent and in science from 62 per cent to 92 per cent.

Headteacher Jonathan Morris said: “These improvements are due to tremendous team work between students and our excellent staff, as well as the high level of support Marden receives from parents, governors and the local authority.

“Our improvements in maths and science results show that our specialist status for maths and science is paying great dividends.”

At Longbenton Community College, 69 per cent of students got five or more A* to C grades including English and maths, and 93 per cent secured five or more A* to C grades overall.

Principal Jim Cockburn said: “These are our best-ever results by far ,and I am thrilled with them.

“They are a tribute to the hard work of students and the commitment and dedication of our staff.”

At George Stephenson High in Killingworth, 63 per cent of students secured five or more A* to C grades including English and maths, and 85 per cent of students secured five or more A* to C grades overall.

A total of 27 per cent of all passes were at A or A*, and 18 students got nine or more As or A*s, one of them managing 11 grades at A*.

Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said: “We are very proud of all our students. They have worked very hard and deserve these excellent grades.

“The majority of our students are joining us in the sixth form next year, and we wish them, and all the students leaving us, every success in the future.”