Staff at Marden High School have praised students who achieved their best ever GCSE results.
A total of 80 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades, including English and Maths, making the Cullercoats-based school the highest attaining secondary school in North Tyneside.
Despite reported doubts that students nationally would not achieve as well this year as in previous years, Marden High students have bucked the trend to come out top and create a new record high for the school.
Headteacher Jonathan Morris said: “We are absolutely delighted with these figures, and the achievements of our students.
“This is a massive testament not only to their hard work, but also to the skill and dedication of our staff.
“Without the superb working relationship between teachers and students this would not have been possible.”
He added: “As well as the traditional teaching and revision techniques we also introduced an innovative Mindfulness programme last year, which takes a holistic approach to helping students relax, concentrate and overcome fears related to taking exams.”
Other A* to C grade headline figures at the school include 87 per cent for maths, 87 per cent for English and 79 per cent for two good sciences.
The overall five A* to C figure was 92 per cent.