Students in North Tyneside are celebrating their best ever GCSE results.
Figures from borough schools indicate that 64 per cent of students have achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths – an increase of two per cent on last year.
Congratulating the youngsters, Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is fantastic news.
“Here in North Tyneside our young people just keep getting better and better.
“Our schools are excellent and give them a great grounding with a first class education, discipline and ambition.
“I am extremely proud of all the young people who have worked so hard to achieve such great results; they are a credit to their schools, their teachers and of course to their parents and families.”
Churchill Community College, in Wallsend, has recorded its best ever results for the seventh year running with 69 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades, including English and maths, while the progress made by those students between Key Stage 2 and GCSE is outstanding.
And for the second year running, 100 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades.
They marked the success with an ‘Oscar’-themed celebration party, laying out the red carpet for students who received their grades in gold envelopes.
Headteacher David Baldwin said: “This is an outstanding achievement by Churchill Community College.
“It reflects the level of commitment and hard work from the students and staff and we are absolutely thrilled with the results this year, yet again.
“I am very proud of all our students and staff.”
Marden High School, in North Shields, returned its best ever results with 80 per cent of students gaining five A* to C grades including English and maths.
Headteacher Jonathan Morris said: “I am immensely proud of our GCSE results. 80 per cent of students achieved the gold standard of five A* to C grades including English and Maths which must place us among the top ranking state schools in the north east.
“These are Marden’s best ever results by a considerable margin and are due to the great team work between our excellent staff and an exceptional group of students.
“I look forward to reporting even more success in the future.”
At Longbenton Community College, 64 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Principal Jim Cockburn said: “Large numbers of Longbenton students have achieved high results.
“This is very much a tribute to their hard work, the excellent teaching provided and the support given by their parents. These results will stand them in good stead as they go on to the next stage in their education.”
And at George Stephenson High School, in Killingworth, 60 per cent of students secured five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said: “Despite the fact that Ofqual warned schools that GCSE English, maths and all science results were likely to ‘look different’ with grades dropping this year because of changes to the exams and grade boundaries, we are pleased that our five A* to C pass rate including English and maths has remained high at 60 per cent and that 77 per cent of all grades were A* to C.
“The progress made by our students was excellent and we couldn’t have asked more of our students or indeed our staff.”
Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “What a great set of results.
“Excellent GCSEs give young people a flying start in life and I am delighted for all those who have worked so hard to achieve these excellent results.
“I’m sure they will go on to bigger and better things whether that is further education, training or employment.
“My heartfelt congratulations to all our students, they’re a real credit to our borough.”