A headteacher has praised his students after a successful GCSE results which saw twins claim 20 A* grades between them.
A total of 65 per cent of students at George Stephenson High School, in Killingworth, achieved five or more A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths – above the national and local average.
Staff were delighted with the results after changes to the examination system and the widespread expectation of ‘volatility’ in this year’s GCSE results following the correspondence sent out by Ofqual last week.
More than 60 per cent of pupils made three levels of progress in Maths and 87 per cent made three levels of progress in English.
A total of 83 per cent of students passed their English GCSE, with a majority achieving the top grades.
Highest achieving students were twin boys, Peter and Richard Anderson, who each achieved ten A*s and one A and they both achieved the highest grade of an A* with Distinction in Further Maths.
Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said: “We are absolutely delighted with the GCSE results this year.
“An outstanding 65 per cent of our students achieved 5 or more A*-C passes including English and Maths. This is well above both the local and national averages and well above the target set for the year group.
“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 would like to wish them, and all the students leaving us, every success in the future.”