Marden High celebrates record maths and science results – Video

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MARDEN High School pupils collected their GCSE results on Thursday morning.

The North Shields school 73 per cent of students gained five A* to C grades including English and maths.

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.

The school also saw some great improvements in individual subjects – maths A* to C grades have risen from 79 per cent to 87 per cent and 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.”

Music-mad Casey Lees-Smith is heading to Newcastle College to study music after securing a coveted A grade in the subject.

The Marden High School pupil who lives in Holystone also scored five B grades.

Casey, 16, said: “I’m so happy I got an A in music, I hadn’t really expected it, although I sort of hoped for it.

“I kept waking up every hour thinking about my results.

“My friends are happy for us. I haven’t told my mum and dad yet so I’m very excited to tell them.”

Fellow Marden pupil Sam Larkin secured an A*, four A grades, six Bs and a C.

The 16-year-old, of Tynemouth, said: “I’m very pleased with what I got, I didn’t expect them to be that good.

“I was more excited than nervous. In some subjects I expected to do a bit better, but what happens, happens.”

Sam is planning to study physics, chemistry, maths and history in Sixth Form.

Ellie Clarke is staying on to study physics, chemistry, maths and biology after landing a whopping 11 A* grades and one A.

The 16-year-old, of North Shields, hopes this will bring her closer to her dream of studying medicine or physics at university.

She said: “I was expecting to do well, but not that well. I’m really, really happy, because I was so nervous.”

Ryan Hay is also thinking of studying physics at university after staying on at Marden to take maths, further maths, chemistry, physics and literature at a Level.

Despite gaining eight A*, four A grades and one B, he was slightly disappointed with his results.

The 16-year-old of Tynemouth, said: “I expected better. I wanted an A* in maths but only got an A.”