Students celebrate best ever GCSE results

Whitley Bay High School is among the schools celebrating the borough's best ever GCSE results.
Whitley Bay High School is among the schools celebrating the borough's best ever GCSE results.

Students have again delivered a gold-star performance at GCSE level.

North Tyneside has again beaten the national benchmark for GCSE performance.

The number of children achieving five or move A* to C grades, including English and Maths, is 61 per cent – five percentage points above last year.

And many borough schools reported their ‘best ever’ results, as well as top class individual performances.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I would like to say well done to all our students, and their teachers, for their hard work and commitment which has resulted in some fantastic results overall.

“GCSE’s and the many vocational awards that our young people have collected today enable them to take a step forward towards achieving their aspirations, whether to sixth form studies, a place at college or an apprenticeship.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “North Tyneside Council is committed to raising education performance for every child, as one of our top priorities.

“Already over 80 percent of our schools are judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted and we will continue to work with schools to improve further to ensure every child in the borough can achieve the best they can.”

Individual schools have praised youngsters for their hard work and commitment to their studies.

Whitley Bay High School saw nearly 80 per cent of students achieve five or more A* to C including English and Maths, and 87 per cent achieved a total of five or more A*-C grades.

Overall 34 per cent of grades were either A* or A graded.

Headteacher Steve Wilson said: “These results reflect a stellar year for the school.

“We are so pleased for our students, who have achieved outstanding results; it reflects both their massive efforts and the huge efforts of our staff.

“In the end relationships are what matter most and a really powerful learning ethic drove us on this year.

“Confidence and self esteem, and a genuine engagement in lessons make our students happy to come to school.

“I want to congratulate all our students and their families on a first rate year. I am delighted for you all.”

Monkseaton High School is celebrating its best ever GCSE results with 61 per cent of students achieving five or more GCSEs A*-C including English and maths – over 45 per cent of all grades were A*-B

Headteacher Tracy Crowder said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our best ever GCSE’s results. These are a phenomenal set of results for the cohort as a whole as well as some incredible success stories for individual students.

“This is the third year in a row we have seen significant improvements in our progress and attainment. Our progress last year put us in the top 26 per cent of all schools nationally.

“We are incredibly proud of our achievements and these results are once again testimony to the hard work of staff, students and parents, confirming that we are a very good school that provides a fantastic all round education for our students.”

Churchill Community College, in Wallsend, is also celebrating the strongest set of results ever achieved at GCSE.

70 per cent of students gained five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths with many achieving eight or more.

Headteacher David Baldwin, said: “We are delighted with the results the students have achieved.

“In almost all subjects students have out-performed their target grades with 70 per cent gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths. In addition the amount of progress they have made across their five years with us is absolutely outstanding.”

Students celebrated with staff, parents and college governors by having a ‘Harry Potter’ themed exam results celebration day, arriving to a red carpet, with staff dressed as characters from the much-loved novels, a magic starry sky, life sized characters from the films, cobwebs, spiders, an owl called Hedwig, Bertie Bots magic beans, magic potions, wands, broomsticks, a dining table at Hogwarts, balloons and banners.