Students in North Tyneside are celebrating today (Thursday) after achieving their best ever A-Level results.
Early indications show continued improvement from last year for students following both academic and vocational qualifications, and North Tyneside pass rates are above national averages.
Mayor, Norma Redfearn praised the students and teachers for the results.
She said: “Congratulations to all the young people whose hard work is being recognised today and to their teachers and families, whose support and encouragement throughout the school year has been vital to ensuring this success.
“Here in North Tyneside we are renowned for our high education standards with more than 80 per cent of our schools rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.
“I’m exceptionally proud of our young people; I meet so many of them and they are all absolutely fantastic and are a credit to their families, their schools and to the whole of North Tyneside.
“These are excellent results and very well deserved, I wish them all the best for the future whether that is at university, college, apprenticeship training or in employment.”
Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Congratulations to all those young people who have worked so hard to achieve these results.
“Thanks are also due to the many teachers who have contributed so much to the many outstanding individual performances that are being celebrated today.
“I am delighted to see that the results that we have seen so far continue to reflect the improving trend in performance across our schools.
“We work closely with education providers to raise achievement and as our young people deserve the very best more than £30m is being invested in school buildings to transform them the into world class facilities that will equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to fulfil their enormous potential.”
At Monkseaton High School 100 per cent of students achieved their chosen destination into higher education or employment across a wide range of academic and vocational courses.
Headteacher Tracy Crowder said: “We are once again delighted with the success of our students.
“Their achievements are testimony to the hard work and commitment they demonstrated to achieve such outcomes. Both in terms of the overall cohort and individual students we are celebrating some fantastic results and are proud of each of them.
“Such success secures the next stage of their journey whether it be into higher education or embarking on a career, ultimately we can be confident that they now have the best possible start moving forward.”
David Baldwin, headteacher of Churchill Community College in Wallsend, said: “Once again our Sixth Form students have achieved phenomenal final results and will now take up well deserved places in highly selective universities and apprenticeship schemes.
“It is wonderful to see so many A* to B grades this year for our students but this is only half the story.
“This is a highly motivated and ambitious year group who have achieved so much in addition to their academic success.
“They will go on to continue great success beyond Churchill Community College and are fantastic role models for our current students and our new students coming into Year 7.”
Whitley Bay High School is celebrating excellent results with top scores in traditional subjects and very high performance in applied and vocational A level courses.
Headteacher Steve Wilson said: “To achieve these results when so much change has been going on across the two years is simply fantastic; our students and their families should be justifiably proud.”
Longbenton Community College Head of Sixth Form Ian Williams said: “Students have achieved an improvement in A level grades from last year with a high percentage of grades at A*-A (19 per cent) A*-B figure is at 38 per cent.
“We are very confident that students applying to university will succeed in securing their firm choice of degree course.”