Top marks for GCSE students
Young people across North Tyneside are preparing for the next stage of their lives after collecting their GCSE results.
Overall, North Tyneside’s schools managed to maintain their positive performance from last year, with the local authority achieving an attainment 8 score of 45.6 - sitting above the latest national average.
Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE said: “We have some incredibly talented young people in North Tyneside, and they have done us proud once again with a fantastic set of GCSE results.
“With many of our young people earning some excellent results, I am sure that they will go on to do amazing things in the future, whether that is through further education or apprenticeship or other job opportunities.
“From the head teachers and their staff, to the students and their parents or carers, everyone involved deserves a great deal of credit and thanks.”
Coun Peter Earley, cabinet member for Children, Young People and Learning, said: “These results are yet another achievement for young people in North Tyneside to be proud of.
“I would like to say a huge congratulations to everyone getting their results back. They can be immensely proud of the work that went into these results and can now look forward to the next stage of their lives.”
Burnside College celebrated their best ever GCSE results.
The school has achieved its highest ever attainment 8 score at 44.9.
Daniel Jamieson, Headteacher, said: “We’re proud to celebrate our fantastic English results with 78 per cent achieving grade 4 pass or above and 59 per cent achieved the government’s strong pass of grade 5 or above, both figures are well above national averages.
“In maths the hard work of new curriculum leaders has already been rewarded with significant improvements at all grades and results approaching national averages. We’re also delighted to see one of our students recognised by the exam board for having the best exam score in the country for business studies.
“We look forward to continued success with our young people, at GCSE and at sixth form, in the new year.”
At John Spence Community High School, there was a number of impressive success stories, as the school saw an attainment 8 score of 42.9, putting them above the national average.
A number of students achieved outstanding sets of grades 7-9.
Headteacher Jonathan Heath said: “There have been some great results for our students this year, which is a reflection of their hard work and commitment in the run up to and during the exam season.
“The staff at John Spence work exceptionally hard to support the students and it is pleasing for all to see improvements in our results.
"We are proud of the broad and balanced curriculum we offer and there were significant successes in subjects ranging from Design Technology to History.
“Overall, our 2019 results represent an improvement as part of our ongoing drive to raise standards and this is reflected in the fact that 12 subjects saw an increase in attainment levels compared to last year, which is particularly pleasing within the context of the new and more challenging GCSE curriculum.”
Students at Churchill Community College were up bright and early to collect their results and were greeted in exotic fashion as teachers hosted a Hawaiian Beach Party-themed collection day.
David Baldwin, Executive headteacher, said: “We are so pleased with the work that students have done to secure their grades. They have been well supported by staff and parents.
“We are especially pleased to report that our broad and balanced curriculum means students have taken and achieved exceptionally good results in the foundation subjects of Design Technology, Health and Social Care, Photography, PE, Art and Music.
“In addition, it is fantastic to note that achievement in Computer Studies is also excellent indicating that our students are achieving the skills they need to succeed in the digital economy.”
Kings Priory School enjoyed another successful set of GCSE results with 93 per cent of pupils receiving a 4+ (C and above) in English and 85 per cent receiving a 4+ in Mathematics.
Amongst the success stories were Jacquetta Stevens (six grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade 7), Sara Dietrich (five grade 9s, three grade 8s and two grade 7s), Davina Chang (four grade 9s, six grade 8s and one grade 7) and Yektaa Borhanzeki (one grade 9, six grade 8s, one grade 7 and two grade 6s).
Principal Philip Sanderson, said “I am so delighted for our pupils and their families. Pupils and staff have worked extremely hard in ensuring their preparations for their GCSEs.
"Over the past few years our results have been amazing. And this year they are even better.”
Students at Marden High School achieved an excellent set of GCSE exam results.
A total of 93 per cent achieved 9-4 grades in English and 78 per cent achieved 9-4 grades in Maths, with 86 per cent achieving grades at 4 or above.
Matt Snape, Headteacher, said: “At Marden we really do work together to ensure that each person is supported to achieve their best, and it is just brilliant to see our children getting the results which will enable them to go on to fulfill their future study and career goals.
“They have done very well and it is pleasing to see that outcomes for our students have continued to rise this year.
"It is no more than they deserve - this is a fantastic group of young people and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
“These results are a great testament to the hard work and commitment of our wonderful students and staff. We are immensely proud of them all.”