Borough schools maintain excellent GCSE results

George Stephenson High School pupils with their GCSE results.
George Stephenson High School pupils with their GCSE results.

Students performed well in their GCSE results despite a drop in the number getting top grades.

Pupils in North Tyneside have again achieved excellent results this year with 63 per cent achieving five or more A* to Cs including English and maths, which compared to 65 per cent last year.

Nationally schools have reported that the major changes brought in by former education secretary Michael Gove have resulted in an overall drop in GCSE marks.

North Tyneside schools are in line with this picture and have felt the impact of these changes.

Although provisional marks show some schools have experienced a dip in grades, overall the borough has maintained excellent performance from last year and students continue to receive the best preparation for work, further education and life.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said “I would like to congratulate all our young people for their hard work and thank all their teachers, staff and parents who have worked extremely hard to support them.

“Although our schools and pupils had to contend with major changes to the GCSE system there were many good results, with wonderful outcomes for students who now have access to sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeships or training.”

She added: “At the end of the day government league tables mean very little to families – what really matters is that educational standards are rising in our schools and there are real opportunities for our young people.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “The council has raising educational performance as one of its top priorities and we will continue to help schools improve further so that every child in North Tyneside achieves the best that they can.”