A-LEVELS: Best ever results in North Tyneside

Whitley Bay High School students with their results.
Whitley Bay High School students with their results.

Students have notched up North Tyneside's best ever A-Level results.

The average point score for each student increased from 32.1 to 33.6, despite more challenging exams.

Jordan Gay and Elisha Tait celebrate their results at Churchill Community College.

Jordan Gay and Elisha Tait celebrate their results at Churchill Community College.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE said: “I am so incredibly proud to see our talented young people have excelled once again with another fantastic set of A-Level results.

“Regardless of what these students go on to do, whether it is further education or going straight into work, I’d like to wish them the very best of luck with the next stage of their lives. They are a credit to their parents, as well as all the staff and governors and deserve every bit of success that comes their way.

“I’d also like thank and congratulate who has supported them along this journey.”

Coun Peter Earley, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Congratulations to all the young people getting their exam results – we have seen some fantastic results and a number of students going on to do great things, so they deserve a lot of credit.

“We have so many fantastic schools in North Tyneside, with just under 90 per cent of our school rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

“This is yet another amazing achievement for our young people and they can all be very proud of the work they’ve done.”

Churchill Community College saw notable improvements from last year as students increased the average grade to a C+, above the national average of a C.

Overall, the school saw 100 per cent of students pass, with 43 per cent between A* to B and 59 per cent between A* and C.

One of those successful students was Elisha Tait, who got one A* and three As. She said: “I’m really excited. I’m going to be studying medicine at Birmingham from September. I’d like to be a surgeon, but I’ve got plenty time to decide so we’ll see.”

Executive headteacher David Baldwin said: “Here at Churchill Community College, the success of the pupils is always our number one priority, which is why we take such pride in results such as these.

“We have a lot of students who have done immensely well and there have been some great success stories and some very happy faces today.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and governors at the school who support our children to reach their goals every single day, these results wouldn’t be possible without the work they do.”

Whitley Bay High School saw excellent results, with 57% per cent of grades between A* and B, and 85% per cent between A* and C. The average grade at the school was a B, making Whitley Bay one of the highest-performing post-16 providers in the North East.

Students of all abilities achieved excellent results, including 20 students achieving 3 or more A*/A grades across their A level subjects and 56 students achieved at least the ABB grades needed to send them to top universities.

Among those was Whitley Bay-born Joe, who will go on to study English at Oxford University after he got two A*s and one A in English Literature, French and History.

He said: “I’m really chuffed. It’s hard to tell how you’ve done when before you’ve got your results so I’m absolutely delighted. We’ll be going out tonight to celebrate!”

He was speaking alongside Dylan, who will be going on to study dentistry at Newcastle University, following his three As in maths, biology and chemistry.

Headteacher Steve Wilson said: “These results are a fantastic tribute to the incredible hard work of our students and the efforts of our staff who are committed to supporting and helping students to achieve their personal best grades. Our students and their families should be very proud of their achievements.

“These grades will allow our students to progress on to their chosen future degree and career ambitions all over the country, including three students who will be going to Oxford our Cambridge University.

“We are very proud of our students who have coped with the more challenging linear A levels to achieve this success while at the same time taking part in a huge range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities. We wish our students the very best in the future.”