Year 11 pupils at Kings Priory School, Tynemouth, rose to the occasion again as they received their GCSE results.
An impressive 85 per cent of pupils achieved at least 5 A* to C (or 9 to 4) including maths and English.
Some 95 per cent of Kings Priory School pupils received a 4+ (C and above) in English and 93 per cent received a 4+ (C and above) in maths.
Among the success stories was Ellie New who achieved six A*, three As, a 9 in both English language and literature, and an 8 in maths.
Stella Perrett also impressed with her results including seven A*, an A, a 9 in maths and an 8 in English literature.
There were smiles for Alex Ramsay too, with him achieving seven A*, two As and a 9 in maths.
Charlotte Brockett attained three A*s, four As and an 8 in both maths and English and Helen Rees achieved a 9 in English as well as an A* and three As.
Overall, 20 per cent of pupils got five or more A*s or As, while 30 per cent achieved at least one 8 or 9 in maths or English as part of the new grading system.
Elsewhere in the Senior School, Year 10 pupil Izzie Thorneycroft got an A* in music, dropping only four marks, and an A* in Latin.
In Year 9, self-taught Ben Rook achieved an A* in Mandarin.
This year group were the first to sit any of the new GCSEs, studying for the new qualifications in English literature, English Llanguage and maths. They sat the ‘old-style’ GCSEs in all other subjects. Pupils received a number grade from 9-1 (9 being the highest) in English and maths, and a letter grade for all other subjects.
Other changes included more rigorous content, less coursework, mid-course controlled assessments, and more focus on end-of-course exams.