Schools in North Tyneside have been recognised as among the best in the country for supporting children in their GCSEs.
Latest national statistics have ranked North Tyneside Council as third most improved authority for the number of children who achieve five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
This year, 61.4 per cent of youngsters in the borough achieved the nationally-recognised benchmark, compared to 56.2 per cent in the previous year.
Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children young people and learning, said: “These results represent wonderful work by the students and schools of North Tyneside and fairly reflect the quality of education in the borough
“In North Tyneside, we believe that every child has the potential to achieve.
“We work hard to release the potential of our youngsters in a partnership between children and their parents, our schools and local authority that aims to build on their learning throughout their school journey.”
Among the borough’s most improved schools is Monkseaton High School, which this year celebrated its best-ever GCSE results with 62 per cent of students achieving five or more GCSEs A*-C including English and maths.
Tracey Crowder, headteacher, said: “Over the last three years, we have made some significant changes.
“As a result, we have seen the academic achievements of our students continuing to improve and this summer the outcomes and progress were the highest we have ever achieved, with the vast majority of subjects outperforming national averages.
“Our results last year placed us in the top 26 per cent of schools nationally for the progress our students made and we expect to surpass this with our current results.”
“Our unrelenting focus is very much built on the foundation of our values; equality, opportunity, inclusion, achievement. We are a school family, where every child matters and achieves their maximum potential, but is nurtured and supported to enjoy their learning experience.”
Churchill Community College, in Wallsend, has earned national recognition for utilising sports and the arts to encourage children previously disengaged from learning to achieve their academic potential.
This year 71 per cent of students gained five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and maths with many achieving eight or more.
Headteacher David Baldwin said: “These results support what OFSTED said about the college in June 2014, when they graded us as Outstanding in every aspect.
“Yet again students have outperformed national figures and are set to move on to the next part of their education with outstanding results that will enable them continue to succeed.
“Our secret lies in our extremely dedicated staff and fantastic students who share the same views about what is important.
“Staff want every student to do as well as they possibly can. Students want to achieve their best.”