Schools performing well in league tables

Marden High School, North Shields.
Marden High School, North Shields.

Borough pupils have proved to be a class act after the latest government league tables were released.

The tables, published by the Department for Education, are calculated by the number of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades in GCSEs, including English and maths, as well as ranking schools on A-level results.

The borough’s secondary schools recorded their best ever GCSE and A-level results last summer, placing North Tyneside Council in the top quarter of all local authorities.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I’m absolutely delighted that our schools have achieved another excellent set of results and are continuing to improve overall performance.

“Our schools are ensuring that young people are receiving an excellent education, an education they rightly deserve and one that will give them the best possible start in life.

“However good we are, I want to assure everyone that we’re not complacent and this council will do everything it can to support schools as they continue to raise standards.”

Last year, 81.5 per cent of A-level students achieved three or more A* to E grades.

In Key Stage 4 for GCSEs, North Tyneside had its best ever year in every measure and is ranked 34th in the country out of 152 local authorities.

There was success for Marden High School in Cullercoats, where 80 per cent of Marden’s pupils gained five A* to C grades, including English and maths – making it the best performing school north of the Tyne and eighth in the north east.

Headteacher Jonathan Morris said: “These are the best GCSE results ever achieved by a maintained North Tyneside school and are a testament to the great team work between staff and students.”