JARROW School’s headteacher admitted some pupils have found this year’s revamped GCSE exams tough going.
The school in Field Terrace, Jarrow, suffered a 15 per cent decrease in the overall pass rate of A* to C grades, including maths and English, to 45 per cent.
Headteacher Jill Gillies said she believes the change in the exam system had affected the overall results.
“The system has not helped the less-academic students, but this is something we will look to improve.”
Even high-achieving students admitted they found the rejigged GCSE exam system more of a challenge this year.
Sophie Handson, 16, from Jarrow, who gained an impressive five A*s and five As, said: “It was definitely a lot more difficult than in previous years.
“But thankfully I did well and am now going on to the sixth form at St Joseph’s in Hebburn.”
Kurtis Lea, 16, from Jarrow, who stacked up six A*s and three As, said: “I didn’t struggle too badly, and I’m really pleased with my results, but a couple of the subjects were hard.”