GCSE RESULTS: Two schools buck trend of declining pass rates

EXAM JOY ... Whitburn C of E Academy pupils receive their GCSE results.

EXAM JOY ... Whitburn C of E Academy pupils receive their GCSE results.

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TWO South Tyneside schools are celebrating after bucking the trend of falling GCSE headline figures.

Whitburn C of E Academy and Mortimer Community College in South Shields both bucked the borough-wide trend of lower pass rates.

At Whitburn, 90.8 per cent of students left with five A* to C passes, compared to last year’s 87.1 per cent pass rate.

And 83.2 per cent of youngsters took home five top passes, including maths and English, up from 2013’s 76.3 per cent.

Principal Alan Hardie said: “Students have done fabulously well and we’ve got a record-breaking set of results, with 83 per cent of pupils gaining five GCSEs including English and maths, so we’re absolutely delighted for them.”

At Mortimer, pass rates for five A* to C grades increased from 94 to 95 per cent, while there was a six per cent hike, to 54 per cent in those passing five top grades including core subjects English and maths.

Headteacher Claire Mullan said: “We are delighted with our results. We are so pleased that there’s been an increase in our pass rates including English and maths.”

Overall in South Tyneside, the pass rate dropped from last year’s 91.9 per cent to 66.1 per cent.

The drop has been attributed to a new way in which the exams are now marked and the reduction in course work options available.

However, more than half of the schools saw an increase in the number of students leaving with five A* to C passes including English and maths.

Coun Joan Atkinson, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for children, young people and families, said: “Behind the headline figures there will be very many success stories for hundreds of our young people, and they are to be congratulated for their hard work.”

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