STUDENTS have been praised for their A-levels success by some of the borough’s leading figures.
The pass rate for South Tyneside was higher than the national average, with 99.02 per cent of students gaining at least one A-level graded A* to E.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, pictured below, said: “This is another impressive set of results and builds on the strong improvement we’ve seen in recent years.
“I would like to congratulate our young people who have reaped the rewards for their hard work, as well as their families for the vital support and encouragement they provide.
“We are fortunate to have excellent providers of A-level courses in South Tyneside, and much of this success is down to the dedication and expertise of headteachers and their staff.
“Our aim is to equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to fulfil their potential, and we work closely with education providers to raise achievement.
“Over the past few years, we have invested more than £200m in transforming school buildings, and that has helped to bring an even stronger drive and focus to learning in the borough.
“Our world-class school facilities are already helping to raise standards, and Ofsted inspectors now rate 89 per cent of South Tyneside’s secondary schools as good or outstanding.
“The impressive exam results of recent years are matched by a significant reduction in unauthorised and persistent absences at local schools.”
South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck tweeted: “Excellent results for A-level students in South Shields. Very proud of our young people.”