South Tyneside’s talented teens have been praised by council chiefs after chalking up the borough’s best-ever GCSE results.
Schools reported another set of impressive marks on Thursday, with 91.9 per cent of pupils gaining five A* to C-grade passes or equivalent – slightly up on last year’s figure of 91.1 per cent.
The number achieving five top grades (including the core subjects of English and maths) has stayed the same, at 58.2 per cent.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member on South Tyneside Council for children, young people and families, said: “I’m delighted that schools have met the challenge of maintaining excellent standards in GCSEs.
“Congratulations to all the school staff, teachers, and, of course, the pupils themselves, who have worked so hard and thoroughly deserve their success.
“Behind every successful student is a supportive family, so these results are also a credit to the enormous role they play in helping our young people to do well.”
Among the success stories was Harton Technology College in South Shields, where 100 per cent of pupils gained five A* to C grades for the third year running.
St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields, and Hebburn Comprehensive also returned record-breaking performances in their pass rates.
Jarrow School also returned increases on its five A* to C grades, up from 91 per cent last year to 95 per cent this year.
Sixty per cent of pupils gained five A* to Cs including the core subjects – a seven per cent increase on last year.
Whitburn Church of England Academy and St Joseph’s Catholic Academy also recorded impressive results for pupils achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths, at 76.3 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.
Coun Atkinson added: “This has been another year where we have seen real improvements and outcomes for our young people.
“Back in 2004, we were lower than the national average, with 45 per cent of children leaving school with five good GCSEs. Now that figure has more than doubled.
“I’m also pleased to see the important result of A* to C grades including English and maths has improved over recent years.”
The borough’s record GCSE results come a week after South Tyneside’s young people recorded impressive A-level results, with a 99.02 per cent pass rate. This is higher than the national average of 98.1 per cent for students achieving at least one A-level at grades A* to E.
Coun Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “These GCSE results, combined with our good A-level results, show we have talented young people coming out of education in South Tyneside.
“Through our work with the Local Enterprise Partnership and our own apprenticeships scheme, we are doing all we can to create opportunities for all our young people so they can have long and successful careers here in the North East.”