HARD-working pupils and staff have kept a South Tyneside school at the top of the class in the latest GCSE exam results.
St Wilfrid’s RC College enjoyed the best marks in the borough in new performance figures, with an impressive 84 per cent of pupils receiving at least five A* to C grades – including English and maths – last summer.
While the school in Temple Park Road, South Shields, saw a slight dip in its figure from the year previous, two thirds of the borough’s secondary schools saw their grades rise.
The efforts of pupils at St Wilfrid’s continues a remarkable turnaround in fortunes. It was only two years ago it came out of special measures, but it has now put in back-to-back “best in borough” performances in GCSEs.
Deputy headteacher Peter Mitchell attributes the results to the “dedication and enthusiasm” of learners and teachers.
He said: “Staff are hard-working and dedicated, the pupils are hard working and enthusiastic, and they are all supported by parents who want their children to be successful.”
Mr Mitchell says their success is because they treat each student on an individual basis.
He added: “We work out what is best for them. We have seen great progress.”
The schools which improved on the number of students to score five GCSEs at A* to C (including English and maths) were Whitburn C of E Academy, Boldon, St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mortimer Community College, Hebburn Comprehensive and Jarrow.
Whitburn C of E had the second best results for students achieving five or more A* to C passes (including English and maths) at 77 per cent – up from 75 per cent the previous year.
The biggest improvers were Jarrow, whose figures rise from 53 per cent to 61 per cent.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families for South Tyneside Council, said: “We are very pleased the overall results have improved, yet again, and are very close to the national average.
“We know that our secondary schools are doing particularly well, as South Tyneside was recently named in Ofsted’s regional report as having the highest proportion of good and outstanding secondary schools in the North-East.
“We would also like to congratulate the students for all of their hard work, the staff for their excellent teaching and parents and carers for supporting their youngsters.
“We won’t become complacent in the light of these results. People can be assured that schools across South Tyneside will continue the drive to raise standards. The council will do everything it can to support them.”