South Tyneside students making the A standard

Sir Ken Gibson.

Sir Ken Gibson.

SOUTH Tyneside teenagers have proved ‘A’ level above after scooping impressive test results.

A flawless 100 per cent of the borough’s A-level students – studying at Harton Technology College, St Joseph’s Catholic Academy and South Tyneside College – secured at least one A-level pass at A* to E in the latest Key Stage 5 performance tables.

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Mill Lane, Hebburn, was top of the pile with 97 per cent of students also attaining two or more A-levels at A* to E, and 88 per cent picking up three or more A-level passes.

Harton Technology College had 96 per cent of its students notching up two or more A-level passes, with 81 per cent achieving three passes or more.

The percentage of students leaving with multiple A-levels was up at both schools.

South Tyneside College had 96 per cent of learners earn two or more A-levels, with 76 per cent winning three or more A-levels.

The performance tables are taken from A-level examinations taken last summer.

A total of 521 students have left college studies in the borough with at least one A-level, arming them for futures in the workplace and apprenticeship schemes as well as places at university.

Sir Ken Gibson, headteacher of Harton Technology College, said: “Our sixth form again performed very well in terms of results and student progression in 2013.

“A very pleasing 79 per cent of students that applied to study at university gained a place at their first choice.

“We pride ourselves on offering an extensive range of additional opportunities and experiences, and believe this can often make the difference between being successful or not in the increasingly competitive university and job markets.

“It has been very encouraging to see that Harton sixth form is such a popular choice, and a growing number of students from across the region are applying to study here each year.

“We offer prestigious university support, alongside other progression opportunities including apprenticeships, to ensure that students have the opportunity to succeed and fulfil their potential.”




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