STUDENTS at South Tyneside College were celebrating today after achieving a near 100 per cent pass rate for the third year running.
Out of 141 exams sat by 63 learners, an impressive 138 – or 98 per cent – achieved grade A-E passes.
Overall, exams taken in 19 out of 21 subjects gained 100 per cent passes.
They include mathematics, further mathematics, English Literature, biology, chemistry, history, law, information technology, psychology, media studies, art and design, and film studies.
And only three failed exams across two subjects prevented a 100 per cent clean sweep, although the pass mark does represent a slight fall on last year’s high water mark 99 per cent figure.
Sixth form students at Harton Technology College and St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields, and St Joseph’s RC School in Hebburn, were also getting their results today.
And Coun Joan Atkinson, the council’s lead member for children, young people and families, was hoping for a repeat of last year’s success, when students celebrated the borough’s best-ever A-level results – an average pass rate of 99.2 per cent.
She said: “Our young people have done extremely well in recent years, and I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck.
“The council’s services for young people team are on hand to help people think about options like training, apprenticeships or how to apply for a place at college or university.”
Lindsey Whiterod, principal and chief executive at South Tyneside College, said today’s results reflected the “dedication to succeed” of lecturers and students.
She said: “These are yet another set of tremendous results and show the very high academic standards expected at South Tyneside College.
“Our lecturers and students have worked extremely hard and can be rightly proud of how well they have done this year, and all that they have achieved through dedicated teaching and learning.
“As a college, we continually strive to excel, and I believe these fine results reflect that.
“They also show how committed our teaching teams are to getting the best out of each and every learner.”
A year ago, 221 exams were sat by 120 students aged 16-18, with 219 achieving grade A-E. Of those, 139 were graded A*-C.
In March, the college announced it is to end its provision of A-levels next year following a comprehensive review of its curriculum.
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