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WHITBURN C of E Academy improved on last year’s GCSE results when it came to the number of pupils achieving top grades.

The percentage of pupils gaining five or more A* to Cs, including English and maths, was up from 75 last year to 76.3.

And 87.1 per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.

The figures came despite warnings of a national fall in top-level passes as exam papers, particularly in the core subjects, were toughened up.

Principal Alan Hardie said the pass rate may rise further as a result of re-marks.

He said: “Last year, 300 applications for re-marks were successful, which makes a huge difference to the overall results.

“We had 73 per cent on the day and 75 per cent on the re-mark.”

One pupil who won’t need her papers re-examined is 16-year-old Hiba Altaii, from Whitburn, who gained 12 A*s.

The teenager is going on to study A-levels in the three sciences and maths at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School (RGS) and is hoping to pursue a career in medicine. She said: “I’m really happy. I wasn’t expecting these grades. I’d been predicted As, but I was still really nervous.”

Alice Buhaenko, 16, from Cleadon, is off to sixth form at The King’s School in Tynemouth after gaining 10 A*s and two As.

She will study A-levels in further maths, music, history and economics. She said: “I’m really pleased. I worked hard and it paid off.”

Penny McKelvey, who celebrates her 16th birthday today, was delighted with her early present of 11 A*s and an A.

She said: “I’m really happy. I did much better than I thought.”

The teenager, from East Boldon, who has a gift for languages, will now take the International Baccalaureate at Newcastle Sixth Form College.

Jayden Blacklock, 16, from South Shields, was “ecstatic” with her nine A*s and three As. She is going on to do A-levels in art, textiles, English literature and performing arts at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn.

She said: “I definitely want to work in the theatre. I would love to be on the stage, but I would also love to do costume or set design.”

Jacob Baxter, 16, from Cleadon, is also off to RGS to do A-levels in maths, history, economics and music. He said of his seven A*s and three As: “I am absolutely ecstatic and overjoyed.”

Anna Harding, 16, from Cleadon, won a bursary to Central Newcastle High School to study A-levels in art, maths, economics and Spanish.

She gained 10 A*s and two As, saying: “I am really happy.”

Pupils from the school were celebrating their exams success with a trip to the Leeds Festival this weekend.

Despite warnings about a dip in grades nationally, Whitburn C of E Academy, in Rackley Way, Whitburn, maintained or improved its results in English, maths and science.

Mr Hardie said: “We are very pleased with the results overall.

“It is lovely to see the children get the grades they have worked so hard to achieve.”

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