The new head teacher of a South Tyneside secondary school joined pupils celebrating their GCSE results as he praised their “remarkable hard work.”
There were smiles all round from students as they opened up their results at Mortimer Community College.
For some, the results beat all their expectations as they scored top marks in subjects under the new grading system.
The outcome for his pupils has led to headteacher Simon Hignett to heap praise on his students as he celebrated his first GCSE results day at the school.
Under the new system the school recorded 77% of its pupils reaching a level 4 or higher in English with 59% achieving a level 5 or above - 10% above the national average.
The number grading for Maths and English has replaced the A*-G grades.
There were some exceptional individual performances with a number of students achieving the new grade 9 in English. Well done again to all of our students.Simon Hignett
In Maths, 58% of Mortimer’s pupils achieved a level 4 or higher.
Alex Dunn from Stanhope Road is now looking forward to taking his place at Harton Technology College’s sixth form to study history, psychology and biology.
The 16-year-old achieved the top mark of 9 in English Language, a 7 in English Literature and maths, an A* in History and As in Physics, Biology and Spanish.
He said: “I was surprised at the grades. I was nervous about the new system. I was expecting some of the results, but I didn’t think I would have done as well as I have. I’m happy with them.
“I’m not sure what I want to do as a career, I just know I want to go to university.”
Layla Sayyadi from Laygate is determined to carve a career out in medicine.
The 16-year-old also achieved the top mark of 9 in English Language, a 6 in Maths and 5 in English Literature. A* in History, A’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and B in Drama.
She said: “The lead up to the exams were not that bad but some exams were a lot harder than I expected.
“Coming for my results was really nerve-wracking.”
Layla is hoping to secure a place at Harton Technology College to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Chloe Stephenson, 16 from Jarrow has already decided on the career she wants. The teenager who achieved a 9 in English Language, 7 in English Literature and Maths, A* in Biology, Chemistry and History and A in Physics wants to be a vet.
She said: “The exams were really hard and nerve-wracking. I was really stressed and thought I was going to fail.
“I’m really surprised with my results, I’m so pleased with them.
“I’m hoping to go on and do A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths as I want to be a vet.”
Toyaha Faiyaz Chowdhury, 16, from Halsted Place, South Shields moved to South Tyneside from Austria, eight years ago with his family.
He achieved an 8 in Maths, 7 in English literature, 5 in English Language, A* in Biology, Chemistry and History A in Physics and Spanish.
“Doing the exams was a bit intense but I’m happy with the results.
“I was really nervous the night before picking up my results as I wanted good grades. But doing the exams anything could happen.
“I’m hoping do my A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths as I hope to have a career based on medicine.”
Headteacher Mr Hignett said: “Congratulations to all of our students on achieving their GCSE results.
“In the first year of the new GCSE qualifications, students have worked remarkably hard to achieve their grades. I would also like to thank staff, parents and governors for the incredible hard work and support they have given and continue to give to the students of Mortimer Community College.
“55% of our cohort achieved both English and Maths at the new 9-4 qualification. Students did exceptionally well in English with 77% of students achieving level 4 or higher and 59% achieving a level 5 or higher, which is 10% above the national average. 58% of students achieved a level 4 or higher in Maths.
“There were some exceptional individual performances with a number of students achieving the new grade 9 in English.
“Well done again to all of our students.”