Headteachers praise pupils as schools celebrate GCSE success

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Schools across Jarrow and Hebburn are celebrating after recording a rise in the number of students achieving top marks.

For the first time in the school’s history Hebburn Comprehensive School reached an impressive 70 per cent when it came to its pupils passing their exams with five A*-C grades including Maths and English.

It was a result headteacher David Thompson described as a “phenomenal achievement.”

Down the road at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy headteacher Frank O’Neill was also praising the achievements of his students after 56 per cent of pupils passed their exams with five A*-C grades - an eight per cent increase on the figures last year.

In Jarrow, headteacher Jill Gillies was also impressed with her students after the A* - C grade pass rate in Maths was up 17 per cent compared to last year. Meanwhile, the number of mainstream pupils achieving five A*-C grades was 46 per cent.

The day, for many 16 year-olds was a day of celebration as months of revision and hardwork ahead of the all-important exams paid off.

Jarrow School pupil Katie Quinn hopes to one day become a doctor. The 16-year-old is off to Sixth form in Newcastle in September after gaining the results she needed.

Jarrow School pupil Katie Quinn hopes to one day become a doctor. The 16-year-old is off to Sixth form in Newcastle in September after gaining the results she needed.

Some, had sleepless nights ahead of results day while others knew they had done all they could.

Bridie Joyce, from St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Mill Lane, Hebburn, said: “I’m really happy. I was really nervous, but it has gone a lot better than I expected. I’m hoping to gain a job in neuro-science so I’m coming back to St Joseph’s to do sixth form.”

Headteacher Mr O’Neill said: “I’m really pleased with the results. I think there is always areas of which we can improve.

“We have quite a lot of fantastic personal achievements with 12 of our students achieving A* in all 12 subjects.”

Hebburn Comprehensive pupils celebrate their impressive results. L-R Elaine Swaddle, Sophie Gwynn, Aaron Overman, Michael Overman, Jonathan Scott. Front Emma True.

Hebburn Comprehensive pupils celebrate their impressive results. L-R Elaine Swaddle, Sophie Gwynn, Aaron Overman, Michael Overman, Jonathan Scott. Front Emma True.

Overall at St Joseph’s 70 per cent of its students achieved grades of A* - C in all students.

At Hebburn cousins Michael and Aaron Overman, secured a number of A* grades between them.

Aaron, who achieved four A*s, seven As and one C said: “I was a bit nervous and apprehensive but then I thought I’ve done my exams and there’s nothing I can do about it now.

“I’m really happy with my result and I’m now going to be going to sixth form. Hopefully, one day I’ll get a job in science.”

Mum Kirsty Cragg is proud of son Hebburn Comprehensive School pupil  David Towers who passed all his GCSE's despite having Autism.

Mum Kirsty Cragg is proud of son Hebburn Comprehensive School pupil David Towers who passed all his GCSE's despite having Autism.

Hebburn Comprehensive School pupils achieved 74 per cent of A*-C grades in all subjects.

Headteacher Mr Thompson said: “Our students have performed exceptionally well this year, achieving the best results in the school’s history. This is a fantastic accomplishment given the demands of more rigorous league tables and increased challenge in GCSE examinations.

“In the all-important measure of 5 A* - C inclusive of English and Maths, we have reached 70 per cent for the first time: a phenomenal achievement.”

In Jarrow School, the nerves of students soon turned into elation for many as they secured the results they needed to move onto the next chapter.

Katie Quinn, gained 2 A*s, As and Bs in her results is now off to sixth form in Newcastle.

She said: “I was really nervous coming in to collect my result. I was that scared I thought I was going to cry.

“But I’m really happy with the results and I am now off to sixth form in September - I’m hoping to one day become a doctor.”

Jarrow School saw 50 per cent of its mainstream students pass their GCSE’s with A*-C grade.

Headteacher Jill Gillies said: “The majority of our students have achieved what was expected with some outstanding individual results. We are particularly pleased with our improvements in our maths results with a 17 per cent increase in students achieving A*-C grade in maths.”

Mum Kirsty Cragg was also pleased with her son David Towers’ results. The 16-year-old Hebburn Comprehensive School pupil passed 10 GCSE’s - including four As - despite having Autism.

Mrs Cragg said: “I’m really proud of him. Being autistic we thought it would be really hard for him especially as he has difficulty in stressful situations.

“I think I was more nervous than him waiting for his results. I’d just like to thank the teachers at the school as they have really helped him - and he has done better than we ever expected.”

St Joseph's catholic Academy pupils are pleased with their results. L- R Charlotte Gray, Kate Jackson and Bridie Joyce.

St Joseph's catholic Academy pupils are pleased with their results. L- R Charlotte Gray, Kate Jackson and Bridie Joyce.