Students in South Tyneside are celebrating after achieving record A-level results.
The borough’s overall pass rate is 99% and 2015 is a record year for the number of students achieving three of more A-levels at grade A* to C.
The number of students achieving three or more A-levels grade A* to E has rocketed by more than 4% this year, jumping from 83% in 2014 to 87% in 2015.
The success rate for those studying two A-levels has also increased, from 95% to 96%.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, said: “These results are outstanding. Once again our young people have done themselves proud and the results are testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire school community.”
At St Wilfrid’s RC College, in South Shields, 98% of students who sat three A-levels were awarded A* to E grades.
These results are outstanding. Once again our young people have done themselves proud and the results are testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire school community.Coun Joan Atkinson
Headteacher Brendan Tapping said: “I am thrilled to see this year’s results. We have improved on last year and delivered some really great results.
“Seeing our students being offered university places across the country and in some of the best universities, shows that we are one step closer to being a world-class school.”
Students at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, in Hebburn, achieved an overall pass rate of 98%.
Headteacher Frank O’Neill said: “We’ve maintained our standard, it was the same last year and the year before that, and we’ve seen an increase in the top grades this year.
“A* to B grades have gone from 41% in 2014 to 46% this year and in 2014 it had gone up 5% so we’ve had an 11% in the last two years.
“All of our students who sat A-levels got at least one A* to B and 73% of subjects had a 100% overall pass rate. A-levels are getting harder so we’re really pleased with the results.”
At Harton Sixth Form, in South Shields, students enjoyed an overall pass rate of 99%.
Richard Burrows, director of sixth form, said: “The overall results are very pleasing. Lots of our students achieved very strong grades and the majority of them are going off to their first choice universities. We wish them all the best for the future.”