South Tyneside schools see ‘marked improvement’ in GCSE results

Jessica Swinbank, Zara Orange and Rachel Stephenson celebrate their GCSE results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson
Jessica Swinbank, Zara Orange and Rachel Stephenson celebrate their GCSE results at Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. Picture by Michael Pearson

Schools in South Tyneside have recorded “a marked improvement” in GCSE results this year, say council bosses.

Schools in the Borough reported 67 per cent of students getting five A* - C passes – a three per cent improvement on last year.

And with some results from Whitburn Church of England Academy yet to come in, Town Hall chiefs hope to see the overall performance rise still further.

The number of students picking up the top five grades including the core subjects of English and Maths also rose by more than three per cent to 57 per cent this year.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Our young people, along with their families and carers as well as school staff and governors, should take great pride in this excellent set of results.

“These results show we are making good progress but we cannot, and will not, be complacent. We will continue to make strenuous efforts to ensure all our youngsters receive the best possible education and fulfil their potential.”

Among the many success stories was Hebburn School where the number of students picking up five top grades soared by 16 per cent from 58 per cent to 74 per cent. This success was also reflected in the numbers of those with five A* - C grades including English and Maths which rocketed from 48 per cent last year to 70 per cent this year.

Elsewhere in the Borough South Shields Community School also recorded a massive 19 per cent increase in the number of students achieving five top A* – C grades and Boldon saw a jump of 14 per cent of students receiving five A* - C including English and Maths.

Councillor Atkinson added: “This solid set of results is testament to the hard work of all those involved in helping secure a better future for our young people but ultimately it is our young people who deserve the credit for this success. I would like to send my personal congratulations to each and every student and wish them the best for their future.”

The results follow hot on the heels of a record year for A levels which saw a four per cent rise in the number of students achieving three or more A levels grade A* – E.

School 5 A*-C % + A*-C (inc Eng and Maths) %

Boldon School 65 57.5

Harton Technology College 71 60

Hebburn Comprehensive School 74 70

Jarrow School 48 44

Mortimer Community College 53 46

South Shields Community School 62 45

St Joseph’s RC Academy 69 56

St Wilfrid’s RC College 85 68

Whitburn CE Academy* 84.5 74.2

*Still awaiting some results