VIDEO: Community school rolls out red carpet for pupils

SOUTH Shields Community School rolled out the red carpet for its pupils on GCSE results day.

Youngsters walked into the building, in Nevinson Avenue, South Shields, through the Hollywood-style entrance and decorated foyer.

TOP MARKS ... for South Shields Community School pupils in their GCSE exams.

TOP MARKS ... for South Shields Community School pupils in their GCSE exams.

Head of school Mark Midgley praised their achievement as they school notched its highest amount of A* passes.

Five pupils gained straight A*s and As across the board - Renee Black, Jenny Parker, Andrew Robinson, Jack Colden and Stevie Sorbie.

The school also celebrated its best ever results in maths, with 53 per cent of pupils gaining A* to C grades.

Overall, 97 per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C and 35 per cent gained five or more A* to Cs, including English and maths.

Mr Midgley said the school would be asking for some English papers to be re-marked.

He added: “These results are down to the hard work and commitment of pupils, staff and parents and I am proud of what we have achieved as a school.”

Last week, the school saw every student in the first cohort to take A-levels through its sixth form partnership with South Tyneside College get the grades they needed to go on to university.

One of them was Rachael Walker, 18, who returned yesterday with her brother, Andrew to pick up his GCSE results.

Rachael, 18, gained a B, C and a D in her A-levels and will study at Leeds Metropolitan University to become a PE teacher.

Andrew, 16, gained three As, two Bs and four Cs and will go on to study A-levels in performing arts, psychology, ICT and English literature at Harton Sixth Form in South Shields.

He said: “I was pleasantly surprised. I did a lot better than I expected.”

Proud mam Maureen, 48, from Simonside, South Shields, said: “I am absolutely over the moon for both of them.”

Hannah Blair, 16, from Simonside, South Shields, got two As, three Bs and five Cs.

She said: “I am very happy. I did better than I expected.”

She will go on to do A-levels in biology, chemistry, textiles and another subject at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn.

Megan Binnie, 16, from South Shields, gained two A*s, two As, four Bs and two Cs.

She said: “I am absolutely over the moon. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I really tried this year.”

The teenager is off to study A-levels at Newcastle Sixth Form College, along with Emily Ferguson, 16, from South Shields.

She will study law, psychology, English language and dance after grabbing a clutch of good grades.

She said: “I am very happy.”