VIDEO: Results improve at Whitburn Academy

WHITBURN C of E Academy improved on last year’s GCSE results when it came to the number of pupils achieving top grades.

The percentage of pupils gaining five or more A* to Cs, including English and maths, was up from 75 last year to 76.3.

TOP OF THE CLASS ... Hiba Altaii, above. Below, Anna Harding.

TOP OF THE CLASS ... Hiba Altaii, above. Below, Anna Harding.

And 87.1 per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.

The figures came despite warnings of a national fall in top-level passes as exam papers, particularly in the core subjects, were toughened up.

Principal Alan Hardie said the pass rate may rise further as a result of re-marks.

He said: “Last year, 300 applications for re-marks were successful, which makes a huge difference to the overall results.

“We had 73 per cent on the day and 75 per cent on the re-mark.”

One pupil who won’t need her papers re-examined is 16-year-old Hiba Altaii, from Whitburn, who gained 12 A*s.

The teenager is going on to study A-levels in the three sciences and maths at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School (RGS) and is hoping to pursue a career in medicine. She said: “I’m really happy. I wasn’t expecting these grades. I’d been predicted As, but I was still really nervous.”

Alice Buhaenko, 16, from Cleadon, is off to sixth form at The King’s School in Tynemouth after gaining 10 A*s and two As.

She will study A-levels in further maths, music, history and economics. She said: “I’m really pleased. I worked hard and it paid off.”

Penny McKelvey, who celebrates her 16th birthday today, was delighted with her early present of 11 A*s and an A.

She said: “I’m really happy. I did much better than I thought.”

The teenager, from East Boldon, who has a gift for languages, will now take the International Baccalaureate at Newcastle Sixth Form College.

Jayden Blacklock, 16, from South Shields, was “ecstatic” with her nine A*s and three As. She is going on to do A-levels in art, textiles, English literature and performing arts at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn.

She said: “I definitely want to work in the theatre. I would love to be on the stage, but I would also love to do costume or set design.”

Jacob Baxter, 16, from Cleadon, is also off to RGS to do A-levels in maths, history, economics and music. He said of his seven A*s and three As: “I am absolutely ecstatic and overjoyed.”

Anna Harding, 16, from Cleadon, won a bursary to Central Newcastle High School to study A-levels in art, maths, economics and Spanish.

She gained 10 A*s and two As, saying: “I am really happy.”

Pupils from the school were celebrating their exams success with a trip to the Leeds Festival this weekend.

Despite warnings about a dip in grades nationally, Whitburn C of E Academy, in Rackley Way, Whitburn, maintained or improved its results in English, maths and science.

Mr Hardie said: “We are very pleased with the results overall.

“It is lovely to see the children get the grades they have worked so hard to achieve.”

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