Hebburn Comprehensive School pupils flying high with top GCSE results
Pupils at Hebburn Comprehensive School have made their teachers proud after achieving an impressive set of GCSE results.
Students at the school on Campbell Park Road have been praised by their head teacher David Thompson for achieving their top results after a 'gruelling' exam period.
Some students sat as many as 21 exams during the space of a month, but many came out of the other side smiling, having received the grades they need to progress onto the next step in their careers.
This year the number of students achieving a grade 5 or higher in English and maths has increased by 14%, with the school seeing an overall improvement in the amount of pupils achieving their Attainment 8 score.
Mr Thompson said of their school's success: "I am really very proud of Year 11 and how they conducted themselves throughout the gruelling period of examinations.
"Despite this, and further government changes, I am extremely pleased that our students have continued to make good progress against their starting points.
"I would like to wish Year 11 the very best of luck for whatever they choose to do in the future.
"I thank parents and carers for their support and I acknowledge and express my gratitude to a highly-committed staff for all of their hard work."
Among the high-achievers were Callum Worth, 16, from Hebburn, who got five 9s, three 8s and an A* in business.
He will go on to study oceanography at Newcastle Sixth Form College.
He said: "Over one month I sat 21 exams in 10 subjects.
"I also had two exams in one day.
"So I am delighted with these results, the hard work has paid off."
Fellow pupil Kieron West, 16, from Hebburn, earned two 9s, one 8, a grade 7 in English and a grade 5 in Maths. He also got a B in business.
He will study gaming at Newcastle College.
He said: "I am really relieved it is all over now as it has been really hard and everybody has been under a lot of pressure."
Kristian Healey, 16, from Hebburn, achieved three grade 8s, four grade 7s and one 6. He also got a A in business.
He said: "It has been stressful and very difficult to try and stay consistent throughout them all.
"So I am delighted with the results and my parents will be over the moon.
"I am going to study A-levels at Newcastle Sixth Form College and hope to go on to do a medical degree."
Hannah McVittie, 16, from Hebburn, got two grade 8s, three 7s, three 6s, and one 5.
She has set her sights on becoming a doctor.
She said: "I am very happy as I have got what I need to go on to Harton Sixth Form to do A-levels.
"I have been revising every night since September, but it has all paid off now."
Lauren Duff, 16, from Hebburn, got two 7s, one 8, three 6s and three 5s.
She will study A-levels at Newcastle Sixth Form College.
She said: "I am really happy as I was not expecting them.
"I couldn't sleep the night before."