Hebburn Comprehensive School pupils were flying high on GCSE results day, with many achieving top grades in maths.
Head teacher David Thompson said students managed to rise to the challenges of the new grading system.
He said: “Despite the raft of changes introduced by the government and the significant challenges this has brought, students have made good progress against their starting points in Year 7.
“I am delighted that a number of our students have achieved the new grade 9 in maths which only a very small proportion of students will achieve nationally; a fantastic accomplishment.
“I congratulate students and wish them the very best of luck for the future; I thank parents and carers for their support; and I acknowledge and express my gratitude to a highly-committed team of teachers and support staff for all of their hard work.”
Amongst the schools high achievers were Logan Winton with 7 A/A* grades, including a grade 8 in English and a grade 9 in maths.
He said: “I was a bit surprised with the A in physics as I thought Chemistry was my best subject.
“I have always had a good memory, but it is a massive relief to get these results.
“My mum will be really happy.
“I will be going on to study science and maths at the Discovery School in Newcastle.”
Other top achievers were Lewis Ellison who scooped four A/A* grades including a grade 8 in maths; Jack Randle who achieved four A/A* grades, including an grade 8 in maths and Hannah Wallace who scored four A/A* grades.
Kieran Woods, 16, from Jarrow, was delighted with his grade 9 in maths, 5 in English language and 6 in English literature. He also scooped six B grades.
He said: “My maths teacher said I was guaranteed a good grade for the amount of work I had done in maths.
“As I had spent every night in maths revision sessions after school.”
Rhiannon Percival. 16 from Hebburn, achieved a 9 in maths, a 5 in English language and a 4 in literature, despite coping with the loss of her grandmother.
She will now go on to Gateshead College and has hopes to become and engineer.
She said: “Its been tough as my grandmother Christine Hall passed away in March.
“She passed away in the morning, but I still went to school that day.
“Everyone told me to go home but I said no as I knew that it was an important year.”