Jarrow School pupils were delighted to see their hard work had paid off when they collected a host of high GCSE results.
The school’s head teacher Jill Gillies said she was so proud of her pupils, with many taking home top grades in English and maths.
This year, 63% of pupils achieved grades 9 to 4 in English and Maths.
The percentage of pupils achieving 9 to 4 grades in English was 81% and 67% of pupils achieved graded 9 to 4 in maths.
Mrs Gillies said: “Our students have risen to the challenge.
“I am really proud of their achievements and I am particularly pleased with the English results.
“Generally results in other subjects have improved, such as history and science.
“It is excellent that some students achieved the high grade 9 in English and maths.”
Top pupils included Italian student Dilmi Mahesha, 17, who had moved to Jarrow two years ago.
Dilmi achieved a 7 in English language, an 8 in English literature, along with two A*, three As and a B.
She said: “I was just 15 when I moved here for a better life style and more opportunities.
“I have only realised how tough it has been now I have been through it.
“It has been one of the hardest things that has happened to me so far.
“But I have made some good friends and people have helped me out.
“My parents are really happy, I just wanted to make them proud.”
Laura Hurst, 16, from Jarrow, achieved a 8 in maths, two 7 grades in English, three As, and one B.
She said: “It has been tough, but I think it was a lot less stressful as last year as I was more prepared.
“I am going to Newcastle College to do A levels.”
High-achiever Daniel Thompson, 16, from Jarrow, also excelled - achieving a 6 in maths, a 8 in English language and 7 in English literature.
He also scored five As, one B and one C.
Jack Miller, 16, was delighted with his high results, after struggling following the death of his grandfather.
Jack, who hopes to be a solicitor, will now go to Newcastle College to do A Levels after achieving a 5 in maths, 9 in English language and a 6 in English literature.
He also achieved two A grades and two C grades as well as a B in computer science.
He said: “My grandfather Eric Bradley passed away in December aged 79 and I would have liked to have shown him how well I have done to make him proud.
“I was surprised with my maths mark, as it is my weakest subject, but I has a great teacher who was my saving grace.”