Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Record Breakers Top of Their Class; Hardworking Youngsters Tick All the Boxes with Excellent Gcse Results across the Region

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Record Breakers Top of Their Class; Hardworking Youngsters Tick All the Boxes with Excellent Gcse Results across the Region

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Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR, GARETH DEIGHAN and MATT CASEY

NORTH East teenagers have notched up another year of record GCSE results.

Newcastle schools have seen their pass rate of pupils achieving at least five A* to C grades improve for the seventh consecutive year.

The percentage of pupils getting at least five top grades in the city has gone up 4% on last year to 60%. And there was a significant improvement in the number of young people achieving A* to C grades in English and maths.

Thomas Davies and Matthew Jackson, both 16 and from Gosforth, scooped nine A* grades each.

The pupils were the only two to get all A*s from Gosforth High School, in Knightsbridge, Newcastle,

Thomas studied English, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, Spanish, geography, IT, French and statistics.

He said: "I'm probably going to stay in tonight and celebrate with my family. I'm so pleased we both did so well."

Matthew said: "I've worked constantly for six months. It just shows if you work really hard you will get what you deserve."

Gosforth High School has received its best GCSE results this year, with 70% of its students gaining at least five A* to C grades.

Provisional results for North Tyne-side show the number of youngsters who have achieved five or more top grades has increased to 62.3%, which is slightly up on last year's 61%.

The overall score for those passing five or more exams at grades A* to G is 92% and 47.1% gained top marks in English and maths.

Students at Whitley Bay High School, in Deneholm, were celebrating top marks, as 77% gained five or more A* to C grades.

Of those, 149 got A*s or As in English literature and six pupils got special letters saying they had scored in the top 5% out of 370,000 candidates across the country.

Headteacher Adam Chedburn said: "The students performed outstandingly well. The 77% pass rate is very high for a comprehensive school and a remarkable achievement."

One headteacher in the borough who is particularly proud of his students' record performance is Jim Marshall. After 19 years in the headship at St Thomas More RC High School, in Lynn Road, North Shields, he is now stepping down to retire.

But despite saying his goodbyes on the last day of term, he was back at the school today to congratulate the 16 pupils who'd achieved nine to 11 A*s and A grades each, as well as many other high achievers.

He said: "We've achieved our best ever results, with 83.4% of our students getting at least five A* to C grades. This is up by about 4% on last year and to break the 80% barrier is fantastic.

"Around 70% of our pupils got top grades in English and maths, too. We have had consistently good performances in both these subjects for the last three or four years, and this year's results are down to a lot of hard work from a lot of people. …

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