Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Every Reason to Be Proud! Every Reason to Be Proud! Our Exam Kids Keep on Our Exam Kids Keep Ondoing Better, Figures Show Doing Better, Figures Show

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Byline: JOANNA DESIRA

TEESSIDE is climbing the league tables when it comes to success at GCSE and A-level results.

Performance tables published by the Department for Education today have shown improvements have been made in Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton at GCSE and post-16 levels.

The results, achieved last year, show more schools are achieving the benchmark of 30% of pupils achieving five GCSEs A*-C, including English and maths.

But some headteachers have voiced concerns about a new English Baccalaureate (E Bacc) measure which has been introduced by the Government.

The E Bacc recognises students' achieveme nts in English, mathematics, sciences, a language and a humanities subject -either history or geography.

Among the most improved schools in the country at GCSE were Huntcliff in Saltburn, and Laurence Jackson in Guisborough.

Among the top 200 best performing schools were the independent Teesside High School, in Eaglescliffe, and Red House, in Norton.

The two schools also appear in a table of the top 200 schools with the most pupils achieving the E Bacc.

Nationally fewer youngsters made two levels of progress between 11 and 16 than the national average in English and maths -a new tough measure introduced by the Government.

And more than half of Teesside schools performed below the national average of 72% in English and 65% in maths for this measure.

Gillbrook, The Norton, Unity City Academy, Redcar Community College, Thornaby Community School, Freebrough College, Hall Garth, King's Manor, and Ormesby School all appeared in a table for the bottom 200 performing schools nationally.

Redcar and Cleveland was the best performing Teesside authority and Middlesbrough was the most improved. Among the most improved and best performing schools on Teesside was Conyers in Yarm.

John Downes, deputy headteacher at Conyers School, said: "I think our GCSE results reflect the hard work of students and staff and the support of parents.

"Last term Ofsted rated the curriculum offer at Conyers as outstanding and that is shown in the qualifications achieved by our students, preparing them for the next phase of education or training. …

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