Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Time to Celebrate as GCSE Results Roll In
Byline: LINDSEY SAMPSON
SCHOOL pupils across Teesside were jumping for joy as they celebrated their GCSE results today. Nationally, 69.4% of all GCSE exams were given at least a C grade, and for the first time in 24 years, the A*-C pass rate dropped.
Headteacher Pam Hanrahan at St Peter's Catholic College in South Bank "couldn't stop smiling" after learning 100% of her pupils had achieved five or more A*-C grades.
58% had managed five A*-Cs including English and maths - an increase on last year's 42% - while 57.9% of pupils got 10 or more A*-C grades.
In the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure - which looks at students who achieve passes at a C or above in English, mathematics, history or geography, two sciences and a language - St Peter's had seen a jump from zero last year to 12% this time.
Mrs Hanrahan said: "I'm over the moon. It's such a credit to how hard our students and staff have worked."
At Middlesbrough's Unity City Academy (UCA), results surpassed even the principal's expectations.
While expecting about 42-44% of pupils to gain five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, Patricia Towey was delighted with the 47% achieved - surpassing the Government's set "floor target" of 35%.
As the school celebrates its 10th anniversary, the number of students gaining five A*-C grades jumped from 87% last year to 96% this year.
Ms Towey said: "To say I am thrilled, proud and delighted is an understatement.
I really would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff and students, parents and the local community for their continued support and belief in the academy."
Student Curtis Rookes, 16, of Pallister Park, an aspiring dancer, is hoping to go to Middlesbrough College and then a stage school in London after he secured the equivalent of eight As, two Bs and seven Cs.
He said: "It was much better than I hoped - I'm really pleased."
Fellow student Beth Halpin, also 16, will be returning to UCA in September - but as a member of staff. …