Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Promise of a Bright Future

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Promise of a Bright Future

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THOUSANDS of pupils across the North East are looking forward to a bright future after achieving the region's best-ever exam results.

Last week, our young people saw the biggest leap in the country in the A*-C pass rate.

In the North East, 67.2% of grades were A* to C, compared to 65.7% in 2014 - a 1.5% change. Good progress has also been made in achieving those top A* and A grades, with a 0.2% increase compared to 2014, which bucks the national trend of declining grades for the fourth year in a row.

Chris Zarraga, director of operations of Schools North East, the body which represents 1,300 schools in the region, said: "This is a fantastic achievement and there's been a tremendous amount of work put in by students and teachers, and increase is a reflection of the effort that they have put in, so it's very positive."

Whether students are going on to study A Levels or vocational courses at college or sixth form, an apprenticeship or straight into the world of work, there are lots of options to now weigh up. And today the Chronicle includes plenty of ideas if you are still looking for your next step.

Catherine Sezen, senior policy manager for 14 to 19 at the Association of Colleges which is the membership organisation for colleges in England, said: "This may seem like a really scary time as you are moving on to something new.

Choosing the next steps in education and training can seem like a big decision.

"By staying calm and making sure you have access to information about all the options available to you, you'll be able to make the best decision for your future."

But we're also taking the opportunity to celebrate the region's stunning results - including schools such as Durham High School for Girls where 73.35% of grades were either A* or A. At Dame Allan's Schools in Newcastle, 36 pupils attained all A and A* grades in their compulsory subjects. The girls' school achieved its best results ever with eight out of 10 of the papers sat graded A or A*. …

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