Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

School Passes the Test - and Is Voted Top of the Class

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

School Passes the Test - and Is Voted Top of the Class

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

ASCHOOL in Newcastle's West End has been ranked as one of the best in the country after achieving outstanding exam results.

The Sunday Times has released its 'Parent Power' list of the top 2,000 schools in the UK and revealed the schools it ranks as best in the North East.

St Cuthbert's RC High School in Newcastle won The Sunday Times Northeast State Secondary School of the Year Award in recognition of its outstanding academic results this year.

More than two-thirds of all A-level outcomes secured the top A*, A or B grades, while 32.2% of GCSEs gained A*/A/9/8/7 grades. The school enters Parent Power's northeast state school rankings in third place this year.

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: "St Cuthbert's serves its community in the West End of Newcastle with great distinction.

"Its location in one of the most socially and economically-challenged districts of the North East is not used as an excuse to fail but rather to inspire the boys lucky enough to come here to achieve their dreams.

"The staff work tirelessly to open up a world of options to the children with the school's Catholic faith at the centre of life. It thoroughly deserves to be the Northeast State Secondary School of the Year."

Durham Johnston is again the topperforming state secondary school in the North East.

The school has seen improvement in its GCSE results this year with 39.3% of exams achieving A*/A/9/8/7 grades compared to 32.4% in 2017. Meanwhile at A-level, nearly three-quarters of all examinations returned A*, A or B grades.

The school ranks 137th in the national table, up by three places this year, and just outside the top 10 nationally for schools with a fully non-selective intake at year seven.

Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham is second in the region after being ranked 163 in the UK. …

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