Star pupils take GCSE pass rates to record highs

Ashington's Northumberland Church of England Academy successful GCSE students (left to right) Lewis Auchterlonie and Bradley Hennessy.
Ashington's Northumberland Church of England Academy successful GCSE students (left to right) Lewis Auchterlonie and Bradley Hennessy.
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FOR hundreds of anxious teenagers, the wait was finally over as they received their GCSE results last Thursday.

Education chiefs at Northumberland County Council said results believe that 58.1 per cent of youngsters gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, an improvement on last year.

The number of children gaining five or more A* to C grades is also up, to 85.7 per cent.

Ashington’s Northumberland Church of England Academy saw all its students gain five A* to C grades.

Peter Blackburn, principal director of the academy’s secondary department, said: “Over 99 per cent of our learners achieved a good grade this year, the best results we have seen and a 140 per cent improvement in three years.

“This is a remarkable achievement.”

At Ashington High, 82 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades and 47 per cent managed five including with English and maths.

Headteacher Rob Kitching said the results are the best the school has ever had.

“It’s very much down to a lot of hard work and building up the aspirations of the children to succeed,” he said.

Bedlingtonshire High also celebrated its best-ever results, with a 98 per cent pass rate overall.

The number of students achieving five A* to C grades was 88 per cent, and the number getting five A* to Cs including English and maths increased by eight per cent to 47 per cent.

Acting headteacher David Kinninment said: “We are all so very proud of the students for these outstanding results.

“The effort they put in has really paid off for them.”

At Seaton Delaval’s Astley High School, 65 per cent of students secured five A* to C grades including English and maths, up almost 10 per cent on last year.

Some 94 per cent of students got five A* to C grades, up two per cent on 2011.

Headteacher John Barnes said: “I am so happy with these results, but it is fair to say they were exactly as we expected.

“It is the first time we have achieved 65 per cent, and that reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone associated with the school.”

At Cramlington Learning Village, 92 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above.

More than 60 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and maths.

Headteacher Wendy Heslop said: “I am proud of our students’ achievements this summer. Everyone – staff and students – has worked so hard to guarantee these successes.”

Bedlington’s St Benet Biscop High School saw 87 per cent of students gain five A* to C grades.

Headteacher Con Todd said: “These results reflect the hard work and commitment of our students and staff.

“I am particularly pleased at a time when GCSE results have fallen for the first time ever that our students have secured an impressive 87 per cent of five A* to C grades, which is the best the school has achieved.”

At Blyth School Community College, 84 per cent of students gained five GCSEs at grade A* to C, up from 69 per cent.

The number of students achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths was 41 per cent.

Student average score points have also rocketed from 365 last year to 456.

A spokesperson for the Chase Farm Drive school said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of our students and the continued improvement that the school makes year on year.”

Bede Academy in Blyth saw 78 per cent of its first batch of GCSE students achieve five A* to C grades, with 56 per cent managing five including English and maths.

Academy principal Gwyneth Evans said: “We are absolutely delighted with our students’ first set of GCSE results.

“Among these results is an excellent crop of grades, with a number of students achieving a clean sweep of A* and As.”