Pupils across south east Northumberland were celebrating successes all round in their GCSE results on Thursday, despite a slight fall in percentages from last year.
The local authority average of five A* to C grades including English and maths fell 3.4 per cent from 2012, to 54.8 per cent, and the percentage excluding English and maths fell 3.2 per cent.
Councillor Robert Arckless, policy board member for Northumberland County Council, said: “Like many regions across the country GCSE results have dipped slightly in some subject areas.
“We will be supporting schools and pupils to address any issues. “However, we recognise the achievements of individual students and schools in Northumberland and we would like to congratulate students and praise them for their hard work; we wish them every success in their future studies or career plans.”
Students collected their results from schools across the county on Thursday.