A level students across Northumberland are celebrating after collecting their results today.
Northumberland schools achieved an overall 98.8% A* to E grade, which is 0.1 percentage points down on last year in a year when early indications suggest national pass rate figures will be slightly down – and all schools achieved at least a 95 per cent pass rate.
Haydon Bridge school’s students performed particularly well with 100 per cent A* to C grades.
Nearly a quarter of Bede Academy in Blyth’s results were grade A or better, and 54 per cent were a B or higher, with an overall pass rate was 96 per cent.
In BTEC subjects, nearly three quarters of the results were distinctions or higher.
Two students achieved the grades they need to go on university to study medicine.
Jessica Long is bound for Cardiff with four A grades, while Elizabeth Cape will stay closer to home at Newcastle University with three As.
Jack Herron, a talented drummer and Bede’s Musician of the Year, was top of the boys’ chart with an A* and three As. He will read computer science at Durham University, closely followed by Matthew Coulson, who will read chemical engineering at Leeds University with three As and a B.
Principal Gwyneth Evans said: “This year’s results, being our first A levels, represent an historic moment in the life of Bede Academy and I’m delighted that these students have set such a high standard.
“They and their teachers have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results and they deserve to celebrate today. We now have a benchmark going forward and will continue to set our aspirations and expectations high so that future years can emulate and surpass this success.”
Daljit Lally, Northumberland’s executive director for children’s services, said: “We know all our students worked extremely hard and students, teachers and other school staff should be very proud of their achievements.
“A-levels are only part of the picture and we should also recognise the hard work of those students who have completed vocational courses and gained qualifications to assist them in the world of work.”