Musicians and mathematicians have excelled at Bede Academy, in Blyth, in today’s GCSEs results.
Both departments were among the success stories at the academy, with music scoring a hat-trick of 100 per cent pass rates in the last three years and nearly three quarters of students achieving an A* or A.
In maths, 70 per cent gained a top grade pass with 35 per cent of grades being significantly above expected levels of progress.
Other departments to do exceptionally well included science, where 48 per cent of grades across the different science subjects were A or better and 22 per cent of physics passes being an A*; an 84 per cent pass rate in art; and an 80 per cent pass rate in business studies.
Overall, just over half the year group achieved at least five A*-Cs including maths and English and 30 per cent gained the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) achieving at least a C grade across the core subjects of English, maths, sciences, history or geography and a foreign language.
Among the top performers were Chloe Henderson, seven A*s and four As; Oliver Baron, five A*s and six As; Heather Craddock, five A*s and six As; David Fairbairn, six A*s, two As and three Bs; Jordan Thompson, three A*s, seven As and one B; Jasmine Thompson, four A*s, five As, one B and one C; Matthew Whitehead, two A*s, eight As and one B; Katherine Finnemore, two A*s, seven As and one B; Dani Carr, three A*s, four As and three Bs; Hannah Absalom, two A*s, five As and three Bs.
Principal Gwyneth Evans said: “Today is about celebrating success, especially of those students who have tried extra hard, put in a determined effort and consequently have received excellent results which they thoroughly deserve.
“After our first set of A levels last week, when our Year 13s set the standard for future years to emulate, we are confident many of this year’s GCSE cohort will join our sixth form and go on to perform well at A level too.”