Students secure improved GCSE results

Students across Northumberland have secured an improvement in their GCSE results compared to last year.

Overall, schools in the county have achieved 56.3 per cent pass rate for pupils achieving five or more A* -C grades including English and maths which is just above last year’s 55.2 per cent.

It has emerged that nationally English scores have taken a significant hit following a major overhaul of the qualification system.

Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s Services, said: “I would like to congratulate Northumberland GCSE students for the better results they have achieved this year compared with last year.

“It is difficult to make too many comparisons as a result of all the changes nationally with the education qualification system over the last year.

“Across our 16 schools and academies there is an overall 1.1 per cent increase compared to last year in the proportion of young people achieving five or more A*-C grades (including English and Maths) and is testament to the hard work of pupils and their teachers.”

He added: “The results in the best of our schools and academies show that our young people can achieve in line with their peers studying in other parts of the country.

“However, I do still believe that our schools and academies can perform better.

“The county target set for 2014 was 65 per cent gaining the five or more A*-C grades (including English and Maths) and this was only achieved by four of our schools this year.”