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Record-breaking GCSE results put a smile on faces across the region
IF GCSE grades dipped slightly across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, many schools in our region were celebrating record performances by pupils. Barry Nelson reports
Nervous groups of teenagers gathered outside schools gates across the region yesterday morning. Waiting to get inside and discover whether their years of hard work had paid off.
Gladly, in the vast majority of cases, there were plenty of hugs, squeals of delight and big smiles as the students absorbed the results - and perhaps began to think about the next stage of their lives.
There was a national dip in grades, following a move by Ofqual to toughen up the qualifications after a 2009 report by the regulator found the courses too easy.
This is the first summer that resulta have been given for the revamped GCSE's, but despite the changes the region's schools reported excellent results.
At Wolsingham School and Community College, Weardale, the percentage of pupils with five A* to Cs including English and maths rose for a second year running.
Parkside Academy, Willington, achieved 100 per cent five A* to Cs for the fifth consecutive year and 66 per cent achieved five A*to Cs, including English and maths.
In Bishop Auckland, St John's School and Sixth Form College celebrated its second best set of results ever with twelve students gaining ten plus A or A*s. King James I Academy had record results with every GCSE student achieving five A* to Cs. And at Bishop Barrington School more than 70 per cent of students got at least five A* to Cs, including English and maths.
At Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College, Spennymoor, almost a quarter of pupils got three A* or As and more than 90 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades.
Greenfield Community College, Newton Aycliffe, had its best GCSE year ever which included a 14 per cent increase in pupils gaining five A* to C grades with English and maths to 69 per cent.
At Sedgefield Community College 78 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to Cs, including English and maths.
Seventy-three per cent of pupils at Teesdale School, Barnard Castle, achieved five A* to C grades, including maths and English.
The Hermitage Academy, Chester-le-Street, achieved its best results, with 82 per cent achieving at least five passes including English and Maths. At Durham Johnston School 71 per cent achieved five A* to C including English and Maths while 89 per cent achieved five A* to C, 35 per cent have three or more A* grades and 12 per cent have more than 9 A* grades."
At Belmont Community School 99 per cent of students gained five or more A* to C grades.
In the Darlington area, 83 per cent of pupils at Hurworth School achieved five A* to C grades including maths and English. At St Aidan's Academy 44 per cent of pupils achieved five GCSE grades A* to C including maths and English. At Carmel College 90 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades including maths and English. Hummersknott Academy boasted a 71 per cent pass rate of five A* to C grades, including English and maths. Over a third of all grades were at A or A*.
At Darlington School of Mathematics and Science, 48 per cent of pupils passed five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including maths and English.
Nepalese born Bhuwan Gurung, 16, a pupil at Risedale Sports and Community College, Catterick Garrison, achieved eight A * and A grades.
Bhuwan only learned to speak English in 2010. Across North Yorkshire as a whole students again performed well above the national average.
Two former struggling schools on Teesside have recorded massive improvements in their GCSE grades in the past year.
Pupils at North Shore Academy in Stockton have made a 31 per cent improvement and Dyke House Sports and Technology college students a 20 per cent increase in A* to C grades.
Last year just 22 per cent of North Shore students achieved A* to C grades and that has gone up to 53 per cent. At Dyke House the number of pupils achieving 'good' grades increased from 55 per cent to 75 per cent.
In Middlesbrough the Unity City Academy achieved its highest ever number of A* and A grades, up by nine per cent, and 93 per cent of students achieved five good grades.
At The English Martyrs School in Hartlepool 83 per cent achieved at least five A* to C grades.
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