THE wait was over for thousands of teenagers this morning when they collected their GCSEs.
Although schools are still going through figures, initial indications are that it is another good year for Sunderland.
Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for children’s services at Sunderland City Council, said: “Officers have been speaking to heads and principals and are compiling results from schools and exam centres across Sunderland.
“We’ve seen great strides in exam and test results at all ages and at all levels in recent years.
“Last year Sunderland had the best results in the North East region and I know we’re all very much hoping to see a strong showing with this year’s GCSEs.”
Individual schools have been reporting good results, including The Venerable Bede CE Academy, which is enjoying a bumper year of success.
Gill Booth, headteacher at the Tunstall Bank school, said: “We are still going through them, but we are thrilled, they are our best results ever.”
St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy is also boasting some good achievements.
Headteacher, Monica Shepherd, said: “There was particular success in science of 96 per cent getting A* to C grades and 90 per cent in technology.
“Seventy per cent of the girls have achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and mathematics.
“Some students have phenomenal individual results with 36 per cent of girls achieving three or more A* or A grades each indicating the sheer quality of passes. We are absolutely delighted to report that 30 per cent of all entries have been graded A* or A grades at GCSE.”
Mrs Shepherd added: “Success in the core subjects has been amazing with 52 per cent of students achieving the English Baccalaureate, ie. A* to C in English, mathematics, two or more science subjects, a modern foreign language and history or geography.”
John Hallworth, executive headteacher at Washington School said they have a second successive year of good results for the school which came out of special measures a year ago.
He said: “We are really pleased. Fifty per cent got five or more A* to C grades with maths and English and 97 per cent got five or more A* to C grades.”
In County Durham Seaham School of Technology is celebrating the best set of GCSE results in its history of the school, with 71 per cent of students gaining five or more A* to C GCSE passes including English and mathematics, which is 14 per cent up on last year.