LEAGUE tables published today show that schools across Sunderland are continuing to get full marks when it comes to success.
The results showed on average the number of students in the city gaining the Government benchmark of five or more A*-C grade GCSEs including maths and English has risen from 52.6 per cent in 2010 to 55.4 per cent last year.
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Argyle House School in Sunderland continued to be one of the best performing on Wearside with the highest proportion of students, 83 per cent, gaining the benchmark of five or more A*-Cs with maths and English, pipping St Robert of Newminster RC School in Washington to the post, which had 80 per cent of pupils getting the top grades.
St Robert’s also had the highest average point score of city state schools with 43 per GCSE entry. GCSE points are scored, 58 for an A*, 52 for A, 46 for B, 40 for C, 34 for D, 28 for E, 22 for F and 16 for G.
Headteacher at Argyle House, Chris Johnson, said: “I am over the moon to be honest with the results as we are a mixed ability school.
“The children worked really hard and I also put it down to the hard work of my staff who do all they can to help the children by working at all hours and staying after school.
“The results are important, but it is also important to remember that we try to be an all-round school with things like sport and competitions as well.
“If we look at our results over the last few years we are always in the 80s for our percentage of A*-C grades but we hope in the coming years to be up in the 90s.
“I am just really pleased for everyone at the school and I feel it is a great achievement.”
Other schools in Sunderland which saw some impressive improvements included Academy 360, in Pennywell, where the number of pupils getting the benchmark level rose from 21 per cent in 2010 to 35 per cent last year, along with the number of pupils gaining five or more A*-C grades in any subjects rising from 60 per cent in 2010 to 73 per cent last year.
At Red House Academy, although the number of people who gained 5 or more A*-Cs including maths and English fell, the number gaining five top grades in any subject rose dramatically from 55 per cent in 2010 to 86 per cent last year.
Coun Pat Smith, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for children and learning, said: “We would like to congratulate the pupils and staff at all our schools for their exam achievements and success.
“Thanks to all their hard work higher pass rates at A-Level continue to rise in Sunderland and we have also maintained the rising attainment levels at GCSE for five A*-C including English and Maths.
“This means that at all key stages Sunderland is improving this year, which is a strong position from which to continue our work together.”