FOR thousands of anxious teenagers, the wait was finally over today as they got their GCSE results.
Education chiefs at Sunderland City Council said provisional results suggest 63 per cent of students had achieved the “gold standard” of five or more A*-C grade GCSEs including English and maths.
It is a rise on last year’s figure of 55 per cent.
While students nervously opened their envelopes, headteachers were also reporting early indications of a good year with some outstanding results.
Monica Shepherd, headteacher at St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy, said they were really happy with the results overall.
She said: “They are really fantastic, some of our best results for headline figures. We have five girls with 10 A*s each. But also right across all academic levels they have done really well. All the core subjects have done well and the new English Baccalaureate is looking very positive as well.”
Amy Bold, from Barnes, got 10 A*s and two As.
“It wasn’t what I expected,” said the 16-year-old. “I was so nervous about getting the results. It is a huge relief.”
Amy is staying on in sixth form to study A-levels and hopes eventually to work in medicine.
Kate Lockyear, 16, from Seaham, who got 11 A*s and one A, will also be staying on at sixth form and hopes to do something in languages.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted. I can’t really believe it – it’s more than I expected.”
Howard Kemp, headteacher at Farringdon Community Sports College, said everyone was thrilled with the results, especially as 100 per cent of the pupils had gained five or more A*-C grades.
He said: “GCSE results day represents the culmination of 11 years of hard work for young people. It is, in effect, their Olympics – a once-in-a-lifetime judgement day. I am delighted that every single one of our students has achieved the Government benchmark target of five A*-C grades.”
The school is also celebrating 67 per cent of students gaining five or more A*-C grade passes including English and maths.
Mr Kemp added: “Our boys have also done particularly well this year, which is really really good. In fact they’ve done better than the girls.”
John Hallworth, associate headteacher at Washington School, said: “We have had a very pleasing improvement in results. The number of students with five or more A*-Cs with English and maths has gone from 38 per cent last year to 62 per cent.”
The number of pupils getting the grades with maths and English at the Spout Lane school was 95 per cent.
Mr Hallworth said the school has had a troubled couple of years, but it was taken out of special measures earlier this year and the good results were another boost for everyone and showed the school is definitely on the up.
Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, praised the hard work and dedication of students.
“We can all be very proud of another set of strong results from students at schools and colleges across Sunderland,” he said,
“The students, with support from staff, friends and family, all deserve applause as their hard work has again paid off.”
Elsewhere, Seaham School of Technology recorded the best results in its history, with 57 per cent of its pupils gaining five or more A* to C passes, including English and maths.
A total of 99 per cent of its candidates also gained five or more A*-C grades.
The top performers were Beth Humphrey, Stuart Musgrove, Nathan McCully and Jake Chansuwan.
Jake, who only moved to Britain from Bangkok aged 10, is overjoyed after getting A* in chemistry, physics, core and additional sciences and maths.
He also got As in electronics, ICT and biology and Bs in German, English language and English literature and statistics.
Jake, who lives with aunt Jeanie Leng, said: “It’s great and I did better in science than I expected.
“It was just terrible waiting but I am so pleased.”
Headteacher David Shield said: “These results are a credit to the school and in particular to the students and teachers. I am proud of the students from Seaham School of Technology and thrilled to see so many of them realising their true potential.”
Lesley Powell, principal at The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee, was among staff ready to welcome in its last Year 11, who completed a full year in its new school building, although she was keeping tight-lipped about the pupils’ performance.
She said: “We are, as ever, extremely proud of the achievements of our students who have once again worked hard to gain their GCSEs.
“The young people at Shotton Hall approach their studies with energy and enthusiasm and seeing the outcome of their hard work on results day is always an exciting time for us.”
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