Sunderland High top of the class as GCSE and A-level results revealed

Sunderland High School Head, Dr Angela Slater with Yr 11 pupils and 6th formers after the school came out on top for their GCSE and A Level results.
Sunderland High School Head, Dr Angela Slater with Yr 11 pupils and 6th formers after the school came out on top for their GCSE and A Level results.
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A CITY school is on a high after clinching the top GCSE results across Wearside.

National league tables out today put Sunderland High School at the top of the city.

A huge 87 per cent of students at the Mowbray Road school achieved five or more GCSEs A*-C grades, including maths and English.

And 100 per cent of the youngsters who sat the exams last summer got five or more A*-C grades in any subject.

• Click here for a list of results from schools and colleges in Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham

Dr Angela Slater, headteacher at the independent school, said she was thrilled with the success of what was an amazing year group.

She said: “The year group really pressed ahead and exceeded all expectations.

“They put a huge amount of work in and it showed in the end results. The children worked very closely with their teachers and they took advantage of all the exam revision sessions and extra classes.

“They really were a wonderful year group all round.”

Sunderland High School is also celebrating coming second in the A-level results, with an average point score per pupil of 224, beaten only by Grindon Hall Christian School which was one point ahead with an average point score of 225.

Overall students across the city saw a drop in the average number of pupils gaining five or more A*-C GCSEs including maths and English, from 60.1 per cent in 2013 to 51 per cent last year.

The fall is in line with the national average drop from 60.6 per cent in 2013 to 56.6 per cent last year.

A crackdown on early entry and multiple entry to exams could be one of the reasons for the fall in results.

Two of the schools in Sunderland which bucked this trend were Kepier academy in Houghton where the figure went up from 51 per cent in 2013 to 52 per cent last year and St Robert of Newminster which saw a rise from 67 per cent to 73 per cent.

Councillor Pat Smith, Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “The inevitable effect that the national changes in education have had on the performance league tables must be taken into account.

“It is difficult to make direct comparisons with results from last year given that nationally there was a move towards end of year examinations only at GCSE in 2014 rather than the coursework and study modules as in previous years. The national average for 5 GCSE A* - C including English and Maths has also fallen this year.

“We always take the performance league tables very seriously, to identify any areas of concern and to work with schools and academies to put measures in place to address them.

“ The longer term picture remains one of working closely with community partners, schools, staff and families to maintain and achieve further improvements in GCSE attainment, progress at A-level and in early years and primary school outcomes for children and young people.”

Durham local education authority also saw a big drop in the number of pupils gaining five or more A*-C GCSE grades including maths and English from 63.1 per cent in 2013 to 56.6 per cent last year.

Durham High School for Girls topped the county league tables.

• Click here for a list of results from schools and colleges in Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham