THE wait is over for thousands of GCSE students – and hopes are high for another bumper crop of results on Wearside today.
Early indications are already showing the city’s students are in line for another successful year.
Coun Pat Smith, portfolio holder for children’s services at Sunderland City Council, said: “School and college GCSE results come from 22 different centres in Sunderland.
“Staff at the city council have been speaking to heads, teachers and principals about results to build up a bigger picture of what’s been happening and we’ll know more shortly.
“Last year, more than half of all students achieved the ‘Gold Standard’ of five or more GCSEs at grades A-C, including English and mathematics.
“We’ve seen steady and improving results over recent years and we all hope that 2014 is going to give another strong set of grades.” Last year, there was a slight drop in the number of students gaining five or more A*–C grades with maths and English, from 63 per cent in 2012 to 60 per cent in 2013, and schools will be hoping to get this figure back up.
One school already preparing to celebrate and help push back up the city’s figures is St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy.
Headteacher Monica Shepherd said: “It’s all looking really good, we have some fab results, we are really thrilled.
“In fact, I think this could be our best year ever for GCSE results, which would be great.”
Stephen Hammond, head of St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, said an initial look at the results is showing improvements on last year.
He said: “GCSEs are up on last year and we are absolutely delighted.
“Currently we are looking at two thirds of the lads having five or more good GCSEs with English and maths, and the number of As and A*s is significantly higher than last year.
“We have one student who has got 12 A*s, which is fantastic.”
Mr Hammond said the number of students also passing the English Baccalaureate is significantly higher than last year.
The English Baccalaureate isn’t a qualification, but shows the student has a mix of good subjects which is looked upon favourably by universities.
To gain the EBacc standard, pupils must gain a level C or above in five subjects including English, maths, science, a modern foreign language and either history or geography.