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THERE was plenty to smile about for Sunderland’s teens who today celebrated record GCSE results.

Provisional results showed at least 55 per cent of Wearside pupils achieved five or more gold standard A*-C grade GCSEs including English and maths, up two per cent on last year.

Councillor Pat Smith, cabinet member for children and learning at Sunderland City Council, said: “The whole city is immensely proud of all our young people, who have done so well in their examinations this year.

“All the hard work they put into their exams has really paid off.”

Several schools are today celebrating record achievements.

Dr Phil Ingram, headteacher at Southmoor School, said: “This is the fourth year running that the school has achieved a significant rise in results, with 68 per cent of our pupils having achieved five higher grade GCSEs with English and maths. Particularly pleasing is the number of Year 10 pupils who have achieved the highest possible grades a year early..”

Farringdon Community Sports College is also celebrating outstanding success with 70 per cent of its youngsters making the five or more A*-C with English and maths grade, which is an increase of eight per cent on last year.

Head boy Stephen Foster got four A*s, five As and a C grade.

He said: “I was really pleased with them. It’s excellent to get this many. I wasn’t expecting it, I was just expecting As instead of A*s so it’s really good to get these.”

India Bolton was also celebrating after received three A*s, five As and four Bs.

She said: “I’m really really pleased with them. It’s great to have done so well.”

Howard Kemp, headteacher at the Allendale Road school, said: “This incredible result is even more staggering because the students in this year group were not as good, according to their Key Stage 2 results, as last year’s.

“It goes to show that if you put your mind to it and are prepared to work hard that anything is possible.”

At Farringdon the number of young people passing their English GCSE rose from 63 per cent last year to 76 per cent this year and maths maintained the high standard of 72 per cent.

Although Sandhill View School was still calculating the overall passes, the results indicated they had also done better than last year.

Monica Shepherd, headteacher at St Anthony’s RC Girls school, said they are celebrating another successful year with good grades across all ability groups, many exceeding expectations.