An historic city school is going out with a bang after clinching its best ever set of GCSE results.
Staff and students were left reeling with shock earlier this year when it was announced Sunderland High School would be closing this summer after more than 130 years of education in the city.
But, nothing was going to stop them from ending on a high with a fantastic set of GCSE results.
Among those celebrating was Alex Catcheside, 16, from Millfield, who clinched an amazing 10 A*s.
The stunned student is now planning to study for A-levels at St Robert of Newminster RC School and Sixth Form.
He said: "It was a surprise to get all A*s to be honest. I knew I had done well, but I never expected this."
Other high flyers included Ruth Chapman, 16, who got two A*s, seven As and a B and is going on to study A-leves at St Anthony's Catholic Girls' Academy, Alicia Cordery, 16, who got three A*s and seven As and is going on to Durham Johnston sixth form and Ingrid Mushens, who got two A*s, seven As and one B and is going to study A-levels at Durham School.
Overall 87% of the pupils achieved five or more GCSE’s including the all-important English and maths, 44% of the passes were A*-A grades, 71% were A*-B and an impressive 93% were A*-C.
Head of Sunderland High School, Dr Angela Slater, said: "Words cannot describe how proud I am of this group. This has been an unprecedented year for the Year 11 students and for the staff who have supported them.
"They have always been a hard working group, but they have had to remain extra focused and positive in the context of the school closure which was announced in January.
"I have every admiration for them, they have done an amazing job. This group knew exactly what they had to do and I know that they will go on to become amazing young adults as they continue their education.
"Their educational future has always been our priority and we are so proud to have supported them throughout their journey. Some of the pupils have been here since nursery."
Dr Slater said it was a day of mixed emotions, elation for the success of the pupils and sadness that the school was closing its doors for the final time, but she added: "At least we are definitely going out with a bang."
Head of Sixth Form and teacher, Jackie Robson, said: "I am so proud of this group as well as our A-level pupils last week where we achieved a 100% pass rate with 26% of our grades at A*/A.
"They leave this school with a great set of results and with the core values of the school - the hallmark of all the previous generations, 132 years’ worth, of young people who have passed through the doors of Sunderland High School.”