GCSE Results: Leap in improvements at St Aidan's Catholic Academy

Matthew Pearson who clinched seven A*s, two As and one B at St Aidan's Catholic Academy.
Matthew Pearson who clinched seven A*s, two As and one B at St Aidan's Catholic Academy.
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Staff and students at St Aidan's Catholic Academy were celebrating a big improvement in GCSEs today.

Glenn Sanderson, deputy headteacher at the Sunderland school said everyone was thrilled with the results.

Successful GCSE students at St Aidan's Catholic Academy, from left, Aidan Smith, Edwin Saji, Arun Nair, Kevin Siby, and Nathan Wood.

Successful GCSE students at St Aidan's Catholic Academy, from left, Aidan Smith, Edwin Saji, Arun Nair, Kevin Siby, and Nathan Wood.

He said there had been a 10% rise in the number of boys gaining A*-C in maths and English, from 56% last year to 66% this year.

He said 78% of the students passed English with an A*-C grade and 78% of the students passed maths with an A*-C grade, he said there were also a large number of boys getting seven or more A* and A grades.

Mr Sanderson said: "There has been a significant improvement in the grades this year and we are very pleased.

"We really want to thanks all the staff, students and governors for all their hard work, commitment and support."

Students collect their GCSE results at St Aidan's Catholic Academy.

Students collect their GCSE results at St Aidan's Catholic Academy.

The school has had a bumpy ride in the past couple of years with poorer results and Ofsted report.

However, Mr Sanderson said a huge shake up in the leadership team is paying dividends.

He said: "We are thrilled with the improvements we are making and we are now on the way back up."

Among the successful GCSE students was Matthew Pearson, 16, who clinched seven A*s, two As and one B. The Fulwell lad said he will now be staying on at the school's sixth form to study for A-levels.

He said: "I knew I would do OK, but I never thought I would do that well."

Other top students included Nathaniel Wood, 16, from Roker, who gained one A*, six As and one B, Kevin Siby, 16, from Millfield, who got five A*s, three As and one C, Edwin Saji, 16, from Millfield, who got three A*s, five As and one B, Arun Nair, 16, from Millfield, who got two A*s, six As and a B and Aidan Smith, 16, from Farringdon, who got five A*s, two As and one C.