There were tears of joy at Wearside schools this morning as hard work paid off for city students.
Across the city the benchmark of five or more GCSEs including English and mathematics has remained the same as last year at 51%.
But, schools themselves were celebrating some outstanding achievements.
At Farringdon Community Academy the number of youngsters gaining an A*-C in history went up an amazing 35% from 36% last year to 71% this year and maths was up by 7% from 56% to 63% and French top passes were up from 66% to 86%.
Headteacher, Howard Kemp said: “We have had some really good results this year, it is all down to a lot of hard work.”
There were smiles all round at Southmoor Academy where a large number of students clinched 13 A*s and As.
Headteacher, Dr Phil Ingram, said: “We have very happy students today, I am really pleased with the results.”
At the Ryhope Road school 61% of the youngsters got five or more A*-C grades including maths and English, 36% achieved the English Baccalaureate, which is five passes in traditional subjects, and 80% of the students got two or more A*-C grades in sciences.
St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy has also celebrated another year of good results with 68% of students gaining five or more A*-C grades including maths and English, 95% achieved an A*-C in technology, 77% in maths and 74% in two or more sciences.
Headteacher Monica Shepherd said: “The whole community at St Anthony’s is delighted with yet another year of excellent GCSE results across all subjects.”
She said 30% of the teenagers achieved three or more A*/A grades.
Sunderland High School students also scored highly with 34% of entries being awarded A* and A grades.
Headteacher, Dr Angela Slater, said: “This group of students set themselves a challenging target at the beginning of Year 10. They have worked extremely hard and, with the support of their parents and the staff here, their efforts have been rewarded.”
St Aidan’s Catholic Academy also had some outstanding individual results including Aidan Baldasera, who got six A*s, three As and two Bs, Tomas Arrowsmith, who got four A*s, five As and two Bs, Tom Whelan, who scooped five A*s and seven As and Aaron Wall, who got two A*s, three As and four Bs.
Other high achievers at St Aidan’s were Christian Harris who got seven A*s and four As and Liam Thompson who got three A*s and eight As.
Among the high fliers at Farringdon Community Academy, were Reeves Campbell, who got six A*s and five As, Charlotte Parkes, who got two As, ten Bs and a C, Rachel Hill, who got four A*s, four As and one B and Scott Alexander who got five As, five Bs and two Cs.
Outstanding girls at St Anthony’s included, Jen Szandrowska, with eight A*s, two As and a B, Beth Maughan, who got ten A*s and an A, Stephanie Wilson, with four A*s, five As and two Bs, Jennifer Welsh, with eight A*s and three As and Bethaney Miller who got 11 A*s and one A.
Southmoor Academy’s top performers included Michael Beattie, who got five A*s and eight As, Jessica Dixon, with three A*s and ten As, Sabilan Khan, who got four A*s, eight As and a B and Ross Alder, who got four A*s, seven As and a B.
Sunderland High School’s top trio were Adam Bell, who got seven A*’s, two A’s and a B, Adam Liddle, who got eight A*s and two As, and Emily Marsh achieved five A*’s, four A’s and a B.