Students celebrate GCSE results across Sunderland and Durham – despite dip in grades

Evelyn Earl with her results at Venerable Bede Academy, Ryhope
Evelyn Earl with her results at Venerable Bede Academy, Ryhope
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IT’S been a big day for thousands of Sunderland teenagers as they picked up their GCSE results.

Although there was a slight fall across the city in the number of students gaining five or more A*-C grades with maths and English, from 63 per cent last year to 60 per cent this year, there was still plenty to celebrate.

Staff and students at Venerable Bede CE Academy were elated with the best ever set of results, including 73 per cent picking up 5 or more A*-C grades with maths and English and 67 per cent getting 8 A*-C grades with English and maths.

Gill Booth, headteacher at the Tunstall Bank school, said: “Many of our students have achieved the highest of grades with almost half attaining at least 1 A*/A. These figures are a testament to the hard work, determination and resilience of our students who are encouraged to aspire in everything they do.

“Of course, we could not do this without the support of our parents. I would also like to thank our staff who have extremely high expectations of our students and who take great pride in their achievements.”

Among those celebrating at the school was outgoing head girl, Evelyn Earl, who clinched 8 A*s and 3 As.

The 16-year-old from Moorside, who will be going to Durham Johnston Sixth Form to study A-levels in art, history, English literature and language, said: “I am so delighted. I did work hard and was very nervous this morning.”

Other happy students at Venerable Bede, included, Chris Tyson, 16 from Silksworth, who got 6 A*s, 3 As and 1 B, Ben Hicks, 16, from Silksworth who got 3 A*s, 7 As and 1 C, Kaitlyn Moody, 16, from Ryhope, with 3 A*s, 6 As and 2 Bs and Loren Deary with 2 A*s, 8 As and 1 B.

Councillor Pat Smith, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Sunderland City Council, said since 2006 there has been an overall increase of 26 per cent in the proportion of Wearside students achieving the ‘Gold Standard’ of 5 or more A*s-C including maths and English.

She said: “Students at schools and colleges should be very proud of another strong set of results.

“With support from staff, friends and family, they all deserve our applause. The long-term picture is improved results in GCSEs and significant progress in tests in early years and primary schools.

“Hundreds of students will now be looking at their next steps in education and training, and with so many good results in they can do this with confidence.”

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