SUNDERLAND High School is celebrating after being ranked among the best in the region.
The school’s junior school, Tonstall House in Ashbrooke Road, was named the third best prep school in the North East in the Sunday Times’ league table.
Figures showed 76 per cent of the Key Stage 2 children gained a level 5 in maths and 80.7 per cent in English.
When it comes to the region’s state schools, Durham Johnston Comprehensive in Durham City had every reason to celebrate after being crowned the best secondary in the North East, with 72.7 per cent of A level entries graded A*-B and 40.1 per cent of GCSE exams graded A*-A.
Another Durham City secondary, St Leonard’s RC School, also shone by taking third place, with 73.2 per cent of A level grades at A*-B and 32.1 per cent of GCSE grades at A*-A.
And, St Benet’s RC Primary in Chester-le-Street, was named the third best state primary school in the North East with 83 per cent of students gaining a Key Stage 2 level 5 in maths and 73.67 per cent in English.
Michael Wardle, headteacher at Durham Johnston, said: “Our focus on academic stretch and highlighting subject content is key to the success of the students and the exceptional progress they made this year. All credit to the hard work and determination of our students to do their very best at school.
“As teachers we seek not only to spark the interest of our students, but also to stretch their intellect. Subject content and academic stretch is central to our ethos.
“Students of all abilities and backgrounds attained high standards. Social justice is one of our core values, and we are delighted to see all of our students doing so well.”
Sunderland High’s senior school in Mowbray Road also clinched tenth place for the best independent secondary school in the region.
They were beaten in this category by Durham High School for Girls, which took fourth place, and Durham School, which came seventh.
The national results will be published by the Sunday Times this week in its parent power guide, which allows parents to compare academic results of every school.