A Wearside school's head teacher says its latest GCSE results show it is 'moving in the right direction.'
Hetton School head Craig Knowles said: "Our Year 11 leavers have certainly inspired me. They have inspired through their dedication, 100% effort and their ability to challenge themselves and learn from their mistakes.
"They really bought into our Learn to Achieve philosophy and we are very proud of them.
"It is perhaps no surprise, therefore, that there were some fantastic individual results from students.
"As a school we still have to make improvements overall, but outcomes such as the significant improvements in Science (where grades rose by almost a grade on average from 2017) and in English (where over 70% of students achieved a good pass grade), show that Hetton School is moving in the right direction.
"I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our students. They absolutely deserve the individual success this has brought them and I wish them all the very best for their individual futures.
"I would also like to thank our fantastic staff. They have battled through many changes: in leadership; in specifications and change in accountability to help our students through to the results we have achieved as a school.
"We still have progress to make, but these results also show that current students who challenge themselves to Learn to Achieve can confidently look forward to making progress at Hetton School."