A HARTLEPOOL school is showing it is a force to be reckoned with after topping the GCSE tables again.
The national league tables for GCSE and A-level, published today, show Dyke House Sports and Technology College is top in Hartlepool.
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At the Mapleton Road school 64 per cent of pupils gained five or more A*-C GCSE grades including maths and English and 73 per cent got five or more of the top grades in any subject.
Andrew Jordon, headteacher at Dyke House, said he was thrilled with the success.
He said: “We started making improvements two years ago and this goes to prove it is not just a flash in the pan.”
The headteacher said the school has recently put a huge push on promoting foreign languages, which has been lacking in the past five or six years.
And, more parents and pupils are now understanding the importance of taking a language subject at GCSE.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College was top in the town for A-level results with an average point score of 206.5 per entry and English Martyrs got the top average score per full-time student of 769.7.
Despite the success for Dyke House College, overall across Hartlepool the number of students clinching the gold standard of five or more A*-C grades including maths and English fell from 58 per cent in 2013 to 55.1 per cent last year.
The drop is in line with the national average which fell from 60.6 per cent in 2013 to 56.6 per cent last year.
Last-minute changes to the GCSE structure have been blamed for the fall.
Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “We are delighted by our schools’ performance this year even though there was a three per cent reduction on last year due to national changes, which have affected all schools around the country.
“Indeed, the reduction in Hartlepool was substantially below the seven per cent fall nationally.
“Most notably, progress in English in our secondary schools has improved for the third successive year and we will be supporting them to achieve similar improvements in mathematics.
“Our schools are making a huge effort to improve standards and we once again congratulate the governors, staff and students on their achievements this year.”
In East Durham Easington Academy took top slot with its results.
An impressive 73 per cent of the students at the Stockton Road school clinched five or more A*-C grades including maths and English and 77 per cent got the top grade for five or more GCSEs in any subject.