THERE were lots of smiles on students’ faces as they ripped open their results at St Hild’s Church of England School, in Hartlepool.
The school’s pass rate of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades in all subjects jumped 10 per cent on last year to 83 per cent.
But the rate for pupils getting the same grades with English and maths was lower at 45 per cent.
Headteacher Colin Reid paid tribute to everyone’s hard work.
He said: “We are very pleased, the students have worked really well again. “English has taken a bit of a hit this year and we will be investigating the reasons why.
“Most of our Government-set indicators have improved on last year and we are very pleased with the progress of our students.”
Naomi Conlin, 16, of Clavering, Hartlepool, was the school’s joint second highest performer.
She was delighted with her grades of five A*s, three As, two Bs, plus a pass in PE and distinction in art and design.
Naomi, who will be studying A-levels at Hartlepool Sixth Form College from September, said: “I’m over the moon and really happy. I was revising constantly and it is so much better than I was expecting.”