VIDEO: East Durham pupils pick up GCSEs

SCHOOLS in East Durham have recorded record-breaking GCSE results to the delight of headteachers.

Students at The Academy at Shotton Hall are celebrating their best ever GCSE results with 79 per cent achieving 5 or more grade A* to C passes including English and maths.

The Academy at Shotton Hall.... GCSE Results 20`13

The Academy at Shotton Hall.... GCSE Results 20`13

The figure rises to 99 per cent of students gaining five or more A* to C passes (not including English and maths) and 95 per cent passing eight or more – both figures are again significantly above national averages.

Lesley Powell, principal at the Academy said: “To say we are proud of our students is an understatement.

“They have once again shown enormous dedication and commitment to their studies leading to our best ever GCSE results.”

Wellfield Community School was another school in our area that achieved its best ever GCSE results.

Despite the school in Wingate undergoing a major building refurbishment, students and staff did not let the work distract them.

It recorded an impressive pass rate for students getting five A* to C grades, including maths and English, of 59 per cent.

Headteacher Linda Rodham said: “I’m very proud of all the students’ hard work and also of the staff.”

St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, in Peterlee, saw its best results yet, with more students than ever before exceeding the Government’s benchmark of making three and four levels of progress in English and Maths since starting in Year 7.

Assistant headteacher John O’Hara said: “Once again, our students have exceeded expectations.

“The improvement since last year has led to the school’s best results, which are due to the hard work by staff and students, congratulations to all.”

At Easington Academy, headteacher Toni Spoors said last year 68 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths but this figure has risen to 70.5 per cent.

She puts this down to “the hard work and commitment shown by students and staff”.

Meanwhile Dene Community School, in Peterlee, also broke its own records, with a fantastic set of results.