EXCITED students were on top form after an outstanding performance in their GCSE exams.
Tense teenagers across Hartlepool and East Durham waited anxiously to hear how they fared in their exams after the results were released this morning.
At Hartlepool’s Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane, staff and pupils were delighted after recording a 49 per cent pass rate of students achieving A*-C grades, which is nine per cent above the Government’s target.
Headteacher Anne Malcolm said: “We are all extremely proud of the achievements of all of our pupils.
“I would say staff and pupils worked a lot harder this year, and I’m especially proud of our top performing students.
“They have been like this throughout their school career, it’s not just something they have done this year, they have been working like this ever since they came to Manor.”
Mrs Malcolm added: “There is no magic formula, just hard work.”
Manor’s highest performing girl was Eleanor Gregory. The 16-year-old, from Greatham, achieved a staggering nine A* grades, three As and one B.
She said: “I’m really, really happy. I’m still surprised.
“The secret is just getting on with revision, it’s well worth it in the end.”
There were similar scenes at other schools across Hartlepool and East Durham as students picked up their results.
Students and staff at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College were also celebrating after record GCSE results.
A total of 68 per cent of students achieved the key bench mark of five A*-C grades including English and Maths – the second highest result ever achieved by students at the school.
New records were established in the percentage of students achieving five A*-C grades - 91 per cent - and in one A*-C grade (92.25 per cent). Every single student achieved a GCSE grade in English and Maths.
Headteacher Michael Lee said: “We are delighted by these results which reflect the hard work put in by all of our students.”
l MORE coverage of GCSE results from schools in Hartlepool and East Durham will appear in tomorrow’s Mail.