TEENAGERS across Hartlepool and east Durham braved the rain this morning to collect their GCSE results on a day when experts predicted record-breaking exam results.
Local authority number crunchers were analysing figures after thousands of youngsters picked up their eagerly-awaited results from their schools from 8am, but early indications show the success rate in exams could be higher than ever.
► FOR a full round-up of results from Hartlepool and east Durham and more reaction from successful students, see Friday’s Mail
Experts have predicted that nearly one in four GCSE entries across the country could be awarded at least an A this year, with around one in 12 earning a coveted A*.
Dyke House Sports and Technology College students picked up their results at their temporary base at the former Brierton site.
Executive headteacher Bill Jordon said: “I would like to pay my own personal thanks to the staff and students for all of their hard work this year, in not letting standards drop and producing the best-ever results the school has had.
“The students have worked hard across the board, and we have had some significant results in a number of departments.”
The best-performing girl at the school was Laura Davies, 16, from Seaton Carew.
She earned eight A*s, three As and two Bs.
Laura said: “I’m delighted. I’m really pleased to be the best performing girl, it’s not what I expected at all.
“I worked really hard and I’m over the moon.”
Fellow student Rachel Alexander, 16, from the Burn Valley area, got five A*, four As, three Bs and two Cs.
She said: “I’ve worked really hard this year, and I’m pleased the effort has paid off.
“I want to be an interior designer and I’m planning to go on to college and then university.”
Jessica Jackson was the top performing girl at Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane.
Jessica, 16, from the Fens area of Hartlepool, is the school’s head girl and picked up six A* grades and five As.
She said: “I really did work hard, but it was worth it and it has paid off. I’m absolutely over the moon.”
Headteacher Alan White added: “This year group represent all my values. They are an absolute delight, I feel so proud.”
The top performing girl at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, was Sanya Kurmani, 16, from Millston Close.
Sanya, who got a stunning 11 A* grades, said: “I’m really, really happy.
“It has been hard work, but I’m glad it paid off. I hope to pursue medicine in the future.”
The top-performing boy was Vikram Rajasekar, 16, from the Bishop Cuthbert area, with 10 A* grades.
Vikram said: “I’m elated, but my mum will be even more ecstatic. I think she was more excited than me.”
Headteacher Michael Lee added: “We are absolutely delighted with the results, they are the best results in the school’s history.