THE best ever GCSE results have been recorded at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School.
The school reported a 100 per cent pass rate at grades A to G, meaning all of the 317 students taking the exams achieved at least one pass.
A total of 91 per cent achieved at least five A* to C grades, up from a previous high of 88 per cent last year.
And 77 per cent of pupils attained five A* to C grades including maths and English, surpassing the previous best result of 75 per cent a few years ago.
In addition, 28 per cent of grades were A* or A, and 13 students achieved a straight run of A* and As in their exams.
Headteacher Simon Taylor said: “These are our best ever results, it’s fantastic.
“We are just delighted. There should be lots of happy faces and lots of students able to go on and do what they want to do.”
He added: “I would like to acknowledge all of the students for their hard work and commitment over the last three years, and also their parents, and of course the staff at King Edward’s, for contributing to such a great set of results.”
Among those celebrating success was Nathan Doherty, of Morpeth, who achieved a run of A, B and C grades.
He said: “I’m extremely happy with what I have got. I could have done a bit better in history and physical education, but it happens and overall I’m happy.
“I’m going into sixth form now to do history, maths, biology and chemistry. It’s a bit early to think about a career, but I have considered the Army, or I might do something with biology.”
Shaun Elliott, of Morpeth, was also pleased with his results.
“I’m going to do painting and decorating at Newcastle College and I got what I needed for that. I was nervous waiting for the results and just hoping that I had done quite well so it’s a relief to get them,” he said.
Another Morpeth resident, Victoria Reeves, will be going into sixth form to study psychology, sociology, English literature and food technology after achieving the required grades.
She said: “I have done better than I thought I would. I was so nervous about getting the results, I just tried doing things to take my mind off it all.
“I’m on track now for what I need to be a primary school teacher.”
Yousef Mensli, who achieved a couple of A grades and a run of Bs in his exams, said: “I’m happy with that. I didn’t really expect anything, I just did as well as I could.”
He will be going into sixth form to study business, economics, IT and psychology.
Deborah Logan, of Ashington, was delighted with her results, which included eight A* and A grades.
“I’m really happy. I didn’t expect my chemistry would get an A*, I thought I might get an A for it and I would have been happy with that, but I’m just over the moon now,” she said.
“I’m going to go into sixth form to do chemistry, biology, maths and food technology and in the future I might go into something with food.”
Jacob Adams, of Morpeth, will also be going into the sixth form to study psychology, biology, product design and history.
He said: “I wasn’t really bothered about the results because I knew I had already passed to get into sixth form so it was quite good coming to get them.
“I got As and Bs so I’m happy. It was a relief to see I had done quite well and my family will be happy with that.”
Another pupil heading for sixth form is Alice Greenhaugh.
She said: “I got Bs and Cs, which is what I expected, and I passed most of them so I’m happy. It was hard waiting for the results and I thought I would fail physics, but I passed so I’m pleased.
“I would like to do something in the future in photography, but we’ll have to see how realistic that is.”
Faye Gullon, of Morpeth, is also planning on going on to A-Levels after achieving A and B grades in the GCSEs.
“My grades were sort of expected, although I thought I would get a C in a few subjects and I ended up with Bs,” she said.
“I want to go on to university, but I’m not sure what I want to do there yet, maybe something with biology.
“It’s been OK waiting for the results, but my Mam was quite nervous. She was really emotional because it has come round so quickly and she was saying how I’m so grown up now. She was more excited about the results than I was.”