School celebrates top class GCSEs

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Ponteland High School has bucked the national trend with its GCSE results.

Despite major changes to the qualifications, 72 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A*s to Cs including English and maths – an increase of two per cent from 2013.

A total of 40 students (15 per cent of the year 11 group) gained A* or A grades in seven or more GCSEs and 18 received all A*s or As.

There were good performances in each subject. For example, 86 per cent of pupils achieved a C or better in maths, with 30 per cent getting an A* or A grade.

Headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “The national picture shows that there is some volatility with the results, particularly with the English subjects, and some schools have not done as well as last year, so to get a marginal increase is very encouraging.

“It has been a fantastic year group. They are very diligent and conscientious and it hasn’t been hard to get them motivated in class.

“We want to get as many of them as possible back to Ponteland High as we have a track record of A-level success.

“They deserve to celebrate their excellent GCSE achievements, but they will then need to acknowledge the step up when they start their AS-levels and apply themselves from day one.

“In addition, staff have worked extremely hard to push the students to achieve their potential and, in some cases, go beyond what they thought was possible.

“The support our students receive from their parents is fantastic. They are so committed to the school and their child’s learning and it was great catching up with them whilst their sons and daughters collected their results.”

Andrew MacGowan, Lucy McKenna and Matthew Quigley gained A* grades in each of their GCSE subjects and Elliot Barker, Charlie Bell, Amy Blackley, Joe Burrin, Philippa Chambers, Georgina Hazon, Molly Hall, Lauren Hindmarch, Sasha Hodges, Georgina Kwok, Dan Potter, Sophie Reay, Adam Short, Olivia Taylor and Katie Thirwell achieved all A*s or As.