The high schools in Morpeth and Ponteland were among the top performers in the county last year in terms of both GCSE and A-Level results.
Today sees the publication of all the performance data for secondary schools in England for 2015. Here’s a run-down of how schools in the area fared.
Nationally, the percentage of students gaining five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths, rose slightly from 53.4 per cent to 53.8 per cent. But in Northumberland, the improvement was much more marked, increasing from 52.6 per cent in 2014 to 56.9 per cent, above the national average. Across the county, the percentage of pupils making the expected progress from Key Stage 2 (age 11) to GCSEs was 67.8 per cent in English and 70.8 per cent in maths.
Morpeth’s King Edward VI (KEVI) School saw 72 per cent of students attain five GCSEs A* to C, including English and maths, slightly up from 71 per cent the previous year. The progress figures were impressive too – 74 per cent for English and 85 per cent for maths.
At Ponteland Community High School, the percentage of pupils gaining five GCSEs did drop by four points, but was still 67 per cent, comfortably above the national average. The progress figures was below the county average in English (62 per cent), but above in maths (79 per cent).
KEVI was top of the pile in Northumberland at A-Level with 100 per cent of students gaining at least two A-Levels at A* to E and 88 per cent gained three, while at Ponteland, the figures were 86 per cent and 68 per cent. Nationally, the average figures were 88 per cent and 70 per cent.