GCSE success at high schools
Many students in Morpeth and Ponteland were celebrating after achieving top class GCSE results.
At King Edward VI School in Morpeth, almost 78 per cent of pupils received a Level 4 or above in maths and English.
In addition, more than 30 per cent of students got a Level 7 pass or higher in maths and/or English and progress overall is predicted to be exceptionally high.
Headteacher Clare Savage said: “I would like to congratulate all Year 11 students and staff on an excellent set of GCSE results.
"Our overall attainment figure of 54.7 is a fantastic result and a testament to our Year 11s' positive attitudes, determination and hard work.
“I am so pleased that the school continues to go from strength to strength.
"This is a brilliant achievement and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff on behalf of our students for all the support they have given them.”
Adele Tansey, head of year, added: “This was a great year group, with a really positive work ethic.
"They fully deserve these outstanding results and I wish them the very best for the next step in their educational journey.”
At Ponteland High School, 73 per cent of all entries received grades of 9 to 4, or equivalent.
A total of 72 per cent of students achieved at least the standard Level 4 pass in both English and maths.
In English, 21 pupils gained the top grade 9 in English qualifications, compared to 11 last year, and 31 per cent of all English grades were Levels 7 to 9.
In maths, 17 students achieved Level 9 in maths, compared to 15 last year, and 25 per cent of all maths grades were Levels 7 to 9.
Headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “Our school has been planning for the significant change of becoming an 11 to 18 secondary school from September 2019, therefore I am delighted with our GCSE results this year as they show that our staff and students have never lost sight of what matters most, which is excellent teaching and securing strong outcomes for all of our young people.
"These results are a real testament to their hard work and commitment."