Pupils in Northumberland have been celebrating their GCSE results in a year that has seen an increase in the percentage of county students achieving a good pass (grades 9 to 5).
Early results also show an increase in overall Attainment 8 – the students’ average achievement across eight subjects – and in those gaining 5+ in English and maths.
This year saw 20 new subjects assessed under the new grade 9 to 1 system, rather than the old A* to G, with 9 being the highest grade. Coursework has also been removed from most subjects.
Coun Wayne Daley, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “This is a very pleasing set of GCSE results across the county and I want to congratulate and thank all students and parents, schools and teachers for their hard work and determination.
“Following the very good A-level results last week, we can say that education across the county is on a very firm footing.”
He added: “We intend to build on this and work with schools across Northumberland to make sure we offer first class education for all.”