There were plenty of smiling faces at Ponteland High School this morning.
Despite the removal of the January exam opportunity, the average point score per student increased once again.
And this year, 30 per cent of all its A-level entries were awarded A* or A – up from 23 per cent in 2014.
Particular successes included Charlotte Burrin and Matthew Ross, they are both doing degrees in medicine at Cambridge University, and Jamie Carpenter and Rosie Clear Hill, who will study maths and biological sciences respectively at Oxford.
Maisie Ingram (Leeds), Bea Milligan (Glasgow) and Joe Pilsbury (Birmingham) are among the other students who are to read medicine and Emma Farquhar will study veterinary medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
Another successful student, Patrick Allsop, will do a degree in general engineering at Durham.
More than 40 per cent of students gained A* to B grades in a wide range of subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics, maths, further maths, English literature, geography, history, French, German, Spanish, fine art, business studies, business (vocational), performing arts, sociology and IT (vocational).
Ponteland High School headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “We’ve been working very hard this year to push our students at the top end to achieve great things, so getting the 30 per cent figure for A*s and As is really satisfying.
“We have seen a consistently high level of performance across all subjects, which is pleasing because we don’t want to have too much variation between subjects.
“I feel very fortunate to work in a school which has fantastic students – well supported by parents – and enthusiastic, dedicated and talented staff. When you put all this together, you get excellent exam and coursework results.
“However, we won’t be resting on our laurels and we’ve had meetings to discuss how we can make further improvements.”