A plethora of students at Morpeth’s high school are celebrating today after gaining great GCSE results.
Almost 20 per cent of the 16-year-olds received seven or more A* or A grades.
And 70 per cent of the Year 11 group at King Edward VI School achieved at least five A*s to Cs including English and maths.
This was the first set of results for the computer science and social and ethical studies subjects at KEVI – the school added them to the GCSE list for September 2014 – and the pupils doing them performed exceptionally well.
Head of school Mark Simpson said staff are in communication with exam boards for a number of re-marks where students are very close to a higher grade, so they expect the 70 per cent figure to improve.
He added: “In what has been a turbulent time for GCSEs, we have stood up really well.
“The dedicated GCSE website that we set up to provide guidance on revision techniques and direct links to useful online materials has had a positive impact on supporting the students
“But our strategies only work if students put in the hard work and many of them have done so to achieve some excellent results.
“The good overall performance means that we will have our largest ever sixth form student cohort starting in September and we look forward to working with them in the next step of their education.”