Morpeth’s high school has been recognised as one of the best in the country with a national award.
King Edward VI School (KEVI) has been honoured for the achievements of last year’s GCSE entrants, which saw it placed in the top 20 per cent of non-selective schools nationally for high average grades.
The Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT) has completed an in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in the country.
And KEVI has been recognised with an Educational Outcomes Award.
It will be presented at a regional ceremony in Middlesbrough later this month.
SSAT Chief Executive Sue Williamson said: “King Edward VI School should be congratulated for its exceptional achievement.
We are delighted to receive this recognition as further confirmation of the high standards of achievement of the young people at KEVI.Simon Taylor, King Edward VI School Headteacher
“It has proved itself to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for its students.
“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at King Edward VI School and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person.
“I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.”
The achievement comes from a turbulent year for GCSE students following major changes to the system, including the removal of modular exams and coursework from grades, and the scrapping of English speaking and listening assessments half-way through the course.
However, 74 per cent of the KEVI Year 11 pupils still achieved at least five A* to C grades, including maths and English, and there was a 100 per cent pass rate for grades A* to G.
Headteacher Simon Taylor said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition as further confirmation of the high standards of achievement of the young people at KEVI.
“We knew they had done well, but this is something formal.
“In a year when there was quite a bit of turmoil in the system and a different set of exam criteria, our results held up really well in attainment measures and progress measures.
“Well done to the young people and thank you for the constant hard work of staff and the support of families.”