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AN increase in Northumberland’s GCSE performance has been welcomed.

The number of young people in the county gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and maths is currently 58.1 per cent – which has gone up from 2011 – and the figure for students who have achieved at least five A* to Cs has risen by two per cent to 85.7 per cent.

Paul Moffat, Corporate Director of Children’s Services at Northumberland County Council, said: “I am delighted for the young people of Northumberland that they have done so well.

“As with the Olympics there are some students who have done incredibly well and exceeded all expectations. But the important thing for me is that we have seen good performances by students of all abilities.

“I wish them all well in the future, whether they are continuing in education or moving into employment. I would also like to thank the staff in our schools and academies for the support and encouragement they have given to the students.”

Pass rates at the Government benchmark of five or more A* to Cs grades including English and Maths in the North East fell slightly from last year to 66.8 percent.

However, the region has maintained its position of having the highest overall rate of improvement at these grades of any region over the last 10 years.