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Another Improvement For South Tyneside GCSE Results

Results out today (Thursday 21st) show that the number of South Tyneside pupils achieving more than five GCSEs (grades A* - C) has improved much faster than the national trend.

This year 44.5% of teenagers in South Tyneside attained five or more high grades (A* - C). This is 1.8% higher than the Borough's results last year and a huge improvement on the national increase of 0.2%.

Councillor Ron Reynolds, Lead Member for Lifelong Learning and Leisure, has warmly welcomed these results. He says: "I am delighted for the youngsters of the Borough, and for our schools. Last year our improvement was three times greater than the rest of the country, and this year we appear to have done even better. Just as important is that the gap between the highest and the lowest attaining schools is continuing to narrow. It is a clear indication that the partnership between the schools and the LEA to improve pupil achievement is working."

King George V Comprehensive in South Shields has been named as the most improved school in the Borough with a very impressive 17% increase in its GCSE results from 26% last year to 43% this year.

Councillor Reynolds says: "These fantastic figures speak for themselves. King George V is a much improved school and although it has recently been placed in special measures by the Government, today's results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Head teacher Dr John Frain, staff, parents and pupils."

"When Dr Frain accepted the headship of the school, standards were at an all-time low, with only 14% of pupils achieving five top GCSEs. Within little more than a year those results had improved to 26% and today they have improved yet again by a massive 17%. The LEA has been working closely with the school for over a year now and is well aware of the tremendous progress that has been made in that time. Despite King George V's poor report, their improvement has been the greatest of all schools in the Borough."

Standards have also risen significantly at St. Joseph's Comprehensive - 59.6% (increase 8.6%); Hebburn Comprehensive - 43% (increase 5%) and Harton Comprehensive - 55% (increase 5%).

Councillor Reynolds adds: "These results are excellent news for education in South Tyneside, the LEA said it would improve education for all children and these figures are proof positive that we are fulfilling our promise."

"My warmest congratulations go to the pupils, the staff and their parents for all the hard work they have put in to achieve such excellent results and I look forward to continued improvements next year."


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