South Tyneside students are celebrating today (Thursday 14th August) with 'A' level exam results that mirror the increased national average.
St Joseph's Comprehensive in Hebburn announced an excellent pass rate with 96.4% of sixth form pupils achieving grades A - E. South Tyneside College recorded a 93.3% pass rate for students.
With an overall Borough pass rate of 94% South Tyneside is broadly in line with the national average.
Councillor Ron Reynolds, the Council's Lead Member for Lifelong Learning and Leisure, warmly welcomed these results. He says: "I'm delighted to congratulate all the students and young people in South Tyneside who have achieved such excellent results. These are a reflection of the students' sheer hard work and dedication. Their teachers and their parents must be feeling very proud today."
Dr Joe Campbell, Head of St Joseph's congratulated all his pupils and teachers for achieving another excellent set of results. He said: "I am very proud of our 'A' level success, it is very good news that so many of our pupils will be able to go on to university to continue their studies. Congratulations to all the pupils and teachers who have worked so hard."
Maurice Tate, Head of Student Services at South Tyneside College, says: "The college is delighted to have maintained success at GCE A level with a pass rate of 93.3% that is set within a context of 30% increase in exam entries over last year. In addition 16 out of 31 subjects achieved 100% pass rate and there was a 2% gain in the A-C grade pass rate indicating further improved quality of success.
"The College has maintained its open access policy thereby allowing many more aspiring students to achieve success and eventual progression to HE and employment. Both students and staff are to be congratulated on this impressive achievement."