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GCSE students celebrate

Pupils across Northumberland have been celebrating today as they receive their GCSE results, in a year that has seen the percentage of students in the county achieving a good pass (Grades 9 to 5) increase.
 
Early results in Northumberland also show an increase in overall Attainment 8, the students' average achievement across eight subjects, and in those gaining 5+ in English and Maths. 
 
This year saw 20 new subjects assessed under the new Grade 9 to 1 system - rather than the old A* to G - with 9 being the highest grade. Coursework has also been removed from most subjects.
 
Cllr Wayne Daley, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said:  “This is a very pleasing set of GCSE results across the county - and I want to congratulate and thank all students and parents, schools and teachers for their hard work and determination.
 
“Following very good A Level results last week, and the achievements we are seeing today, we can say that education across the county is on a very firm footing.  We intend to build on this and work with schools across Northumberland  to make sure we offer first class education for all.”
 
At Haydon Bridge High School students were delighted with the results they achieved after what has been a difficult few years for the school.  Achievements in Maths have improved and Progress 8, a benchmark for the progress pupils make in secondary school, has also seen improvement. The number of pupils achieving the higher Grades of 5 to 9 has also improved on last year.
 
Headteacher Darren Glover said:  “I’m really pleased with our students results, and it’s lovely to see so many smiling faces today.  While it is difficult to compare, as the grading system has changed, our attainment is up and we have an increase in 9s, 8s and starred  distinctions.  I’m also delighted that so many students are saying they want to come back to the sixth form here.”
 
Following a challenging time for this school the council has taken back control, announced that the school will stay open and also that there will be significant investment in order to rationalise buildings, better safeguard the site and upgrade the interior of the buildings there.
 
Cllr Daley added:  “I am very encouraged by the results I have seen here at Haydon Bridge this morning.  We know how important this school is to the local community and we look forward to working with them to make sure it has a strong future.”
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