Council heralds GCSE success

A successful set of GCSE results has been used as evidence that Northumberland County Council's investment in new schools is paying off.

Wednesday, 31st August 2016, 2:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st August 2016, 3:09 pm
County Hall, Morpeth, headquarters for Northumberland County Council.

Results indicate that close to 60 per cent of pupils achieved A* to C passes in five or more GCSEs, including English and maths; with half of the county’s 16 schools now above the 2015 national average.

Cllr Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This is a great achievement. I would like to congratulate all the pupils on their results and thank teachers, support staff and parents for all their hard work.”

“They should all feel very proud and it further reinforces our view that the targeted investment we are putting in to Northumberland schools will help every pupil make the most of their individual talents to set themselves on the path to further success in education, training and employment.

“It was particularly pleasing that some schools which have fought back from weak Ofsted reports are recording continued improvements in their exam grades, while other higher-achieving institutions have built on their earlier success to register even better results. We are well aware the job is not complete and the council will constantly strive to ensure all Northumberland pupils have the best possible education.”

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Young people studying with Northumberland County Council’s Adult Education Service have also had a successful year with more than 60 per cent of learners successfully gaining a grade C or above in English and maths, and in other courses achieving 100 per cent success.

New schools are being built in Alnwick, Bedlington and Prudhoe.