Students at Tanfield School, open up there GCSE results, left to right, Kathryn Alexander, Chelsey Hart and Rebecca Harrison

GCSE results climb across the region but North East is still below the national average

There has been a rise in GCSE grades across the North East, but figures show the region is still behind the rest of the country

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Ballet dancers Leah Cliff, 11 and Ella Boyd

County Durham pair to make Royal Ballet debut

Dancers Leah Cliff and Ella Boyd have been accepted onto the Royal Ballet's prestigious junior associates scheme

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