A-levels grades are a real result for the region

Thousands of students today pick-up their A-level grades with schools and colleges in the region expecting impressive results

Students open their A-Level results at Durham Johnstone School in Durham City
Students open their A-Level results at Durham Johnstone School in Durham City

Schools and colleges across the North East were last night reporting another impressive year for A-level results.

Students will collect results this morning, with many securing places at some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School, in Jesmond, has once again seen its A-level candidates notch up a brilliant set of results. Overall, 87.2% of passes at the school were grades A*, A or B, 70.6% were at A* or A and 31.7% were at the top grade of A*.

Early indications show that the results put the RGS in line with some of the best schools in the country. Headmaster Dr Bernard Trafford said: “It’s about all the students themselves who have excelled once more. They are amazingly committed, motivated and focused. They aim very high, put the work in and tend to get there.

“They do this within an overarching school ethos of high expectation. To be ambitious is the norm, to give up rare: that climate is self-reinforcing, fed by students as much as by their teachers.”


Emmanuel College, in Gateshead, was also celebrating a record year of results.

Eight students from the school are bound for Oxford and Cambridge Universities after breaking a record for Oxbridge admissions.

The confirmed places come as the college celebrates its best ever results, once again achieving a 100% pass rate, with 40% of all grades being an A* or A and one in six being A*.

Principal Jonathan Winch said: “This year’s A-level results at Emmanuel College represent a significant step forward from previous high performances in nearly every measure.

“We are especially proud that eight students are going to Oxbridge from a previous best of five, which proves that going to an inner city state school is no barrier to securing a place at internationally renowned universities.”

In Sunderland, provisional figures showed that the percentage of A*-E passes in school sixth forms and at Sunderland College remains at 99% and, like last year, 76% of passes were of grade A*-C.

Coun Pat Smith, Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for children’s services, said: “Once again, we can be very proud of city students who have worked hard and have another set of excellent exam results.

“I know everybody will want to congratulate them.

“We should also congratulate families, friends, teachers and staff in school sixth forms and Sunderland College.”



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