This year has seen a significant jump in GCSE attainment at one Northumberland high school.

The King Edward VI School in Morpeth, part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, has an overall GCSE per pupil attainment figure of 54.6 for 2018, up from a score per pupil of 52.5 last year. The percentage of students achieving five or more level 4+ equivalents including English and maths is 80.5 per cent[1].

Mark Simpson, Head of School, said, “It’s a testament to our Year 11’s brilliantly positive attitudes, determination and hard work that we’ve achieved these outstanding results, which mean that our key figure for Progress 8, which shows us how well students of all abilities have progressed, will also be significantly higher year on year.

“I’d like to congratulate all Year 11 students and staff for a fantastic set of results.”

Clare Savage, who takes up the Headteacher position at The King Edward VI School from September, added: “I’m so pleased the school continues to go from strength to strength.

“This is a brilliant achievement, especially given that this year sees new courses for nearly all GCSE subjects, as well as a new grading system. I’d like to thank staff on behalf of students for all the support they’ve given.”

GCSEs have now changed from grades to numeric levels ranging from 1 to 9, so a level 4 is equivalent to a grade C.

Bryan Stewart, Deputy Headteacher at The King Edward VI School, said: “This was a fantastic year group with a really positive work ethic. The students fully deserve these outstanding results and I wish them the very best for their next steps in their educational journeys.”

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[1] This is the same measure for the old 5+ A*-C grades under the old system, including English and maths