SCHOOLS in the district said their pupils had achieved some outstanding results following GCSE results day.

Pupils throughout Tynedale received their grades last week.

After exams were cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19, youngsters were given results determined by their teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they had been taught during the pandemic.

Teachers submitted their decisions after drawing on a range of evidence, including mock exams, coursework and in-class assessments using questions by exam boards.

Queen Elizabeth High School, in Hexham, said its students had done exceptionally well and their grades reflected high quality performances in a period of disrupted education.

They said each individual result demonstrated the hard work of the students and the efforts that their teachers had put into supporting students’ learning and progress.

Assistant headteacher Ruth Platts added: “Across the range of subjects studied at GCSE and equivalent qualifications, we are delighted with the progress our students have made.

“The majority of them will continue into sixth form, but others have secured the grades necessary to progress to college or employment.

“We wish all our students well as they move to the next phase.”

Haydon Bridge High School said it was delighted to report some outstanding achievements by its students this year.

Last Tuesday (August 10), sixth form students received their A Level and BTEC results which saw all Haydon Bridge pupils who had applied for university be accepted on their first choice course.

The school said they would will be going to a wide range of universities around the country to study a range of courses including mathematics, sociology, global development and primary education.

After students received their GCSE and vocational results, the school said, once again, it was delighted with the achievement of pupils.

They said the grades they had achieved allow them to access a wide range of further study – either at Haydon Bridge or access to their chosen pathway.

Others had already begun their apprenticeships and were already working hard, the school said.

They said: “Our students have been incredibly resilient both this year and last to deal with the challenges that the pandemic has presented them with.

“We have been impressed with the way in which they have handled the ups and downs that they have experienced and persevered to achieve these results.”

Headteacher Michael Smith added: “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our students, especially after such a difficult and disrupted year.

“The hard work of both the students and our teachers has ensured that our students are able to progress onto further education and study, and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.”

The Government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.