SCHOOLS across North Yorkshire and the Dales are celebrating continued success in this year's GCSE results with several reporting record performances and many improving on last year.
Eductaion Secretary Alan
Johnson welcomed results
Councillor John Watson, the County Council's executive member for education, said: "Once again, North Yorkshire students have achieved excellent results. They are to be congratulated on their fine performances.
"There are many fine individual successes with young people who have worked really hard to achieve personal targets. I would like to thank all teachers, parents and carers, and governors for all the support and hard work that goes into these successes."
Students of all abilities and in a range of schools have achieved well, with some being in the top 5 nationally for their subjects. Jennifer Thomas from St Aidan's Church of England High School in Harrogate who achieved 11A* and 2 As was in the top 5 for both Geography and Textiles.
Four students at South Craven school in Crosshills achieved 11 A*s or As - Jasper Minton Taylor, Rowan Brunswick, Natalie Fizio, and Emmy Sharples.
We are delighted with the GCSE results and congratulate students and staff on their achievements
Dr Andrew Cummings - Headteacher - South Craven School
"We are delighted with the GCSE results and congratulate students and staff on their achievements," said headteacher Dr Andrew Cummings.
"The proportion of students achieving at least five or more A* to C passes was a record 61%, well above the national average and an 11% improvement on last year."
Schools around the Yorkshire Dales including Boroughbridge, South Craven, Northallerton College, Richmond and Stokesley have increased their percentage of 5 A*-C whilst others, including Ryedale, Ripon Grammar, St Aidan's, Harrogate Grammar, Skipton Girls' and Ermysted's Grammar have maintained their high performances from last year.
The full picture of how the students of North Yorkshire have performed in this year's GCSE examinations will become clearer as schools report their results in detail to the county council over the next few days.