STUDENTS in Ryedale are celebrating their GCSE results.

Year 11 students at Norton College, Malton School, Lady Lumley's School in Pickering and Ryedale School have returned after their summer break to pick up their grades.

At Lady Lumley's, Oliver Newby achieved 10 GCSE passes at grades seven to nine, including eight grade nines, which would have been equivalent to eight A star stars.

Abbie Henry also achieved 10 GCSEs at grades seven to nine, while Livvy Blacklock, Lucy Howlett, Ellie Jackson, Holly Philps, Annabel Scholey, Malcolm Stewart and Caitlin Vasey all achieved nine GCSE qualifications at seven or above (equivalent to an A grade or better).

Head teacher Richard Bramley said: "This was a really strong set of results at Lady Lumley’s School and reflects well on the school, the students, their parents and carers, and the staff who taught and supported the students over the years. We are proud of how well they have done and how hard they have worked."

At Ryedale School, students achieved an excellent set of results, with 72 per cent of the year group achieving a grade four (standard pass equivalent to the old ‘C’ grade) or above in English and maths. 52 per cent of the year group achieving a grade five (strong pass) or above in English and maths.

Six students (Alex Bailey, Harry McMurray, Hannah Ellam, Connor Saxby, Herbert Antcliff and Ethan Hawtin) achieved five or more grade nines. Seven students (Alex Bailey, Hannah Ellam, Katie Gamble, Ethan Hawtin, Finnian Hutchinson, Harry McMurray and Chris Moxon) achieved all grade seven, eight or nines (equivalent to the old A*/A).

Mark McCandless, the school's executive head teacher, said: "Congratulations to the class of 2019. These results are very well deserved and reflect the hard work of our students, the great teaching provided by the Ryedale staff and the support they have received from their families.

"I would like to wish our students all the very best as they embark upon their chosen post-16 courses."

At Norton College, 76 per cent of the year group secured at least grade fours (C ) in both English or maths. Encouragingly, over half the year group also secured at least a new grade five in either English or maths.

Dr Simon Carson, senior deputy, said: “To achieve yet another set of strong results shows what can be achieved with self belief and hard work. We are so pleased that students and staff’s best efforts have been rewarded”

Phil Loftus, headteacher, added: “These results will give students the opportunity to progress to the Sixth Form or start a career of their choice and I am delighted to see our biggest ever sixth form cohort come from this year.”