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Weather Warning: Heavy rain later today

Areas of rain, locally thundery, will develop across the warning area during Thursday afternoon, evening and overnight.

This will be heavy at times and may lead to some localised disruption.

In place from 3pm until 4am tomorrow morning

Heavy rain may lead to localised rainfall accumulations of 20-30 mm in 1-2 hours, with some places perhaps seeing 40-60 mm in 3-6 hours.

This may cause some travel disruption during rush hour this evening.

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Hartlepool school boasts improving grades

Across the North East, the number of students achieving A*-C grades has dropped. However, a school in Hartlepool is boasting improving grades, especially in maths.

Regional fall in high grades reflects national trend

GCSE grades have fallen in the North East, in a pattern reflected across the country.

65% of entries here were graded A*-C, more than 2% down on last year.

17.3% of entries in the North East received the top grades, A* or A, down 0.3%. That fall is less than any other region, but only Yorkshire and the Humber has a lower proportion of pupils getting top grades.

The drop in results across the country was expected, with a record number of students re-sitting maths and English this year.

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I Am Team GB - Fast and furious table tennis!

I Am Team GB is being billed as possibly the nation’s biggest ever sports day, being held across the UK on Saturday 27th August.

The idea is to inspire everyone to have a go at sport.

To try and do this some of our local sports clubs in the region have signed up to take part and open their doors for free.

Yes for free!

Find out more about I Am Team GB here

One of the many clubs choosing to take part in I Am Team GB is the Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club.

They're holding a free community open day on Saturday (27th August) where anyone can pop along for free and have a go at table tennis!

North East teenagers set to discover GCSE results

Thousands of teenagers across our region will receive their GCSE results today.

The North East recorded the biggest rise in the proportion of A*-C grades awarded - but the schools watchdog Ofsted has since warned of a "deeply troubling" divide in secondary school standards, with many schools in the North of England underperforming.

Bishop Auckland gymnast Amy Tinkler - who won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympic last week - is among those getting GCSE results today. Credit: PA

Last year, 67.2% of our region's entries were graded A*-C, up 1.5% on 2014. 17.6% were A*-A, up 0.2% on the previous year.

This is the last time that GCSEs will be graded A*-G. From next summer, results will use the new numerical model - from 1 at the bottom, to 9 for those with the best marks.

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Teenagers in North East receive GCSE results today

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Thousands of teenagers in the North East are waiting to receive their GCSE results today.

Last year, the region saw the biggest rise in the proportion of A* to C grades awarded. The education watchdog Ofsted has warned this year about poor standards in our region's secondary schools.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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