North-east England has seen the biggest year-on-year rise in the number of GCSE candidates receiving grade C or above, up 1.5% to 67.2%.
The number of students who achieved A* to C grades has increased 7.5 times more than at national level. In England, the number of candidates receiving grade C or above rose 0.2% to 69%
The number of North East students who achieved A* to A grades has risen 0.2% on 2014 to 17.6%. However, the region has the lowest rate of students achieving grades A* to A, alongside Yorkshire and Humber.
Nationally, the number of candidates who achieved A* to A grades fell by 0.1% on 2014 to 21%.