It is never too late to learn

Rik Stone originally left school at 15 with no qualifications. When his daughter started school he was inspired to go back into education.

Students celebrate their GCSE results

Grades drop once again

The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running, official figures have revealed.

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Hartlepool school closed after storm damage

A Hartlepool secondary school has closed due to roof damage following high winds. High Tunstall College of Science on Elwick road will be closed on December 5 and December 6. Parents have been advised to check the school's website for update.

“Part of the roof in our link building blew off this morning (December 5) but thankfully all children and staff are safe.“We were left with no alternative but to send children home and everyone is working flat out to get the school back open as soon as possible.”

– Head teacher Mark Tilling

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Man with no qualifications becomes author

Rik Stone has published his first book despite getting no qualification at school Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

If your results weren't all you were hoping for don't despair.

Many people have been in exactly the same position and have gone on to make a success of their lives.

Rik Stone left school aged 15 with no qualifications, but he overcame this to become a published author.

Rik grew up in North Shields on North Tyneside and went to work at Clelands shipyard before joining the merchant navy.

He thinks it's never too late to learn.

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National exams helpline open

The exam results helpline Credit: UCAS

For students who may have received some unexpected results, the national exam results helpline will be open until noon on Saturday (24th August).

Parents and students can talk to experienced, impartial and friendly careers advisers who will talk through what options are available, including higher education, taking a gap year and finding employment.

David Murdoch, a student who called the helpline, said:

“It was really great to have someone properly explain my options - what I could do, alternatives I hadn’t thought about, and the processes I needed to go through. Best of all, I got objective advice.”

The Exam Results Helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000. Calls are free from landlines. Mobile network charges vary.

For further information including opening hours, click here.

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North East names wish students luck

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Good luck to everyone getting their GCSE results!! Think positive! ?

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Good luck to everyone getting their GCSE results today. Hope you all get what you want/need/deserve.

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Good luck to everyone getting your gcse's today! Thinking back to when i got mine i was so nervous!! Try stay calm xxx

Double the success for GCSE twins

Double the nerves, then double the celebrations for identical twins who totted up 26 A*s between them. Rachel and Jennifer Thomson both achieved 13 A *s each, including further maths.

Rachel and Jennifer Thomson
Rachel and Jennifer Thomson Credit: ITV

They took all the same subjects and in some subjects got the exact same scores; in others they did not drop a mark.

Whickham School head teacher Steve Haigh said he wasn't surprised with the girls' grades but was 'amazed' at the scores they achieved.

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