It's been a big day for our secondary schools pupils opened their GCSE results.
For the second year in a row, the number of pupils gaining the top grades went down in the North East.
Dan Ashby reports.
Rik Stone originally left school at 15 with no qualifications. When his daughter started school he was inspired to go back into education.
The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running, official figures have revealed.