Emmanuel was given a five star rating in the Trinity Mirror media group’s Real Schools Guide 2015, which reveals the best performing schools on Tyneside.

The guide, compiled by the Chronicle’s data unit, aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables, drawing on 25 different datasets including GCSE results, value added scores, pupil-teacher ratios and attendance rates.

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Principal Jonathan Winch said the college was committed to sharing its success.

He said: “Of course we are delighted with this affirmation of our work, not just for our students, staff and parents but also for the contribution we are able to make to the reputation of Tyneside and the North East.

“As a school with a Christian ethos we have always taken and longer-term and broader view of education. What we want for our students is that they should be responsible, caring and compassionate men and women of character, developing leadership through service and making a contribution to their local community and beyond. Combined with outstanding exam results, their character ensures they can be world-changers.”

Emmanuel College is the leading state school in Tyne & Wear at GCSE and A level and has been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for its entire 25-year history.

A designated National Teaching School selected to train the next generation of teachers, Emmanuel is a top 15 state comprehensive nationally (The Sunday Times Parent Power survey).

Earlier this year the college received national recognition and £15,000 for its initiatives to build character in its students. The Department for Education Character Award for the North East recognised its work to promote “grit and resilience” in young people, improving their job prospects and contribution to society, and preparing them for life in modern Britain.