Emmanuel College has received national recognition for being one of the best schools in the country for the progress it helps students to make.

The college, in Gateshead, was described as “leading the field” in improving outcomes for students and congratulated for its “exceptional achievement”.

Success levels at GCSE show the college, in Gateshead, is among the top 20 per cent of schools in England for the value it adds to enable students to progress and for students’ high attainment.

Emmanuel’s success was identified during an in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England by SSAT, the national schools’ membership organisation for improvement and collaboration.

Emmanuel College qualified for two SSAT Educational Outcome Awards, for being in the top fifth of schools nationally for high attainment and for the progress students make between key stage 2 results at primary school and GCSE results at 16.

The college has also been honoured with acting as host for SSAT’s regional celebration ceremony in June when Emmanuel and other successful schools in the North East will receive their awards.

Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT, said: “Emmanuel College should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.

“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Emmanuel College, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person.”

Mrs Williams added: “There is so much good practice that this school could share, and I hope many schools will join us at the celebration ceremony for the chance to network and stare strategies with award-winning schools.”