STUDENTS at St Michael’s Academy, in Billingham, have celebrated their latest GCSE results with a host of star-studded performances.

Up to 95 per cent of all students achieved five A* to G including English and maths. Under the government’s new accounting rules 68 per cent achieved five A* to C.

The school recorded excellent results in subjects such as GCSE French (85 per cent), German (100 per cent), additional science GCSE (80 per cent), physics (95 per cent) and English literature (73 per cent).

A notable achievement was attained by Pupil Ross Graham, 16, of Billingham, who sat his exams knowing his mother, Helen, 51, was fatally ill with skin cancer.

Helen, who had been fighting cancer for five years, but was only told the condition, was incurable in August last year, died shortly after Ross completed his final exam.

Alongside studying for his exams Ross, who achieved 11 GCSEs (including six A*A), also dedicated his time to helping raise over £10,000 for the MacMillan Nurses to keep a promise he made to his mum before she died.