This year saw the introduction of a new scoring system, which included English and maths being scored on a 1-9 - with 9 the highest results and 1 the lowest.
29 per cent of pupils achieved a top grade in maths, and 62 pc achieved a pass in maths and English.
All-rounder Max Fewster said he was speechless, and seeing his results was "such a good feeling".
Over in Frensham, pupils at Frensham Heights have secured first-class results, with over 25 per cent of exams in these subjects securing grade 7 and above.
They have received numerical grades in English literature, English language and maths as part the biggest overhaul of exams in England for a generation.
High-achiever Daniel Thompson, 16, from Jarrow, also excelled - achieving a 6 in maths, a 8 in English language and 7 in English literature. There's an extra grade; there are eight grades in A* to G system but nine in the new one.
GCSE results for A* to C grades have fallen more sharply by 3.8% to 62.8% compared to 66.6% in 2016.
"It was a lot of hard work and the teachers gave us so much extra help", she said.
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Among the school's top performers were Roxana Bali, Caitlin Drinkwater and Rosie Bennett, who all achieved six A or A* grades and top grades in English and maths.
STUDENTS, parents and staff at the Gateway Academy in Tilbury are celebrating a year in which the GCSE results held steady, despite the new style, more challenging, GCSE examinations.
"I am delighted that the hard work has paid off and this includes some very special achievements at either end of the grade scale which is testament to the work around aspiration and inclusion".
"I am really pleased, they get me where I need to go".
Despite a drop in GCSE results nationally, as in previous years, students at Wellington have surpassed expectations. "I'm quite impressed - I did better than I expected".
"In many individual subjects pass rates and top grades achieved have also continued to improve". "I am really happy and relieved", she said.
Stephanie Cullen was heading off on holiday to Ireland after collecting 12 A*/A grades, including a grade 8 in English literature and maths.
Mr Taunt said: "Our pupils thoroughly deserve their grades, and I congratulate them all".