Minister congratulates pupils on results in 'reformed' GCSEs

In an ideal world everyone gets an A but what if you don't get the grades you want

In an ideal world everyone gets an A but what if you don't get the grades you want

Our results are up on a year ago, yet in many ways this is a completely different exam just with the same name.

Pupils at Wellingborough School are today celebrating strong GCSE results.

Former headgirl Melissa Hussain, 16, achieved 11 GCSEs, including A*s in RE, additional science, computing and history with grade 8s in maths and English literature.

But they say roughly the same number of students will get a 7 or above as previously got an A or above.

"Our young people should be congratulated as they go on to greater things in the world of work or further education".

What about Year 8 and 9 students?

The scene as students collected their exam results was a mixture of nerves and trepidation, but ultimately one of pure joy as years of endeavour paid off.

"In my head I wanted top grades but I was being cautious because I didn't want to be disappointed".

Of these, 125 (47%) achieved at least five A* to C grades - exactly the same figure as a year ago.

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"The teaching staff have worked tirelessly to assist the students to achieve these results, with many hours of extra-curricular revision classes".

For several individual students, there were some exceptional personal achievements including, Kitty Gdula-Marshall-Clarke from Alfreton who attained top marks and the school's first 9 (an old A**) for English, as well as 5 A*s, 1A and 2Bs.

An impressive 75 and 67 per cent of students picked up a 4 or above for Maths or English, respectively, compared to the national averages of 59.4 and 62 per cent.

Jack Isaac gained one A* and four As among a good set of results and said the teachers had proved very supportive.

Mr Taunt said: "The new English and maths exams are harder than before and the new 9-point assessment reflects the push for the highest standards".

Ms Robinson said: "These results are a testament to everyone's hard work, talent and dedication and our students fully deserve their outstanding grades".

"I couldn't be happier with the fantastic results our students have achieved, with 21% obtaining A* to A/9 to 8 grades and 92.3% achieving A* to C/9 to 4 grades in five or more subjects including Maths and English".

"These students can now move on to the next stage of their education armed with the grades they need for future success".

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