GCSE Results Day: Pass rates fall amid biggest exam shake-up in generation

GCSE Results Day: Pass rates fall amid biggest exam shake-up in generation

GCSE Results Day: Pass rates fall amid biggest exam shake-up in generation

The academy is particularly pleased there has been a significant improvement in the percentage of students with strong passes in both English and maths and a record number of students achieving five or more A*/A grades in academic GCSE subjects.

Eventually all GCSEs taken in England will receive numerical grades and most other subjects adopting numbers by 2019.

Keep refreshing the page to read all the latest results, statistics and reaction from today's GCSE students and teachers.

Head teacher Derek Yarwood said: "I would like to congratulate the Class of 2017 on their superb set of results".

She said: "I was nervous coming to the school and shaking when I opened the envelope, then I started crying tears of joy when I saw my results".

Results in English and maths improved by 14 per cent.

School performance tables will reflect schools' results in English and maths at grade 5s - considered a "strong" pass by the government. "I did work hard though and revised a lot for maths".

At King's Ely more than half of grades achieved by students were A*s or As.

Mr Allsop added: "It has been a particularly hard year for the teachers to prepare their students for the new GCSE qualifications in English and mathematics as we have not had past papers to guide us with the new specifications. Over all I'm very happy".

The number of A* to C grades achieved in all entries was 68.8%, down on the last two years and around 18% of the entries achieved A to A* grades, again slightly down on 2016.

"I am looking forward to A-levels. I was expecting a mix of A*s and As and I got that", the 16-year-old, from the Clifton area of Bristol, said.

One of the highest performing students was Begum Karakus, who achieved 11 GCSEs either at A* to B, with grade 9s in English and English literature and grade 8 in maths.

"I thought I'd maybe do a little better but this is wonderful".

The new grading scale has more grades at the higher end to recognise the very highest achievers, with grade 9 being the highest grade and grade 4 as a "standard pass" - equivalent to a C grade.

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