GCSE results: 'Pride' at Clevedon School's showing

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Swindon Academy was celebrating its best-ever GCSE grades on results day, with over 65 per cent of pupils achieving a grade C in both English and maths despite the new, harder exams.

Gateway's more able students have performed particularly well with nine achieving the new highest possible Grade 9 in Maths and/or English, which is an incredible achievement.

"I was most anxious about maths but I got an 8, close to a 9", said Jayden.

"Due to our excellent pastoral care and dedicated teachers, our young people thrive in a happy environment that supports each one of them in their personal drive to achieve their very best".

New exams introduced this year saw the traditional letter grades for English and Maths changed to numbered grades, going from 1 to 9.

He added: "I am so very proud of them all, and of the staff for their dedication and determination to ensure that the students succeed".

Twenty eight per cent of all English grades were 7 to 9 and 21 per cent of all maths grades were 7 to 9.

"There isn't a direct comparison for some of the grades but essentially a 7 is an old grade A, an 8 is an A* so a 9 is an A**".

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While unsure of the exact progress score the school achieved, Ruth was confident it was an improvement on last year: "We know we've beaten that by quite a long way this year".

Maths, English and Science are graded 9 to 1- 9 being the highest and replacing A* and all subjects by 2020 will only show number grades.

The average pass result which was a C or a 4 under the new system has dropped to 66.3%.

In maths, 19% of grades were 7+ and 24% achieved a 7 or above in English.

Richard Carr, head of the school, said that they had seen a 50% pass rate in Maths and English, a figure which was at 28% just three years ago.

A week after A Level students received their results from the new linear examinations GCSE students face similar uncertainty as their examinations have also undergone significant change. I would want to convey my pride and admiration at how those pupils have achieved.

Principal Dave McEntee said: "I'm delighted with these results, given the significantly more challenging curriculum".

Students said they were "speechless" and "in shock" as they opened their results.

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