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AUDIO: Students celebrate GCSE success

AUDIO: Students celebrate GCSE success

Published at 3:28pm 25th August 2016. (Updated at 4:37pm 26th August 2016)

Thousands of students across Yorkshire have been finding out their GCSE results today. 

National results show the proportion of students getting a "good" pass dropped by an unprecedented 2-point-1 per cent.

However North Yorkshire County Council says early indications from schools in the county show that students continue to perform well. 

Results so far for 2016 suggest a higher than average proportion of students will attain grades A*-C, which should place North Yorkshire in the top 20% of local authorities nationally.

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said; “GCSE results so far this year indicate a high proportion of students achieving five passes at A*-C including English and mathematics.

“This success is also reflected in schools through the new measure called Progress 8 which measures students’ progress across a wider range of subjects.

“I am delighted once again be able to congratulate all of our students on their success. These excellent results are a tribute to their hard work and the dedication and high quality of teaching across the county.”

“These results will enable students in North Yorkshire to go on to the next stage of their learning – in school sixth forms, further education colleges or apprenticeships – and will really stand them in good stead for the future.” 

Leeds City Council also says early signs are that many students are continuing to do well.

Early indications from the authority's secondary schools and academies suggest this year around 59% of pupils have achieved five or more A*- C GCSEs including English and maths compared to 55.5% last year. However the authority says due to national changes in the indicators used monitor schools’ results the outcomes in 2016 are not directly comparable to 2015.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive board member for children and families, said: “Everyone who has taken their GCSEs this year deserves congratulations for their effort and achievements. Exams are a difficult and stressful time but with the help and support of their families and schools, they have done themselves and the city proud.

“These results reflect the hard work and commitment of our young people which has provided them with a solid foundation on which to build their futures.”

Stray FM's Will Smith has been speaking to students at Harrogate Grammar School:


Of course it wasn't just teenagers collecting their results this morning. Mature students, like 72 year-old Sue Brayshaw, have also been finding out their grades. 

Stray FM's Beth Parsons was at Harrogate College earlier today as Sue found out her results: