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Harrogate students celebrate GCSE results

Harrogate students celebrate GCSE results

Published at 2:31pm 23rd August 2018. (Updated at 2:54pm 23rd August 2018)

Students across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale have received their GCSE results today. 

Nationally this year's overall pass rate is up, despite the biggest shake of the system in England for decades. 

Rather than A*-G, students will receive a 9-1 grade. Coursework has been scrapped as part of the new system, with grades determined solely by exams. 

One in five GCSE entries scored at least an A or a 7, with more than 730 students scoring all 9s, the new top GCSE grade.  

North Yorkshire County Council says early indications show schools have continued to perform well in the county, with a higher than average proportion of students attaining top grades. 

Stray FM went to Rossett School in Harrogate this morning to see how students there had done.

16-year-old Shani Epstein-Graves shred her results with us:

We also spoke to Kirsty McGregor and Zoe Potter: 


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Jamie Hart, Kirsty McGregor and Zoe Potter show off their results


Whilst most of the students we spoke to told us the exams were tough, some said they preferred doing exams under the new system, which required no coursework. 

16-year-old Georgia Freer said: 

"They weren't too many surprises, but I had prepared myself for how hard they would be. 

"I like not having coursework because you don't have to worry about deadlines. It's just knowing the content, so you don't have to worry about re-doing coursework in your room all night. It's much easier to study."

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Hannah Bird and Georgia Freer were also pleased with their results


County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools, said: 

"GCSE results so far this year indicate a large proportion of students achieving passes at higher grades, and we must congratulate them for their success and hard work through a time of major change for the examination system.

"Our schools are very aware of the additional burden these changes have placed on our students and we work closely with schools to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people. These results, which stand our students in good stead for the future, are a real tribute to the dedication and commitment of staff for high quality teaching and pastoral support."

But what if you don't get the results you wanted today? 

Helen Woodcock, Headteacher of Rossett School says you must go back to school and get advice. 

She said:

"Today is one step towards a future, The results seem to matter hugely today, but the days that matter are the days that follow the results. You need to stop, you need to reflect, you need to think what it is you want to do.

"Every school supports students over and beyond when they've left . If you need advice I'd say go back to your secondary school and speak to staff. They will help you with phone calls, give your family advice if you need advice about the steps you want to take. 

Schools are not just here for results days and for those students who're staying on."

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