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Skipton students celebrate GCSE success

Skipton students celebrate GCSE success

Published by Lisa Darvill at 10:48am 22nd August 2019. (Updated at 4:00pm 22nd August 2019)

Students across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale have been picking up their GCSE results this morning. 

  • Stray FM has spent the morning at Skipton Girl's High School 
  • It's the second  year of a new system
  • The new GCSE format gives students a mark of 1 to 9 rather than A* star to G and puts more emphasis on final tests
  • The proportion of GCSEs awarded top grades has risen across the country for the second year in a row 

It's the second year of a brand new system, the biggest shake up of GCSEs in a generation. 

Instead of A*-G, students are given a mark of 1-9. There's now less coursework and more emphasis on final tests. 

Despite the overhaul, the proportion of GCSEs awarded top grades has risen for a second year in a row. Across the country, 20.8% of entries scored one of the top three grades (7-9), up marginally from 2018.  

Stray FM spent the morning with students, parents and staff at Skipton Girl's High School.  


Cadence received all 9s, bar one of her subjects, making her the top performing student in her year. 

She said: 

"I'm really pleased. I got all 9s and one 8. But I'm going to get it remarked to try and get a 9 in English, as I'm only one mark off. So that would be all 9s. 

"I revised quite a lot but I'm quite revised, so it was alright.

"I didn't get too stressed out I think.

"I'm going to do Spanish, French, Maths and History at A Level and then hopefully university after that."

Her mum, Rebecca, said it's been an emotional morning. 

She said:

"I'm so proud it's making me cry! Really proud.

"Everyone's done really well, I'm proud of everyone really." 

Students Grace and Abbie were also happy with their results. 

GCSEs Skipton Girl's High School
GCSE students Grace and Abbie celebrate their results

Grace aid: 

"I passed everything and I got above 7 in everything. 

"I got seven 9s! I'm really happy with that. I did a lot of work for it so I'm glad it's paid off."

Abbie told us: 

"I did much better than my mocks so I've improved a lot. 

"I did a lot of revision and it was quite stressful, but it was ok in the end."

The reforms to the qualifications have been criticised by some for putting too much pressure on students.

Head of Academy, Mark Turner, says the new system is tough. 

He told Stray FM: 

"The bar has been raised in terms off particularly reaching that 9, which was the very top end of the old A* grade. 

"So we're really delighted with the number of students who've got that grade. 

"We had 119 grade 9s from students across the board which is absolutely fantastic." 

Mr Turner has reiterated the advice from other local headteachers to go into school and get advice if you're unhappy with your grades. 

Mr Turner added:

"We've got our career advisors in today supporting students with next steps if they are any students who haven't got the grades they needed for what they were planning to do.

"But there's lots of options out there in therms of post-16 studies, apprenticeships, all sorts of different opportunities for young people."


Looking at North Yorkshire as a whole, the county council say early indications from schools show students have continued to perform well, with a higher than average proportion of students attaining good grades. 

For English and Maths, nationally school outcomes are similar to last year, whereas North Yorkshire schools have improved from an already strong position. 

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

“GCSE results this year show how well students in North Yorkshire have done 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 challenges that students face and we work closely with schools to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people.  These results mean that students are well prepared for the future and are a real tribute to the dedication and commitment of staff for high quality teaching and pastoral support.”