Students celebrate GCSE results
By Sarah Wood | 20th August 2020
Young people across the county have been receiving their GCSE results - in the year when none of them took a single exam.
Official figures show that 78.8 per cent of GCSEs in England were graded 4 or above, an increase of nine per cent on last year, as reported by the BBC.
There was also an increase in students achieving the very top grades, with 27.6 per cent awarded a 7 or above - equivalent to an A or A* under the old grading system. This compares with 21.9 per cent of entries in 2019.
Results day follows months of uncertainty for students, their parents and their teachers, with a last-minute u-turn by the government favouring centre-assessed grades (those awarded by teachers) over results based on an algorithm.
At Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham, awarded the Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Year 2020, a steady stream of students headed into the school to pick up their results.
Russel Ellicott, head master, said: "Despite all of the issues students have faced over the last few months and the problems related to exam results in the last two months, we are delighted to celebrate outstanding results with our students today.
"What is important is that students are able progress to their chosen 6th forms and we are delighted that most of them will be joining us for 6th form at Pates in September."
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