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Worcestershire students receive their 2013 GCSE results - follow it live
Updated 9:50pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Tewkesbury
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5:31pm Thu 22 Aug 13
Queen Elizabeth Humanities College says
Another fantastic year at Queen Elizabeth Humanities College has been crowned once again by stunning exam results from the Year 11 Students. Results announced today show that over 80% of students gained five or more A* to C Grades including English and Maths. This is the government’s benchmark statistic and will put the school well ahead of the national average.
English Results at Grades C and above were 88% with 25% gaining A or A* which is well above the National Average. In Maths there was a similar story with 80% at C or above with a good proportion achieving A or A*. In addition, 100% achieved five or more passes in all subjects at grade C and above.
Once again results have risen and place Queen Elizabeth Humanities College in an enviable position in the county’s league table.
Headteacher, Dr Michael Goodman commented, “I am immensely proud that our students are leading the way in what is already recognised as a high performing county in a school where students feel safe and happy. Our year on year achievement is testament to the hard work and commitment shown by our students. This year’s Year 11 have set the bar high but we have every confidence that next year’s results will follow the pattern we have established of continuous success.”
Other high performing subjects include ICT, Resistant Materials, Food and Ancient History, a new subject on the QE curriculum.
We have four pages of GCSE coverage, including some lovely pictures, in tomorrow's paper. Makes a terrific souvenir.
So when we did our GCSE's Ofsted said we were 'Adequate' and we needed to improve then we got the best grades Droitwich has ever got...— ETH (@PATD_EthBrown) August 22, 2013
I'm so very proud of my fabulous son Stephen for passing 12 GCSE's with flying colours :) WELL DONE SON XXX— Nicola Mckenzie (@CraftyMrsMac) August 22, 2013
@meganamphlett Well done Meggie Lou, cracking GCSE results, you should be very proud of yourself xxxxx— Kelly Crowther (@crowk1004) August 22, 2013
Really doesn't feel like I've just got my GCSE results....— Ali (@LongTallAli) August 22, 2013
thank god I passed all my exams— WG (@willgreen_95) August 22, 2013
Students of Worcestershire - be proud!
According to provisional figures from the county council, you well and truly bucked the national trend.
The percentage of youngsters in Worcestershire receiving five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths was 63.8 per cent - more than three per cent up on last year.
Meanwhile, the overall proportion of A* to C grades in any subjects increased from 83.4 per cent to 84.7 per cent.
Councillor Liz Eyre, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for children and families, said: “It's wonderful to hear that our schools and the county's students have risen to the challenge and achieved a range of top marks yet again.
“This achievement is quite remarkable as it is against a backdrop which has predicted falling grades and really does reflect the hard work of the pupils and the dedication and support from teachers, families and all those concerned.”
Nationally, just over 68 per cent of entries scored A* to C grades this summer - down 1.3 per cent from 2012 and the biggest fall in the exam’s 25 year history.
My overriding memory of picking up my #GCSE results 10 long years ago was whacking my head as I got back in the car. It really hurt.— @lizzlekicks1 22 August 2013
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Some late results just in from The Chase and the school's pass rate for the percentage of students achieving five or more GCSEs, including English and maths, has risen to 62 per cent!
Me and Soph are now off to worcester to celebrate out results with a @NandosUK #proud #happy #gcse— @_robynpreece 22 August 2013
Top marks were awarded to 32 per cent of all grades given to girls at Malvern St James, and 59 per cent were A* to A.
Jennifer Robb and Rhiannon Cherry achieved A*s in all of their subjects, while over 20 per cent of students gained straight A* and A grades in their GCSEs. Thirty-five per cent gained A* to A grades in eight or more subjects.
In maths, 54 per cent of students achieved A* grades and 79 per cent studying physics scored A* to A.
A total of 60 per cent of MSJ art students achieved A*s, including five girls who were awarded top marks.
Modern languages results matched this, with 60 per cent of all candidates achieving A* in Spanish.
Jenny Avdoi and Pippy Kwok received full marks in French and German respectively.
Rhiannon Cherry, from near Hereford, is celebrating 10 A*s.
She said: “I can’t believe it! I’m amazed. I worked throughout the last two years, and have really reaped the benefits.”
Grace Higgins, from Worcester, secured five A* and five A grades.
She said: “I’m feeling really good. All the work has really paid off. I actually cannot wait for MSJ Sixth Form – I’m really excited!”
Headmistress, Patricia Woodhouse, said: “There is so much for Malvern St James to be proud of today. Following our spectacular A-level results last week, today’s achievements are fitting testament to our vibrant, ambitious learning environment and a positive ‘can-do’ culture where every girl exceeds her personal best.
“We wish these young women ongoing success as they continue into the Malvern St James Sixth Form, where their future is clearly very bright!”
How do kids these days do so many GCSE's? I did like 7 when I was at school without the option of taking extras. How are they getting 15??— Gema Bate (@GemaBateWN) August 22, 2013
A total of 74 per cent of Pershore High School's Year 11 class of 2013 secured five or more A* to C grades.
The five A* to C rate including English and maths is 60.4 per cent - an improvement of over 10 per cent on last year's performance following the English grade boundary controversy.
High grade performance also rose, with 8.7 per cent of grades being at A*, and 13.6 per cent at A. Overall, the number of A* and A grades awarded is up to 22.3 per cent.
Headteacher, Clive Corbett, said: "Following on from the unresolved injustice of last year, we are celebrating a very encouraging set of GCSE results.
“The headline figures of course mask a huge number of extraordinary individual successes, achieved by hard working students supported by very committed staff.
“I would again like to congratulate all concerned – their fabulous achievements are all the more remarkable given the increasingly more demanding national expectations. Well done to the students and to the staff who supported them.”
Malvern College has reported a 100 per cent pass rate A* to E grade at GCSE and IGCSE level, with nine pupils scoring at least ten A*s.
Among the students who did well are Amy Elias (11 A*s and one A), Holly Hobson (10 A*s and one A), and Camilla King (eight A*s and four As).
All King’s School Worcester students achieved at least five A* to C grades, with 70 per cent of grades awarded being A*s and As, and 39 per cent A*s.
These are the second highest GCSE results in the school’s history, with only seven grades lower than a C out of the total 720 exams taken.
In maths, 77 per cent of all grades were A* or A and in English Language the total was 81 per cent.
Almost half of pupils achieved an A* or an A in nine or more subjects, and 67 pupils received at least eight of these top two grades.
Headmaster, Tim Keyes, said: “This is a very good outcome for a hard-working group of students and sets them up very well for A level and university applications in due course. I am very impressed with the mature and dedicated approach that they have adopted while undertaking their GCSEs.
“They know how important they are in shaping their future and this concentrates the mind. They also have a fantastic relationship with their teachers who, for their part, are always ready to go the extra mile.
“I congratulate, in particular, the nine pupils who gained A* grades in ten subjects: Tom Clarke, Ellie Hardman-Cheer, Toby Hill, Ellen Hodgetts, Will Palmer, Georgia Radley, Sian Thompson, Daniel Williams and David Hui. They are typical of the many high-achievers at King’s who are determined to do their best and so set an excellent example to all around them.”
Dodderhill School in Droitwich is celebrating another year of strong GCSE results today, as its girls were delighted with an outstanding set of grades.
Following a yearly succession of high achievers at Dodderhill, the determined Year 11 pupils excelled all expectations with 100 per cent securing five or more GCSEs.
An impressive 39 per cent of candidates achieved ten or more A* and A grades and of the 13 girls who took three sciences, all secured A* and A grades too.
All 31 students will now progress to sixth forms of their choice.
Setting the standard for her peers, Head Girl Lucy Kennett achieved a well-deserved 10 GCSE’s at A* and A.
Natasha Ratti secured eight A*, four A and an AS level grade A in Maths. Her friend Phoebe Groves gained an impressive 10 A*, one A and an A at AS Maths.
Head Teacher, Catherine Mawston, said she was delighted with the success of her pupils.
"I am absolutely thrilled with the achievements this year," she said.
"All of the girls have worked tremendously hard and should be extremely proud of themselves, not just for their GCSE results but for how they have developed as young women, now ready to face the future."
Success over at Evesham High as well the morning. Well done all #WNGCSE— Sarah Eleanor Taylor (@SarahTaylorWN) August 22, 2013
It's been 11 years since I got my GCSE results, but it feels like a lifetime #WNGCSE— Ian Craig (@iancraigWN) August 22, 2013
BBC News - 7 questions on GCSE maths http://t.co/wkbC0PT1Sk— John Wilson (@johnwilsonWN) August 22, 2013
So proud that i have 11 GCSE's!— Flora Little (@flora_LITTLE) August 22, 2013
Big up to everyone that passed their exams today, good luck in the future— Riley Freeman (@tobyipaye) August 22, 2013
Turns out watching Charmed does help you pass exams. All of them! :)— Kai Allies (@KaiAllies) August 22, 2013
Well done Kerry for passing all of her GCSEs including 4 As. Very proud of my wonderful daughter who I know is going to excel at A Levels— Chris Hobbs (@ChipHobbs) August 22, 2013
Anyone else have images of a lad turning up at home with five good-looking pop stars in tow?
so my brother managed to get a load of As and A*s in his GCSEs... and 1 D. slight range in grades there... 😮— julia vaughan (@JulesHonor) August 22, 2013
It wasn't a 'jumping-for-joy' picture gone bad was it? And I'm sure your knee isn't ugly!
exactly a year ago today I got so excited over my GCSEs I fell over and didn't get my knee stitched up and now I have an ugly knee— Katherine (@JustSmurfect) August 22, 2013
Droitwich Spa High School saw a dip in its headline figure of the percentage of students achieving five A* to Cs, including English and Maths, dropping from 62 per cent last year to 49 per cent.
Headteacher Natalie Waters said this was due to 25 marginal candidates falling on the wrong side of the borderline by a single grade.
She said: “Twenty students (pictured) gained at least eight A* or A grades and elsewhere there were many solid personal achievements which will open the way to employment or further study.
“We were delighted with the school’s A level results this year. By any measure they are the best we have ever had.
“Despite the pressures on university entry that have been widely reported, our candidates were successful in securing places across the country, including two who will be taking up places at Oxford.”
I burst out in years when I read my results! I had so little faith in myself but I actually did well!— @_robynpreece 22 August 2013
No wonder they're jumping for joy! More than a quarter of all grades received by students at The Chase School in Malvern were A*s and As.
And just over 61 per cent of the year group gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths - an improvement of six per cent on last year.
GCSE English students and staff were placed under particular pressure this year and achieved an improvement in line with the increased standards of nearly 20 per cent.
In addition, the highest-ever proportion of Year 11 students - 33 per cent - also obtained the EBacc qualification.
There were exceptional performances from Bromlyn Cameron, Andrew Daley and Gillian Wright, who led the way by gaining 11 A* grades each.
Meanwhile, Freya Abbotts, Isobel Banks, Angus Duncan, Danielle Dean, Lydia Fulloway, Jane Harris, Isabelle Lowe, Roanna Norman, Tom Power, James Russell, Megan Slater, Louis Tyler, Cameron Wallis, Leah Wild and Freddy Wolff, all gained at least four A*s, as well as other impressive grades.
Headteacher, Kevin Peck, said: “The school is delighted that students of all ability levels again achieved their potential, proving once more that, whilst offering an outstanding extra-curricular programme, The Chase also provides students with every opportunity for academic achievement.
“These results are justified reward for the hard work over many years of students and staff, as well as for the support of parents.
“Congratulations and celebrations are well-deserved all round, especially given the increased expectations imposed by the exam authorities during the two year period of the GCSE courses.”
Me and Soph are now off to worcester to celebrate out results with a @NandosUK #proud #happy #gcse— @_robynpreece 22 August 2013
Overall, 84 per cent of Evesham High School students achieved five or more GCES at A* to C grade - a jump of five per cent on last year's high score.
The number of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths remained steady at 54 per cent.
All students achieved GCSE level qualifications and 84 per cent received two science qualifications - a 13 per cent rise on last year. Maths results were the best ever.
Headteacher, Caroline Browne, said: “We are very pleased that, in a turbulent year of changing and uncertain expectations from the government and exam boards, we have matched and improved on our school's good results from last year.
"Our students have worked hard, made good progress and now have the right qualifications to go on to study higher. Well done to all.”
Among the high achievers were Simon Withers, Callum Heard, Ellen Granger, Jack Plummer and Amy Evans, who all received nine or 10 A*and As.
Mollie Lewington, Elle Turner and Beth Clarke from Bishop Perowne CE College in Worcester were among the students that helped the school see a rise in the number of its pupils achieve top grades.
Ninety-three per cent of students have achieved at least five A* to C grades in academic subjects. Seventy-two per cent gained an A* to C in mathematics with more than a quarter rewarded with the top grade. In English, 63 per cent of pupils were awarded an A* to C.
Headteacher Julie Farr said: "The results outstripped our most aspirational target and are the culmination of exceptional teamwork, motivation and dedication from students, parents and staff.
"Several students have gained all A* and A grades across 11 subjects and we are equally proud of those who have worked tirelessly to achieve at their highest level.
"Year nine and 10 students have performed well and we are particularly delighted with the students who took Latin GCSE through our strong partnership with the King’s School, Worcester, and have all achieved the top two grades."
Girls at St Mary’s Worcester are celebrating success after 94 per cent of candidates attained five or more GCSEs with grades A* to C.
There were 100 per cent A* to A grades recorded in chemistry, biology, art and English Literature, while just over half of all grades were A* to A (53 per cent) and nearly three quarters (73 per cent) A* to B.
In maths and English Language, where nationally marking is reported to have been toughened up this year, 94 per cent of St Mary’s pupils achieved A* to C.
Catherine Jawaheer, headmistress, said: “I am very proud of these results which are the product of the excellent teaching and learning environment we offer here at St Mary’s.
“Our experienced and dedicated teachers provide very tailored personal support to all our pupils, challenging the academic students whilst really developing those who find the classroom more of a struggle.
“Add to this the girls own hard work and motivation to achieve their very best and you have a winning formula.
“With these excellent GCSE results behind them and all the other awards and achievements the girls have received from the numerous extra-curricular activities they enjoy at St Mary’s, I know that our girls possess both the ability and the confidence to excel at A-level and beyond.”
Some more results just in from Hanley Castle!
The 2013 cohort bucked the national trend, with 80 per cent of students gaining A* to C grades in maths, while the A* to C percentage in science was a new school record at 88 per cent.
A large number of individual students gained spectacular grades across the board, including Andy Gwilt with a total of eight A* grades and two A grades, Jack Sharman with seven A* grades and three As, Amelia Ireland with six A* grades and three As and Alice Leonard with five A* grades and five As.
In total, almost 10 per cent of GCSEs were awarded at A* grade, while 27 per cent of all grades were awarded at either A* or A.
Concerns remain nationally over the reliability of results in both English and English Literature, but even before these have been reviewed 64 per cent of students gained five or more GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths, while 78 per cent of students gained five or more GCSEs at A* to C.
Meanwhile, Hanley Castle boys continue to buck the national trend for GCSE performance by matching and, in some cases, outperforming the girls.
The overall GCSE pass rate was 100 per cent.
Headteacher, Lindsey Cooke, said: "What a brilliant year group. To see so many students excelling themselves in the toughest subjects is a real credit to their talent, grit and determination.
"These are young people who have worked exceptionally hard throughout their school careers, and today’s results are exactly what they deserve.
"They are the first year group which must stay in education beyond the age of 16, and we are delighted that so many of them will be returning to our sixth form to continue their studies.
"I would also like to pay tribute to the very high levels of support provided for these students by both teachers and parents. At Hanley, it is the partnership between the students, their parents and their teachers which makes outstanding results like these possible."
My school embargoed our results until 11am because the postman was late then I was locked out of my house because my mom had forgot #WNGCSE— @GemaBateWN 22 August 2013
A total of 70 per cent of students at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Timberdine Avenue achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Ninety-seven per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades, with 16 students receiving 10 or more A* to A grades in their examinations.
The maths department achieved 87 per cent A* to C grades overall - the best ever for the college and 97 per cent of students got A* to C grades in double science and 100 per cent achievement at A* to C in physics and chemistry, and 98 per cent in biology.
Principal Sean Devlin said the “excellent” results reflect the hard work and commitment of staff and students in this daily grind of teaching and learning and added the college appreciated the support of parents in ensuring that students are committed to success.
He said: “Even though I am very pleased with the results we will continue to strive to achieve even higher levels of success in the future.”
Identical twins Ben and Matthew Walters did brilliantly in their GCSEs! You can almost see they're pleased through the embarrassment of having their picture taken! Well done boys.
Here's Hanley Castle High School student, Andrew Gwilt, who achieved eight A*s and two A grades.
He said: "I'm pleased to have improved so much on my primary school SAT results.
"It shows that hard work pays off - even if you're not that intellectually gifted you can always succeed."
Early indications of the school show a 100 per cent pass rate, with 27 per cent of all grades achieved being A*and As.
Hanley Castle also received record science results, with an 88 per cent A* to C grade pass rate.
The results are in from blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, with 70 per cent of students achieving five or more A*- C, including English and Maths.
97 per cent of students achieved five or mroe A*- C grades, with 16 students achieving 10 or more A*- A grades in their exams.
Principal, Sean Devlin, said: "Even though I am very pleased with the results we will continue to strive to achieve even higher levels of success in the future."
5 + A*- C grades 97%
5+ A*- C grades including English and Maths 70%
5 + A*- G grades 99%
Double Science A*- C grades 97%
John Masefield High School in Ledbury have announced their highest ever GCSE results with 94 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades.
A total of 68 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths.
A quarter of all grades achieved were A* or A grades, and nearly half were grade B or higher.
Outstanding results were obtained in history and English Literature with 40 per cent of students gaining A* or A grades and in Spanish all ten students achieved A* or A grades.
Headteacher, Andrew Evans, said: “These well-deserved results are the product of an excellent work ethic from students, strong support from parents and dedicated teaching and support provided by staff.”
This year saw a number of students at Dyson Perrins C of E Academy gain an impressive haul of top grades.
Among the high achievers were identical twins Ben and Matthew Walters, who between them secured seven A*s, 13 A grades and distinctions in their ICT course in which they also achieved A-level qualifications.
Rhianna Purcocks was amongst those students awarded with top grades across the board - seven A*s, three A grades and a merit - and Kieran Green also performed extremely well with three A*s, seven A grades and a distinction.
“We would like to congratulate these and all of our students on their GCSE performance and wish them every success with their next steps in education or employment,” said a spokesman.
The overall pass rate at Dyson Perrins was 64 per cent A* to C and 41 per cent A* to C including English and maths.
Some brilliant results at Christopher Whitehead, including one student who got 13 A*s! #WNGCSE— @SarahDaviesWN 22 August 2013
RGS Worcester students were celebrating record results today.
In the national context of uncertainty about grades or turbulence, 71 per cent of GCSEs at RGS were graded A* or A, which is the best set of results in the school’s history.
The overall pass rate was 98 per cent at grade C or above, with 99.1 per cent of pupils attaining five A*-C grades. 40 pupils attained a clean sweep of nine or more A* / A grades.
Some of the strongest results came in core subjects such as maths, English and the three sciences, while there were also outstanding performances in subjects such as latin, art, music, textiles, religious studies, geography and design technology.
Headmaster Andy Rattue said: “I offer my congratulations to our students, who are a delightful group of young people.
"These are the best GCSE results in the school’s history, our previous best being 66.5 per cent A* and A grades way back in 2003.
"The results are all the more remarkable when you consider how much these students have also achieved beyond the classroom in sport, drama, music and adventurous outdoor pursuits."
This year saw a number of students at Dyson Perrins C of E Academy in Malvern gain an impressive haul of top grades, including identical twins Ben and Matthew Walters (pictured).
Between them, they secured seven A*s, 13 A grades, and distinctions in their ICT course,in which they also achieved advanced level qualifications.
Rhianna Purcocks was amongst those students awarded with top grades across the board (seven A*s, three A grades and a merit) and Kieran Green also performed extremely well with three A*s, seven A grades and a distinction.
Deputy headteacher, Stuart Weston, said: “We would like to congratulate these and all of our students on their GCSE performance and wish them every success with their next steps in education or employment”.
The overall pass rate at Dyson Perrins was 64% A* - C and 41% A* - C including English and Maths.
A total of 60 per cent of Christopher Whitehead Language College students at the Bromwich Road school achieved five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Five A* to Cs without both of these subjects were gained by 85 per cent of pupils, while the overall five A* to G grades pass rate was 97 per cent.
Headteacher, Neil Morris, said: "I'm genuinely pleased and cautiously delighted. We've improved from last year and we seem to be bucking the national trend, with some stunning individual and departmental results.
It's been 11 years since I got my GCSE results, but it feels like a lifetime #WNGCSE— @iancraigWN 22 August 2013
And HUGE kudos to the RSA Academy in Redditch, which duely obliged with a jumping for joy picture - apart from the bloke on the right who clearly couldn't be bothered...
Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham is celebrating GCSE results.
Following on from A-Level successes last week, overall benchmark figures are some of the best Prince Henry’s has seen, with 87 per cent of students gaining at least five A*-C grades, up three per cent on last year, with an impressive 70 per cent gaining five A*-C passes including maths and English.
97 per cent achieved five A*-G grades.
And 28 per cent of grades were at A*-A, with an overall pass rate of 99.3 per cent.
Among the best performances were Harriet Arnold achieving 10A* and 1 A grades, Bethan Smith achieving 10A* and 1 A grade and Matthew Manns achieving 9A*, 3A grades and 1 B grade.
Dr Tony Evans, headteacher, said: "I would like to offer my congratulations to the students, and everybody who has supported them, including their teachers and families.
"These results highlight once again the outstanding standards here at Prince Henry’s, and they are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the students, the quality of the teaching, and the continuous support provided from parents and families.
"The students have worked extremely hard to achieve these results and they deserve full praise for their efforts."
Amazing results for students at Prince Henry's. #congratulations #WNGCSE— @SarahTaylorWN 22 August 2013
Lots of smiley faces at Nunnery this morning! Well done everyone! #WNGCSE— @SarahDaviesWN 22 August 2013
The RSA Academy, in Redditch, has achieved the best results in its history - both before and after converting to the new status.
Five A* to C grades were achieved by 94 per cent of students, with a record 63 per cent achieving five A* to C including English and maths.
Results for all groups of students have significantly improved which is a testimony to the hard work of both the students and staff, said principal, Guy Shears.
"I am absolutely delighted to see our students celebrating such hard earned success which they thoroughly deserve," he said.
"These results are phenomenal when you consider this cohort of students have exceeded their targets based on prior attainment, by an incredible 25 per cent for five A* to C including English and maths.
"Well done to all and we look forward to further success in the coming year."
Results are in from Stourport High School.
And students and staff are celebrating another record year of GCSE results with 69.3 per cent of students achieving five A*-C grades, including English and Maths, which is two per cent higher than last year.
The overall pass rate for five or more GCSEs was 92.3 per cent, also two per cent up on last year, despite changes in grade boundaries.
Also, 100 per cent of students achieved at least one GCSE at grade C or above and over 98 per cent achieved five A*-G grades.
Principal Liz Quinn said: "I am absolutely delighted with this year’s exam results which reward both students and staff for their hard work over several years.
"The results are nothing short of what the students deserve and show what can be achieved through dedication, commitment and maximum effort.
"There are many outstanding individual achievements and I am very proud of all students.
"Two students, Conor Morgan and Amy Williams, made an astonishing 6 levels of progress in maths."
Examples of outstanding student achievement include Lucy Galliers, who achieved seven A*s and four As; Andrew Parkes, who achieved five A*s, five Aa and two Bs; Lucy Fellows, two A*s and eight As; Lauren Millichip, four A*s and six As; Emily Walker, four A*s, five As and one B; Ella Rose, four A*s, four As and three Bs; Charlotte Rhodes, three A*s and six As; Conor Morgan, two A*s, six As and one B; Amy Williams, three A*s, four As and three Bs; Sam Edwards, seven As and three Bs.
Good luck to all getting their GSCE results today from WCT #gsce— @WCT_official 22 August 2013
Could someone please send in a picture of a group of students jumping for joy?
This backlash against said pictures in newspapers angers me - it's a tradition!
For those who bemoan the perceived falling standards of GCSEs, exams watchdog Ofqual says people should expect grades in English, maths and all sciences to be very different from previous years.
The sciences have been toughened up, and changes made to English and maths, so we'll see...
Best of luck to everyone in Worcester getting GCSE results today!— @JoySquires 22 August 2013
And the next:
Pupils at Nunnery Wood High School have registered one of the school's best ever sets of GCSE results, with 64 per cent of students achieving the all-important benchmark of 5A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Headteacher, Alun Williams, said: "We are delighted for our students. They have worked hard and earned these excellent results.
"It is a difficult time for young people taking GCSEs, there is a definite toughening up from exam boards under pressure from the government and it is now more difficult to achieve high grades.
"This really is not fair on young people who took exams last year and who have taken them this year as GCSE results have become a major political issue.
"Against this backdrop, we are particularly proud of our students in achieving these results."
Does Mr Williams make a fair point? Have GCSEs become a political football - with anger over perceived lower standards simply serving to make it harder for teenagers taking the exams?
Let us know what you think.
And here is the first update on grades - from Bowbrook House School, in Peopleton, near Pershore.
A* - C: 78.2%
Headmaster, Chris Allen, said: "I am delighted that the hard work of our pupils and of our staff has been reflected in these excellent results.
"For the first time we have broken through the 30 per cent barrier for the top grades.
"For a small non-selective independent school we are thrilled that for the third year running we will appear in the Times Newspaper for our A*/A grades."
#WNGCSE Soo Nervous.. Can't even sleep... and Im going on holiday on that day as well...— @CertifiedGFX 21 August 2013
Clearly my efforts to get the blog started last night didn't go down well with some...
Thanks for taking the time though.
6:42pm Wed 21 Aug 13
This is just a page of celebrities grades?
I wondered when i read the knee trembling 'headline' what the Worcester News could possibly be reporting on exactly? Actually if the mind-twiddling journalist, if i can call you a journalist, could possibly regail some stories of his childhood exam days Im sure we'd all be gripped!! - I think I may go and scrape my teeth along the kerb outside..
Well, here we are, it's Thursday...
Hope everyone is feeling confident!
Don't forget to tweet your pictures using #WNGCSE or tweet at us (@worcesternews) and we'll pop you in this blog!
I was in the very 1st yr to take GCSEs. I remember my results well. If I rearranged the letters I could have almost spelled my name #WNGCSE— Murray Kelso (@murray_kelso) August 23, 2012
#WNGCSE Soo Nervous.. Can't even sleep... and Im going on holiday on that day as well...— @CertifiedGFX 21 August 2013
You've spent the summer trying to forget about them, but tomorrow is Thu 22 Aug 2013, and time to find out how well you did in your GCSEs.— @EducateFirst 21 August 2013
However, they are not the be-all and end-all.
Business guru Lord Sugar, he of Apprentice and Amstrad fame, apparently got one GCSE (or o-level as I would imagine they were then)...
Jodie Marsh. Remember her? The glamour model who went on to become a pumped bodybuilder?
Well, she got 11 GCSEs, all at A* to B grades.
Here's a GCSE result I'll wager you didn't know.
Footballer Frank Lampard got an A* in Latin.
So, not only did he attend the Academy of Football at West Ham, he was also doing some actual studying...
People worrying so much about a levels + GCSES when Alan sugar has 1 GCSE and look where he's at!— @Jsanalitro 15 August 2013
In the meantime, I'll take you back a few years, to when I picked up my GCSE results.
Feeling decidedly underwhelmed by the whole thing, I was focussing on my 'reward' well before I knew my actual grades.
I was heading off to the Reading Festival on the day I picked up my results, so everything really couldn't be over quickly enough when I turned up to school.
Then, I was away up the M4, in my brother's old VW Polo gearing up to see the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins, China Drum, Bjork, Paul Weller, Neil Young, Ash, Silverchair and the Boo Radleys...
Ah, those were the days.
Strangely though, while my results didn't change my life, the festival did - and I've been going to them ever since.
I'll be setting off for Reading on Friday morning, 18 years later...
Don't forget, we'll be here first thing in the morning too, bringing you the latest from across the county.
So the big day is nearly here for thousands of students across the county.
As they get ready for the biggest day so far in their academic lives - why not tell us what you did the day you got your GCSE results?
Did you get rewarded by your parents?
Did you pick them up from a strange location - on holiday perhaps?
Or did the car break down on the way to school?
Let us know using the comments box below, email email@example.com, or tweet us (@worcesternews) using 'WNGCSE' and we'll add your story.
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