Pupils’ GCSE joy
HEADTEACHERS praised the reaction of students to new tougher GCSEs this year, following examination changes.
This year’s students were the first cohort to be marked with the new 9-1 number grades for GCSEs in English literature, English language and maths, with the top mark 9s tougher to achieve.
For now, all other subjects will still be graded from A* to G as the new grades are phased in.
Nationally, GCSE pass rates dipped slightly.
Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School head Alan Porteous praised the reaction of pupils to this year’s “tougher” examination system.
He said: “We are proud of our Year 11 students who continue our record of high academic attainment in a year in which national changes to assessment have resulted in a tougher examination system.”
Brian Roadnight, Woodhey High School’s headteacher, said: “Our pupils and staff have risen to the challenge of the new reformed GCSEs and their achievements are as good as any in recent years.
“We are particularly pleased with the school’s performance against some of the government’s new measures.”
Jo Griffiths, head of school at Alder Grange, said: “Obviously given all the changes that have been introduced it is impossible to compare these results with previous years but having looked at all the grades we are really pleased with the trends.”
However, the tougher papers were no obstacle for one pupil who enjoyed a fantastic results day after achieving top grades in all of her exams.
Nicola Judah, 16, from Bacup, achieved a stunning 11 A*/ 9 grades.
The Westholme School student hopes to eventually go to university to study medicine. She said: “I was very shocked when I got my results, but I’m over the moon.”
She said: “I will be taking Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths at A- Level because I want to go into medicine - maybe an eye doctor.”
As a reward for her superb results, Nicola celebrated with her family and friends.
She said: “We went for ice cream in Manchester which was really nice.”
Nicola’s mother, Heather, said: “I’m just a bit stunned to be honest - obviously in a good way. She’s worked really hard, and that’s paid off - we’re very proud.” ●● Nicola Judah, from Bacup, achieved 11 A*/9 grades at GCSE
‘Our pupils and staff have risen to the challenge’