GCSE RESULTS Praise as students rise to new challenge
HALTON Borough Council has praised students across Runcorn and Widnes after tackling GCSEs under a new assessment system.
It is the first set of results where maths and English in England have a new 9 to 1 grading scale.
Students across Halton performed well under this new challenging system, with 69.2% achieving a pass in English and 62% passing maths.
Grade 9 is the highest grade and will be awarded to fewer students than the current A*.
The bottom of grade C is aligned with a grade 4.
The bottom of grade 1 matches with the bottom of grade G.
The Department For Education has stated grade 5 is a ‘good’ pass and grade 4 is a ‘standard’ pass.
The new GCSEs are being rolled out ● over the next few years, starting with English language, English literature and maths exams in 2017, which will be awarded with the grades 9-1.
All other GCSEs this year will continue with the grading A*-G.
Halton Borough Council’s strategic director for people Mil Vasic said: “Students and staff each year work extremely hard, but this year has been particularly taxing with extensive changes to the exam and work schemes.
“They, and their families, need to be congratulated in the successes they have achieved.
“It is extremely gratifying to see so many young people have achieved grades which will enable them to continue their education and learning or taking up apprenticeships gaining new skills for employment.
“I would like to thank all who have been involved in making it possible for the students to reach their potential, and to all the students, well done, and I wish you all the very best in your next steps in education.” ● ●
Adam Shaw, Aimee Hart-Coppin, Niamh King-Haughey, Ruby Thornton, Hannah Bailey and Jacob Warder
Mollie Jones was all smiles after picking up her results