GCSE RESULTS Praise as stu­dents rise to new chal­lenge

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

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

Mil Va­sic

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