Cumbria students receive GCSE results
Last updated at 11:51, Friday, 22 August 2014
YESTERDAY nervous 16-year-olds across Cumbria finally got their hands on their all-important GCSE results.
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Students returned to their schools to find out what grades they achieved.
The school leavers are aiming to secure college and apprenticeship places.
The Evening Mail team were at schools across Barrow, Dalton, Ulverston, Millom and South Lakes.
Early indications show Cumbria’s GCSE results are on course to deliver an improvement on last year’s figures.
Initial returns from 31 of Cumbria’s 37 secondary schools and academies indicate there has been a positive increase on the overall number of students gaining five or more good passes at GCSE including English and mathematics when compared to the 56.5 per cent who achieved this standard last year.
There has also been a corresponding increase in the percentages of students gaining English and mathematics passes at A*-C.
Cumbria County Council is working in close partnership with Inspira, schools and a range of other key partners to support all young people to make the right choices at 16 to ensure they stay in appropriate, positive and purposeful learning.
Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Once again, my congratulations go to all the students in Cumbria who have received examination results today. The results are an enormous credit to these young people and provide an indication of the hard work and commitment they have shown over the last couple of years.
“Everyone involved in education across Cumbria has been focused on improving the outcomes for students and we must also recognise the key role that both parents and teachers play in supporting young people to do the best they can. In the current economic climate the young people of Cumbria face increasingly tough competition for courses and jobs, so it is essential that everybody is working together to support them.”
John Macilwraith, Cumbria County Council’s Acting Corporate Director of Children’s Services, said: “While it is concerning again this year to hear of the reported national turbulence in English results, it is great news that Cumbria’s schools are overall reporting increased percentages of students gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics than last year.
“We hope that all students progressing into further education, employment and training have obtained the results they need to do so. If any of our young people collecting results today are unsure about their next step it is important they seek appropriate help and guidance. Local Inspira offices can provide information, guidance and contacts about the many options available.”
- See today's Evening Mail for an eight-page GCSE results special with photographs, interviews with students and staff, and results
First published at 08:37, Thursday, 21 August 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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