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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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GCSE results from the rest of Cumbria

Early indications show Cumbria’s GCSE results are bucking the national trend and on course to deliver a slight improvement on last year’s figures.

Initial results from more than half of the county's 37 schools and academies indicate that the number of students gaining five or more passes at GCSE including English and mathematics will increase slightly from the 56 per cent achieving this standard last year.

In addition the percentage of students gaining any five or more A*-C passes also looks set to improve.

However, as with last year there are some reported difficulties with English Language results.

There have been a number of notable successes including:

  • Keswick School report they have matched their best overall GCSE results ever. Three students achieved 10 A* grades, with a further 23 students attaining nine or more A* and A grades.
  • The Queen Katherine School in Kendal has seen two students achieve nine A* grades, 12 achieve five or more A* grades and seven students attain nine A* and A grades.
  • Ullswater Community College is reporting continued success with an overall increase in five or more passes at GCSE including English and mathematics of 22 per cent over the last four years. In addition, nine students have attained eight or more A* or A grades.

Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “My congratulations go to all the Cumbrian students who have received examination results today. For many these results demonstrate the hard work and dedication they have shown over the past two years for which they deserve enormous credit.

“Everyone involved in education across Cumbria has been focused on improving the outcomes for students and we need to recognise the critical role that parents and teachers have in supporting young people to do the best they can.

“In the current economic climate the young people of Cumbria face increasingly tougher competition for courses and jobs, so it is essential that everybody is working together to support them.”

Julia Morrison, Cumbria County Council’s Children’s Services Corporate Director, said: “Given the national picture reported today, it is very good news indeed 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 appropriate contacts about the many options available to them.”

Pupils from St Bees School were celebrating today having managed to secure another outstanding set of results which places them amongst some of the country’s highest achievers in the GCSE examinations.

St Bees pupils achieved a 100% pass rate with over 43% being A* and A grades.

Three pupils achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades with Danika Lewis, of Drigg, achieving 11 A* and 1 A grades.

Danika said: “I’m so happy with my results, I never expected to get grades like these. I can now go forward with my plan to do A-Levels and pursue my ambition of becoming a lawyer.”

Amelia Tyson, of St Bees, joined the school in the first form from St Bees Village School.

She was thrilled to discover that she had achieved 8A* and 4 A grades and is now looking forward to going on to study A-Levels with the intention of studying Law at University.

Headmaster, Mr James Davies, said: “These wonderful GCSE results come hot on the heels of our record breaking A Level results last week, and they provide a sound endorsement of the incredibly hard work of our pupils and dedicated staff at St Bees School.”

“This year it has been reported that there will be “turbulence’ in grading, with the number of top grades in Science being lowered and our pupils have managed to buck this trend.”

“We offer extremely high quality Science teaching at the School and have a proven track record of excellent results with the majority of our pupils being entered for the more stringent separate sciences route and over 70% of the entries gaining the top A* and A grades.”

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