THE anxious wait was finally over for hundreds of students in Bridlington this morning as they collected their GCSE exam results.
And it appears that students in the East Riding have bucked the national trend by producing a record breaking set of results.
While nationally there has been a drop in the A* to C grades for the first time since GCSEs were introduced 24 years ago, the proportion of students in the East Riding achieving five good passes, at A* to C, has risen by 5% to more than 85%, well above last year’s national figure of 70%.
And the overall percentage of gold standard grades for schools in the East Riding (A*-C including maths and English) is around the 60% mark - the best ever result for the county.
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and maintained schools at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council said GCSE students in the region had rose to the challenge of improving their performance.
“It would appear that students of all abilities have done very well to have improved on last year’s results. After last year’s dip in the gold standard result, elected members allocated money to a special fund for schools to apply to so that they could reverse the slippage. Our schools rose to the challenge and the students can be proud of their achievements.”
The Free Press reporting team has visited Headlands School and Bridlington School Sports College this morning to find out their results - for the full story and a picture special see next Thursday’s Free Press.
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