Pupils across our region have received their GCSE results today.
This year the Government has returned the grade boundaries in England to very similar levels to those in 2019, before the Covid pandemic. This has resulted in fewer pupils achieving the top grades nationally, and initial results show it is the same picture in the East Riding.
Steve Ostler, head teacher at Hornsea School & Language College, said: “It’s very difficult to say in terms of how we compare until we get that full national picture, but what I can say is lots of young people have done really, really well – there’s lots to celebrate, and as always, they’ve worked really hard and they’ve got their just desserts.
“It’s been really difficult for this group of kids – I don’t think the Government has particularly realised the adversity that these kids have faced, but hopefully the results they’ve got today will help them kick on from there.”
Councillor Victoria Aitken, East Riding Council’s portfolio holder for children, families and education, said: “Congratulations to all of our pupils who have received their GCSE results.
“We know that it has been a challenging few years for GCSE students because of the impact of the pandemic, but it’s great to see so many happy faces at our schools.
“Once again, I’d like to extend thanks to the exceptional teaching staff we have across our schools who have supported pupils and families.
“I wish our young people lots of success in their futures, either in further education, training or into their chosen career.”
Today’s data shows that GCSE passes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have fallen for a second year running – with 68.2 per cent of all grades marked at grades 4/C and above.
Results remain provisional until the Department for Education issues more detailed examination results later in the year.
Dr Jo Saxton, chief regulator of Ofqual, said: “Congratulations to over half a million students collecting GCSE results today. They can be very proud of their achievements, which are testament to their hard work and resilience over the past two years.
“As with A-level results last week, today’s GCSE results have returned to pre-pandemic levels, similar to those in 2019, and – as expected – lower than in 2022. Students have been at the forefront of our thinking at all times, which is why we built in grade protection to recognise the disruption that students have faced in recent years.”
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