Students at Helston Community College had much to celebrate on receiving their GCSE results this morning.

The number of pupils on the Island who gained five A* to C grades including English and Maths in their GCSE’s is slightly down on past year.

The English Baccalaureate recognises achievement in a range of academic and challenging subjects.

One of the highest performing students was Begum Karakus, who achieved 11 GCSEs either at A* to B, with grade 9s in English and English literature and grade 8 in maths.

Tristan Figueres, with 10 A* or A grades including English language, literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, photography, and French.

Current Year 9 students will do nearly all their exams under the new system as even more subjects move over, with only a handful of lesser-taught languages still graded A*-G.

For the first time, a small number of pupils in Northern Ireland will get their grades as numbers in 9-1 form rather than A*-G grades.

“Thanks go to the teachers at Grace Academy”.

Over 75% of students regularly attended after school, weekend and holiday classes over the past year which is reflected in the fantastic results that we see here today.

“Our teachers were quite wonderful all year, so we feel a huge debt of gratitude to them’”.

“Our parents, staff and students deserve huge credit for their efforts”.

In Maths, 58% of Mortimer’s pupils achieved a level 4 or higher. I am also pleased to see a number of grade 9s achieved in Language, Literature and Maths.

“In maths and English language 88% of students obtained a grade 4 or above”.

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Mr Gove said: “They demand more from all students and specifically provide further challenge to those aiming to achieve top grades”. “I’m ecstatic!” he said.

“They have been helped throughout by extremely dedicated teachers and supported by their families”.

“Over the next couple of years in particular, while the new grading system beds in, I think we can expect a lot of confusion for a lot of people and this is a real concern”. Co-headteacher Peter Cole added: “This year’s GCSE results complement the excellent A-level results achieved last week and provide a solid basis on which to work as the new GCSE qualifications are introduced across all subjects”.

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