Celebrations are taking place across Kirklees as young people receive their GCSE results

Early results are showing a positive overall outcome across the district and fantastic results for some schools and individuals.

This is the third year that mathematics, English Language and English Literature have been graded with the new grading scale of 9 to 1 (instead of the more traditional A to E). Following a string of other reforms, the new GCSEs are designed to be more challenging than ever before.

Results aren’t finally verified until later this year, but initial figures show a rise in Kirklees students who achieved at least a grade 4 (standard pass) in maths, up from 69.2 per cent last year to 69.5 per cent this year.

It’s a similar picture in English, where there is a slight increase in students achieving at least a grade 5 (up from 59 per cent to 59.1). In the Ebacc – a suite of five GCSEs which is taken by some students – there is again a rise in the number of young people who achieved a strong pass.

Overall, Kirklees results are comparing well against national figures.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

“Thousands of students across Kirklees have worked incredibly hard to achieve their outcomes. Together with the Kirklees family of schools, we support all of our young people to aspire and achieve and to fulfil their potential. I am always proud of their dedication and commitment.

We have a strong relationship with our schools and we know that the partnerships they nurture with students and families can transform and improve lives. This is an exciting time for many young people and there is a wide range of post-16 pathways available, including further education, apprenticeships and work-based training. We will do everything possible to support them in achieving their ambitions.”

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