Cornwall's pupils pick up GCSE results 2013: LIVE

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  • Pupils in Falmouth, Penryn Helston, Truro Camborne, Redruth and across Cornwall are picking up their GCSE results today.
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2:13pm

Cornwall Council has paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of both students and schools in Cornwall and praised the support provided by parents and carers, with early figures suggesting it is bucking the trend of national fall in results grades.

Andrew Wallis, the cabinet member for children and young people, said: “All our schools are committed to providing the best quality education for their students and today’s results show that, once again, hard work has paid dividends.”

“This is a very important time for these young people who will be making key decisions which will affect their future lives. “

Nationally, the Department for Education is reporting that there has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects. The decline in languages has been reversed with the number of entries to language GCSEs now at a five -year high. The number of entries to history is at its highest for at least 16 years, while the number of geography entries is at its highest for 9 years. 


There is also a record number of entries in biology, chemistry and physics as increasing numbers of pupils enter exams in the separate sciences rather than in core and additional science.  This trend is likely to be linked to the introduction in the autumn of 2010 of a new league table measure, known as the English Baccalaureate, which now rates schools on how many pupils get GCSEs in such subjects, as well as sciences and English and maths.
 

There has been a national drop in the proportion of GCSE exam entries awarded top grades, for the second year in a row.  The proportion of exam entries graded between an A* and a C was 68.1%, down from 69.4% last year.  And the proportion getting an A* or an A fell from 22.4% to 21.3%.  The overall pass rate also fell marginally, for the first time.

The results - released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) - show dramatic increases in numbers of pupils sitting the exams early, particularly in maths and English.  JCQ analysis suggests these early entries could be partly responsible for the drop in results as 16-year-olds are outperforming 15-year-olds. 

The JCQ described this as a "damaging trend", not in the best interests of pupils but driven by the accountability system, where schools are measured on how many pupils get at least a C grade in English and maths.

  In English, the proportion of entries awarded A*s to Cs fell by 0.5 percentage points, to 63.6%. In maths, the fall was of 0.8 percentage points.  This year 53.1% of science entries were awarded between an A* and a C, down from 60.7% last year. That was the biggest fall in top results across all the subjects, however, there has been some national controversy about the increased level of difficulty of the science examinations.
 

The provisional Cornwall picture is incomplete at this stage but looks promising and puts Cornwall above the level achieved last year for 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and mathematics and the % A*- C figures in English and mathematics separately. 

If this holds once all the results are collated, Cornwall would buck the national trend and close the gap on the national picture.

Officers from the Local Authority will now be working with Headteachers and Governors to analyse both the GCSE results and last week’s A Level results.  

2:04pm

A record batch of results has left staff and students at Camborne Science and International Academy celebrating.

Head teacher, Ian Kenworthy, said: “The number of achieveing the coveted A*-C including English and Maths was a record 69%.”

There was also a raft of outstanding performances at Redruth School, with head teacher Craig Martin saying almost 70% of students achieved A*-C grades in English and at least 65% recorded A*-C in Maths.

Brenda Callis was ecstatic to get her English Literature A* for her writing career.

Pool Academy also saw an improvement on last year.

 

1:13pm

 

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It was all about progress at Helston Community College where students picked up their GCSEs after five years of hard work.

A total of 82 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, but it was the improvements that had been made from when the student arrived to today that stood out for the college.

Almost a third made more progress than expected in English, with 39 per cent achieving more than had been expected in maths.

The school said: “The overall progress made by students across their best eight subjects was outstanding. All this means that, compared with their attainment levels on entry to the college five years ago, students have done very well indeed and out-performed expectation.”



Among the top performing students were Georgia Higgs (9A*), Milly Grant (8A*, 1 distinction*), Emily Gusterson (7A*, 1 distinction*, 1 A), Ella McDonald (8A*, 1A), Robyn Hill (6A*, 3A), Jack Connolly (2A*, 4 distinction*, 3A), Jade Hilton (1A*, 5 distinction*, 2A), Brook Hocking (5A*, 3A), Daniel Cook (1A*, 4 distinction*, 3A) and Hannah Jones (3A*, 2 distinction*, 2A).

12:19pm

Penryn pupils have been picking up their results today.

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12:11pm

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12:04pm

Falmouth Packet:

There was 'delight', and nervous nail bitting, at Falmouth School this morning as pupils arrived to collect their GCSE results.

The students started arriving just before 9am ready to tear open envelopes to see the results of all their hard work.

The school says it is 'delighted' to report that 80 per cent of the pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades, with over 300 of the grades at A* and A.

Saying that the vast majority of pupils making "excellent progress from their starting point on entry to the school five years ago, with 66 students gaining 10 or more grade C's or better, and 13 students achieving a stunning collection of ten or more A* or A grades.


Sixty per cent of students gained five or more A* to C grades when English and maths are included, which the school says meets the targets based on the "prior attainment" of this year's cohort.

Among the high achievers this year were Ben Crombie (12A* and one A); Oliver George (9A*'s, 4A's and one distinction* grade); Holly Elvans (9A*'s and 4 A grades; Ruby Harrop (8A*'s and 4A grades, Morgan Roberts (7A*'s and 5A grades and Grace Holland (7A*'s and 4A grades).

For the Full Falmouth and Penryn GCSE coverage click here

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12:01pm

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Truro School pupils, and staff, are all smiles this morning as 42 out of 133 students achieve Ten A*/A grades or better.

Over half of all grades awarded were A* or A, with nearly one third of the cohort of 133 pupils achieving 10 A*/A grades or better.  The headline numbers are a 96% pass rate with over 99% of students gaining 5 or more passes at grades A*-C.  The girls have pipped the boys to the post, with top honours of 12 A*grades to Louise Myers while seven other girls have achieved 10 or 11 A* grades.
The school says that the breadth of achievement is notable with seventeen subjects achieving at least 50% of their grades at A* or A, and that Truro School is bucking the national trend for language take up and results with twenty four students achieved A* or A grades in two Modern Foreign Language subjects. Science and Maths results continue to be strong.

Headmaster, Andrew Gordon-Brown said “I am running out of superlatives. Congratulations to our 5th Year pupils who have really excelled.  At the top end, twenty two pupils achieved 8 or more A* grades, while over 80% of all exams were marked A*, A or B. 

"This academic excellence is an important part of overall human excellence – nearly fifty of the cohort have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze awards and they are current county champions at netball, hockey (boys and girls) and rugby. Amongst their number are some of the top athletes and fencers in the UK in their age group. I am very proud of this multi-talented bunch of young men and women.”

11:56am

11:54am

Nationally GCSE results have seen a record fall in the proportion of pupils getting C grades or higher, according to figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). The proportion of GCSE entries achieving an A* to C grade was 68.1%, a fall of 1.3 percentage points compared with 2012. The number of the highest A* grades fell by 0.5%.

The results, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), show girls outperformed boys at grades C and above, with 72.3% of girls achieving A*-C, compared with 63.7% of boys, and 8.3% gained A*s compared with 5.3% of boys. 

11:43am

Staff at Penair have said a big congratulations to all their students who have achieved at every level – adding "we are proud of them all".

The school says that in a year of great change in the system, maths results are very high again at A*-C 76%; English Language A*-C 67% and English Literature A*-C 75%. Statistics were 100% A*-C. Few schools have whole cohort entries for English Literature so this result is particularly pleasing.

Other areas with high A*-C were Drama 88.5%; Child Development 80%; Music 95%; Religious Studies 96% and P.E. 83%

The following students all gained all A and A* grades in full GCSE: Bethany Beckett; Helena Davies; Morwenna Fox; Abbie Hewitt; Edward Holmes; Alison Johnston; Esther Mitchell; Chime Rainbow; Ayad Rifai; Eleanor Skinner; Luke Smith; Ella Varnish; Eric Walrond; Rhiannon Wardle; Alexandra Wood and Irene Ye.

Luke Smith achieved 100% in two of his Maths papers and A*s in all of his full GCSEs; Bethany Beckett also achieved all A*s.

Jordi Ferrer, a visiting student from Spain who chose to study with students at Penair and took exams a year early, achieved A*s in Maths, French, Spanish and Science, which is remarkable.

Barbara Vann, headteacher, said: "The year group have had a number of difficult issues to deal with during KS4 and deserve our admiration for the mature way in which they have dealt with them. Thanks and congratulations are due to staff for their skill and expertise, to parents for their long term support and to Governors for their professional advice and support.

"We are delighted that students have shown, once again, that they can achieve highly despite the vagaries of the exam system. Confirmation of results will follow; these are first indications.
 

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