Almost 3,300 Year 11 students from across 19 academies and secondary schools took part.
Provisional data shows that 76% of 16 year old students in those schools in the borough gained a GCSE in English at grade 4 or above, 6 percentage points ahead of the national figure.
In mathematics, 70% of 16 year old students in those schools in the borough gained a maths GCSE at grade 4 or above, in line with the national figure of just under 71%.
Cheshire West and Chester Cllr Nicole Meardon, cabinet member for children and families, said: “These results are a testament to the hard work and commitment shown by students and the dedication, support and encouragement of teachers and parents.
“I would like to send my best wishes to the young people as they choose their next step of further education, apprenticeship or employment.”
No-one will lose out from INCORRECT Shakespeare exam question
No-one will lose out over an ‘unacceptable’ error about Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet on a GCSE paper, a leading exam body has assured students.
The OCR apologised for the blunder and said it had done “all we can to deliver fair results for all our GCSE English literature students”.
An exam paper confused the two warring families - the Capulets and the Montagues - in the famous tragedy about two star-crossed lovers.
Candidates were asked: “How does Shakespeare present the ways in which Tybalt’s hatred of the Capulets influences the outcome of the play?”
But Tybalt is Juliet’s cousin and a Capulet, so the question should have referred to his hatred of the Montagues.
The OCR sent individual letters to affected pupils explaining the steps taken to ensure they got deserved grades despite the error on paper 2 of the test.
It explained a mark was calculated for both Romeo And Juliet questions based on the student’s performance in the rest of the exam.
The Grange School in Hartford 'bucks the trend'
GCSE pupils at The Grange School in Hartford ‘bucked national trends’ to maintain their record of consistent and excellent results.
The stunning results follow hot on the heels of last week’s fantastic A Level performance.
More than three-quarters (77%) of all GCSEs taken in this summer’s exams were awarded A or A* grades, with 47% of entries at grade A*.
Seven students achieved the perfect record, with a full sweep of A*s in all of their subjects. Impressively, 93% of students gained A*-B grades.
Headteacher Sue Yates has expressed her utter pride and joy at the results. She said: “The words that drive this school are ‘Success through partnership’ and I am thrilled by this superb set of results which rests on the hard work of our magnificent Year 11 pupils, the support from parents and carers, the excellent work from our partner primary schools, the hard work and determination from all of the teachers and other professionals who work in the school and excellent leadership and governance. With our new school, a fantastic Ofsted report and these results the future is very bright for our pupils.”
'Results have been achieved against backdrop of uncertainty'
Commenting on the GCSE results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said: “The fact that there has been a small overall fall in outcomes is to be expected and is the consequence of the changes to both the grading system in English and maths and changes to the accountability system.
“The fact that such relatively stable results have been achieved against a backdrop of uncertainty and anxiety caused by the rushed reforms to the grading system and the ongoing resource pressures within schools is a great tribute to the hard work and dedication of the young people and their teachers.
“This year’s enforced changes to the grading of maths and English created great uncertainty for pupils, teachers, parents and employers. Schools have been forced largely to navigate the way for themselves largely due to the rushed and poorly planned reform timescale imposed by the Government.
“Fortunately they were able to come through for the young people involved, driven by the recognition of the importance of these examinations to the life chances of pupils. The expectation that schools will continually plug the gap for Government failures simply cannot continue.
“Before rolling out the new grades to further subjects, the Government must learn from the mistakes of the last twelve months and provide clear and timely guidance to schools to prevent a repeat of the unnecessary anxiety, confusion and additional workload which has added to the pressures teachers are already facing.”
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Results day is often full of emotions, from elation to disappointment, for parents, teachers and students who can also face huge pressure if their next step is heavily reliant on results – and then there are family expectations to live up to.
West Cheshire College and South Cheshire College is celebrating another year of excellent results for Level 3 Vocational subjects. The overall pass rate for students across its Ellesmere Port, Chester and Crewe campuses was 99.6%, with 57.4% achieving a distinction or distinction star grade and 47.2% of students achieving D*D*D* to DDD.