The results are in. After Scotland kicked things off with their Higher results in mid-August, A Levels followed in England and Wales on the 15th and GCSEs the week after that (as well as BTECs, WJECs, Nat 4s and Nat 5s). Up and down the country, teens spent their Summers nervously counting down the days. After all your hard work, you’ll hopefully have had cause for celebration with some smashing grades and smiling faces. Before you pick up the pace for next term though, let’s have a look at how everything went across the UK.
Since the big GCSE reforms in 2017, new curriculums and new grading systems have caused a fair amount of worry, controversy, and excitement too. The new 9-1 grading system that replaced the long-held A*-G was introduced in a handful of subjects in 2017, and they’ve now been phased across the remaining subjects. This makes it harder to compare with previous years, but we’ve still seen some impressive numbers.
We’re especially proud of one of our partner schools Ash Green School in Coventry, who got their highest number of top grades (7-9) ever!
— CoventryLive (@live_coventry) August 22, 2019
That’s not to mention another one of the schools who used our online tuition programme this year. Penketh High School in Warrington also received their best GCSE results ever. Well done everyone!
Have we mentioned how proud of them we are?? 👏👏👏👏
Best ever GCSE results at Penketh High School | Warrington Guardian https://t.co/mRXmFOVSYC
— Penketh High School (@PenkethSchool) August 23, 2019
Teachers up and down the country were brimming with pride for their pupils too, and many found GIFs the best art form to express it…
— Sarah S. (@smishpixie) August 22, 2019
That’s on top of thousands of happy parents who couldn’t wait to tell the world how excited they were for their kids.
— Fiona McNamara (@Feemac20) August 22, 2019
A record number of 18-year-olds – 18,900 students – from England’s most disadvantaged backgrounds have been accepted to university this year. For other kids, their results determined what university they’d be going to or if they’d start the training scheme they’d planned. Here’s the lowdown some of the numbers:
For the first time ever, Cambridge University accepted new students through UCAS Adjustment (when a pupil gets results that are much better than predicted). In a fantastic new effort to increase their student diversity, 67 school leavers were offered Cambridge places this way – most of them from backgrounds where no-one else they know has attended an Oxbridge university.
Many school leavers tweeted their fear in the lead-up to A Level results too…
— Sean (@Littlesean_safc) August 21, 2019
But once they were out, teachers flocked to tell everyone how proud they were of their pupils.
Well done to all of the students during this very stressful time; we wish them every future success. We would like to thank the students, staff and parents it was a real team effort.#parrswood #sixthform #didsbury #alevelresults2019 pic.twitter.com/j43J63Kvra
— Parrs Wood High School (@official_pwhs) August 21, 2019
Parrs Wood High School (@official_pwhs) August 21, 2019
And in what’s become an annual tradition and a running joke, TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson tweeted to reassure everyone that you can be successful no matter what results you get…
— Aaron Anthony (@_Aaron_Anthony_) August 15, 2019
Congratulations to everyone! While there’s plenty of cause for celebration all-round, for teachers and policy-makers the wealth attainment gap is of course still a huge issue. A recent report found that disadvantaged pupils tend to remain 18 months behind at GCSE level, which is especially divisive as the courses are two years. So while everyone should be proud of what they’ve achieved, now is also the best window to plan for the new term just around the corner.
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