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GCSE grades dip but many North-East schools report record exam results
The number of students gaining top GCSE grades fell for the second time in two years as the overall A to G pass rate dipped to 98.8 per cent, down from 99 per cent last year.
Data released by the Joint Council for Qualifications emerged despite many of the region's schools reporting record results yesterday (Thursday, August 22).
Nationally, tests marked A* or A fell one per cent to 21.3 per cent.
The gender gap also widened, with 24.8 per cent of girls' entries awarded a minimum A grade, compared to 17.6 per cent of boys, believed the biggest gap since GCSEs were introduced in the 1980's.
Meanwhile, one in five A grades in England went to students in the South East, which had 16 per cent of all entries.
Yorkshire and Humber claimed 10 per cent of entries and nine per cent of A grades while the North-East had five per cent of entries and three per cent of As.
However, from King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland to Greenfield Community College, Newton Aycliffe and The English Martyrs School, Hartlepool, to Durham High School for Girls, delighted heads reported their students had been more successful than ever before.
One of the most impressive performances was by Sedgefield Community College student Kelly Dobson, 16, who was awarded 12 A* grades.
Fewer GCSE science papers were awarded a C grade or higher this year and the A to C pass rate fell in entries for GCSE science, additional science and for biology, chemistry and physics.
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