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County Durham GCSE pupils prosper

Students in County Durham have been applauded after receiving excellent GCSE results amid changes to the exams.

For the first time this year, young people were marked differently in English and mathematics – being scored from 1-9 with a level ‘4’ classed as a ‘pass’ similar to the old C grade and level 5 a ‘good pass.’

In County Durham, 60 per cent of students were successful in achieving level 4-9 in both maths and English.

Seventy four per cent achieved a 4-9 pass in English and 68 per cent achieved this in maths.

Phil Hodgson, Durham County Council’s interim head of education, said: “We’d like to congratulate all our students whose results are really pleasing given we’ve just seen the most significant changes in the exam system since O Levels finished in 1987.

“Our results are broadly in line with last year and we’re confident that attainment in both English and maths will place County Durham in a very strong position both regionally and nationally.”

Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, added: “’We are delighted with these results especially in the light of changes to the examination and grading system.

“I’m sure potential employers will also be pleased with the outcome and efforts of County Durham students.

“Our young people should be congratulated as they go on to greater things in the world of work or further education.”

Students without the grades they hoped for or those looking for ideas about potential careers can visit where they can find information on apprenticeships, recruitment and training.  

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