Young people across Cheshire West and Chester have been celebrating after receiving their GCSE exam results this week.
Over 3,200 year 11 students from across 19 academies and secondary schools took part.
In 2017 new GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics were examined for the first time.
These reforms in GCSEs have continued with a further 20 GCSE courses having been examined for the very first time in 2018.
The new GCSE courses are linear (in that all the examinations are taken at the end of the two years of study).
The A*-G GCSE grades previously awarded in these subjects are now replaced with a GCSE grade scale of 9 (high attainment) to 1.
The examinations are designed to assess more challenging content.
Under the new system, students with a grade 4 will achieve a ‘standard pass’ whilst those with a grade 5 will achieve a ‘strong pass’. Achieving grade 4 and above is equivalent to achieving grade C and above.
The government is clear that a ‘standard pass’ is a creditable achievement but it does expect to see the percentage of pupils achieving a grade 5 ‘strong pass’ to increase over time.
Provisional data shows that 75% of 16 year old students in schools in the Cheshire West and Chester borough area gained a GCSE in English at grade 4 or above, 5 percentage points ahead of the national figure.
In Mathematics, 71% of 16 year old students gained a GCSE at grade 4 or above, in line with the national figure of 71%.
Cheshire West and Chester councillor 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.”