Barnsley families are celebrating today as the borough announces pupils’ GCSE results.
The borough’s pupils have seen an improvement in results, with a higher percentage achieving grades 4 to 9 in both English and maths.
This year pupils across England have seen more of their qualifications awarded under the government's new 9-1 grading system.
The 9-1 grades were introduced for the first time last year in maths, English language and English literature, and this year they have been applied to results in 20 additional reformed subjects including history, geography, sciences and modern languages. All subjects have been designed to be more difficult, and were mostly marked on final exams, rather than coursework.
The grading system offers greater stretch for candidates at the top end, with a 9 higher than the old A*.
It is not easy to make direct comparisons between the numerical grades and the old alphabetical system, except at three points.
Grade 1 has been tied to the old grade G, grade 4 has been tied to the bottom end of the old grade C and grade 7 to the bottom of the old A.
Cllr Tim Cheetham Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential), said: “This is the first year where the majority of the GCSE examinations were the new-style examinations with the courses having more content and the examinations being harder than before.
The majority of schools in Barnsley have reported improvements in the percentage of pupils achieving grades 4 to 9 in English and maths combined. This is great news, considering the more challenging GCSE specifications for most subjects.
“The students have demonstrated great hard work and commitment, which has really paid off. I’d like to congratulate them and wish them well for the future.
“My sincere thanks also go to school staff who are dedicated to helping our young people achieve their potential. Barnsley Council remains committed to working with all our schools through the Barnsley Alliance to continue to improve the education of every child in the borough.”