Exam results provide plenty to celebrate

This story was published 29 August 2018

Young people in North Yorkshire receiving GCSE and A level results this summer have plenty to celebrate despite major changes to the GCSE exam grading system.

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Early indications from schools show that this year the county’s GCSE students have continued to perform well, with a higher than average proportion of students attaining top grades. This should once more place North Yorkshire in the top quarter of local authorities nationally.


Schools in North Yorkshire have responded very effectively to the challenging new examination and grading systems which are now in the numerical format 1-9. 


County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools, said: “GCSE results so far this year indicate a large proportion of students achieving passes at higher grades, and we must congratulate them for their success and hard work through a time of major change for the examination system.


“Our schools are very aware of the additional burden these changes have placed on our students and we work closely with schools to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people.  These results, which stand our students in good stead for the future, are a real tribute to the dedication and commitment of staff for high quality teaching and pastoral support.”


Students have much to celebrate with A-level successes

Early indications are that North Yorkshire students receiving their A-level results have a lot to celebrate.

Although the full picture in the county is not yet known, it appears that overall performance  has risen again this year and there have been notable improvements for a number of schools.

North Yorkshire is in the top 10 per cent of councils for high academic success at A-level based on performance in previous years so it is likely the county will remain in the top-tier nationally for A-level results.

North Yorkshire also has a higher proportion of pupils who attend secondary schools which are good or outstanding; 91.0% of pupils in North Yorkshire attend a good or outstanding school (watchsted 25/1/18) – compared to 82.6 nationally.

Although there have been major reforms to the structure of A-level courses this year, these early indications show that schools and students have risen to the challenge.

“We must congratulate all our young people for this great achievement and for their commitment and their hard work”, said Cllr Mulligan. “These achievements place them in a good position to take up the higher education and training places that they choose. They can be confident they have a wide range of options and have been well prepared for the next step in their lives.

“These results are also a tribute to the support of families, the dedication of school staff and the quality of teaching in North Yorkshire.’’

North Yorkshire’s looked-after young people are also celebrating results with a number of students already accepted onto degree courses of their choosing – in criminology, sports management and journalism.  Some are currently going through the clearing process.  Nine altogether are planning to start university this year.

There are currently 13 North Yorkshire care-leavers already  in higher education – 11 undergraduates and  2 postgraduates.

Of the post graduates, one has completed a 2 year MA in Economics & Chinese Development in Beijing after winning a scholarship and is currently training in New York before taking up a post in banking.  The second has completed a one year MA Biblical Studies & Theology and hopes to be an Anglican vicar.

“We are very proud of the achievements of our looked-after children,” added Cllr Mulligan, “and prioritise  continuity and stability in the support we give to them so that they have the chance to achieve to the best of their ability and go on to get qualifications and skills that will help them build a fulfilling future.”

Schools in the county also have strong systems of support in place to assist students who may have missed out on their first choices to gain alternative places through the university clearing system, or to help them to look for alternative routes into employment, training or apprenticeships.

Cllr Mulligan said: “Large numbers of university places remain available and students can still get places even if they didn’t reach their grades. In addition, students who have performed better than expected are helped to apply for more prestigious courses and institutions.”

GCSE success for adult learners

Adult learners in North Yorkshire have celebrated another successful year of GCSE results.

This is the sixth year that North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service has offered a comprehensive range of GCSE English and maths courses.

This year was the second year of the numeric grading system from 9 to 1 – with 9 being the highest grade – for English and maths, replacing the previous alphabetic grades. Early indications are that in North Yorkshire in GCSE English 83 per cent of adult learners achieved a grade 9 to 4. For GCSE maths full-length courses, indications are that 58 per cent of all learners achieved a grade 9 to 4.

More than 4,000 adult learners sign up for courses with the Adult Learning and Skills Service every year. These include free courses that are available to eligible learners. GCSE maths and English courses are free for people who have previously achieved lower than a C grade or level 4.

“Our adult learners across North Yorkshire should be congratulated for all the hard work that has gone into achieving these results,” said Cllr Mulligan. “These successes show that it’s never too late to learn or improve the skills your need to get where you want to be. Anyone who is thinking of returning to study and who might be encouraged by these successes, can still enrol on courses, including GCSE English and maths.”

View the latest prospectus with a full list of courses in each area, free taster classes and eligibility criteria and to enrol and pay online.