Students receive results after first formal GCSEs since pandemic

This story was published 25 August 2022

Students from across North Yorkshire today received results after the first formal GCSE exams since the pandemic.

Emma Brewer, Ella Henley Smith, Matthew Donaghy, Charlotte Henley Smith celebrate exam success at Selby High School.

This is the first year since 2019 that GCSE and equivalent examinations have been taken after they were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students in the county had much to celebrate as students received their results ahead of embarking on the next chapter of their lives.

Selby High School headteacher Nicholas Hinchliffe said: “I’d like to pass on a huge congratulations to students and staff on their successes today with excellent performance across so many different subjects within the curriculum.  

“This year group has really felt the impact of the Covid restrictions, and there have been challenges along the way,  but our Year 11 students have shown great maturity and resilience, and thoroughly deserve the excellent results that they have achieved today.”

At Boroughbridge High School, two students, Toby Naish and Melody Neale managed to obtain top marks, both securing eight grade 9s and one grade 8. 

Headteacher Kathryn Stephenson said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to congratulate students today on their excellent achievements. 

“We are incredibly proud of the way in which they have approached the challenges of the last couple of years, showing great resilience throughout.”

The Whitby Secondary Partnership, made up of Eskdale and Caedmon College also commended their students for the determination and positivity they demonstrated in preparing for their exams.

Executive Headteacher Jamie Henshaw said: “It has not been an easy couple of years for students preparing for and taking their exams but all have shown real determination and positivity. 

“Throughout the last year, students have attended additional sessions after school, completed work online and been taught at a quicker pace in order to include all the necessary content. 

“The results for the two schools in the partnership are positive and we have seen an increase on our 2019 results.” 

Our corporate director of children and young people’s services, Stuart Carlton, said: “Our young people have faced significant disruption to their learning as a result of the pandemic and are to be congratulated on their GCSE and equivalent results today. 

“I wish them every success as they move on to the next stage of their education, employment or training. 

“Any young person still unsure about their next steps is encouraged to talk through their options with their family, school and careers adviser.”

Cllr Annabel Wilkinson, executive member for education and skills said: “Huge congratulations to all young people in North Yorkshire receiving their GCSE and equivalent results today. 

“I have been very impressed by their resilience, hard work and commitment to their studies throughout the ongoing challenges brought by pandemic, their achievements today are well deserved. Good luck in whatever you choose to do next and well done!”

Adult learners across North Yorkshire are celebrating after securing outstanding GCSE results. 

This is the tenth year that our Adult Learning and Skills Service has offered a comprehensive range of GCSE English and maths courses. The service helps adults improve their skills and gain qualifications to achieve their goals in employment.

This academic year saw a success rate of 100 per cent.

In GCSE Maths 85 per cent of learners achieved a grade 9 to 4 and results for GCSE English Language were outstanding with 100 per cent achieving a grade 9 to 4. 

More than 600 adult learners sign up for the free Maths and English courses with the service every year. 

Our assistant director for education and skills, Amanda Newbold, said: “Congratulations to all young people and adult learners in North Yorkshire receiving their GCSE and equivalent results today. 

“Students, adult learners and teaching staff should be very proud of their achievements today. I would especially like to thank our schools, colleges and adult learning providers for their outstanding commitment and support to this cohort of students during what has been a very difficult time.”