Students across Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire have been celebrating after finding out their GCSE results on Thursday morning. Due to the pandemic, pupils haven’t been able to sit exams. Instead, teachers have determined grades, based on a combination of coursework, mock exams and essays. At Ron Dearing University Technical College, 87 per cent of their 155 Year 11 students achieved grades 4-9 in English and Maths and 60 per cent secured 5-9 in these core subjects. Read more: Hull mum explains how she enjoyed London trip for bargain price The UTC also celebrated strong results in the school’s Level 2 technical qualification specialisms, with 57% of students achieving Distinction* or Distinction in Digital Technology. Another 53% achieved Distinction* or Distinction in Engineering Designwhile 30% were awarded Distinction* or Distinction in Engineering Systems and Control and 30% of students achieved Distinction* or Distinction in Creative Media. “Yet again our students have demonstrated incredible determination and resilience in extremely difficult circumstances”, said principal Sarah Pashley, who also confirmed that more than 130 students will go onto the UTC’s sixth form.
Peter Sword, Ron Dearing UTC pupil, was ‘absolutely ecstatic’ with his 6 9s and brace of distinction star grades.
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Peter Sword is one of Ron Dearing UTC’s GCSE pupils staying on to study A-Levels at the sixth form. He achieved six GCSEs all at grade 9, including in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Peter also attained a Distinction* in Systems Control Engineering and the same grade in Digital Tech. Elsewhere, Archbishop Sentamu Academy claimed their best results to date, with 74 per cent of pupils achieving 4s in five or more subjects and 53 per cent earning strong passes, grades 5 and above, in English and Maths.
Archbishop Sentamu Academy students compare GCSE grades
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Over a fifth (22 per cent) of all the academy’s GCSE grades were 7-9, equivalent to A-A* under the old system. Hymers College’s GCSE level pupils, meanwhile, were undoubtedly one of the most high-achieving Year 11 groups in Hull and the East Riding. More than two thirds (71%) of all grades achieved by the Year 11 pupils were 7-9, with 77 per cent and 78 per cent obtaining grades 7-9 in English Literature and Maths, respectively.
Two students of Kingswood Academy on GCSE results day, August 12 2021. A 9 is the highest GCSE grade.
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Nine pupils at the college achieved 9s in ten subjects. Across the country, a record proportion of UK pupils achieved top GCSE grades. A 7-9 grade was awarded to 28.9 per cent of all UK GCSE entries, a rise of 2.7 percentage points from last year.
From l to r: Rubi Gurnell, Ellie Hardwidge and Jack Evers at Malet Lambert school. Rubi achieved 4 GCSE grade 7s, 1 6 and a 5, Ellie 6s and 5s and Jack 2 8s, 1 6, 2 5s and a 4.
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Just over three quarters (77.1 per cent) of UK entries were awarded a grade 4, equivalent to the old system grade of a C. Congratulations to all pupils on their GCSE and Level 2 technical qualification grades. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here