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Girls in UKís top 2,000

By Natasha Swift 30th August 2017

Girls in UKís top 2,000
Olivia Hunkin

Overall GCSE passes may have fallen in the biggest shake-up of exams in a generation.

But pupils in St Austell and Clay Country who sat the new tougher exams for the first time this summer have bucked the national trend after securing some of the top results.

Brannel pupil Olivia Hunkin, along with Emma Clarke, Eleanor Cook and Abi Tamblyn, from Penrice, were among the top 2,000 pupils in the country to secure Grade 9s in all three subjects.

Across the country passes - Grade C/Grade 4 and above - have dropped by 0.6 per cent to 66.3 per cent this year.

The reformed GCSEs have been introduced to be more challenging and cut down on the number of students getting A*s.

English language, English literature and maths are the first subjects to use the new system.
Most other subjects will adopt numbers by 2019 and eventually all GCSEs taken in England will receive numerical grades.

Students, who collected their results on Thursday, received a mixture of number and letter grades.

Almost 51,000 grade nines were given out across the three reformed subjects, English Literature, English Language and Maths.

By Natasha Swift 30th August 2017

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