LiveRE-READ: Wirral's GCSE results

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  • Thousands of pupils from across the borough will discover their GCSE fate today after a nervous wait.
  • The Wirral Globe will be in schools and hopefully celebrating with them.
  • Don't forget to send in your own photos to emma.rigby@nqnw.co.uk or tweet us @WIRRALGLOBENEWS

3:54pm

That's all from our GCSE live blog today.

You can still send your pictures to emma.rigby@nqnw.co.uk or tweet them @WIRRALGLOBENEWS

Congratulations from all at the Wirral Globe on your results today!

Our full GCSE results coverage will be in Wednesday's Globe.

3:54pm

West Kirby Grammar secured its position as one of the UK’s leading schools with a record beating performance in this year’s GCSE level examinations.

All 173 girls passed five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C.

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There was a 65% pass rate at the highest grades of A* and A level, with a quarter of students achieving 10 or more A* and A grades.

Headteacher Alison Duffy described the performance as “Outstanding”.

She said: “The results are once again exceptional with marvellous individual achievements. There were 43 girls who achieved all A* and A grades and all girls in the year group exceeded their targets for 2014.

“The students produced some terrific results and we are proud of their accomplishments.  The teachers and support staff have worked hard to ensure they fulfil their potential and this commitment shines through in these wonderful results."

 

3:48pm

South Wirral High School is celebrating outstanding mathematics results this year, along with sustained success in visual and performing arts subjects, which is the school’s specialism.

More than 70% of students gained A*-C grades in Mathematics.

In key academic subject areas such as English literature, science, history, and modern languages, more than 60% of students achieved a C grade or above.

Staff, students and parents celebrated success on GCSE results day. 63% of students achieved 5 A* to C grades. 

 

3:13pm

More than 90% of students gained at least five A* to C grades in their GCSEs at Birkenhead High School Academy - more than 30% of these were A* to A grades and well above the national average.

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Exceptional results were the order of the day for several pupils, including Frankie Wightman (pictured right)) who was awarded nine A* grades in subjects including maths, English literature, history and French. Frankie will now be studying for A-levels at BHSA in maths, chemistry, biology and another she hasn’t dedcided on yet.

She said: "I’m working towards a degree in medicine. I recently did work experience at Arrowe Park hospital and really enjoyed it."

Phoebe Watkinson (pictured left) also celebrated success with seven As and an A* to her credit out of the 10 GCSEs she passed.

She said: "BHSA has been the most supportive place for me to be with teachers who are there for you every step of the way.”

Principal Chris Mann said: “This is an excellent set of results for Birkenhead High, particularly as this is the school’s first, all-ability cohort.

"Academic success will always be important and these results represent the start of a very bright future for our students, standing them in good stead as they take the next steps on their educational journey.”

 

2:55pm

Here are Birkenhead School students India Wild, Owen Morris, Sam Gavin-Pitt, Max Shah, Elanor Hilton and Alexandra Scott with new headteacher Dr Jeremy Grundy.

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2:50pm

A few more pictures from Weatherhead High have just arrived...Wirral Globe:

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2:16pm

We have just received this from Prenton High School's headteacher Lisa Ayling.

83% of students achieved at least 5A*- C. 81% achieved A*-C in Maths and 72% in English. 

Mrs Ayling said: “I congratulate each one of our students, their parents and carers, and the staff who have worked so hard in achieving these strong results.

"We are very proud of our students and wish them all well as they embark upon their post-16 studies”.

1:17pm

Over at Pensby High School for Girls students are also celebrating after exceeding the national average.

Principal Mrs Russell said she was delighted with these strong examination results, which again demonstrated the school’s commitment to academic excellence and the development of pupils during their school career.

She said: "There are a number of pupils who achieved outstanding personal results, including Elizabeth Ball who achieved 11 A* grades, and Adele Churchill, Elena Davies, Jessica Hargreaves, Ceri Holder, Sarah Jane Housley, Anne Alicia Guinaud, Sophie Jackson and Jessica Williamson who all received a large number of very top subject grades.

"I know these outstanding results were achieved by pupils, staff and parents all doing their part and working extremely well together.

"This has been the key to our success, and the high standards, that have marked this school out on the Wirral.

"I have been exceptionally proud to be part of this and I know that these high standards will be maintained. Year on year stretching academic targets have been exceeded by our hard working and committed young people – they are a credit to themselves and their parents. I wish them all well for the future."

1:15pm

2014 has been another successful year at Pensby High School for Boys.  

Boys have been particularly successful in English Language with 74% having now achieved A*-C and also in maths where 63% have now achieved A*-C. 

Overall 51% of the boys have achieved five or more A*-C grades including English Language and maths. 

Principal Mrs Russell said: "I was delighted to share the success of students with them on the GCSE results day. 

"At Pensby Boys the academic achievement and nurturing of the talents of every student are very important as it provides them with the opportunity to fulfil their unique individual potential and progress to the next step in their chosen career pathway. 

"I would like to congratulate every student in Year 11 and to recognise the following boys on their particularly excellent results:  Lewis Clarke, Ben Coles, Tom Cullen, Jamie Dinsdale, Jonathan Francis, Jake Gill, Nathan Holland, Matthew Jones, Adam Lewis, Thomas Magee, James Matthews, Michael Presland, Mitchell Taylor, Andrew Wootten and Thomas Wynne.

"I was pleased to hear about the students plans for the future and that many of them have chosen to return to the Pensby High Schools’ 6th Form.

"I hope that the achievements of this year’s 6th Form Leavers serve as an inspiration to all the students who received their GCSE results this year whatever their individual plans."

12:31pm

Staff and students at Birkenhead School have much to celebrate today with nearly a third of students being awarded at least 10 A and A* grades, with 35% of results being at the top A* grade.

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Despite warnings to schools to expect big variations in results following the most significant changes to exams we have seen for several years, Birkenhead School continues to deliver consistently outstanding results.

With 65% of the results at A* and A grades, the 2014 GCSE results are the culmination of a wonderful year for Birkenhead School, Wirral’s only selective co-educational school. 

Particular congratulations go to India Wild who was awarded 11 A* grades and Eleanor Hilton, Owen Morris, Sam Gavin-Pitt, Max Shah and Alexandra Scott who all achieved 10 A* grades.

Retiring Headmaster John Clark was thrilled with the results and said: “I would like to congratulate all the students and staff on their achievements.

"Once again the results have been excellent and reflect the hard work of the boys and girls at Birkenhead School, as well as their teachers who are always ready to go the extra mile to support them.

"After an outstanding set of A and AS level results last week we continue to deliver exam results well ahead of other schools in the area.

"But life at Birkenhead School is about so much more than exam results, we provide an environment for personal development and a vast range of opportunities beyond the classroom, leading to a truly rounded education”

12:29pm

Ridgeway High School...

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Ben Dixon opens his results surrounded by family.

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Phobe Reid looks happy as she opens her results with a friend.

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GCSE success for Phobe Reid, Ben Dixon, Gemma Mander.

12:27pm

Here's Bryony-Ann Hodson, Jessica Keatley, Emily Gambino, Alice Hough, Lucy Buckley and Ellen Allinson celebrating their exam results at Prenton High School for Girls.

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Head Girl Alice Hough celebrates her GCSE results.

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Ellie Adams makes a quick phonecall to share her results.

12:24pm

Our photographer Geoff Davies has just sent over these photographs from this morning's GCSE results...

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Bebington High School students Devon Williams, William Major and Aklack Hussain look pleased with their results.

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Aclack Hussein achieved five As and six Bs.

12:19pm

As well as a number of Year 11 GCSE stars, Weatherhead High School also entered a number of Year 9 students for GCSE Latin.

Elise Levett achieved grade A, Poppy Smith grade B and Georgia Bewley, Autumn Townsend and Geogia Hepke achieved grade C. Latin was taken as an after school extra-curricular activity.  

Headteacher, Mr Neil Dyment, congratulated all staff and students for the outstanding results.

He said: "All our students have worked extremely hard and I am so pleased that they have been rewarded for their efforts. 

"Every student has secured qualifications and many have achieved quite exceptional grades.

"Weatherhead students are motivated and supported by an outstanding team of teachers who are passionate about helping students to achieve beyond their expectations.

"The excellent relationships and mutual respect between students and teachers are fundamental to the success achieved today.

"I and Mrs Owens, the Chair of Governors, are so proud of all students and so pleased that the vast majority of them will be continuing their studies in our Sixth Form.  Weatherhead High School is set for a very positive start to the new academic year."

12:13pm

Another success story has just landed in our inbox from Weatherhead High School...

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The school is celebrating another year of exceptional results, with 78% of students achieving the critical five A*-C grades including the core subjects of English and maths. 

A record number of the highest grades were awarded with 661 GCSEs being at A*/A. 

The new challenging GCSEs and changes to the way papers are marked have not impacted on Weatherhead students, as the results far exceed national performance projections, based on KS2 data. 

 

12:09pm

A leading teaching union has had its say on this year's GCSE results.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT - the largest teachers’ union in the UK - said: “This year’s GCSE exam entrants have had to cope with a raft of rushed through and ill-conceived changes to the qualifications system and so today’s results are especially commendable. Congratulations must go to teachers and pupils for navigating through this difficult period of upheaval.

“The reality is that despite a campaign of calculated denigration of the GCSE qualification perpetuated by the Coalition Government, there was never any evidence to justify the destabilising changes that teachers and pupils have had to face.

“It is becoming increasingly challenging for parents and the public to interpret and compare results year on year, but perhaps this is the Coalition Government’s intention.

“It is particularly important given the changes to study the results in more detail to draw meaningful conclusions. Any variations in grades this year appear to be the result of reforms in the system, and not a reflection on the ability of pupils or the quality of teaching."

11:43am

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Notable individual achievements at Wirral Grammar School for Boys...

  • 14 pupils gained a minimum of 8A* grades
  • 26 pupils gained A*/A in ten or more subjects
  • Four pupils - Aaron D’Cruz, Sam Fisher, Alexander Kaye and George Watson - gained nine or more A* grades, while George Watson gained 10 A*s.

Headteacher David Hazeldine attributes this success to team effort. 

He said: “At Wirral Grammar, pupils, parents and teachers work together and share the same aspirations for each boy. 

"Where examination success is at stake, there can be no room for complacency. Congratulations to all pupils and very best wishes for your continued success.”

11:42am

Here's a breakdown of the results at Wirral Grammar School for Boys...

The percentage of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including both English and maths was 95%.

  • The average number of GCSE passes per student was 9.9%
  • 23.8% of all grades were A*
  • 51.1% of all grades were A*, A
  • 77.2% of all grades were A*, A and B
  • Overall, 34.4% of pupils gained 8 or more A*/A grades including English and Maths
  • The average QCA point score was 518.1.

 

11:41am

Pupils at Wirral Grammar School for Boys are jumping for joy after receiving GCSE results above the national average.

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11:30am

Some more happy faces from St John Plessington...

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11:23am

St John Plessington Catholic College is also celebrating another year of great success, with 68% of pupils achieving five A*-C grades, including English and maths. 

While pupils continue to achieve very well in all subjects, the results in English and maths are phenomenal with 93% achieving at least expected progress in English and 84% in maths.

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Executive headteacher Tom Quinn, said: "I am very pleased with the achievements of all our Year 11 pupils who have worked hard and achieved excellent results.

"Despite the changes encountered at GCSE this year, their application, together with first-class teaching and support from staff, has enabled them all to realise their potential.

"All pupils and teachers should be congratulated on their hard work and also thanks to parents for their continued support.”

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11:18am

Bebington High Sports College has had another good year with their GCSEs despite the changes to the examination system, recording their BEST EVER maths, English and science results.

Students also exceeded the school'ls targets in maths and English.

There were exceptional individual results from Joseph Eaton who achieved one A*, four As and four Bs, Aclack Hussein with five As and  six Bs, Howie Moore with four As and three Bs, Kieran Priest with three As and three Bs, William Major three As and four Bs and Alex Houston with two As and four Bs.

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Headteacher Brian Jordan said: "These results again emphasise how well our students can achieve, I feel proud and privileged to be able to work in a school that cares enormously for its students and where the staff demonstrate outstanding dedication."

10:57am

More good luck messages...

10:54am

Don't forget to tweet us your celebratory snapshots @WIRRALGLOBENEWS.

You can also email them to emma.rigby@nqnw.co.uk

10:51am

The journey of Alice and Stella Oyesola to GCSE success at Ridgeway is an inspirational one.

The twins joined the school four years ago when they moved to England from Nigeria. 

Wirral Globe: Headteacher Tom Taylor with Alice and Stella Oyesola.

Despite initially having only a limited command of English, the girls enthusiastically embraced every opportunity the school offered, both inside and beyond the classroom. 

They leave with 13 "good" GCSEs each, with Alice receiving 12 A*/A grades and Stella 10 A*/A grades. 

Alice wants to pursue a career in law while Stella intends to study medicine. 

Headteacher Tony Taylor said: “I am delighted for all students who received their results today.  We know that examinations are becoming harder – less coursework, more content, tougher questions. 

"I am proud that our pupils, parents and staff have risen to this challenge. 

"We have many individual success stories and examples of outstanding results.  For example, the examination success of Alice and Stella shows what can be achieved through hard work and a determination to succeed."

10:50am

It has been another year of fantastic results for Ridgeway High School, with every child achieving well in the new, more rigorous and demanding GCSEs.

Every student in year 11 has achieved examination success at the highest level. 

Particularly impressive was the performance of students who received the very highest grades. 

For example, Ben Dixon achieved 13 GCSEs at A* to C, including 8 A*/A grades.  Ben’s outstanding performance was matched by Phoebe Reid, who was also awarded 8 A*/A grades.  Gemma Mander also gained 13 GCSEs with 6 A*/A grades.

Ben said: “I am really pleased with History, my results enable me to go to Wirral Boys to do my choice of A levels of Maths and further maths.”

 

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10:39am

Have you picked up your results yet? Did you do better or worse than expected? Are you wondering what to do next? 

10:36am

While we wait for other schools across Wirral to publish their GCSE results, the national picture has been revealed...

There has been a slight rise in overall A* to C grades but while maths results have improved, English results are down.

Nationally, girls  have done better than boys in this year's exams.

73.1% of girls' exam entries achieved A* to C, compared with 64.3% for boys.

10:08am

Here are students from Pensby High School celebrating their GCSE results.

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9:47am

More on the news that results could vary this year...

Schools that used to play the system by entering pupils for exams early and multiple times could be in for a "sharp shock" today when GCSE results are published, it has been suggested.

Those that relied heavily on "gaming" are more likely to see lower grades, according to Professor Alan Smithers.

His comments come following warnings from England's exams regulator, Ofqual, that there is likely to be "variability" in grades at a school level this summer due to the significant changes to the qualifications.

9:36am

Just in from chief reporter Craig Manning, who is sharing students' success this morning....

Katy Magee and Rob Webster were among students celebrating their GCSE results at Hilbre High School. 

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Katy got four As, three Bs and a merit, while Rob got four As and four A*s.

The duo are now looking forward to their futures, with Katy planning to stay on at Hilbre to study her A-levels in economics, psychology, Spanish and English language. 

Rob will also be staying at Hilbre and will study geology, chemistry, English language and maths.

Assistant vice principal and director of sixth form Jane Whisker said: "We have seen a huge increase in the number of students obtaining straight As and A*s. There has been a large number of students enrolling in sixth form."

9:32am

9:29am

From Wirral Grammar School for Girls...

Students are celebrating after 99% of pupils gained at least 5 A* to C grades. Over 64% of all grades were awarded at the very highest grades of A* or A and 88% of all grades were A* - B.

Headteacher Mrs Cogan said: "Our students have once again done us proud. It is an amazing achievement and all our pupils have proved that hard work really does pay off.”

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Some of the school's highest achievers are Holly Bates, Ella Benson Easton, Mia Riley, Anna Welsh, secured 8 A* and 2 A grades, while Chloe Heyward gained 8 A* and 1 A grade. Seven other students, Ellie Blakemore, Sarah Buckley, Kate Compton, Natasha Martlew, Kelly McNee, Holly Pearson and Anastasia Shafran, achieved 7 A* and 3 A grades while Fiona Hitchcock gained 7 A* and 2 A grades.

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GCSE stars Georgie Semple, Mia Riley, Holly Pearson and Ella Benson Easton.

Mrs Cogan accredited the high success rate to the students’ self-motivation and drive to do well, the school setting ambitious targets for the students to aspire to, the staff working with the students as individuals to ensure they achieve their full potential and the students desire to stay on at the school in the sixth form.

Following the outstanding GCSE pass rate, more than 90% of the Wirral Grammar School for Girls students plan to stay on at the school for their A-Levels and additional girls will also be joining the 6th form from other schools.

Mrs Cogan added: “The results show the high standard of teaching and learning and with the constant support of the parents, staff and governors we have developed a culture of high attainment that everyone aspires to.

"Last week our A level results were fantastic. Our GCSE results today are also outstanding and are a true reflection of the hard work that all our pupils consistently deliver.”

9:25am

9:24am

It has been yet another hugely successful year for pupils at Woodchurch High School, who have acheived excellent resutls once again.

The school is particularly delighted to report that as an Engineering College pupils achieved 100% in all the engineering and creative art and design subjects

Headteacher Rebekah Phillips said: "Once again, I am so proud of the achievements of all our pupils, they have worked so hard and thoroughly deserve these tremendous results, which are down to their sheer hard work and commitment over the last five years.

"I wish all our Year 11 pupils every success in their chosen post-16 destination routes. I would also like to thank all the staff of the school, who were tireless in their efforts to develop and support all our pupils."

9:20am

So senior reporter Emma Rigby has just realised it's seven years since she picked up her GCSE results. 

Do you remember when you picked yours up? Are you supporting family members through the same thing today? And what do you think about reports that changes to exams mean "variability" in individual school results?

Email emma.rigby@nqnw.co.uk or tweet @WIRRALGLOBENEWS

9:18am

Teenagers are today waking up to their GCSE grades amid indications that some schools are seeing major changes to results.

Early reports suggested that there are particular concerns among some headteachers about English and maths grades.

England's exams regulator, Ofqual, has previously warned that there is likely to be "variability" in individual school results this summer due to the significant alterations to the qualifications.

9:15am

Schools are taking to Twitter to wish good luck to students....

 

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9:10am

We want you to get involved throughout the day.

You can e-mail emma.rigby@nqnw.co.uk or tweet us @WIRRALGLOBENEWS or comment at the bottom of this page

9:00am

Globe chief reporter Craig Manning is at Calday Grammar School where students have just picked up their results.

Celebrating GCSE exam success this morning are students Matthew Jones, Daniel Lawson, Matthew Miller and James Taylor - who each got 10 A*s.

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8:49am

Good morning! Today is the day thousands of students across Wirral find out how they did in their GCSE exams earlier this year. 

We'll be in schools across the borough finding out how people got on and hopefully celebrating with them. 

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2:15pm Thu 21 Aug 14

SteveT13 says...

Prenton High School continues to have an excellent track record in delivering high academic achievement for our girls and this is reflected in our 2014 GCSE results.
Congratulations to all students who have achieved the best ever results at Prenton High School. 83% of students achieved at least 5A*- C. 81% achieved A*-C in Maths and 72% in English. This shows excellent progress with high numbers of students exceeding national progress measures.
Headteacher Mrs Lisa Ayling says: “I congratulate each one of our students, their parents and carers, and the staff who have worked so hard in achieving these strong results. We are very proud of our students and wish them all well as they embark upon their post-16 studies”.
Prenton High School continues to have an excellent track record in delivering high academic achievement for our girls and this is reflected in our 2014 GCSE results. Congratulations to all students who have achieved the best ever results at Prenton High School. 83% of students achieved at least 5A*- C. 81% achieved A*-C in Maths and 72% in English. This shows excellent progress with high numbers of students exceeding national progress measures. Headteacher Mrs Lisa Ayling says: “I congratulate each one of our students, their parents and carers, and the staff who have worked so hard in achieving these strong results. We are very proud of our students and wish them all well as they embark upon their post-16 studies”. SteveT13
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