Pupils across Wirral were able to enjoy a fantastic set of results today, after the government u-turned and decided to allow children to get the grades their teachers predicted for them.

GCSEs are graded between one and nine, with nine being the best possible grade and one being the lowest possible pass.

Year 11 students at South Wirral High School in Eastham were among those celebrating today.

Finley Ebbrell was commended for his four nines, two eights, a seven and two sixes, while Jorja Price also enjoyed great success, with her grades ranging between nine and seven.

The school praised its students’ “real maturity” in tough times and looked forward to welcoming many back for Sixth Form in September.

At Wirral Grammar for Girls, staff and students alike cheered an outstanding set of grades, with 66% of results awarded falling between grades seven and nine, with 51 pupils getting between seven and nine in all their subjects.

Diya Calleechurn, who scored grade nine in nine of her courses and grade eight in one subject, said: “I was very stressed, very uneasy [waiting for the results] but I’ve always had faith in my teachers.

“It was very troublesome [being unsure] of what’s going on [and unsure of] what will happen. But at least it’s all worked out.”

Headteacher Elaine Cogan paid tribute to the teaching and learning within the school and said: “It has been a very difficult year for these girls and staff, parents and pupils should be congratulated for such excellent grades.”

Lisa Ayling, headteacher at Prenton High School, said she “could not be prouder” of her students.

The breakdown of results shows the school continues to perform strongly in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and delivers consistently in other subjects also.

Lucie, from Port Sunlight, one of the students celebrating outstanding results today, said: “I knew I had worked hard so I am really happy with my results.

“I am now going on to study History, Film Studies and Geography with the hope of developing a career in hazard protection.”

Ms Ayling added: “Our hearts are filled with pride today as we reunite with our Year 11 students. The past few months have been very difficult but they have shown amazing resilience during periods of uncertainty.”

Calday Grange Grammar School had a fantastic day to celebrate, as more than 60% of its results were between grades seven and nine.

Three pupils – Luke Hampshire, Daniel Hayes and Matthew Holroyd – scored a grade nine in all 10 of their GCSEs.

Stephen Gray, headteacher at the school, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our GCSE results this year. After a very difficult year, in which students had to finish school abruptly and not sit summer examinations.

“It has been a challenging and unprecedented year. Our students have shown resilience and have been rewarded for their hard work during the three years of their GCSE studies.”

Simon Duggan, headteacher of St Anselms College in Birkenhead, also had a happy tale to tell.

Some of his students achieved remarkable results. Obediah Callaghan and Thomas Whiteley got 10 grade nines, while Alfie Whisker and Archie Wyles scored the top grade in seven subjects.

Mr Duggan said: “Our students deserve these impressive grades and we are in no doubt that they would have achieved similar results if they had been allowed to sit their GCSE exams.

“Obediah and Tom’s awards are well-deserved and we expect all these outstanding students to progress to the leading universities in the country in two years’ time in the footsteps of this year’s successful A-Level students.”