This live event has finished
- Thousands of pupils from across the town will discover their GCSE fate today after a nervous wait.
- The Guardian will be in schools and hopefully celebrating with them.
- Don't forget to send in your own photos to email@example.com or tweet us at @NorthwichNews @MiddlewichNews @WinsfordNews @KnutsfordNews
Winsford Academy pupils celebrate their achievements this morning
Good luck to all the students in #weavervale and further afield getting their GCSEs today.— @GrahamEvansMP 21 August 2014
This is what a teaching union has had to say about the 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.
Cara Cunningham and Matt Sayle are making their way around Knutsford Academy, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive, Winsford Academy and Middlewich High.
Ian Ross is with Nick Jones and they are visiting all the Northwich high schools.
Winsford Academy has told the Guardian this year’s examination results show 'sustained improvement in academic performance', with notable achievements in a number of areas.
Subject performance was especially notable in the following GCSE courses: Additional Science, Art & Design, English Literature, Music, Spanish and Religious Studies; and the vocational areas of Construction, Hospitality & Catering, Sport and Travel & Tourism.
Principal Andrew Taylor-Edwards said: “These GCSE results, combined with a large increase in average points scores per student at A level and record levels of attendance, and in the context of an increasingly demanding education standard, the students, parents and staff who make the Academy what it is, have much to celebrate."
Exam officials revealed that 68.8 per cent of entries scored A*-C, up 0.7 percentage points on last summer.
However, there have been warnings of 'volatility' in results following major changes to the exam system.
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Quick round of what has been going on nationally.
According to reports there has been a sharp fall in English GCSE grades, but on average across all GCSE subjects this year's results show a slight rise in A* to C grades.
Plenty of students in our area picking up their GCSE results today.
Guardian photographers and reporters are currently heading round mid Cheshire and Knutsford speaking to students as they arrive at school.