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3:47pm 21st August 2014
(Updated 3:47pm 21st August 2014)

Grade expectations for Cornish teenagers.

Thousands are picking up their GCSEs, as figures show the UK pass rate has dropped for the second year running.

It has fallen 0.3% to 98.5%, from 98.8% in 2013.

Just over two thirds (68.8%) of entries scored A*-C, up 0.7% on last summer.

The proportion of entries awarded an A* has also dropped for the third year in a row to 6.7%, down from 6.8% last year.

In total, 61.7% of English entries scored a C or higher which is down 1.9% from last summer.

Maths saw the opposite result, with 62.4% of entries gaining an A*-C grade, up 4.8% on 2013.

The gender gap has widened at grade C and above this year, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'.

There has also been a move away from children studying the three sciences separately, the first drop in 10 years.

The exam regulator believes that cuts to re-sits and scrapping some coursework have affected marks.

Karen Ross is the Headteacher at Treviglas Community College in Newquay and said there were lots of challenges: "Well the changes to qualifications, when students can sit examinations for example, a reduction of coursework, the removal of speaking and listening from English Language and spelling, punctuation and grammar have got increased weighting in all examinations right across the board.

"There are lots of opportunities. There are many more apprenticeships available, excellent post-sixteen provision. Many of our students of course will be moving into sixth form and studying a range of courses and having lots of opportunities for community work and really developing themselves, ready for university."

gcsePirate FM was at Pool Academy as students opened their results on Thursday morning. An exceptional group of high flying girls who each achieved 10 or more A* / A GCSEs, including Yasmin and Kellie who each achieved 7 A* GCSEs and the rest of their results were all A grades.

Jacob has produced some brilliant results including 6 GCSEs at A* - A in the Sciences and Electronics.

The Head Girl and Boy also achieved excellent results with Jamie-Leigh achieving 11 GCSEs at A* - A grade and Peter achieving 4 A grades.

Double celebrations for two families who have twins within the year group, Yasmin and Lucy achieved a total of 14 A* - A grades between them and Arthur and Henry have achieved 6 A grades between them.

 Zelma Hill, the Principal, said:  "Our students have achieved some simply brilliant results. Ofsted recognised that teamwork plays a significant role in the school's success. Pool is able to build on the fantastic work in our primary schools. We believe that a child is more than just a set of results: we aim to develop confident, capable, well rounded individuals."

Acting Chair of governors Jo Gill said "We have a winning combination of hard working young people, inspirational staff and supportive parents. Well done to our young people. I am in no doubt that the new academic year will see the school and its students excel even further."

Annie-May Roberts is Pool Academy's careers co-ordinator, she said: "It's a fantastic atmosphere, it's amazing to see them after their summer opening their envelopes, if they haven't got what they wanted they come to their college or speak to their careers advisors or teachers and we can get that sorted for them.

"We have got tons of vocational and academic courses out there, and we can find something to suit them.

"Talk to us, talk to your teachers, don't worry at all, you've had five years of working hard and you've got your next adventure waiting for you."

3:47pm 21st August 2014

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