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Cornwall GCSE Results Below Average

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:25am 24th October 2012 (Updated 3:39pm 24th October 2012)

Less than half of Cornwall's boys got five decent GCSEs this year.

49% got five A* to C grades.

Across the Duchy as a whole, just under 55% of pupils met the benchmark.

That is below the national average again, which this year stands at 58.6%

David Wood is in charge of our schools: "That's held constant from last year, so we haven't experienced a drop, which there has been in national figures because of the controversy over English and examinations as a whole. So we are reasonably content with having held our position.

"Results are low where there is economic disadvantage and higher in more affluent areas so it's not perhaps surprising where we are but that doesn't mean that we can be complacent about it. We need to drive forward."

The Cornwall Association of Secondary Head Teachers claims the scores could be down to the grading row.

Chair Jane Black says if the boundaries for marking the English papers, a subject which girls traditionally do better at, had not been changed, Cornwall's scores would have risen by around 5%: "All teachers in Cornish schools want the very best for their students whether they're boys or girls. Everyone will be doing everything they can to make sure we continue to build on very strong foundations and that we continue to improve, whatever the government throws at us through the exam system."

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