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- Hundreds of pupils in Warrington finally got their hands on their GCSE results today.
- Education reporter Lauren Hirst was out and about talking to students and celebrating with lots of them.
- We want to hear your success stories. Tweet us @warringtonnews or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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That's all for today. Congratulations to everyone who picked up their GCSE results today.
Good luck in the next chapter of your lives.
From left to right: Ted Griffiths with his younger brother Harry
Harry Griffiths, aged 16, was in a state of shock after getting 100 per cent in his English language and English literature GCSE exams.
Harry from Penketh is looking forward to starting Winstanley College after getting 11 A*s at Tower College in Rain Hill.
Tonight, Harry will be celebrating with his older brother Ted who picked up his A-level results last Thursday.
Read our full summary of the picture across Warrington in our report.
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GCSE results: Warrington pupils shine #GCSE #results http://t.co/rVm5A2vMfw— @WarringtonBC 22 August 2013
Need any help or advice?
Education and employment advisers from the Careers for Young People service will be on hand on Wednesday, August 28, to offer information and advice.
The event will take place in the centre for the Careers for Young People service in Times Square, between 1pm – 4pm.
Alternatively, to find out more call 424900 or visit the website careersforyoungpeople.co.uk.
We are over the moon with this year’s GCSE results and very pleased with all that our young people have achieved this year. These results are a credit to all the hard work and determination shown by students and the excellent teaching and support from teachers, school staff, governors and parents.Clr Colin Froggatt, executive board member for children and young people’s services
Schools in Warrington have beaten the national average for GCSE results.
There is good reason for the town to celebrate with 84.3 per cent of year 11 pupils achieving five A*- C grades.
This is significantly up on the national results at 68.1 per cent.
66.2 per cent of GCSE pupils in Warrington achieved five A*- C grades including English and maths.
Nationally, pupils gaining five A*- C including English and maths has dropped this year.
In spite of this, results in Warrington are up by 4 per cent.
Click here for the latest Lymm High School results.
Overall picture for Warrington not yet clear, by the way.
Waiting for council chaps to finish totting up.
Natasha Hennessy, Lauryn Poutama and Danielle Pritchard from Beamont Collegiate Academy are breathing a sigh of relief after picking up their GCSE results.
Results are just in for University Academy Warrington.
If you've just joined us, schools in Warrington are bucking national performance.
While talk across the country is of a record plummet in exam results, many schools in the town are beating the national average, and improving on last year.
Some fantastic results at Cardinal Newman High School in Latchford.
So plenty of reasons to smile for Katie Austin, Ciara Sharrock, Daisy Postlethwaite, Sophie Brady. Katie Austin achieved some of the best results in the school with 6A* and 7A grades.
If your exam results are higher or lower than expected, and you want to explore your options, call an expert careers adviser at the Exam Results Helpline for free independent advice.
Each helpline adviser is fully trained and qualified, with at least five years’ experience working in a careers-based role. The helpline is open until Saturday.
Call 0808 100 8000
From left to right: Lymm High School pupils Daniel Gordon, Camille Hatcher, Emma Catlow, Matthew Pyman, Eva Rurlander, Ella Wyss and Sebastian Reid
There were lots of smiles at Lymm High School when pupils picked up their GCSE results.
More than 70 per cent achieved five or more A*- C grades including English and mathematics.
84 per cent of students achieved five A*- C grades and 98 per cent gained five or more A*- G grades.
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Anna Haigh of Culcheth achieved an incredible 11 A* grades and a distinction in ICT.
78 per cent of students at Culcheth High School achieved five A* - C grades including English and maths - an improvement of 1 per cent from last year.
86 per cent of students achieved a grade C or above in English and 85 per cent in maths – these were both records numbers at the school.
We congratulate all our students on their fantastic achievements. They have worked hard and done very well. They have also benefited hugely from the support of their teachers. We are very proud of them and wish them all the best for the futureCulcheth High School head teacher, Martyn Froggett
Find the latest results for Bridgewater High School here
Some banter from St Gregory's High School pupil Michael Sheridan.
Mr Sheridan got seven A*s and five As today. When I asked him how he would be celebrating he replied 'I might go to McDonalds instead of KFC'.
And who said junk food was bad for the brain?
GCSE pupils at St Gregory's High School
Are young people in Warrington ready for work? The Federation of Small Businesses has some advice.
Young people in the UK are leaving school unprepared for employment and the workplace, business groups have said.
Recent research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found that half of small firms believe young people are leaving school with a poor attitude to work and without key employment skills such as problem solving.
Lack of basic numeracy and literacy skills were also a concern for small employers.
Warrington based Nigel Holland said: “Communication skills, numeracy, literature and a good attitude to work are essential key attributes needed by Warrington school leavers to enable them to work in the business environment.
"Once a school leaver has obtained these basic skills they can then utilise this foundation to development their career in any chosen discipline.”
A lot of proud teachers around Warrington schools today, as you'd expect.
While there was a buzz in the gyms, halls and classrooms as students opened brown envelopes, at Penketh High School there was also music.
'I Believe I Can Fly' by R Kelly, in fact. Those teachers really are down with the kids.
These results reflect the hard work and effort made by our students. I am immensely proud of all our students and wish to congratulate each and every one of them on their success.Alison Sherman, principal of University Academy Warrington
University Academy Warrington has received its first ever set of GCSE results since changing from Lysander High in Padgate.
61 per cent of all students achieved the national benchmark of five A* - C grades including English and mathematics.
75 per cent of students secured an A* - C in English and 67 per cent in mathematics.
Students with celebrate their results at Sir Thomas Boteler High School.
From left to right: Ryan Warburton, Henry Hughes, Chelsea-Ann Tracey, Chloe Kendrick, Tia Main, Harry McDonald and Georgia Boardman.
I would like to congratulate all the students on their results. They have worked very hard and thoroughly deserve their success.Julie Warburton, head of school at Cardinal Newman Catholic High School
Pupils at Cardinal Newman Catholic High School are celebrating after gaining another set of excellent examination results.
The school has achieved its best ever results with 95 per cent of students achieving five A*- C grades, while 67 per cent achieved five A*- C grades including English and mathematics.
I look forward to welcoming these students back to the sixth form in two weeks time and celebrating their continued success as they excel in A-levels in two years time.Great Sankey High School executive head teacher, Alan Davies
"The pupils of the class of 2013 have done themselves and the school proud and I wish them all the very best in the future."Beamont Collegiate Academy Principal Maggie Williams
Year 11 pupils at Beamont Collegiate Academy have delivered a fantastic set of GCSE examination results.
95 per cent of pupils at Beamont Collegiate Academy have achieved five or more A* - C grades with 20 per cent of the pupils achieving three or more A* and As.
It was pretty much smiles everywhere today. Certainly at Penketh High School, anyway.
#GCSE results are out today. We're at Penketh High School in Warrington. http://t.co/PJ1bxdj3Jv http://t.co/ETPHC6Pi7X— @BBCNewsbeat 22 August 2013
Getting your GCSE results today and not sure what your next steps are? Call into the Careers for Young People Centre http://t.co/PqipQ6TdgE— @WarringtonBC 22 August 2013
Still waiting to hear from Warrington Borough Council for an overall picture for schools in the town.
When we know, you'll know.
Unless we're feeling mean, which of course, we won't be. Probably.
Governors and staff are extremely proud of the tremendous results which reflects all of the outstanding hard work of everyone concerned. We sincerely wish all of our past pupils success for the future.David Lewis, head teacher at St Gregory's High School
Officials at St Gregory's High School in Westbrook have now released its results following some minor confusion.
Again performance was better than the national average with 73 per cent of students getting five A* - Cs with English and maths.
Penketh High School pupil Chandni Thaker said she felt sick this morning before collecting her results.
Not to worry though - the 16-year-old got 10 A*s and three As.
She said: "I got here at 10am because i just wanted to know what my results were.
"The waiting was the difficult bit."
Find the latest GCSE results for Birchwood High School here
And these pupils at Birchwood High were among those helping secure the school's best set of GCSE results.
Nationally, GCSE performance is down again for the second year running. Does this mean exams are getting harder? Lets us know what you think by commenting below our blog, or tweeting us @warringtonnews.
You can get all the latest stats on the schools in Warrington on our Local Info page.
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Here are some teenagers celebrating results at Beamont Collegiate Academy in Orford.
Those excellent results from Great Sankey have been mirrored elsewhere.
At Penketh High School performance has been upped with 61 per cent of students hitting the coveted benchmark of five A*-Cs with English and maths.
That was up from 55 per cent last year.
Don't forget to let us know your thoughts on today's results.
What do you think of performance so far in Warrington?
Are GCSEs getting easier/harder?
Do they matter?
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“These results are testament to the hard work and commitment of our school community. Students, staff and parents have worked tirelessly to ensure our students exceeded expectations and I am delighted that in a year where nationally GCSE results have fallen that we have continued to excel.Alan Davies, head teacher at Great Sankey High School
Results are coming in from Great Sankey High School where 75 per cent of pupils got five A* - C grades including English and maths.
The pass rate for five A* - Cs in any subject was 91 per cent.
Top performing students included Amaan Din, Kieran Jones and Laura Yarwood, who all got 10 A* grades.
Also visited #PenkethHigh and St Greg's for #GCSEresults today. % of 5 A* to C grades inc Eng and Maths higher thn national average in all 3— @MBHReporter 22 August 2013
Pupils at Birchwood High School have gained their best GCSE results in the school's history.
The school leavers have something to celebrate after 70 per cent of its students achieved A* - C grades including maths and English.
Head teacher, Anne Bright said: "These fantastic grades are a direct result of the hard work of all our learners and the staff who have supported them.
"We are so proud of all the learners and extend our congratulations to them."
Joshua Askey, aged 16, is celebrating after an incredible set of results.
The Birchwood High School pupil achieved 10 A*s and two As and can now look forward to starting Winstanley College.
Amin Abdelhamid, from Birchwood High School, said: "It's been a nervous wait since June 18 when we had our last exam."
Deputy youth parliament member for Warrington North, Amin, who will attend Winstanley College in September, had nothing to worry about after gaining nine A*s and one A.
From left to right: Joshua Askey, Matthew Radley and Amin Abdelhamid
Friends Eleanor Barker and Rhiannon Lawrence are looking forward to starting the next chapter in their lives but will be sad to leave Birchwood High School behind.
Eleanor, who plans to attend Priestley College in September, said: "We had a great time at the school. We have actually known each other since nursery.
"We will both be going to Priestley too."
From left to right: Eleanor Barker and Rhiannon Lawrence
Niall Murden-Jones from Beamont Collegiate Academy is looking forward to studying chemistry, physics and music at Priestley College.
Niall was unable to wipe the smile off his face as he celebrated four A*s, four As, four Bs and one C.
Top achievers Abigail Garland and Fern Stubbings are celebrating after gaining an outstanding set up results.
The Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil Abigal achieved six A*s, six As and a B.
Fern scored three A*s, six As and three Bs.
From left to righ: Abigail Garland, Addam Bolger and Fern Stubbings.
The tears were flowing at Beamont Collegiate Academy as mum Carol Williamson watched her son, Addam Bolger, open his GCSE results.
Addam was diagnosed with Down syndrome as a child after doctors noticed that he had four of the characteristics of the condition.
Carol said: "It was an upsetting time but now look at him. I'm so proud of him I'm crying.
"The doctors have since taken back their diagnosis and we have never found out what was showing up on the doctors’ tests.”
The 16-year-old will now attend Priestley College in September to study forensic science.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded GCSE students of their right to see details of how their exams were marked.
Under the Data Protection Act students can ask to see information including:
• A breakdown of their marks
• Examiner’s comments
• Minutes of examination appeals panels
Details of how to request the information can be found at here
Good luck to eveyone picking up their #GCSE results! Check out our latest #apprenticeships in Poole & Warrington http://t.co/KAkZQe8Mgx— @DerekClearSky 22 August 2013
Nationally the proportion of top A* to C grades has dropped for the second year running, the Government has confirmed
Wishing all #sthelens #warrington #liverpool #wigan #widnes students good luck & success for #GCSE #resultsday today! Let us know how you do— @StHelensCollege 22 August 2013
Good luck to everyone getting their #GCSE results today. Extra fingers crossed to the students at @CulchethHS :) #warrington #locals— @SamuelPeterHair 22 August 2013
Head teacher John Sharples said: "This was an outstanding group of young people who contributed greatly to the life of the school and we wish them well for the future."
55 per cent of pupils at Sir Thomas Boteler High School gained five or more A* - C grades including English and maths.
This is up five per cent on last year's results.
Well done everyone.
Good luck to everyone who is picking up their GCSE results today.
We want to hear your success stories. Tweet us @warringtonnews or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chloe Kendrick and Emma Clarke are two of the highest achievers at Sir Thomas Boteler High School.
Chloe, who is looking toward to attending Priestley College in September, said it's been a nervous morning.
She is now looking forward to celebrating with her friends and family.
Emily Bowden can't wait to study history, psychology and Spanish at Winstanley College.
The 16-year-old is ecstatic after getting 5A*s, 3As, a B and a distinction in ICT.
"I'm extremely happy. It's all such a relief."
Natasha Jones is breathing a sigh of relief after picking up her results.
The future looks bright for Natasha after scoring 9 A*s and 2 As.
The Culcheth High School pupil is now looking forward to studying at Winstanley College in September.
"It was horrible last night. I couldn't sleep," said Natasha.
"I'm looking forward to college as I can now focus on the subjects that I'm really interested in."
Congratulations to Anna Haigh, Katherine Urmston and Kirushika Kirupaikkumaran who achieved the highest results in the school.
First stop today is Culcheth High School.
It looks like all of year 11 have turned up to get their results as soon as the doors open.
Meanwhile the council has put on a new service for students next week.
Education and employment advisers will be on hand on Wednesday to give advice to young people on their future.
The council’s Careers for Young People service is holding the event at the centre in Time Square, between 1pm and 4pm.
On the day there will be the chance to explore further career options and pathways with colleges and training providers.
For more information, call 424900 or visit careersforyoungpeople.co.uk or facebook.com/careersforyoungpeople.
Warrington Collegiate have made this great video to give youngsters advice on what to do next.
You can see it by clicking here
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, has claimed that 'young people and our public education service deserve better'.
Mr Keates said: "The GCSE results will be the culmination of an immense amount of hard work by pupils and their teachers.
“Sadly, all of the hard work and success will be subsumed in the political game playing in which the examination system is now embroiled.
“The fact that GCSEs are challenging and demanding qualifications is buried in an avalanche of politically motivated, false claims of grade inflation, dumbing-down and easy options.
“The reality for young people and teachers is that the coalition Government’s endless interference with, and denigration of, the qualifications system is causing uncertainty and anxiety and dashing hopes, aspirations and life chances.
If your exam results are higher or lower than expected, and you want to explore your options, then why not call an expert careers adviser at the Exam Results Helpline for free independent advice.
Each helpline adviser is fully trained and qualified, with at least five years’ experience working in a careers-based role. The helpline is open until Saturday.
Call 0808 100 8000.
Today, our education reporter Lauren Hirst will be live blogging from schools across Warrington.
Good luck to everyone who will be picking up their results today. Our fingers are crossed.
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