LiveAs it happened: GCSE Results Day live blog

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Summary

  • Thousands of pupils from across the town will discover their GCSE fate today after a nervous wait.
  • The Warrington Guardian will be in schools and hopefully celebrating with them.
  • Don't forget to send in your own photos to newsdesk@guardiangrp.co.uk or tweet us @warringtonnews using hash tag #WarringtonGCSEs

3:58pm

That's all for today folks and congratulations to everyone again.

Don't forget to pick up next Thursday's Warrington Guardian for our full GCSE results coverage.

3:58pm

I am delighted with the GCSE results this year. The hard work commitment and dedication of both the students and teachers has been rewarded. On behalf of the governors and staff I would like to wish all of our year 11 students health and happiness for the future.

Head teacher Julie Warburton

3:15pm

Great set of results from Cardinal Newman.

78 per cent of pupils achieved five A*t o C grades, 70 per cent achieved both English and Maths and 66 per cent achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths.  

3:14pm

It’s not just exam results these young people are taking away with them,” he said. “They have played a key role in the life of the school and have developed into fine citizens. I wish all the class of 2014 well in the next stage of their lives.

Retiring headteacher John Sharples

3:12pm

This summer saw some of the most outstanding GCSE results so far from the students of Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School.

Results in PE and in the school’s music specialism were particularly noteworthy, with  100 per cent achieving at least a C grade and large numbers achieving A and A*.

3:08pm

Birchwood High School breakdown here

2:52pm

For the full listing of results at Lymm High School, click here

2:44pm

And we can't leave out this classic jumping for joy photograph. Well done to everyone. 

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2:43pm

 

The future looks bright for these Culcheth High School pupils after gaining top grades in their GCSEs. 

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2:34pm

Culcheth High School breakdown:

  • English Language                               79%     A*-C
  • English Literature                                83%     A*-C
  • Mathematics                                       80%     A*-C
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics           64%    A*-A

2:30pm

We are very proud as a school of the superb achievements of our students, their hard work and dedication. Even more impressive is that their success has been achieved against a multitude of national changes to GCSEs, syllabi and methods of assessment.

Spokesman at Culcheth High School

2:29pm

In a year of considerable change and challenge for all students nationally, a spokesman for Culcheth High School said it is delighted that 'very high standards in rigorous GCSE subjects have been maintained'.

2:07pm

Eleanor celebrates with her dad

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2:06pm

Manchester High School for Girls student, Eleanor Banks from Warrington, is celebrating after gaining 10.5 A*s at GCSE.

She said: “I feel so happy today. I worked and revised really hard for my mock exams so that helped me to be a bit less stressed during the real exams.

"I started revision early and would recommend this to other students next year. I will be joining the Sixth Form at Manchester High and will study music, history, German and maths at A-level.

"I love both history and music, and I play in the school orchestra, but ultimately I hope to study history at university.”

 

2:00pm

Thousands of pupils across the town will finally have their GCSE results in their hands after many long weeks battling nerves and anxiety.

But, don't forget, we want to hear from you.

Tweet us @warringtonnews or e-mail newsdesk@guardiangrp.co.uk. 

1:35pm

St Gregory's High School: Celebrations all round. 

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1:33pm

Now we turn our attention to St Gregory's High School where there was plenty to celebrate.

There were sighs of relief and lots of congratulations in order as pupils discovered their GCSE results. 

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1:26pm

Great Sankey High School: Well done everyone. Time to make that all-important decision...how to celebrate now that your hard work has paid off. 

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1:16pm

So our next cluster of pictures were taken at Great Sankey High School this morning.

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1:05pm

Nationally, it is being reported that there has been a sharp fall in English GCSE grades.

Are you disappointed with you English results? Let us know in the comment box below.

But, on a much brighter and happier note, on average across all GCSE subjects this year's results show a rise in A* to C grades.

12:50pm

12:43pm

Lymm High School: Happiness and relief swept over the school as students finally got their hands on their GCSE results after months of waiting.

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12:38pm

Executive principal Tarun Kapur with pupil Myles Jones

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12:33pm

Despite a good deal of change at the school in the last year the students and staff have really risen to the challenge to produce some creditable results that enable them to move on to the next stage of their education. We are also extremely pleased that so many are remaining at Lymm High School.

Executive principal Tarun Kapur

12:32pm

And the good news keeps on coming...

At Lymm High School almost half of all students have secured one or more of the highest grades at GCSE achieving an A*. 

A quarter achieved three or more A* or A grades.

In BTEC courses, there was a 100 per cent pass rate, whereas in other equivalent qualifications 89 per cent of students achieved merit or distinction grades.

12:27pm

Have you collected your results today?

Let us know by e-mailing newsdesk@guardiangrp or tweet us @warringtonnews.

Or why not go crazy and use the hashtag #WarringtonGCSEs

12:25pm

12:24pm

Cardinal Newman: Congratulations to everyone on another set of great results.

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12:21pm

Cardinal Newman: This trio of friends have plenty to celebrate tonight. 

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12:11pm

Pupils could hardly contain their excitement at Cardinal Newman High School this morning. 

Tense expressions and nervous laughter were quickly turned into elation and celebration - and a few happy tears. 

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12:04pm

Celebrations at Beamont Collegiate Academy

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12:02pm

We are spoiling you with pictures now...

Success stories were in plentiful supply at Beamont Collegiate Academy this morning.

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11:55am

These pictures have just landed in our inbox from Penketh High School. Well done to everyone picking up their results today.

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11:49am

Sir Thomas Boteler: Isaiah Slater is set to start Priestley College in September after picking up the grades he needed.

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11:47am

Sir Thomas Boteler: Natalie Renshaw is now looing forward to celebrating her results

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11:46am

Sir Thomas Boteler: Alice Clare makes a quick call to reveal the good news

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11:42am

Fellow Sir Thomas Boteler pupils Jade Hall, Scott Kingsley and Lucy Ryan had plenty to celebrate too.

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11:39am

Lucy Meakin from Sir Thomas Boteler was the second highest performing pupil at the school.

She opened her results this morning to find a lovely bunch of A*s and As looking back at her. 

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11:38am

11:35am

A BIG congratulations must go to Charlotte Whittaker, who is the top performing pupil at Sir Thomas Boteler High School - achieving five A*s and five As.  

Well done Charlotte!

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11:29am

We can also reveal that 77 per cent of the year group at Birchwood High School gained A* to C in Maths, 72 per cent A* to C in English and 71 per cent gained A* to C in two science subjects.  

Congratulations to everyone. 

11:24am

Feelings of relief have now turned to celebration at Birchwood High School

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11:23am

All smiles at Birchwood High School

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11:21am

We are so proud of all our year 11 learners for everything they have achieved and they certainly have lots to celebrate. Their examination success is a direct result of their tremendous hard work and the outstanding support they have received from staff here and from their parents/carers over the years. Our learners come to us from a large number of primary schools in the town and we extend our congratulations to every single one of them.

Birchwood High School head teacher Anne Bright

11:18am

Pupils were jumping for joy at the school after the nervous wait had finally come to an end.

63 per cent of pupils gained five or more A* to C grades including maths and English and 24 per cent achieving three or more A* to A grades.  

11:15am

It was the moment pupils at Birchwood High School had been waiting for as they filed in to pick up their results this morning. 

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11:10am

We were hoping to buck the national trend and in some cases we have. Over 40 per cent of our students made greater than expected progress in English and 35 per cent made greater than expected progress in maths. We are delighted that the hard work of these students has paid off.

Great Sankey High School head teacher Paula Crawley

11:08am

Unfortunately changes to the GCSE exam system have impacted on some of our students who do not suit linear exams and who under the old system would have performed much better. However, we do have some real achievements to celebrate. Over 50 per cent of our students achieved at least one top grade pass of A/A* with one third of our students achieving three top grades of A/A*.

Executive head teacher Alan Davies

11:05am

But in line with the national trend, results at the school have fallen. 

This has been linked to changes in the exam system.

11:03am

Good news rolling in from Great Sankey Highy School.

Overall, 65 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades with 55per cent achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.

10:52am

Principal Andrew Moorcroft said: "We have had some brilliant performances by pupils.

"I am very pleased with the results."

10:49am

Next stop is Beamont Collegiate Academy.

It was all smiles as pupils finally discovered their exam results.

10:39am

There has also been a drop in the number of entries across the country for biology, chemistry and physics.

It is the first time in 10 years there has been a decrease in separate sciences.

10:36am

10:28am

Nationally, girls have done better than boys.

73.1% of girls' exam entries achieved A* to C, compared with 64.3% for boys.

10:27am

We are waiting for Warrington Borough Council to provide the big picture for exam results in the town.

10:25am

The national picture for GCSE results has been revealed.

There has been a slight rise in overall A*-C grades.

Maths results have improved, but English results are down.

 

10:25am

10:22am

We walked into a sea of smiles at Cardinal Newman as pupils had plenty to celebrate.

Bethan Morris is now breathing a sigh of relief after her hard work at the school paid off.

The 16-year-old from Appleton said: "I was surprised but in a good way.

"I'm just relieved that the wait is over."

10:21am

NASUWT, the biggest union for teachers, has called this year's GCSE results 'especially commendable' due to 'ill conceived changes to the qualification system'.

Do you think exams are getting easier? Have your say in our poll 

 

9:57am

Pupils are currently waiting nervously outside as they wait for the clock to strike 10am.

9:54am

Cardinal Newman High School will be our third stop of the day.

9:53am

There were plenty of tears at Sir Thomas Boteler but thankfully they were happy ones

Pupil Lucy Meakin could not wipe the smile off her face after picking up two A*s and eight As. 

"I'm really pleased. You have so long to wait for your results.

"I am just relieved."

9:29am

Next stop is Sir Thomas Boteler High School.

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9:23am

Myles Jones was relieved to pick up his GCSE results after a long wait from his final exam on July 20.

The 16-year-old from Lymm said: "They are as good as I hoped they would be.

"I am now looking forward to starting sixth form to start something different."

Myles achieved one A* distinction, three A*s, three As and three Bs.

9:20am

The organisation that runs the exams is predicting a big variable in this year's GCSE results.

You can read the debate here

9:18am

Nerves are but a distant memory for many pupils at Lymm High School as excitement and celebration take over. 

Pupils are currently flocking to the school to pick up their results and there's certainly not a shortage of smiles.

Warrington Guardian: Calls for independent review at Lymm High School

8:59am

This week is GCSEs - last week was A-levels.

Want reminding of what happened then?

Check out our handy section here

8:45am

The Government says results are expected to fall this year after they made the exams tougher.

What do you think?

Vote in our special poll

8:32am

Just in case you need a bit of help and advice today, here is the number for Exam Results Helpline 0808 100 8000.

8:25am

Calling all school leavers, we also want to know what your next step will be.

Are you heading off to college or will you be stepping onto the career ladder?

Post your comments below. 

8:14am

Don't forget, we want to hear from you.

If you are collecting your GCSE results today then why not send your own photos in and we will proudly display them on this lovingly-crafted blog.

E-mail newsdesk@guardiangrp.co.uk or tweet us @warringtonnews.

8:12am

Although we do hate to be the bearer of bad news...

Nationally, it is being reported that results are expected to show the impact of a shift to final exams rather than modular units.

Exam regulator Ofqual has warned that schools could face 'variability' in their results in comparison to last year.

But overall results are expected to rise.

And, with last week's overall A-level results in Warrington eclipsing the national average, here's hoping the town comes out shinning once again. 

We know you can do it Warrington!

8:08am

The anxious wait is now over and pupils across the town are now counting down the minutes until they find out if their hard work has paid off.

Yes, today is GCSE Results Days!

We will be out and about speaking to students as they discover those all-important results and we have got our party hats at the ready.

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