PUPILS across Warrington are receiving their GCSE results today, after weeks of waiting patiently.

Most GCSE exams had taken place by the beginning of July, meaning students have had to wait an agonising six weeks for their results.

Pupils at Beamont Collegiate Academy in Orford were no exception to this.

This is the first GCSE results day since the pandemic hit, and it marks a return to examination hall-style assessments, the likes of which had been abandoned during lockdowns.

Gareth Harris, the principal of Beamont Collegiate, said: "We wanted to ensure we had integrity in our results.

"We've surpassed last year's grades, and we're particularly pleased with results in maths, history, geography and languages.

"We've also seen that there's parity in the grades between our male and female pupils, too."

One student, Harvey, said: "I passed everything, and I did a lot better than I expected!"

Harvey will be going to Priestley College in September to study his A-levels, and a BTec.

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Another pupil, Abigail, was graded with 7s, 8s, and 9s in her results this year - when asked if she slept much last night, she said: "Well I was just really, really nervy."

Reuben is another pupil who surprised himself, passing all of his subjects and adding: "Yeah, I did way better than I thought!."

Mr Harris added: "We don't like surprises, so we try to ensure that students are exam ready when they enter the exam hall.

"Don't forget, the last uninterrupted year of education that these pupils had was when they were 12 and 13 years old."