Derbyshire’s GCSE students buck nationwide trend
Friday 2nd September 2016 00:06 GCSE Results News Posted by Adam Higgins

GCSE students across Derbyshire have done their county proud by bucking the national downward trend and achieving an improvement in their grades.

Nationally, this year’s results have shown the biggest ever year-on-year decline – down to the lowest level since 2008.

But provisional results show that 62 per cent of Year 11 students in Derbyshire achieved grades A* to C in English and maths – an increase of more than three per cent from last year.

More than 7,500 students across the county’s 45 secondary schools received their results last Thursday – and many were outstanding.

Debyshire County Council Cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Jim Coyle, said: “GCSEs are an important stepping stone for the future, whatever route young people choose to follow, whether that be vocational or academic.

“I want to congratulate all the students for their hard work – and heads, teachers, staff, governors, parents and our school improvement service for supporting our young people in achieving their success.”

Further education or training options open to Year 11 students are:

• Full-time education such as sixth form, college or work-based learning.

• An apprenticeship.

• Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week.

Cllr Coyle added: “Even if students don’t do as well as expected in their GCSEs, schools can put them in touch with advisers who can go through all the options open to them.

“Whatever results students may have received today it’s important for them to know what options are open to them as they stay on in education or training.”

Students who do not pass their GCSE English or maths can choose to sign up at a county council adult community education centres to resit them.

The centres also offer personalised study programmes. For more information visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/adulteducation.