Published Thursday 24 August 2017 at 9:05
On Thursday many Blackburn with Darwen young people received their GCSE results.
This year is the first where results reflect reforms that have changed the secondary education examination system.
Chief Executive Harry Catherall visited one of our schools this morning to mark the students achievements. Here is a short video at Blackburn school St Bedes.
The new 9-1 grading scale has replaced the old A*-G in Maths, English Language and English Literature. The new scale will be phased into other GCSEs over the next two years.
For example, a pupil who scored a C or above under last year’s grading scale has received a four grading or above this year.
Cllr Dave Harling said:
“I would like to express my congratulations to all our young people who have worked so hard to achieve the results they have done this year.”
“What the figures suggest is that, in spite of substantial changes in the exams and curriculum for Maths and English, performance overall has held up across Blackburn with Darwen schools and remains particularly strong in Maths .”
“Whilst it’s difficult to make comparrisons to previous years’ results because of the changes, what does shine through is the dedication and hard work of all of our students and teaching staff.”
“I wish all our learners good luck with their future careers.”