Students across the borough are celebrating their GCSE Level examination results.

This is the first set of GCSE level results under the new assessment system, where  Maths and English GCSEs in England will have a new 9 to 1 grading scale.

Grade 9 is the highest grade and will be awarded to fewer students than the current A*, whilst the bottom of grade C is aligned with a grade 4 and the bottom of grade 1 is aligned with the bottom of grade G.

The  DFE has stated Grade 5 is a “good” pass and grade 4 is a “standard” pass. As this is a new system, results cannot be compared to previous year’s results.

The new GCSEs are being rolled out over the next few years, starting with English language, English literature and Maths exams in 2017, which will be awarded with the grades 9-1. All other GCSE’s this year will continue with the grading A*-G.

Students across Halton performed well under this new challenging system, with 69.2 per cent achieving a pass in English and 62 per cent achieving a pass in maths

Halton Borough Council’s Strategic Director for People, Mil Vasic, said: “Students and staff each year work extremely hard, but this year has been particularly taxing with extensive changes to the exam and work schemes.

” They, and their families, need to be congratulated in the successes they have achieved.

“It is extremely gratifying to see so many young people have achieved grades which will enable them to continue their education and learning or taking up apprenticeships gaining new skills for employment.

“I would like to thank all who have been involved in making it possible for the student’s to reach their potential, and to all the students, well done, and I wish you all the very best in your next steps in education.”