GCSE results day 2022: Live updates as students across North Kirklees collect their grades

Students from Upper Batley High School receive their resultsStudents from Upper Batley High School receive their results
Students from Upper Batley High School receive their results
Students up and down North Kirklees will be eagerly awaiting the news of their GCSE results today (Thursday).

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GCSE Results Day in North Kirklees

Mirfield student and son of Bradford Bulls legend Glenn Morrison is delighted with results

Reaction from Heckmondwike Grammar School

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Congratulations to all our students on achieving outstanding GCSE results again this year.

Students are once again to be congratulated for their outstanding successes at GCSE. 83% of grades were awarded at grade 7 or above, and of these over one third were grade 9.

As well as some overall excellent results for the school, with 98% of our Year 11 students securing at least five good GCSE grades, there were also 90% of our students who achieved five or more GCSEs at grade 9-7. In addition, 77% of our Year 11 students secured an impressive eight or more GCSEs at grade 9-7.

There are also some exceptional individual stories. Well done to Zakiyyah Asmal, Ayush Gautam, Archie Hall, Gracie Kitching, Isabella Lister-Smith, Eoin Morris, Disha Suleman, Divya Vijayanand, Sahasra Vundavalli and Beth Waterfield who all achieved an incredible ten GCSEs at grade 9; as well as Louis Appleyard, Amaan Aslam, Christopher Drake, Mayon Gupta, Elliot Hoyland, Chinwendu Mere, William Parker, Hiba Shahzad, Harshita Tibrewal and Samuel Walshaw who all achieved an impressive nine GCSEs at grade 9.

These excellent results do not just happen automatically. They are evidence of the exceptional commitment and determination of Heckmondwike’s students who received outstanding support from the dedicated staff and hugely supportive parents.

Some impressive overall statistics include:

742 grades awarded were grade 9.

108 students with ten or more 9-7 grades

157 students with eight or more 9-7 grades

183 students with five or more 9-7 grades

My congratulations and well done to you all.

Peter Roberts, Headteacher, Heckmondwike Grammar School
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Reaction from Upper Batley High School

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“Upper Batley High School is absolutely delighted with the excellent performance of our young people in 2022. These learners have sat the first set of external examinations since 2019, and we are incredibly proud of them all for their wonderful achievements. These young people have shown such tremendous resilience and incredible determination throughout a period of huge disruption to their education caused by the pandemic. These have been truly unprecedented times not just in Batley but around the world, and no other young people have ever faced an exam season like this one.

“We want to congratulate all our young people and thank them for their hard work and positivity during these turbulent times. We would also like to thank our incredibly committed and hard working staff team who provided brilliant teaching, and offered excellent care, guidance and support to all our young people throughout the lockdown periods and throughout their entire time in our school. We say a huge thank you to the parents/carers who have supported their children and our school, because we know a child’s success is determined by the caring adults who surround them and support them. The positive relationships we share with the families of our young people is a real strength of our school.

“We are delighted to see our young people progress to their first choice destination, thanks to their wonderful GCSE achievements. We wish all our learners every success in the next stage of their journey as they progress to further education, employment or training. Wherever our young people go they will always remain part of the Upper Batley High School family. We wish them every success for the future and remind them to always be the very best version of themselves.

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Executive Headteacher, Sam Vickers said “We are incredibly proud of all our young people for their tremendous GCSE success this year. These young people have faced such a turbulent time and their resilience, determination and positivity is a real credit to them. Throughout the periods of disruption to education caused by the pandemic our young people have risen to the challenge of home learning, they have worked hard and shown incredible dedication to their studies throughout.

“Our whole staff team is immensely proud of the achievements of all our young people. They continue to inspire us each and every day. Our learners are aspirational for what the future holds for them and we wish them every success. As the African proverb says “It takes a village to raise a child” and we would like to say a huge thank you to the fabulous parents and carers in our Batley community who work so closely with the school for the benefit of all our young people. Good luck to the class of 2022, you will always be part of the Upper Batley High School family. “

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“Just over three-quarters (75.3%) of GCSE grades are at grade 4 or above"

Hundreds of thousands of students receive GCSE and vocational results today (25 August). It is the first time in three years that students have sat summer GCSE examinations as we return to normality post-Covid.

Students collecting results today will progress to one of a number of high-quality options including A levels, T Levels or an apprenticeship. From September there will be 16 T Levels available for young people to study, in subjects including digital, health, accounting, engineering and construction, offered at over 175 schools and colleges across England.

Just over three-quarters (75.3%) of GCSE grades for 16 year olds in England are at grade 4 or above, up from 69.9% in 2019 when formal exams last took place and down from 79.1% in 2021, in line with the policy intent set out last year.

Top grades for 16 year olds in England have also increased on 2019 as intended, with 27.0% of entries achieving a grade 7 and above, up by 5.2ppt compared to 2019, and 3.0ppt lower than 2021.

Education Secretary James Cleverly said: “Students receiving their results today should be extremely proud, and I want to congratulate them all. The teaching profession has worked incredibly hard and these results are a testament to the resilience of both our students and staff.

“We have the most exciting range of post-16 options for students to choose from now, whether that’s one of our exciting new T Levels, an apprenticeship or A levels. There is an option for everyone.

“I wish students the very best of luck, no matter what those next steps are.”

Tips for students from Russel Winnard, COO of Young Enterprise and Young Money

GCSE results day can be an overwhelming time for students and parents and carers alike, and with this year marking the first cohort to actually sit exams after the pandemic, nerves are clearly building in many households.

Therefore, it’s vital that today, young people feel supported, and families know what to do and how to help.

  1. Prepare Plan B

When we have a particular plan in mind, we can often feel it’s a setback if we need to consider other options. However, remember that there are many exciting choices available and various ways to approach a chosen career or college course.

By exploring and preparing different avenues and pathways beforehand, young people will feel less overwhelmed and stressed on the day. In life, it’s good to have a range of plans to respond to different scenarios, so having a Plan B isn’t a failure, it’s just an alternative way of getting to where we want to get to.

  1. Try and create a calm environment

It’s normal for us as parents and carers to often reflect our own concerns and worries onto our children, however, in the days leading up to results day, this can often amplify the situation and heighten emotions further.

Instead, try and listen to your children’s worries, reassure them and concentrate on what they can control. Take the opportunity to do your own research so you feel as fully informed as possible and able to advise and signpost, to help them make their decisions.

  1. Reach out for support

For many parents and carers, this might be the first results day they’re going through with their child. No one is expecting you to have all the answers – that’s why there is support available.

Most schools will have a point of contact, so it’s worth noting who this is in advance, and sixth-form colleges will have systems for admission. As the parent, you can help frame discussions with teachers and help your child to listen to school advice. There are also online forums and blogs where those in similar situations share their experiences.

At Young Enterprise, we are delighted to celebrate the achievements that young people have made over the last couple of years, particularly during this landmark time in their lives. Young people’s creativity, talent and ideas are massively important to the future of this country, and as they take the next step in their journey, it’s critical that we support them in continuing to build the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will stay with them for life.

Russel Winnard, COO of Young Enterprise and Young Money

What are the options?

Dr Nick Smith, Principal at Oxford Home Schooling, said: “It has been so brilliant to see this year’s GCSE students achieve the results that they wanted. This is a momentous achievement that they should be very proud of.

“It will be a big day of celebration for thousands of children across the country, but there will also be many who don’t quite get the results that they had hoped for.

“We are here to reassure them that they needn’t worry! For those who don’t get the GCSE results they expected or needed, there are a number of options that are available.

“Firstly, students should contact the course representative at the sixth form or college they applied to see if there are still places available, as sometimes they will be able to let you onto the course anyway. The other option is that they might be able to offer a different subject that might be interested in.

“You could also consider less traditional routes, such as apprenticeships, work experience or even a gap year. If you want to continue your education while doing these, you can always resit your GCSEs while working.

“If you are thinking of pursuing you’re A-levels, it’s possible to do them at home and take the qualifications independently. You can do all kinds of A-levels at home, from maths to business and psychology, so it’s worth exploring this option if you want to carry on learning.”

Welcome to GCSE Results Day

It’s GCSE results day and students from across North Kirklees will be collecting their results. Keep checking back here throughout the day for news from across the borough.

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