Pupils, parents, teachers and children’s services leaders are today (Thursday 22 August) congratulating learners of all ages across the city on achieving excellent GCSE results.

The results follow the 9-1 grading pattern introduced in a wide range of subjects, including maths and English, over the last two years.

Provisional results show that 74.3% of pupils gained grade 4+ in English and maths, which is an improvement of 4 percentage points from 2018 and is expected to be above the national average.

There has also been an improvement at Grade 5+ in English and maths with 50.9% achieving this measure. This is an improvement of three percentage points from 2018 and is also expected to be above the national average.

Additionally, the average points score for six core subjects (known as the English Baccalaureate or EBacc) is 4.92 in York this year. Pupils who gain grade 9-4 in English, maths, two science subjects, a modern foreign language and a humanities subject achieve EBacc.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, at City of York Council, said: “Young people across our  city should rightly be proud of the excellent results they have achieved. Their hard work and dedication, together with the support of their parents, carers and teaching staff, has helped them achieve some of the best GCSE results in the country.

“Creating a highly qualified, highly skilled workforce is critical to growing York’s economy and to helping our young people achieve their ambitions. I’m delighted that young people across the city have done so well.”

Maxine Squire, Assistant Director of Education and Skills, at City of York Council, said: “I would like to send my congratulations to all our young people as they receive their Key Stage 4 results.

“These results underline not only the hard work of our young people, but also the commitment and professionalism of the city’s teachers.”

For anyone who didn't get the results they were hoping for, support is available across the city, for people who may be seeking an apprenticeship or other employment opportunity or for those wanting to move into full-time education.

Young people who are concerned that their personal circumstances may make accessing education, employment or training more difficult could also benefit from advice.

People can find support across the city from:

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  • Careers advisers employed by our local sixth forms and colleges – help will be available when results are collected
  • City of York Council Learning and Work advisers in our Young People's Service at 30 Clarence Street; extra appointment slots and drop-ins are available and advisers can support with searching for vacancies, developing your CV, completing applications and preparing for interviews. 
  • Council-led ‘York Apprenticeship Hub' 
  • National Careers Service 

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