Thousands of students across the city are breathing a sigh of relief after receiving their GCSE results today.
Introduced in 2017, the new system grades students from 9 to 1 rather than A* to G. For comparison, a Grade 9 is above A* level, with grades 8 and 7 equalling A and above. Grade 5 is considered a ‘strong pass’ and grade 4 is a ‘standard pass’.
At Yewlands Academy, students waited patiently until 10am to collect their results.
Eleanor arrived with her proud mum, speaking of her results of 2 grade 9’s, 6 grade 8’s and a 7 said:
“Despite having no sleep and being up from 6am, I’m feeling great. I’m going to celebrate this afternoon with a family barbecue and then after the summer, I’ll be attending 6th form to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths and then hopefully study Medicine at University.”
Amy, another outstanding student at Yewlands secured 2 grade 9’s, 5 grade 8’s, a 7 and a 6, she said: “I’m just so happy, but also incredibly shocked. I have been so nervous so I am ecstatic all the hard work has paid off.”
Ashley was overwhelmed with emotions, she said:
“I’m actually so proud of myself and I’m so relieved, especially with Science, I got grade 4’s which I never thought I would get. It was unheard of a while ago for me to get this grade, so I am very pleased.”
Andy Kelly, Principal at Yewlands Academy said:
“I am extremely proud of our students for their achievements. They have worked exceptionally hard and shown absolute commitment to their studies. They now have the foundations to pave their way to successful futures.
“I would like to thank my dedicated staff team and our families for their relentless support of our students. I wish all students the very best for their next steps and I look forward to hearing wonderful things about their successes and adventures as they leave us for their Post 16 destinations.
“Yewlands Academy continues to be a school on an upward trajectory, and these results clearly demonstrate this.”
Newfield Secondary school was also revelling in their success this morning. Bria Scott, a student at Newfield is one of the top performing students in the country with 8 grade 9’s and 2 grade 8’s.
Bria said: “I got better than my predicted grades, so I’m really pleased, but I did put a lot of work in, I have been revising since February!”
Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Sheffield City Council said:
“Congratulations to all pupils receiving their GCSE results today. I know this can be a very nervous and stressful time for many and I hope you all got the results you wished for.
“Early indications suggest that Sheffield’s attainment has improved and this builds on our previous success.”
“The results show what a talented group of people we have in Sheffield, it’s very exciting to know they are our future and I wish them luck in their next venture.”
Stephen Betts at Learn Sheffield said:
“We are very proud of all of our young people today. Their success is based on the hard work that they have invested alongside their teachers and we congratulate them all on their achievements. As a city we have seen increased pass rates and attainment overall and across a number of subject areas.”