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GCSE results day 2017: Pass rate drops as students face tougher exams

Overall GCSE pass rates in England have fallen this year, after a new grading system was introduced in the biggest overhaul in a generation.

The new system, now scores subjects from 9 to 1 instead of the traditional A* to G grades.

Three core subjects - maths, English language and English Literature are the first to be tested using the new numerical grading.

More than 18,600 students scored a 9 in maths, while almost 31,000 achieved the top mark in the two English GCSEs combined.

Traditional A* to G grades have now been replaced with a 9 to 1 system, with 9 being the highest mark. Credit: ITV News

But across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the proportion of C/4 grades or above awarded to 16-year-old pupils is down 0.6% to 66.3% - the lowest since 2008.

The percentage of A/7 grades or above fell from 0.5% to 20% - the lowest for ten years.

The proportion of entries receiving G/1 or above was unchanged at 98.4%.

Freddie Steward celebrates after collecting his GCSE results at Norwich School. Credit: PA

A 16-year-old Leicester Tigers full-back has converted his hard work studying for GCSE exams into a set of top results.

Rugby player Freddie Steward, who studies at Norwich School, collected seven A*s, one A, a grade 8 in English literature and a grade 7 in English language.

Students at Alde Valley Academy in Leiston today celebrated another set of outstanding results today Credit: Alde Valley Academy

The grading switch is part of wider reforms designed to make GCSEs more rigorous and challenging.

This year, girls outperformed boys in 9 grades in both English GCSEs, while boys did better in maths at the highest result.

Students celebrate after collecting their GCSE results at Norwich School. Credit: PA

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