GCSE results 2013

The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running.

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Biggest drop in high-grade GCSE passes in 25 years

by Russell Hookey

Tougher marking is being blamed for a drop in the number of top GCSE grades.

More than 600,000 teenagers across the country picked up their results on Thursday. The proportion of students getting A* to C grades fell. It was down to 68.1%, a drop of 1.3 percentage points. That's the biggest fall in the 25-year history of the GCSE qualification.

The overall pass rate also fell slightly to 98.8%

Part of the drop's being blamed on stricter marking by exam boards but despite those claims there was still plenty of cause to celebrate in the Anglia region.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

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Steady GCSE improvement at academy in Northampton

Students at the Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton have been celebrating getting their GCSE results.

Nearly half the pupils got 5 or more A* to C grades including English and maths which is up from 29% in 2010.

Executive Principal Toby Mullins said: "We're very pleased and happy that we've maintained the improvement that we showed last year. We're not quite where we wanted to be but this is a year of flux but we're just pleased that we've maintained that improvement and shown that we can do it."

Ipswich Academy sees rise in GCSE results

Ipswich Academy is reporting a big jump in its GCSE results. The proportion getting five or more of the top A* to C grades rose from 41% to 64%.

The school, in Lindburgh Road, is also seeing greater numbers wanting to stay on for A-levels.

“We have now turned the corner and there is an increasing sense of students aiming high and really wanting to achieve. This is also seen in the number of students wanting to stay on to our Sixth Form."

– Nancy Robinson, School Principal

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Huge rise in GCSE grades at school in Norwich

Pupils at the Ormiston Victory Academy at Costessey near Norwich have been collecting their GCSE results. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A school is Norwich is celebrating its best-ever GCSE results and has bucked the national trend. The Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey was a struggling school three years ago.

The school says 75% of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including maths and English which is up from 38% three years ago.

The Executive Principal Rachel De Souza said: "I cannot tell you how proud and delighted I am. It's all come from hard work and commitment. We think our students and teachers have done a fabulous job."