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Worcestershire school bucks the GCSE trend

The number of top grades achieved at GCSE level has fallen for the second year in a row. It's the biggest drop in the exams' twenty-five year history. One school in a deprived area of Worcestershire has bucked the trend, doubling its proportion of students receiving A star to C grades.

Even there, teachers are warning exams are getting tougher. Watch our full report here:

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Stephanie and Martin watch as Roy phones home to reveal his GCSE grades Credit: Beauchamp College, Oadby
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Head teacher delighted at best ever GCSE results

The head teacher of an inner city school in Nottingham, under pressure from the Government to improve, says he is delighted after achieving their best ever GCSE results.

The Department for Education (DfE) sent Djanogly City Academy a pre-warning letter earlier this year. The school was told to do better or face the possibility of the Government imposing a new sponsor.

This year, 43% of students attained five A*-C GCSEs, up from 34% last year, and above the 40% benchmark set by the Government.

Head teacher Andy Kilpatrick said it was still too early to say how the DfE would respond, but denied the warning had put extra pressure on staff and pupils.

Two sets of twins earn 39 A*-As at a Leicester school

A school in Leicester is celebrating after two sets of twins achieved no fewer than 39 A* and A grades between them.

Two sets of twins celebrate their GCSE success Credit: Rushey Mead School

Identical twins, Shreeya and Shivani Rayarel, achieved nine and ten A*-As respectively.

Ravi and Reena Seta, who are also twins, were both awarded six A*s and four As.

This comes in a year when many had predicted a fall in GCSE results.

Shreeya and Shivani Rayarel, and Ravi and Reena Seta Credit: Rushey Mead School
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Nottingham Academy achieves big rise in performance

Students open their results Credit: ITV News Central

Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham has bucked the national trend and achieved a big rise in the proportion of pupils getting top GCSE marks.

It is a big relief to the inner city school which was under pressure from the Government to improve.

A pupil collects his results from the desk Credit: ITV News Central

In February the Department for Education sent the Academy a pre-warning letter following years of poor performance. It threatened the school with the possibility of the Government stepping in and imposing a new sponsor to take charge.

Tears on results day at Djanogly City Academy Credit: ITV News Central

This morning however the school achieved its best ever set of results with 43% of students gaining 5 A-C grades including English and Maths - up from 34% last year.

Head teacher Andy Kilpatrick said he was delighted in what had been an exceptionally tough year, with harsher marking and shifted grade boundaries.

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