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Tens of thousands of teenagers became the first to receive the results of tougher GCSE exams in English and Maths today.
For the first time they were awarded number grades instead of letters.
It's all part of reforms designed to raise standards.
Overall, passes dipped slightly - but for many pupils there was plenty to celebrate, as Christine Alsford reports.
Zoe Ball was a proud parent at Brighton College as son Woody received his results. Woody, son of Zoe and Norman Cook, received high marks including an 8 in English language and several As.
With a massive 64% of all entries graded A*/A (new grades 9-7) and nearly half gaining at least seven or more A*/A (new grades 9-7), top Sussex independent school Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating another year of success.
Burgess Hill Girls again achieved highly across a wide range of subjects. In STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), 70% of all entries were graded A*/A (new grades 9-7) while an impressive 96% achieved A*-B or new grades 9-6.
Thousands of teenagers across the region will be receiving their GCSE results today. According to the government the new GCSEs are more rigorous than previous exams.
English and Maths GCSEs will be the first to be graded from 9 (High) to 1 (Low) this year. Most other subjects will follow this grading in 2018 for the first time.
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It is the first year in England that traditional grades have been replaced by numbers, with all subjects being scored like that by 2020.
The reforms are the biggest shake-up of the exam system for a generation. Here's what's changed.