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Brighton College student achieves "best GCSE results in country"

A teenager from Hove has achieved one of the best set of GCSE results in the country.

Polly Milsom who is 16 and attends Brighton College, gained 13 A* grades, with an additional top grade A in advanced maths.

Polly said she was keen to continue training for her favourite sports of cricket, hockey and running at the same time as studying.

Polly Milsom achieved 13 A* grades at GCSE Credit: ITV Meridian

She added she was proud of her results and hoped to either enter the army or become a stockbroker after university.

She said: "I hope to go to university, probably Oxbridge and I have spent six weeks in the summer with the cadets in Canada so I am thinking of doing something with the army or working with banking, I really like maths so possibly a stockbroker, I am going to see how my A-Levels go and what I like doing."

She said that she planned to study maths, further maths, economics and chemistry at A-Level.

"Polly's scores were exceptionally high in each A*. For instance, in English she was 297 out of 300, in design and technology she got 299 out of 300, in biology she got 391 out of 400, and in French she got 293 out of 300. Then she got advanced maths A which is the highest you can get. This qualification is harder than a GCSE."

– Brighton College spokeswoman

Students prepare to receive GCSE results today

Students will receive their GCSE results today Credit: ITV

More than half a million students across the Meridian region are set to receive their GCSE results this morning. It comes amidst growing pressure on teenagers and ongoing exam reform. Less coursework and fewer opportunities mean many teenagers are sitting more than 20 different papers.

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Dyslexic GCSE student celebrates A* in English

A student whose dyslexia is so severe she did not learn to read or write until she was 10-years-old has achieved an A* in her English literature GCSE.

Holly Sayer also gained an A in English language in her results which totalled 10 GCSEs including two A*s, three As, two Bs and two Cs.

Holly Sayer, 16, who is dyslexic, celebrates after receiving an A* in English Literature at the ARK Charter Academy in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Credit: PA

The 16-year-old, who studied at the Ark Charter Academy in Portsmouth, Hampshire, said: "There was a lot of stress involved and now I am really happy."

"Personally, I'm quite heavily dyslexic and yet my favourite subject is English. "The only way I could get round it was through the extra-curricular help that I was given."

She added: "I feel just a little bit chuffed, I think the hard work has most certainly paid off."

Sayer, who hopes to one day become a film director now hopes to complete her A-levels and go to Cambridge University or an Ivy League college.

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Large swings in pupils' results after exam reforms

More students than ever across the south are achieving high GCSEs, but national figures also show large swings in English and maths results.

Head teachers said some schools were seeing "volatility" in results, warning that for some students, this could put their chances of a place at a top university such as Oxford or Cambridge, or their opportunity to go on to sixth-form college, at risk.

Results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland showed a sharp drop in English grades, with 61.7% of entries scoring A*-C, down 1.9 percentage points from last summer.

Exam chiefs suggested that the changes in results were down to recent education reforms, including removing speaking and listening from final English grades, a decision that in England, making only a teenager's first attempt at an exam count.

Pupils glimpsing their results at St John Fisher School in Chatham

In recent years there had been a growing trend towards schools entering pupils for exams early, or multiple times, but the new rule has changed this, and figures published earlier this year showed around a 40% drop in early entry across all subjects.

"What I think is really of note is the change in the 15-year-old results overall," Mr Hall said. "What is driving that is the 'first result counts'. Only the students who are really strong in the school's judgment are being entered at 15, whereas before they were being entered to see how they get on."

Kent pupils celebrate after GCSE results

Pupils at St John Fisher School in Chatham, Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

Students from St John Fisher School in Kent are opening their GCSE results today to a mix of tears of joy and disappointment.

The biggest impact on this year's GCSE results have stemmed from changes that mean students did not sit exams early - compared to previous years when pupils could take their exams several times.

Ofqual says there is likely to be "variability" in grades at a school level this summer due to the significant changes Credit: PA

Students open GCSE results across the south

It's the day of reckoning for thousands of pupils across the Meridian region as they receive their long-awaited GCSE results today.

Pupils at King Alfred's academy in Wantage open their results Credit: ITV Meridian
Pupils anxiously opening their GCSE results Credit: ITV Meridian
Parents, teachers and pupils gather at the school to see this year's set of results Credit: ITV Meridian
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