GCSE grades fall for second year

The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running, official figures have revealed.

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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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GCSE maths like playing a game, says A* boy, nine

Abhinav Santhiramohan, from Luton, was awarded an A* in GCSE maths
Abhinav Santhiramohan, from Luton, was awarded an A* in GCSE maths Credit: PA

A nine-year-old boy who passed his GCSE maths exam with the top grade today compared the test to a puzzle-solving computer game.

Abhinav Santhiramohan, from Luton, was awarded an A* after taking his GCSE exam seven years early. He even completed the paper with 45 minutes to spare.

Abhinav, who attends Meads Primary School in Luton, now hopes to take his A-level maths exam when he turns 11.

"I felt nervous and confident at the same time," he said. "When I found out it was an A*, it was really surprising."

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Institute of Directors: 'Several factors' in GCSE drop

The head of education and skills policy at the Institute of Directors said "several factors" led to a drop in GCSE grades this year, meaning "we should look beyond simple year-on-year comparisons".

The fall in the proportion of students getting top grades at GCSE will dominate the headlines, but we need to keep focused on the bigger picture.

Students who have worked very hard but missed out on the grades they wanted will be disappointed.

But several factors, including the rise in early entry, pupils taking IGCSEs and the increased difficulty of science papers, mean that we should look beyond simple year-on-year comparisons of pass rates.

– Mike Harris, head of education and skills policy at the Institute of Directors

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Exam success for Churchill's relative

Isabella Soames has gained one of the best results in her school year Credit: PA Wire

The great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, from East Sussex, has received one of the best results in her school year.

Isabella Soames, who is 16-years-old, was also scouted by leading modelling agency Storm, who also work with Kate Moss and Lily Cole.

The teenager, who is the daughter of Conservative Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames, gained 11 A*s at independent Brighton College.

Isabella celebrating with her friends after getting great GCSE results Credit: PA Wire

The school's headteacher, Richard Cairns, said: "I think it is a proud moment for the city that a Brighton school can outperform much more selective schools in London and elsewhere in the South East."

"I really do believe that if you have a kind, considerate and supportive environment, children will achieve more than you might expect. Happy children are, by and large, successful children."

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