GCSE results day

As thousands of students collect their GCSE results, it's a big day for young people looking to move on to sixth form, college or apprenticeships.

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Heads threaten GCSE grade challenge

Head-teachers have been considering legal challenge to GCSE results Credit: PA

Head-teachers have been considering whether to mount a legal challenge over GCSE English after Ofqual said results would not be regraded.

The regulator admitted grade boundaries were higher in June than they were in January, but insisted it would be "inappropriate" to reconsider either of them.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said it was not "acceptable or practicable" to make the students resit.

It warned it could still begin a legal challenge against grade boundary changes on the grounds that it had disadvantaged certain groups of students.

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Opening GCSE results... aged 11

It hasn't just been teenagers nervously picking up their GCSE exam results. At Ings Farm Primary School in Redcar a group of 11 year olds collected their GCSE Maths results.

The seven pupils took the exam five years earlier than usual after their teachers spotted their love of Maths. They had no need to be nervous, they all got a grade C.

Record GCSE results in Hartlepool

Hartlepool has reason to celebrate after young people there achieved some of the best GCSE results in the town’s history.

“The town’s 16-year-olds have every reason to feel proud of their achievements, which reflect a lot of hard work by themselves and by the staff in their schools."

– Dean Jackson, Assistant Director, Performance and Achievement

Almost 1,200 students have received their results. Early indications show the number of Hartlepool students achieving five or more A-C passes has improved. Over 81% achieved five or more A - C grades, over 3% more than last year.

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South Tyneside gets best-ever GCSE results

Students in South Tyneside have achieved the borough's best-ever GCSE results. 90% of students got five GCSE passes at grades A* - C or their equivalent, up from last year's 89.3%. 57.2% of students got five A* - C passes including English and Maths.

I’d like to congratulate all our GCSE students on this superb set of results. They have reaped the rewards of their hard work and deserve to be thoroughly proud of themselves. Thanks should also go to their families as well as school staff and governors who all play a key role in supporting our young people and helping each and every one of them to fulfil their potential.

– Cllr Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families
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    St Aidan's C of E Academy in Darlington says it believes some of its GCSE results released today are wrong and that it will investigate.