The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running.
The number of entries who scored A*-C this summer dropped by 1.3% to 68.1% - the biggest fall in the exam's 25-year history.
Those gaining top grades has also fallen by 0.5% - with 6.8% achieving an A*.
Watch: GCSE pupils open their results
Thousands of students across Cumbria are opening their GCSE exam results today.
There are many options available to all students, including further education and apprenticeships.
The Cumbria Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust has two apprenticeships available, offering students the chance to earn whilst they learn.
Sarah Foster applied successfully for the apprenticeship in 2012:
“This apprenticeship was a fantastic opportunity for me. I never thought that I would
gain the relevant skills so quickly, and have a permanent job within just a few
"The team are brilliant to work alongside; my assessor from Training2000 is
very supportive and always there to answer any queries I may have.”
If you have 5 GCSEs including English and Maths and would like to apply for an apprenticeship with CPFT then click here.
Hundreds of students across Cumbria now know their GCSE exams results. Nationally the amount of pupils gaining at least a C grade is down
Thousands of school pupils will get their GCSE resultstoday.
At the Carlisle Richard Rose Central Academy around 40% of students achieving 5 GCSEs A*–C including English and Maths.
This is an unprecedented performance in the Academy’s four year history and that of its predecessor schools.