Students in Dorset Open GCSE Results
4:35pm 21st August 2014
Students in Dorset have been opening their GCSE results this morning.
Nationally, the overall pass rate fell for the second year in a row by 0.3%. There were improvements in the pass rates for Maths, but a drop in English.
Wessex FM visited Thomas Hardye School, where both English and Maths results had risen. Head teacher Mike Foley says how pleased he is with the students and staff: "We had a stunning week last week with our A-Level results and today we come in and we're really pleased."
This year has also seen changes to GCSE course across the country, especially through the reduction in coursework. Mr Foley said that didn't faze the pupils, though.
He said: "This year, there still is coursework but it's much reduced, particularly in subjects like English. We're delighted because out English results are up to over 80% and our maths results are up, and of course that's crucial for youngster's futures."
Mr Foley added: "I'd like to really congratulate them, they deserve everything. I think people talk about how standards have changed over the years, but these youngsters are more tested than any other group. They've sat more examinations, they have to cover a much broader curriculum, study for more subjects, and they deserve every credit."