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GCSE exam results 2021

Over 4,000 students in Wiltshire received their GCSE results last week. While like-for-like comparisons cannot be made with 2019 and 2020 results, we are pleased that initial data suggests that Wiltshire students have done well.

Published 18 August 2021
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This year GCSEs were awarded based on teacher assessed grades due to the cancellation of external exams. Teachers submitted grades to exam boards for moderation, based on evidence such as mock exams, course work and tests.

GCSEs are currently ranked on a 9-1 scale, where 9 is the top grade and grade 4 is a pass roughly in line with the former Grade C.

In Wiltshire, provisional indications are that 71% of students achieved grades 9-4 in both English and Maths GCSE and 50% achieved grades 9-5 in both.

Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said, "We are still awaiting results from a few schools, but early indications show that students across Wiltshire have performed very well this year and I would like to praise them for their determination and perseverance in overcoming the lockdowns and adapting to remote learning. Their success is well deserved.

"I would also like to thank teachers, support staff, parents and guardians for all their hard work in supporting our students and helping to achieve these results."

Some students may not have received the grades they expected or decided on what they want to do next. Initially they should speak to their school or college who can offer help and advice about options available to them including the appeals process.

Alternatively, students can contact, Young Work Wiltshireon 01225 716890 or workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk. Young Work Wiltshire, is a Wiltshire Council service, that offers advice in planning the next steps in education, training or apprenticeships, visit their website at workwiltshire.co.uk/young/.

The National Careers Service advice lines will also be open between 9 - 27 August on 0800 100 900.

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Published 18 August 2021