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Well done to those of you that achieved the results you needed. Don't panic if you didn't - scroll down for support info. The live feed ends here but the comments section will remain open for your messages of congratulations.

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If you haven't made your mind up about your next step, remember it is not too late to apply. For more information call 01793 491591 or go and speak to a member of the Advice and Guidance Team at Swindon College anytime between 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday. http://www.swindon-college.ac.uk/news/gcse-results-week

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Ruth Robinson, Principal of Swindon Academy, said: "These are strong and encouraging GCSE results that are testament to the hard work of both students and staff.  They show that the important initiatives we have put in place to improve performance are now having an impact.

"I am delighted for all of our students who achieved the grades they were hoping for and, as a school, we look forward to building on their success."

2:06pm

Students at Swindon Academy are celebrating after 41 per cent achieved the key headline measure of five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.  This represents an important rise of four percentage points on last summer's results.

Significantly, three-quarters of Year 11 students made at least expected progress in their English GCSE, with 41 per cent making more than expected progress. Both of these measures are significantly higher than the 2013 national averages for English.

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is warning that the Government proposal to remove GCSE engineering could make the skills crisis an even bigger cause of concern for UK employers. 

The IET has already highlighted this to Ofqual following their proposals to streamline the number of GCSE courses in manufacturing, electronics and engineering as a result of low numbers of students studying the subjects.

Analysis of the 2014 GCSE results shows a 73 per cent increase (5,027 students in 2014 compared to 2,897 in 2013) in students successfully studying GCSE engineering.

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Our photographers snapped some nice pictures of students celebrating at schools around the town this morning. Here's a selction of teenagers at Commonweal, Kingsdown and Dorcan.

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12:55pm

Good maths results, but it is too early to tell what will be the long-term impact of changes to the GCSE exams, warns the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Nansi Ellis, ATL’s assistant general secretary for policy, said: "The changes to GCSEs make it much more difficult to compare data year-on-year. The volatility at school level will make judgements about whether schools have improved highly problematic and it would be incredibly unfair to teachers to use year-on-year exam data in their appraisals. If the government insists on continuing to produce school performance tables, it must at least use five-year rolling data instead of a single year’s data to make any valid school level judgements."

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Carolyn Godfrey, corporate director at Wiltshire Council said: "There have been some great individual and school performances which is a positive reflection of all the hard work of the students, staff and everyone involved in secondary education in the county.”

Support and guidance for those choosing their next steps is available at www.wiltshirechoices.org.uk

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A leading Wiltshire councillor has said all involved in getting GCSE results today can be proud of their achievements.

Coun Laura Mayes, cabinet member for Children’s Services at Wiltshire Council, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to everyone who has got the results they wanted. Young people have worked extremely hard throughout their studies during this time and they will have received guidance and support from their teachers, parents and carers.

"All involved should be proud of their achievements.”

 

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And here's Anna Witka, a student at Bradon Forest opening her results.

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Here's Bradon Forest students Jess Griffiths and Lucy Taylor celebrating their results.

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Andy Woolley, South West Regional Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “Students and their teachers are to be congratulated on their GCSE achievements today.  Headlines on results day tend to focus on top grades and overall pass rates.  It is important to recognise all achievements, however.  Awards at all levels can represent a significant achievement for some learners, and can provide a foundation for further, lifelong learning.

“Congratulations are particularly due taking into account the chaotic and piecemeal changes made to GCSEs in England (but not Wales or Northern Ireland) in recent years, often at short notice.  When even the awarding bodies and exams regulator describe the situation as ‘volatile’ there should be considerable concern, especially for the young people whose futures are at stake."

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A spokesperson for Ridgeway School said: "We are so proud of them, especially with the changes they have faced throughout the two years, and these record results are testament to their hard work, the support of their parents and the commitment of the staff to support their outcomes and life chances, despite the challenges faced."

12:24pm

Ridgeway School has recorded its best ever results, with 75 per cent of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and Maths, and with 29 per cent of grades awarded at A*/A.

98% of students are leaving Year 11 with at least five qualifications A*-G.

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Students at Dorcan opening their results this morning.

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Dr Scott Sissons, headteacher at Dorcan, said: "We are delighted with the results. These students are the first to take a new type of exam with no resits or modular work. We were warned to expect a possible drop in results but they have largely remained the same with some subjects like English going up."

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Students at Isambard have achieved identical results to those last year. Fifty-seven per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths.

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Darren Barton, Principal of Nova Hreod Academy, said: “I would like to congratulate all of our students who achieved the grades they needed for the next phase of their education and am very pleased for them.

“Since arriving at the academy with Mr Parnell in May we have been putting in place a number of very clear plans to deliver improvements at Nova and drive student attainment upwards. We are greatly looking forward to seeing them take hold next year.”

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One of the success stories at Nova Hreod is Kathryn Hague, who earned 4 A*s, 4 As, 1 B and 2 Cs.

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Overall, 31 per cent of students at Nova Hreod Academy achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.

The school joined United Learning in January of this year and the group has since put in place a new leadership team to drive improvement at the school

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420 of the entries at New College today were for the 19+ adult students studying GCSE subjects during evening classes.  All adult learners passed GCSE English and 18 other courses. The overall pass rate across all subjects was 99.3%, an increase from last year.

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Students at New College earned a 100% pass rate in 24 out of 30 subjects including Ancient History, Photography, Biology, Chemistry, French, Geography, Italian, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Psychology, Science, Sociology and Spanish.

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New College may be best known for its outstanding A Level results but today 1,049 learners will be collecting their GCSE results. GCSE qualifications at New College are becoming increasingly popular with the number of GCSE entries for 2014 increasing by 14% on last year’s total and by 40% in the last two years.

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Sharon Kirwan, Principal at Churchfields, said: “I’m delighted once again by the fantastic results across a diverse range of subjects. They will enable our outgoing students to go on to college and university. We’re all proud of them, it’s an emotional and moving day for us all.”

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Teachers at Churchfields school are particularly thrilled by outstanding results in Maths, Statistics, Citizenship, Religious Education and Science this year. Of all students at the 1,000-strong academy, 37.1 per cent achieved 1 A* or A grade.

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And here's Peter Gilbert and Chris Stone celebrating their impressive set of results.

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Here's Sophie Titcombe and Phoebe Lewis-Clarke celebrating their results at Highworth Warneford School.

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Isambard students picking up their results.

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A lot of teachers in Swindon this morning are saying they are pleased with students' results but it is hard to say where they come nationally because of changes to exams.

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Students at Commonweal arrive to get their results.

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Sixty-four per cent of students at Commonweal got A* to C grades.

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Sophie Titcombe, a student at Highworth Warneford School, gained 13 GCSEs, including 11 A*s. Fellow student Phoebe Lewis-Clarke gained 11 GCSEs including 10 A*s, while Peter Gilbert picked up 11, including 8 A*s and Chris Stone bagged himself 12 subjects and 6 A*s.

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Highworth Warneford headteacher John Saunders said: "We are delighted with this year's results which have maintained the very high standards set last year. We are very pleased for the successes of all of our pupils and wish them well in the future."

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Highworth Warneford School is celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results again this year, with nearly three-quarters of pupils achieving five or more GCSE grades at A* TO C, including English and Maths.

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Clive Zimmerman, principal at Lydiard Park Academy, said: "You always have worries in the nights leading up to results day, but I was very nervous on Tuesday night (principals see results a day early) because of everything that's been in the press.

"Like everybody else, I was worrying because of the changes Mr Gove made. The students and staff have worked very hard and there seems to be very few disappointed kids this morning. We are very relieved and pleased."
 

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About 100 students picking up their results at Commonweal will be going on to the new sixth form centre built this year.

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At Lydiard Park Academy there have been the best-ever results, despite the change in exam structure. Sixty-four per cent of pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades, including English and Maths.

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If you haven't made your mind up about your next step, remember it is not too late to apply. For more information call 01793 491591 or go and speak to a member of the Advice and Guidance Team at Swindon College anytime between 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday. http://www.swindon-college.ac.uk/news/gcse-results-week

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Bradon Forest Headteacher Andrew Morrison said: "These results represent the culmination of a huge amount of hard work from students and staff supported by parents and carers."

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Students at Bradon Forest School are celebrating the school's best ever results, with 62 per cent receiving the government's 'gold standard' of 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths.

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6:12pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Phantom Poster says...

Kids jumping in the air holding pieces of paper - now there's a spontaneous and original photo!
Kids jumping in the air holding pieces of paper - now there's a spontaneous and original photo! Phantom Poster
  • Score: 5

9:18pm Thu 21 Aug 14

King Doink says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
Kids jumping in the air holding pieces of paper - now there's a spontaneous and original photo!
Nice one Phantom Poster!! These kids have worked Damm hard to get these grades. Congratulations to everyone who achieved their grades!!
More importantly congratulations also to the teachers, your hard work has paid off.
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: Kids jumping in the air holding pieces of paper - now there's a spontaneous and original photo![/p][/quote]Nice one Phantom Poster!! These kids have worked Damm hard to get these grades. Congratulations to everyone who achieved their grades!! More importantly congratulations also to the teachers, your hard work has paid off. King Doink
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10:09pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Phantom Poster says...

At least they're not all blondes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/education-2877
2975

They could at least have taken another photos of someone who has failed, looking as glum as they can and folding their arms :-)
At least they're not all blondes: http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/education-2877 2975 They could at least have taken another photos of someone who has failed, looking as glum as they can and folding their arms :-) Phantom Poster
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