Congratulations to students collecting their GCSE results 2017
Today candidates across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will collect their GCSE results.
This year saw the introduction of the 9-1 GCSE grading in England, beginning with English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. It was also the first year of assessment for these reformed subjects in Wales, but the A*-G grading has been retained.
Overall outcomes for the UK have shown a small decrease in the number of candidates achieving grades A/7 to 20%. The number of grades at C/4 and above are also down, by 0.6 percentage points to 66.3 per cent. The pass rate for GCSEs has remained unchanged at 98.4 percent.
Gareth Pierce, WJEC Chief Executive,
"On behalf of WJEC I would like to congratulate students collecting their results today. I wish them the very best in their continuing studies or taking the first step in their careers.
Whilst the results show a slight decrease, this is not a reflection of the hard work shown by students and teachers. Much of these changes in outcomes can be attributed to factors such as changes in entry patterns, which impacts overall results.
Today we should celebrate the achievements of students and recognise the support of teachers and parents."