750,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their GCSE results today. An analysis of overall trends in this year's GCSE results yields findings almost identical to those of last week's A-level results.
These were the main trends:
It seems that the choice of school makes all the difference to pupils' overall performance at GCSE. Grammar schools yielded the best results this year, with 55% of all GCSE exams receiving an A or A*. This figure was 53.7% for independent schools and just 17.3% for comprehensives. However, the biggest year-on-year improvement came from private schools, who experienced a 2.5% increase in the number of A and A* grades awarded, compared with 0.4% in grammars and 0.9% in comprehensives.