LiveBlog: The 2014 Oxfordshire GCSE results live, with updates, tweets, audio and pictures

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  • Thousands of school pupils will get their GCSE results today
  • We also have a table compiling each school's results
  • Send us your pictures celebrating your results today, either via Twitter @TheOxfordMail or email


Many more results in our School results table


  • Emma Tollet, Grace Adam, Flora McAllister and Marina Aspinall from St Helen and St Katharine

Witney Gazette:


  • Listen: d'Overbroecks head Sami Cohen also discusses the changes to the GCSEs


  • Paul James, the head at Cherwell, makes some interesting comments about the changes to the GCSEs system


  • Listen: James Lambert at d'Overbroecks has been juggling his studies and singing. And just listen to his reaction


  • Listen: Henry Box headteacher Wendy Hemmingsley talks about the results


Nationally, the proportion of GCSEs awarded a C or higher has risen for the first time in three years, but figures also show large swings in English and maths results.

Headteachers said some schools were seeing "volatility" in results, warning that for some students, this could put their chances of a place at a top university such as Oxford or Cambridge, or their opportunity to go on to sixth-form college, at risk.

Results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland showed a sharp drop in English grades, with 61.7% of entries scoring A*-C, down 1.9 percentage points from last summer.

This is believed to be the biggest drop in the qualification's history.

Maths saw an opposite result, with 62.4% of entries gaining an A*-C grade, up 4.8 percentage points on 2013.

Exam chiefs suggested that the changes in results were down to recent education reforms, including removing speaking and listening from final English grades, a decision that in England, only a teenager's first attempt at an exam would count in school league tables - a move which has hit early and multiple entries - less coursework and a switch by some students to take International GCSEs (IGCSE) in some subjects.

Overall, just over two-thirds (68.8%) of all entries scored A*-C, up 0.7 percentage points on last summer, according to statistics published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

But the A*-G pass rate has fallen for the second year running, and is down 0.3 percentage points to 98.5% from 98.8% in 2013.

The proportion of entries awarded the highest grade has also fallen slightly, with 6.7% gaining an A*, down from 6.8% last year. It is the third year in a row that this has dropped.


And here's our GCSE picture gallery - are you in it?


Witney Gazette:

Molly King and Jade Spencer from Sibford School both received five A*s and five A grades


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Rebecca Hack, from Headington School, got 10 straight A*s


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Chloe Dodsworth got nine A*s, two As, and one B.

The 15-year-old Cooper School pupil, said: "The studying was a bit overwhelming but I was really happy when I saw my results."


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Maddie Baldwin, Matthew O’Brien, Tara Grimsley-Moore, Neoma Fisher, Emma Purvis, Florence Jenkins

Burford School achieved 70% gaining 5 A*- C (inc Eng & Ma), up from 64% last year.

Kathy Haig, headteacher, said: "The GCSE results this year are the best in the school’s history and reinforce Burford’s long held reputation as a school with an outstanding academic record.

"For the seventh year in a row our students have aimed higher and achieved more and this is impressive given the variability across the national picture.

"At Burford we focus on academic GCSEs rather than more vocational qualifications as we feel that this better equips our students for what lies ahead. Today our
students have shown themselves to be more than capable of rising to that challenge and I am absolutely delighted for them."


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Bicester Community College results: English A*-C rose by 10 per cent to 64 per cent.

Students passing at least one science rose to 85 per cent, an increase of 40 per cent.

However, maths results have fallen to 52 per cent pass rate.

Headteacher Tony Rushworth said: "Given the turbulent times our year 11s have experienced it is not a surprising that we published a mix set of results."


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Isobel Stokoe, got three A*s and 5As. The Bicester Community College pupil said: 'I was really nervous when I opened the envelope, but I'm really pleased with my results.'


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Daniel Brown at Bicester Community College got two A*s and six A grades. The 16-year-old said: 'Yeah, I did ok... No, I'm really happy with my results.

'I hoped I would get the grades but I didn't expect to.' 


Witney Gazette:

Wood Green School pupils Marina Mirea, Bethany Faulkner, and Niamh Walsh celebrate their results. They got 13 A*s combined


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At d'Overbroeck's College, Maya Joseph and her mum are celebrating results including 2 A*’s and 4 B’s


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Molly Bush, 16, from Wallingford School who achieved 8 A* grades.
She said: "I'm very surprised, I didn't expect it at all
"When I opened the envelope I was so happy and so relieved".


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Lucy Shenly, 16, Wallingford School was awarded nine A*s and two As.
She said: "It was what I was hoping for but I didn't really expect such good grades.
"I don't have any secrets, it's just hard work really."


Witney Gazette:

Emma Cattermole at Cheney


Oxford High School Judith Carlisle said: "The girls at Oxford High School have once again achieved tremendous GCSE results with 90% of the results A/A* grades. Many of the students have truly exceptional grades to celebrate today, with 24 of them achieving A* in every subject taken and three quarters of the girls achieving nine or more A*/A grades. All 28 girls who took Mandarin achieved A*, as did those who took Design Technology. Whether looking at the results in English, Maths or Science, languages, the arts or humanities, the percentage of top grades is impressive.

"The enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of the girls and the staff are a key part of their success. This high level academic study is combined with a full range of activities and interests which help the girls to see the exams as part of a balanced education. Whilst aiming high, we also pay real attention to trying to keep exam season worries in perspective, especially as this is the first time that the girls face public examinations.

"I hope that they will feel pleased with their success and learn valuable lessons from the experience which will help them in the coming years. They should now embark upon their A level studies with every confidence and look forward to life in the Sixth Form."


Witney Gazette:

Also at Cherwell Charly Pressdee,16 11A*. Lucy Gaen, 16 8A* A B. Gregory Howgego, 16. 9A* A ie Layton, charly pressdee, Eliza phibbs, Charlotte marshall. 


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At Cherwell are, left to right, Molly Jones, Indigo Leveson-Gower, Salma al-Hassan, Megan Cooke,  Bella Caro, Dulcie Layton, Charly Pressdee, Eliza Phibbs, Charlotte Marshall. 


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Students at Cheney


Interesting issue developing. Three of the four schools that have sent in results are refusing to provide them based on the first set of exams students sat and excluding marks from any resits.

They are supplying what are being termed the best results.





Didcot Girls headteacher Rachael Warwick said: "It gives me huge pleasure to congratulate all of our students on these fantastic results which represent a second consecutive year of record-breaking results for Didcot Girls’ School. Our students have earned their success through hard work, resilience and exceptional effort – we are so proud of them all. These results are also a tribute to the superb teachers at Didcot Girls’ School who, year after year, give huge amounts of additional time, support and guidance whenever it is needed. I feel very privileged to lead such an inspiring school community."

The school said it was delighted with the record-breaking examination results achieved this year with 75% of students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths. Results at the highest levels are also "outstanding" with more than 51% of students achieving at least one A* or A grade and 26% of all entries resulting in A* or A grades: 28 students achieved 8 or more A or A* grades. We are also delighted that the average grade per student is a B grade. The overall pass rate of 98% of students achieving at least 5 GCSE passes is also extremely impressive.

Pupils also achieved record breaking results in the English Baccalaureate with 33% of students achieving 5 GCSEs of C or above in English, Maths, the Sciences, a Modern or Ancient Foreign Language and a Humanity, such as History or Geography.  (The national average for the English Baccalaureate in 2013 was 15.6%.) As a Language Specialist College the school was particularly delighted that 74% of students gained a grade in a Modern Foreign Language.

In summary, for the 201 students who entered 2000 exams:

75% of all students gained 5 or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths
85% of all our students gained 5 or more A*-C grades
26% of entries were A*-A
49% of entries were A*-B
23% gained 5 or more A*-A grades
98% of all our students gained 5 A*-G grades
99.5% of students gained at least 1 A*-G pass
33% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate

The following 28 students achieved 8 or more A* or A grades or equivalent:
Zoe Adams  (2A*, 7A)    Chloe Palmer  (6A*, 4A)
Caity Butcher  (4A*, 6A)    Emilia Panzeri  (5A*, 4A)
Laura Capstick  (10A*, 1A)    Zoe Pilcher  (5A*, 3A)
Izzie Cheshire  (11A*, 1A)    Sophie Purbrick  (7A*, 4A)
Lesley Gover  (7A*, 4A)    Alice Reddick  (9A)

Ella Kennedy  (7A*, 2A)    
Poppy Reid  (7A*, 4A)
Tasnia Khan  (1A*, 8A)    Zainab Shirazi  (4A*, 5A)
Helen Locke  (9A*, 1A)    Gracy Singh  (10A*, 1A)
Ellie Mcritchie  (6A*, 5A)    Holly Smith  (5A*, 5A)
Eve Mcrobbie  (3A*, 7A)    Kelly Stewart  (4A*, 6A)
Fahmida Miah  (10A*)    Amy Taylor Wright  (10A*, 2A)
Sky Murray  (3A*, 7A)    Holly Tuson  (3A*, 6A)
Abbie Nosworthy  (6A*, 4A)    Katie Whitley  (2A*, 7A)
Gemma O'Donovan(5A*,5A)    Matilda Woodhill  (7A*, 3A)


The first results are now in our Schools Results Table: Didcot Girls and Cranford House


Good morning and welcome to our GCSEs blog. We'll have updates, results, stories, tweets and audio recordings for you throughout the course of the day.

But remember to get involved as well and send us your pictures and tweets of congratulations to @TheOxfordMail


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