And in reference to the number of youngsters taking exams early, Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, said: ''The sheer scale of multiple and early entries is astonishing.
"Employers don't want exam robots - they want young people who are academically stretched, rounded and grounded.
''Turning schools into exam factories and cramming two years' syllabus into one benefits no one.
"A GCSE should be an assurance of ability, not a consolation prize for surviving months of continual testing and retesting.''
Here is some advice from Institute of Directors calling on people to look at the bigger picture.
Mike Harris, head of education and skills policy said: ''The fall in the proportion of students getting top grades at GCSE will dominate the headlines, but we need to keep focused on the bigger picture.
''Students who have worked very hard but missed out on the grades they wanted will be disappointed. But several factors, including the rise in early entry, pupils taking IGCSEs and the increased difficulty of science papers, mean that we should look beyond simple year-on-year comparisons of pass rates.''
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Bournemouth Borough Council have released this statement relating to today's GCSE results.
“We are delighted that the GCSE results released to us today show another successful year of academic achievement across Bournemouth.
"Some schools have seen a significant rise in the percentage achieving the important 5 A*-C grades including English and maths.
"These improved results are a testament to the hard work of students and their teachers, particularly in a year when nationally we have seen a fall in overall pass rates.
"The provisional results received so far suggest that the majority of Bournemouth schools are above last year’s national average.
"We’d like to congratulate all GCSE students in Bournemouth who have done so well and we wish them the best of luck for the future.
"For those who didn’t do as well as they hoped we want to highlight there is support available for them if they need it.”
Holly Allen, Charlie Denny and Katie Wassell from Twynham School.
St Aldhelm's Academy in Poole said it was unable to give a pass rate yet, as it was still waiting for some data.
But the school said they knew already their results would be better than last year, when 29 per cent of pupils achieved five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.
They have seen increases in English, from 39 to 48 per cent and in maths, from 38 to 46 per cent.
Ellis Newnham, Danielle Clarke, Shanice Smith, Abigail Clough from Glenmoor School look happy with their grades.
Linda Lietaviete, Malwina Marcinczyk, Dulakshi Amarasinghe also from Glenmoor School.
Gabbie Ferrett, Harriet Lefeaux from Glenmoor School celebrate after receiving their results.
Congrats to those that got the grades they wanted. & if you didn't? My lowest grade was food tech & now I'm stocking fortnum and masons!— @Chrissy_fd 22 August 2013
Ben Tricksey, Luca Evans and Luke Woodford from Harewood College get their results.
Students at Avonbourne College get their results. Bryanna Leigh, Abbie Le-Clercq and Alia Kirkwood study their results papers intensely.
Students at Harewood College get their results. Boyd Newman, George Mcdermott, Mazin Kudmans and Jack Young celebrating their GCSE marks
Overall results were down slightly at Ballard School in New Milton, due to tighter marking in core subjects, but the school still achieved a pass rate of 69 per cent including maths and English.
The school's science and maths grades were outstanding, significantly bucking the national trend.
The number of high achievers awarded the top grades also held up well.
Among them was the head boy who received 10 A* and two grade A GCSEs.
Headmaster Alastair Reid said: “Whilst undoubtedly some pupils have suffered with a tightening of grade boundaries, the majority have achieved excellent results in line with or exceeding expectations - in some cases substantially - and they are to be warmly congratulated, along with our parents and staff, for doing so well.”
Students at Avonbourne College get their results. Jasmine Craig, Emily Braeman and Ellen Clothier jumping for joy.
GCSE results at Corfe Hills School - Mark Donachy and Jacob Clark with their papers.
The Purbeck School in Wareham said their Year 11 students had achieved some impressive results and said some courses had been enormously successful.
99% of all students studying the English IGCSE passed their qualification and every level 2 student studying construction and BTEC PE all achieved their qualification.
Among the high achievers were Rachel Merrick, who achieved 12 A* and 2 A grades, Tara Clarke, who achieved 11 A*, 2 A and 1 B grade, Luke Walsh and Chester Williams, who both achieved 7 A*, 5 A and 2 B grades and Joe Harris, who achieved 7 A* and 6 A grades.
A continued slump in the uptake of modern languages has halted, with more teenagers opting for GCSEs in the subject this year.
Today's national results show an increase in the numbers of pupils taking GCSEs in languages such as French, German and Spanish.
The rise may be partly down to the Government's introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which is a mark of achievement for pupils who gain at least a C grade at GCSE in English, maths, science, history or geography and a foreign language, it was suggested.
Megan Pratt, Louise Anderson, Amy Smith, Pippa Lamb and Alice King celebrating their results news at Corfe Hills School.
Jonathan Crisp, Peter Roles and Joel Roberts from Twynham School.
At Talbot Heath, every single pupil achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths and over 50 per cent of students achieved at least seven A* or A grades.
Lucy-Dicks Illori scored a winning set of GCSE results, gaining A* and A grades in her nine GCSEs, alongside her rigorous twice weekly netball training in Bath.
Other shining stars include Lydia Henning, Florence Hockey, Katie Kirk, Lucy Scott and Kathryn Potten who all achieved nine straight A* grades.
Outstanding linguist Lydia Henning gained 100 per cent in both her French and Spanish papers and Florence Hockey achieved 100 per cent in history and French.
Head Angharad Holloway said: “Year after year we are able to achieve excellent results, which is again thanks to the commitment, hard work and talent of the pupils and staff.”
Students Maisy Cook and Ellie Langrish celebrate their GCSE results at Highcliffe School.
BCS pupils jumping for joy after receiving their fantastic GCSE results @Bournemouthecho @BBCRadioSolent http://t.co/S8aalLMCd4— @BCSPrincipal 22 August 2013
Astounding improvement in Bishop of Winchester's figures.
61% 5A*s to C. Up from 43% last year. Head teacher said this is a 42% increase on last year's results.
73% A* to C in English, 73% Maths.
The head of the Bishop of Winchester Academy said they were “flying high” after recording their best ever GCSE results.
The pass rate, including English and maths, increased to 61 per cent from 43 per cent last year - a rise of 42 per cent.
Head Teacher Paul McKeown: “We are so pleased with an outstanding set of results this year. It marks such a huge improvement from last year and coupled with an excellent Osfsted inspection in July we are flying high.
“The amazing set of results are a credit to the children and all the staff who have pushed and supported them.”
Chair of Governors, Ms Christine Dipple said: “To see the school improve so much in such a short space of time really has been outstanding.”
And Deputy Head Teacher Paul Holman said: “These have been our best ever results. We are hoping that we have seen one of the biggest increases in the country.”
The Bishop of Winchester Academy students Matt Dyke, Ebony Benfield and Rhys Connolly celebrate their results.
Sturminster Newton High School students have received some of their best ever results significantly above the national figures with 75% of all GCSEs at A*-C and 79.3% of student achieving 5 or more A*-C grades.
Headteacher, Jayne Barron said: “These are extremely good results which reflect the hard work of the students themselves and the support and efforts of their parents and school staff.
"Well done to all! I wish every one of them continued success in their future studies and employment and we look forward to welcoming most of them into our joint Sixth Form in September and wish all every success with their future studies and careers.”
Special mention does have to be made of RE were 80% of the group achieved A*/A.
Student Chloe Sansom celebrates her GCSE results at The Grange School in Somerford.
St. Peters' School students George Small, Samuel George, Reeve King and Oscar Sawarsk with their GCSE results.
St. Peters' School students Isabella Connolly, Alex Ferdnandez, Zac Herford and Hope Francis celebrate getting their GCSE results.
Year 11 students at Ringwood School have bucked the national trend by securing the best ever results for the school.
Headteacher, Christina Edwards said: "We take great pride in being a true comprehensive school and I am delighted with the success of every single student."
67% of students secured 5 A*- C including English and Maths and 76% of students secured 5 or more A*-C grades.
In core subjects, Maths posted a 79% A-C pass rate and English secured 75%, performing national averages.
The top 10 students achieved 10 or more A*-A grades including Annabella Meech; Ryan Purdy; Luke Cottenham; Benjamin Goddard –Fletcher; Phoebe Atkey; Joseph Burns; Sarah Senior; Christopher Thursfield; Charlotte Kendrick; Nicholas Kilford.
Ms Edwards added: "My congratulations go to all the students who have worked so hard over the past two years to achieve these excellent results.
"My thanks also go to the staff for their dedication and commitment in helping every student to achieve success and to our parents for their continuing support."
Students at Ringwood School getting their results today.
At Bournemouth School, a slight decrease in the number of A* and A grades was attributed to the school’s decision to change from traditional GCSEs to the more rigorous and challenging iGCSEs in the three sciences.
But 99.3 per cent of Year 11 students attained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths and 56 per cent of all entries were graded A* or A.
The school had many high achievers, with 44 students attaining 10 or more A* or A grades.
It was another week of celebration for the Chatfield family, who last week saw their son Daniel achieve 2 A* and 2 A grades in his A levels, securing a place at Cambridge.
Yesterday, Daniel’s younger twin brothers Alex and Rowan achieved an impressive 13 A*, 9 A and 2 B grades between them.
Another student Kieron Parrett combined three days school attendance a week with training at Southampton FC yet still attained 6 A and 3 B grades.
At Oak Academy, principal Gill Blanshard said the school has achieved 46 per cent A* to C grades including English and maths, and 97 per cent without.
She added: “We are very proud of our students.
“For us, it’s not about qualifications for qualifications sake – we want our students to enjoy their learning, and be able to take what they have learnt here out into their lives after school.”
Jack Humby, Aaron Levens and George Hardy with their results. Aaron achieved a number of A and B grades http://t.co/Q8MnsbjQgQ— @Winter_Alex 22 August 2013
Canford School also bucked the national trend by reporting an increase in the number of students awarded top grades.
A massive 94 per cent of all entries were graded A* to B and 99 per cent A* to C.
The proportion of A* and A grades was down nationally but increased from 72 per cent to 75 per cent at Canford School.
Among the top individual successes, two pupils achieved 11A*s and two achieved 10A*s. One in four pupils were awarded 7 A*s or more.
Head Ben Vessey said: “In a year of what is being described as ‘turbulence’ in GCSE results, the continual rises in the percentage of top grades at Canford seem all the more impressive.
“As well as the obvious glittering arrays of A*s and As, I am equally delighted that there are many pupils with more modest abilities who have succeeded far beyond their expectation.”
Kathryn James, director of policy and campaigns at NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers), said: “Congratulations to students and schools for on the whole maintaining standards amid a very difficult and uncertain background.
“The results show a continuing popularity in the Ebacc subjects and we are particularly pleased to note the healthy increase in entries for modern foreign languages.
"The slight fall in top grades was to be anticipated given the wider ability range now taking these subjects.
“This year's entry patterns indicate the extent to which apprehensions about the accountability system have driven decisions in schools.
"As we anticipate significant reforms to both exams and accountability we hope that in the future, a more appropriate balance will be struck.”
Students at the Bishop of Winchester Academy celebrate record results. #bmthresults http://t.co/dzA0LlxY0V— @CorinDailyEcho 22 August 2013
#bmthresults well done Jake Bussell A* in Public Services #grangeschool #christchurch C in Eng and Maths. Well chuffed— @suebussell 22 August 2013
Alistair Brien, head at Bournemouth School for Girls grammar school, said the school was celebrating their best results ever by some margin.
All girls passed five GCSEs, including English and maths and 67.2 per cent of all exams were passed at A or A* - an increase of nearly five per cent on last year.
More than 70 per cent of girls got five or more As and A*s and 62 girls got 10 or more As and A*s.
“Congratulations to all our girls for their fantastic achievement,” he said.
Students celebrating GCSE results at Bournemouth School for Girls. #bmthresults http://t.co/5zk2IeRqXx— @CorinDailyEcho 22 August 2013
Students from Arnewood School celebrating their results.
From l-r - Jonny Kennedy-Black, Naomi Thorne, Amelia Smith, Daniel Woolley and Charlotte Smith.
The Arnewood School in New Milton has seen 57% A*-C grades including English and Maths.
They will be resubmitting some of their English papers as fewer achieved the grades than expected.
Overall 88 per cent of its students achieved at least five GCSEs at A* to C grades.
15 students gaining at least three A* in their spread of very high grades.
Top of the class was Marianne Lotter Jones who achieved an outstanding 9 A* and 3 A grades
In Maths, the school performed highly with 82 per cent achieving A* to C grades.
Headteacher Chris Hummerstone, said: “We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of our students and teachers has resulted in excellent results.
“In recent years our English department has had an excellent track record and on behalf of our students we will request a reassessment by the examining board.
“All our successful GCSE and Sixth Form students have worked very hard for their examination grades and we are very proud of all their achievements this year.”
Celebrations at The Bishop of Winchester Academy. #bmthresults http://t.co/GUax6S9EuR— @CorinDailyEcho 22 August 2013
Incredible increase at Glenmoor School, where the proportion of pupils achieving 5 GCSEs at A* to C grade, including English and maths, has risen to 63 per cent - a 13 per cent increase from last year.
Notable successes include Kateryna Zhyvitska, who achieved 7 A*s and 2 As and Marta Ross, who achieved 5 A*s and 5 As.
Overall, 93 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs at A* to C and the pass rate in English was 88 per cent.
Head Ben Parnell said: “We are just absolutely thrilled that we have managed to drive the school forward so much over the past year.
“The girls have worked extremely hard and the support we've had from the parents and teachers has been really mind-blowing.
“We have taken a school that has always had good results to achieving outstanding results and we are really, really pleased.”
#bmthresults @glenmoor 63% 5A*-C Inc English and maths up 13% brilliant and the best ever. Well dine girls— @parnsi 22 August 2013
At The Grange School in Christchurch they are celebrating a 7% increase in their figures.
Their A*-C grades including English and Maths has risen to 46% this year.
The school has also seen its highest ever figure for A* - C grades at GCSE.
Headteacher Steve Dossett said: "In a year of uncertainty with regards to GCSE grades we are bucking the national trend and are delighted with our results this year.
"Students across the ability range have achieved well.
"At The Grange we are seeing real trend in improving student outcomes.
"Quite simply students that come here make excellent progress.
"We are proud of the achievements of all our students but many of our highest achievers are leaving us this year with straight A* and A’s."
Elle payne, kaiya innes, harry stallworthy and daisy brooks. gcse results, the grange school, somerford. #bmthresults http://t.co/dzxl12docQ— @EchoJon 22 August 2013
All the further maths students all achieved A* with 2 of them - Jack Blanc and Kaiya Innes - achieving the very highest standard of A* distinction.
Winton Arts and Media College is once again one of the biggest success stories among Bournemouth's non-selective schools, with 65 per cent of pupils achieving five GCSEs at A* to C grade, including English and maths.
This is the same as last year, when the school celebrated a massive leap in standards, and head Ben Parnell said it proved they could sustain their improvement.
Every single student achieved five GCSEs at A* to C grade and particular successes were Megum Muhic, who achieved 8 A*s and 2 As, including an A* in further maths and a perfect score of 100 per cent in his GCSE maths.
Mr Parnell said: “I'm absolutely delighted, this shows we are able to sustain outstanding results at the school. The big difference is that our most able students here also exceeded expectations.”
#bmthresults - Winton English grades - 93% 5 A*~C. Incredible results boys. Also 100% of boys got at least 5 A*~C. #topdraw— @parnsi 22 August 2013
Ebony Benfield celebrating 3A*s at Bishop of Winchester @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/4tJPyCpX9Z— @JennyAwford 22 August 2013
At Harewood College, they haven't received their English results yet.
But with GCSE maths included, pupils achieved 67% A*-C.
Student Boyd Newman, who got 1 A*, 1 A and 4 Bs said: "I am very happy with these results.
"It's a huge sense of relief now I have found out what I've got."
He's off to Brockenhurst College to study PE and exercise science.
Pupils at Avonbourne achieved 60% A*-C including English and Maths - up 6% on last year.
Megan Sharman, head girl, who also set-up her own social enterprise scheme this year, got 6 A*s and 8 As.
She said: "I am shocked but so happy my hard work has paid off.
"I want to go to study medicine and become a doctor and having that goal made me put my head down and work hard."
Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, headteacher said: "We are delighted that in both the headline and threshold figures we have seen great results.
"We are proud of every single one of our students who have worked so hard and diligently throughout the year."
Students from The Grange School in Somerford celebrate gcse results #bmthresults http://t.co/Qi4npDS60D— @EchoJon 22 August 2013
Staff at St Edward's RC school said they are also celebrating a significant achievement in maths, with 76.5 per cent achieving A* to C - a new school record.
This sits alongside a pass rate of 78.2 per cent in English Language.
Head Pola Bevan said many subject areas had achieved very good higher A* to C GCSE pass rates.
Maisy cook and Ellie langrish celebrate gcse results at Highcliffe school #bmthresults http://t.co/xFXXq83I2N— @EchoJon 22 August 2013
Alex muncer and josh wilkins celebrate gcse results at Highcliffe school #bmthresults http://t.co/i908vwehEq— @EchoJon 22 August 2013
Chloe Sergeant and Jess Harris from Bournemouth Collegiate School.
Bournemouth Collegiate School principal Stephen Duckitt said: “I am delighted with the GCSE results of the top cohort this year.
"This group of high performing girls achieved a remarkable 68% A*/A grades.
"These pupils have surpassed our expectations, and I am now looking forward to building on these results with the launch of the new Grammar Plus intake starting at BCS in September 2014.”
73% of all pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C passes including English and mathematics.
Jess Harris who achieved 6 A*’s, 3 A’s and 1 B said: “I’m so happy. I’m really grateful to all the teachers for their amazing support. The hard work has paid off!”
Chloe Sergeant who gained 1A*, 7A’s and 3B’s said, “I’m a bit surprised but really happy! I’m looking forward to staying on at BCS next year and studying English Literature, French, Media Studies and Mathematics.”
Highcliffe School is celebrating record-breaking results with 74 per cent of students gaining five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade, including English and maths.
The school said it had anticipated excellent results and expectations had been exceeded in many cases.
In particular, a total of 28 students gained 10 or more A* or A grades.
Jenny Bewley, head of achievement for Year 11, said: “We are so proud of our students. This is fantastic news. Thanks go to all the students and their parents. We have worked together over a five year period to achieve these great results.”
Ashdown Technology College has achieved record GCSE results.
5 or more A*-C including English and Maths grades have increased from 49% in 2012 to 51% this year.
94% of students have also achieved 5 or more A*-C’s.
A number of students have performed exceptionally well, making outstanding progress with one student achieving 3 A*, 6A’s and 1B, and several achieving 6 A* grades.
Ashdown will re-open as Magna Academy Poole on the September 1.
Principal Richard Tutt said he was delighted by the huge potential of the students and staff at Magna and said: "Our future is very exciting.
"With excellent facilities and high quality teaching we have the most fantastic potential to become outstanding and are committed to providing the very best for every child."
Laila Clark achieved an A*, 6 Bs and three Cs. She will study biology, chemistry and forensics at A-Level http://t.co/g8IbduoUQc— @Winter_Alex 22 August 2013
Matt Dancer, who played Danny Zucko in the Christmas production of Grease, has done amazingly well http://t.co/7LxBOKOZXt— @Winter_Alex 22 August 2013
#bmthresults Winton have done it again!! 65% 5 A*-C Inc English and Maths. Well done boys!!— @parnsi 22 August 2013
#bmthresults @glenmoor 63% 5A*-C Inc English and maths up 13% brilliant and the best ever. Well dine girls— @parnsi 22 August 2013
All smiles at Avonbourne College @bournemouthecho #bmthresults http://t.co/3pwTRUOKgL— @RichardBmthEcho 22 August 2013
Harewood College students Frank Waloszek, Brad Newman and Graham Chan celebrate. @Bournemouthecho #bmthresults http://t.co/2h7plxw2gw— @RichardBmthEcho 22 August 2013
From l-r, Jessica Jefferies, Laila Heshri and Toni Richardson with their grades http://t.co/slogsUY7Su— @Winter_Alex 22 August 2013
Alex is at Leaf Academy this morning with students getting their results.
At Poole High School, head teacher Fan Heafield said: "We are absolutely delighted with the success of our students.
"These results are our best ever results with our A*-C grades including English and Maths increased by 7%."
Chloe Hanham and Adele McKenzie celebrating their GCSE results #bmthresults http://t.co/enxEfSmtnl— @Winter_Alex 22 August 2013
St Peter's School students have also performed well this year with 82% five A*-C grades, which doesn't include English and Maths.
Headteacher Angie Wazejewski said they had 10 students who had achieved 112 A* and A grades between them as a group.
She said there had been very few under achievers and almost all students "reached their potential" and often exceeded it.
The school had a lot of Polish students who also had good grades.
Martyna Dyda, 16, achieved an A, three Bs and three Cs.
The first students arriving for their results #bmthresults http://t.co/uQWsnIE4P1— @Winter_Alex 22 August 2013
BSG results bucking the national trend with a 5% increase in As and A*s @Bournemouthecho— @JennyAwford 22 August 2013
Celebrations at Bournemouth School for Girls. #bmthresults http://t.co/4hHoxvaf98— @CorinDailyEcho 22 August 2013
Students and staff at Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne also improved on last year.
Two thirds of all students gained 5 or more A*-C grades - an improvement on last year.
Students achieved particularly well in Mathematics, Triple Science and Languages and students taking GCSE English Language attained 86% A*-C.
Exceptional performances were achieved by
Sam Raudsepp - 10 A*
Ella Jenkinson - 9 A*
Rebecca Beeson - 8 A* and 3 A
Edward Evans - 7A* and 3 A
Maya Ambasna - 6 A* and 5 A
Michaela Dale - 6 A* and 4 A
Emily Brown - 5 A* and 5 A
Deputy Head teacher Tim Farrer said: “I am very happy with these results.
"They form an excellent foundation for even further success in the future. I and the school take pride in being fully comprehensive and we celebrate the achievement of every single student, whether it is the excellence of top grades or the fantastic attainment of individual potential in gaining GCSE passes through sheer effort and commitment.
"This is down to the hard work and commitment of students, teachers and parents, not only at QE, but also at all our First and Middle Schools, and I sincerely congratulate and thank them.”
Students at St Edward's School achieved 64% five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and Maths.
A spokesperson for the schools said: "In many subject areas students achieved very good and higher A*-C GCSE pass rates and overall we have a 99.7% A*-G GCSE pass rate."
Priestlands School in Lymington, like many others nationally, has seen a slight fall in the percentage of students securing five or more grades at A* to C but an increase in the number of top grades achieved.
It is also celebrating record results in ICT, business studies, art, history and RE.
In all, 63 per cent of the school's students secured at least five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.
Fifty students - 21% - secured five or more A and A* grades and 26 per cent of students achieved the English Baccalaureate.
97% of students secured at least one pass at C or above.
Head Chris Willsher said: “Priestlands continues to be a successful school, rooted in its community and serving the community well. Education at Priestlands is about more than exam results.”
Students celebrating GCSE results at Bournemouth School for Girls. #bmthresults http://t.co/5zk2IeRqXx— @CorinDailyEcho 22 August 2013
Holly Morgan, 1A*, 3As, 5Bs, 1D & 1E and Libbi Nicholls, 2A*s, 5As, 3Bs at Parkstone Grammar #bmthresults http://t.co/PehORACZhj— @CaitlinM_Echo 22 August 2013
Talbot Heath girls Lydia Henning, Esther Skene & Hannah Badaway share their results @Bournemouthecho #bmthresults http://t.co/Og4a4FKJFR— @RichardBmthEcho 22 August 2013
... and Josephine hoped to pass all her exams, and after collecting her results, found out she achieved 5As, 4Bs & 1C #bmthresults— @CaitlinM_Echo 22 August 2013
Robin said she was predicted to get A*s and As, and after opening her results, found she achieved 6A*s and 4As #bmthresults— @CaitlinM_Echo 22 August 2013
... Danni predicted that she would get A's and B's and after opening her results, found she had 7A*s, 2As, 3Bs & 5Cs #bmthresults— @CaitlinM_Echo 22 August 2013
Ian Carter, the head teacher of Poole Grammar School, paid tribute to students and staff after seeing an increase in the number of top grades awarded.
Every pupil there has been awarded at least five A* to C grades and the number of pupils receiving A and A* grades has risen.
They also have some exceptional success stories with one or two high achievers receiving 11 A*s.
He said they were much happier with the marking of the English exams than last year.
“We're confident that we've bucked the trend in terms of national results and we have a higher level of A and A* grades than we've ever had before.
"This is all down to good teaching, pastoral care and the commitment of pupils, parents and staff.”
Danni Farrugia, Josephine Jenkins, and Robin Alexander, all 16, with GCSE results at Parkstone Grammar #bmthresults http://t.co/axweTApgDV— @CaitlinM_Echo 22 August 2013
Straight A*s for Madison Honey, Annie Yu and Charlotte McDonald @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/IdJeC2JvUQ— @JennyAwford 22 August 2013
Twins Katie and Mary-Ann Vowles celebrating GCSE results at BSG @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/xJV8Q4o5o9— @JennyAwford 22 August 2013
Students at Parkstone Grammar School queue up to collect their GCSE results #bmthresults http://t.co/UB3cpmD01i— @CaitlinM_Echo 22 August 2013
The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running nationally, official figures have revealed.
The full story is here.
Just over two-thirds - 68.1% - of entries scored A*-C this summer, down 1.3 percentage points from 2012 - the biggest fall in the exam's 25-year history.
The proportion of entries gaining top grades has also fallen by 0.5 percentage points - with 6.8% achieving a coveted A*.
Girls continued to out-perform boys, scoring higher results at A* and A*-C across all subjects.
Parkstone Grammar School has also bucked the national trend and celebrating an improved pass rate.
Every student achieved five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths, and 64.7 per cent of all GCSEs were at A* or A.
A total of 54 students achieved at last 10 GCSEs at grades A* or A, with Eliza Atkinson, Rachael Beasley, Ella Monkcom and Millie Morgan achieving A* grades in all their GCSEs.
Head Tracy Harris described the students as a “real inspiration and credit to themselves and their families.”
She said: “In a year when GCSE results nationally are predicted to fall, I am delighted that Parkstone has increased its GCSE performance and continues to provide outstanding education for girls in Poole and the surrounding area.”
Reporter Jim Durkin who is at Carter Community said 4 students achieved an impressive 15 grades at C or above.
Alice Hibbs got 10 grades A* and A and Jodie Symes got 7 A* and A grades.
Students wait nervously for their GCSE results at Talbot Heath School @Bournemouthecho #bmthresults http://t.co/g5ewTBahDW— @RichardBmthEcho 22 August 2013
Dan Johnston, James Wijesinghe and Tom Kydd-Coutts celebrating at Bournemouth School. #bmthresults http://t.co/EHzSUGtcxV— @CorinDailyEcho 22 August 2013
Oliver Griffiths, front left, and fellow students celebrating GCSE results at Bournemouth School. #bmthresults http://t.co/OwY5v2D09d— @CorinDailyEcho 22 August 2013
Oliver, from Bournemouth School, got 9 A*s and 5 As in his exams.
Dr Terry Fish, headteacher at Twynham School, said they were pleased with their “excellent” results at a turbulent time for the exam system.
He was particularly critical of the marking of English exams last year but said this year 79 per cent of students gained a C or better in English and 75 per cent gained at least a C in maths.
Thirty students gained at least five A* or A grades and twelve students got at least eight A* or A grades.
He said: “In a truly comprehensive school, these are impressive achievements and I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students and to thank their teachers, support staff and parents for enabling them to do so well.”
However, he added it was impossible to compare this year's results with last years, due to the large number of students sitting GCSE maths early, the changes to the science examinations and the way in which comparable outcomes are being applied.
Tom Kydd-coutts from Bournemouth School celebrating 7A* and 5As @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Eyi4JIg94H— @JennyAwford 22 August 2013
Students from Bournemouth School celebrating GCSE results @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/wYpb1zVSoP— @JennyAwford 22 August 2013
Principle of Carter Community School, Rob Davies said: "I would like to congratulate all our students who have achieved the grades they were hoping for today.
"I would also like to thank everyone at the academy for their efforts over the last year."
Oliver Griffiths from Bournemouth School is celebrating 9A* and 5As @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/N5F7ODfEDk— @JennyAwford 22 August 2013
Matthew Humphries from Bournemouth School is celebrating his results and scholarship to Eton @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/9qwBqKmcTQ— @JennyAwford 22 August 2013
9:02am Thu 22 Aug 13
Don't despair if your'e results aren't up to par. Opportunities abound at the
local colleges, Brockenhurst college and Bournemouth and Poole college.
Also Adult learning at Oakdale will help you to get the grade you needed to
apply for chosen Uni or Apprenticeships!
Carter Community School in Poole say 75% of their students achieved five or more A*-C grades with one third of those getting 10 or more good passes above grade C.
8:37am Thu 22 Aug 13
Best of luck to all, ESP my son and his friends at TBOWA who really deserve good news today xxxxxxx
Ofqual - the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation released a briefing sheet explaining why GCSE results may look different this year.
Here is a link which explains a bit more about it.
Here is the Telegraph's take on what's happening with GCSE grades across the country.
#GCSE Good luck to all Bournemouth's young people getting their results today. We hope your grades take you on to your next chosen step.— @bournemouthbc 22 August 2013
#pooleresults Good luck to Carter students picking up exam results today. Hard works gets its reward!!— @Bob_the_teach 22 August 2013
We're still waiting for the official figures nationally which will give a clearer picture of how students have done.
Some headteachers are saying it is difficult to compare these results from last year due to changes in the system.
We'll bring you more analysis once we have results.
#bmthresults @glenmoor - Well done girls on an outstanding set of results, the best in the school's history by a long way. Headline at 9.30— @parnsi 22 August 2013
Good luck to everyone getting GCSE results today.The world is full of successful people who left school with very modest grades,— @Up_To_Speed 22 August 2013
@wintoncollege @glenmoor #bmthresults - best of luck Year 11, see you all in a short while ;)— @parnsi 22 August 2013
@Bournemouthecho good luck to them :-) We can advise on apprenticeships in Bournemouth & Poole area 01202 764520 http://t.co/iLgH72mNfU— @FNTCTRAINING 22 August 2013
This is from Winton and Glenmoor headteacher Ben Parnell. We'll be at the school this morning with information asap.
Good luck to all those getting their GCSE results today.— @Annette4MDNP 22 August 2013
Nationally there are predictions that fewer pupils will score decent passes in key subjects such as science and maths.
Here is more information
Our photographers and reporters will be at as many schools as we can getting pictures and reaction on the results.
You can also get involved by tweeting us using #bmthresults or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good morning everyone.
We're going to be live blogging all the GCSE results from around Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch as well as other areas this morning.