GCSE results day 2021 – Grades SURGE as a third awarded top marks and GB gymnastic twins achieve distinctions

GCSE results surged to an all-time high today with almost a one third of pupils awarded top grades by generous teachers.

A whopping 28.9% of all entries were awarded a level 7 or above – the equivalent of an A under the old system.

The news comes as team GB gymnastics twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are celebrating again – just weeks after bagging Olympic bronze medals.

The teenagers managed to achieve distinctions on results day, despite their respective intense training schedules for Tokyo 2020.

Read our GCSE Results Day 2021 live blog for the latest updates…

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    EXPLAINED: WHEN DO KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL?

    Following the GCSE and A-Levels results, the kids will be due back to school or university in September.

    School term and holiday dates are usually set more than 18 months in advance of the academic year.

    The Autumn term usually begins on Wednesday September 1 and goes through until Friday October 22.

    But dates vary between areas.

    You can find out when your school breaks up by putting your postcode in the government’s website.

    Read more here.

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    BREAKING: GCSE RESULTS SURGE TO ALL-TIME HIGH WITH ALMOST A THIRD AWARDED TOP GRADES BY GENEROUS TEACHERS

    A whopping 28.9% of all entries were awarded a level 7 or above – the equivalent of an A under the old system.

    That’s up from just 20.8% two years ago, when exams were last held.

    The results will heap more pressure on ministers to come up with a plan to correct runaway grade inflation.

    Just like for A-levels, pupils taking their GCSEs this year have been given marks based on teacher assessments.

    Just over three quarters or papers were scored at a level four (C grade) or above, compared to 67% back in 2019.

    Read more here.

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    HOW NEW GRADES GCSE’S ROUGHLY COMPARE TO THE OLD ONES

    • A* – 9
    • A – 8
    • B – 6
    • C – 4
    • E – 3
    • F – 2
    • G -1
    • U – U
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      HOW LONG DOES A REMARK TAKE?

      Because of the unusual nature of this year’s results process, it is unclear how long an appeal will take.

      Usually a remark happens with 10 days of the appeal being lodged, but with another year of no papers to actually go over, it’s hard to predict.

      Ofqual are also not sure how many appeals will be lodged, so it is likely the speed will depend on the amount of students who appeal.

      But this year has already seen a record number of students receiving A Level grades of A and A,* so the appeals line could well be quieter.

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      WHAT ARE TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES?

      Thousands of A-level students in England will receive their predicted grade on Tuesday, August 10 2021.

      GCSE pupils will receive their results two days later, on August 12.

      Grades have been determined by teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught during the pandemic.

      Decisions about the final grades are evidence-based and might include tests, class work, mock examinations etc.

      Evidence covers a range of topics to demonstrate a student’s breadth of knowledge.

      No algorithm has been used.

      Each school’s headteacher has had to sign off the results.

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      EXPLAINED: HOW YOU CAN APPEAL YOUR GCSE RESULTS

      First things first, it is wise talk to your school or college to see if they agree with lodging an appeal against your results.

      While in a normal year this would result in your paper being rechecked, this year is again very different as students did not sit exams because of the coronavirus pandemic.

      Instead teacher’s predicted grades will be your results, and if you disagree with what you have been given, you can appeal to Ofqual through your school.

      But students can only appeal a GCSE result if they have a valid mock grade higher than their awarded grade.

      The deadline to appeal will likely be dependent on your school, so make sure to liaise with them if you’re unsure.

      Once again, all appeals will be free of charge.

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      BIG ISSUE SELLER THRILLED AFTER PASSING HIS GCSES WITH FLYING COLOURS – AT THE AGE OF 58

      Hard-working Clive Rowe has suffered from alcoholism, bipolar and PTSD after living on the streets for more than 20 years.

      In recent years he has tried to turned his life around and was told today he had passed his GCSEs in Maths and English with 5’s in both subjects, also equivalent to a C+.

      Clive, from Plymouth in Devon, said he was shocked and overjoyed with his results, outdoing his level 3 grade he expected.

      He said: “It’s just the most amazing achievement for me, because with bipolar disorder it’s really difficult to keep yourself placed in the right frame of mind to do education”.

      “It’s a massive day for me, getting 5’s is just so far beyond all my expectations of what I wanted to do.”

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      TEAM GB GYMNASTIC TWINS JESSICA AND JENNIFER GADIROVA, 16, LAND DISTINCTIONS ON RESULTS DAY WEEKS AFTER OLYMPIC BRONZES

      The teenagers managed to achieve distinctions on results day, despite their respective intense training schedules for Tokyo 2020.

      The Aylesbury Vale Academy pupils teamed up with Alice Kinsella, 20, and Amelie Morgan, 18, to land Team GB's first women’s team gymnastics medal at the Olympics since 1928.

      They then had to race back to the UK to collect their BTEC results – and it was more good news.

      Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Jennifer said: "I got a Level 2 distinction star in business, and we both got a Level 2 distinction star in health and fitness so we're very pleased."

      Her sister added: "We just wanted the pass and that's what we got so we're happy to move on.

      "We're not sure what the plans are [for celebrations] but I'm sure there'll be one."

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      CELEBS’S GCSE RESULTS REVEALED

      From starting in The Only Way is Essex to advertising everything form plus-size clothing to low-price holidays, Gemma Collins has plenty of strings to her bow.

      But the bubbly TV personality didn't reach the same level of success at school.

      She left school at 16 with a U in GCSE maths – but the grades didn't bother her.

      Ant and Dec the Geordie duo, have been almost inseparable since their childhood and their similarities run deep, even down to their GCSE results.

      The pair managed to get an identical amount of GCSEs – five in total.

      More bizarrely they also received exact the same grades – three Bs and two Cs.

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      EXPLAINED: WHEN DO KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL?

      Following the GCSE and A-Levels results, the kids will be due back to school or university in September.

      School term and holiday dates are usually set more than 18 months in advance of the academic year.

      The Autumn term usually begins on Wednesday September 1 and goes through until Friday October 22.

      But dates vary between areas.

      You can find out when your school breaks up by putting your postcode in the government’s website.

      Read more here.

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      LOVE ISLANDERS GCSES (CONTINUED…)

      Looking at what some ex-Islander’s got in their GCSEs, they also prove you can have beauty and brains!

      Molly-Mae Hague is a real smarty pants. She did very well in her GCSEs, receiving an A in English and an A* in Sociology.

      Chris Hughes previously boasted about his academic excellence during a Twitter spat back in 2017: “I’ve got 14 GCSE’s, a Uni Degree and morals. I ain’t sent s***, hence why all you’ll haven’t seen s***. Worry about yourself man”.

      Amber Davies was very vocal about her GCSE revision when she was preparing for her exams back in 2013. Although it’s not known what she got in her results, she’s gone to have a very successful career.

      Camilla Thurlow scored a whopping nine A* GCSEs. She later went on to get a First class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

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      WHAT THE LOVE ISLAND STARS GOT IN THEIR GCSES – FROM GENIUS LIBERTY AND CLEVER MILLIE

      Piers Morgan once referred to all Love Island contestants as “brain dead zombies”. But this year’s lot prove Piers has absolutely NO idea what he’s talking about.

      Millie Court graduated from uni in 2018 and has eight GCSEs – including an A in Maths and a B in Textiles.

      Liberty Poole actually mentioned her GCSE results during her introductory video. Lib said: “Lads look at me and they think I’m this blonde but there’s a lot more to me. Not a lot of people know this about me but I got nine As and an A* at school.”

      Aaron Francis did so well with his own GCSEs that he was also paid to help others with theirs. On his LinkedIn he wrote: “I believe that due to my success in GCSE Maths and my experience with young children, this is a very good job for me”.

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      STUDENTS DESERVE GOLD MEDALS… NOT JUST A-GRADES AFTER COVID DISRUPTED THEIR LIVES

      Sun exclusive comment by education secretary Gavin Williamson

      Results week is here – and for thousands of young people and their families the wait is almost over. Getting your A-level, GCSE or vocational results is always a nerve-racking time.

      But this year students overcame even greater challenges than normal. While the pandemic has caused disruption to everyone’s lives, young people have really had to dig deep.

      Frankly, if there had been an Olympic medal for grit, our students would all have won gold.

      We faced stark choices this year when a new variant of Covid meant  schools had to close again for public safety as we locked down.

      Some people argued loudly that we should put off the entire process   — making students repeat the year, then take exams and receive their ­qualifications later. But putting all those futures on hold was not an option.

      Read more here.

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      HOW LONG DOES A REMARK TAKE?

      Because of the unusual nature of this year’s results process, it is unclear how long an appeal will take.

      Usually a remark happens with 10 days of the appeal being lodged, but with another year of no papers to actually go over, it’s hard to predict.

      Ofqual are also not sure how many appeals will be lodged, so it is likely the speed will depend on the amount of students who appeal.

      But this year has already seen a record number of students receiving A Level grades of A and A,* so the appeals line could well be quieter.

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      EXPLAINED: WHAT IS A PASS AND WHAT IS A FAIL?

      Pupils now need either 4 for a standard pass and 5 for a “strong pass,” replacing the traditional boundary of a C grade.

      A pass is therefore indicated by one of six grades, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

      Meanwhile, the lowest grade is a one and, if a student does not pass, it will show on their results sheet as “Not Classified” or similar.

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      HOW THE GRADES HAVE STACKED UP

      A whopping 28.9% of all entries were awarded a level 7 or above – the equivalent of an A under the old system.

      That's up from just 20.8% two years ago, when exams were last held.

      The results will heap more pressure on ministers to come up with a plan to correct runaway grade inflation.

      Just like for A-levels, pupils taking their GCSEs this year have been given marks based on teacher assessments.

      Just over three quarters of papers were scored at a level four (C grade) or above, compared to 67% back in 2019.

      Some 3,606 students in England received straight 9s – the highest mark available – up from just 837 two years ago.

      The results also show girls have pulled further ahead than boys when it comes to getting the top grades, opening up a 9% gap.

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      EXPLAINED: HOW ARE GCSE RESULTS CALCULATED?

      Unlike last year, hopeful students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will get grades on the basis of teacher assessment alone.

      The assessments are based on several pieces of marked work and previous exams undertaken.

      Education Secretary Gavin Williamson previously told the Commons: “Teachers have a good understanding of their students’ performance and how they compare to other students this year and from those of previous years.”

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      GCSE RESULTS 2021: WHERE TO GET FREE FOOD INCLUDING FRANKIE AND BENNY’S AND NANDO’S

      Students celebrating their GCSE results today can take advantage of free food offers all over the UK.

      To claim your deal, simply take your results letter with you and show it to staff at some of the nation’s best loved food chains.

      Here are the best deals we’ve found:

      • Nando’s Results Day Dash is back for another year.
      • Italian eatery Bella Italia is offering free dessert to GCSE students until Friday August 13.
      • If you visit your local Frankie and Benny’s today you’ll be able to claim a free pizza.
      • Fans of Mexican food can now celebrate their GCSE results with three free churros from Las Iguanas.
      • Chiquito are offering students getting their GCSE results free chicken and chips, today.

      Read more here.

      ROYAL FAMILY GCSE RESULTS – WHAT KATE MIDDLETON, PRINCE HARRY AND THE REST OF THE ROYALS GOT IN THEIR EXAMS

      Following months of hard work and a long summer waiting to find out what their future holds, teenagers across the UK will finally get the results of their GCSE exams today.

      And even members of the Royal Family aren’t exempt from endless revision and exam stress – so here’s just how well they did in their GCSES:

      Read the article in full here.

      HOW NEW GRADES GCSE’S ROUGHLY COMPARE TO THE OLD ONES

      • A* – 9
      • A – 8
      • B – 6
      • C – 4
      • E – 3
      • F – 2
      • G -1
      • U – U

      WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THEIR RESULTS?

      Students unhappy with their results can appeal their grades – which can be done via two steps.

      Firstly, appeals can be made if students or parents believe there has been an error in grade calculation.

      This is done via individual’s schools, which will then liaise with the exam boards.

      Any students who was assessed independently must speak to the centre that submitted their results.

      If following a review, no admin error has been found, a student can appeal their grade to the exam board if they feel their teacher’s awarded grade is unfair.

      Read more here.

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        EXPLAINED: WHEN DO KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL?

        Following the GCSE and A-Levels results, the kids will be due back to school or university in September.

        School term and holiday dates are usually set more than 18 months in advance of the academic year.

        The Autumn term usually begins on Wednesday September 1 and goes through until Friday October 22.

        But dates vary between areas.

        You can find out when your school breaks up by putting your postcode in the government's website.

        Read more here.

      • Milica Cosic

        EXPLAINED: HOW YOU CAN APPEAL YOUR GCSE RESULTS

        First things first, it is wise talk to your school or college to see if they agree with lodging an appeal against your results.

        While in a normal year this would result in your paper being rechecked, this year is again very different as students did not sit exams because of the coronavirus pandemic.

        Instead teacher's predicted grades will be your results, and if you disagree with what you have been given, you can appeal to Ofqual through your school.

        But students can only appeal a GCSE result if they have a valid mock grade higher than their awarded grade.

        The deadline to appeal will likely be dependent on your school, so make sure to liaise with them if you're unsure.

        Once again, all appeals will be free of charge.

      • Milica Cosic

        LOVE ISLANDERS GCSES (CONTINUED…)

        Looking at what some ex-Islander's got in their GCSEs, they also prove you can have beauty and brains!

        Molly-Mae Hague is a real smarty pants. She did very well in her GCSEs, receiving an A in English and an A* in Sociology.

        Chris Hughes previously boasted about his academic excellence during a Twitter spat back in 2017: "I've got 14 GCSE's, a Uni Degree and morals. I ain't sent s***, hence why all you'll haven't seen s***. Worry about yourself man".

        Amber Davies was very vocal about her GCSE revision when she was preparing for her exams back in 2013. Although it's not known what she got in her results, she's gone to have a very successful career.

        Camilla Thurlow scored a whopping nine A* GCSEs. She later went on to get a First class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

      • Milica Cosic

        WHAT THE LOVE ISLAND STARS GOT IN THEIR GCSES – FROM GENIUS LIBERTY AND CLEVER MILLIE

        Piers Morgan once referred to all Love Island contestants as "brain dead zombies". But this year's lot prove Piers has absolutely NO idea what he's talking about.

        Millie Court graduated from uni in 2018 and has eight GCSEs – including an A in Maths and a B in Textiles.

        Liberty Poole actually mentioned her GCSE results during her introductory video. Lib said: "Lads look at me and they think I'm this blonde but there's a lot more to me. Not a lot of people know this about me but I got nine As and an A* at school."

        Aaron Francis did so well with his own GCSEs that he was also paid to help others with theirs. On his LinkedIn he wrote: "I believe that due to my success in GCSE Maths and my experience with young children, this is a very good job for me".

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