Secondary school students across Derby received their GCSE results yesterday.

Students will have noticed the new 9 – 1 grading system on certain subjects. Currently, 9 – 1 grades will show up in three subjects: maths, English literature, and English language, with the new grading system being phased in to all other GCSEs over the next two years.

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who picked up their results yesterday. The hard work of these young people should not go unmarked, and they should all be very proud of their achievements.

“These grades are a real testament to the students, parents, carers and teachers who have worked tirelessly, despite the uncertainty caused by changes to the grading system for maths and English.”

The bottom of grade four is equivalent to the bottom of a grade C, meaning the government expects that a pupil who scored a C or above in last year’s grading, will receive a four or above this year.

Though these changes have been communicated, we would encourage anyone who is unsure about the new system to speak to a member of their teaching staff. A full breakdown of old vs. new grades is available online.