THEY may have been tougher this year but Shaw teenager Niall Kelly passed his GCSEs with flying colours.
Only four per-cent of students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received the top grade 9 equivalent to A Plus pass under the old system.
And happy Niall, 16, scooped eight nines and three eights in his 11 successes at Crompton House School.
“I expected a few 9s but certainly not that many,” smiled Niall, a former St Joseph’s Junior School pupil who is returning to Crompton House this month to study Biology, Chemistry and French.
Only 732 youngsters across England, Wales and Northern Ireland achieved a full set of nines.
Overall, 27 per-cent of Crompton House pupils achieved grades at 7-9. Sixty two per-cent of all results were grades 5-9 and 80 per-cent of results were grades 4-9. A total of 112 top grade 9s were awarded.
Mr Karl Newell, Headteacher, said: “I am very pleased to congratulate our Year 11 students for their excellent GCSE results.
“We were eagerly anticipating the results from the new specification courses and we are very pleased with how the Crompton House pupils have done in these and in their other courses.
“I am particularly pleased that we have a good number of new grade nines and eights.
“We are looking forward to seeing many of our students return to Crompton House Sixth Form in September and to hearing how others have been successful in gaining places on various college courses.’
A spokesperson for Oldham Education Partnership said: “This year sees the second set of changes to GCSE curriculum and assessment.
“In addition to the changes in 2017 for English and Maths, when they were made more challenging, similar changes in 2018 will affect 20 more subjects, and the remainder from 2019.
“These subjects are all graded on a new scale of 9 to 1, with 9 the highest grade, rather than A* to G.”
Simple comparison of 2018 GCSE results with previous years’ results is not possible.
These changes also affect the government Basics, Attainment 8, Progress 8 and Ebacc measures. Progress comparison will be possible later this year when national level data is released.
Looking at GCSE results across the borough, Cllr Paul Jacques, Cabinet Member for Education and Culture, said: “We’d like to congratulate all our pupils who after years of hard work and dedication have achieved the GCSE grades they require.
“We’d also like to say thanks to the parents, teachers and staff who have supported our children and helped prepare them for the exams.
“I am pleased to say that provisional returns from our schools show that 58.1 per cent of Oldham students have achieved a good grade 4 or above in English and Maths and we will continue to work in partnership with our schools to build on this success in the new academic year.
“This year has seen more changes to the GCSE scoring grades and they are now on a new scale of 9 to 1, with 9 the highest grade, rather than A* to G.
“That means comparisons with previous years’ results is not possible and we won’t know this data until later in the year when national level data is released.”