Provisional figures have been released showing how well students at schools up and down the country did in their exams.
The results are based on Attainment 8 which is an average score across eight GCSE subjects including English, Maths and a range of other subjects.
Across Sheffield, the average Attainment 8 score was 44.8.
That compares to 46.5 for pupils across all state-funded schools in England.
More than half of teenagers failed to score a strong pass in both their English and maths GCSEs this year, official figures show.
School leaders warned that youngsters could be left feeling demoralised if they do not achieve a grade five in the key exams and said there are alternatives to "the annual rite of consigning large numbers of young people to a sense of failure".
Provisional national figures, published by the Department for Education (DfE) show that 57% of teenagers at state secondary schools in England did not get a grade five or above in English and maths GCSE this summer.
A grade five is considered a strong pass by the Government and is used to hold schools to account for performance.
Just over a third (35.6%) of state-educated pupils did not score at least a grade four, broadly equivalent to a C, in both English and maths GCSEs, the figures show.
Teenagers who score a grade four in these subjects do not have to re-sit the GCSEs, while those who gain grades below this level must continue to study them post-16.