The Star Says: Have pride in our excellent students

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Congratulations to our wonderful GCSE students, who have achieved such great results this year.

Students at Sheffield schools outperformed the rest of the UK as they collected some of the city’s best ever GCSE results.

Nationally, the pass rate for A* to C grades rose slightly to 69 per cent – but across Sheffield percentages increased significantly on 2014 results.

Many schools across the city were celebrating a rise in the number of pupils achieving the top A* to C grades.

Rotherham’s results were an improvement on last year and in Barnsley, the overall rate of students gaining five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, is 48 per cent – a one per cent rise on 12 months ago.

Out of more than 3,000 students in Doncaster, the proportion of the borough’s young people achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths, as required by the Department for Education, is up two per cent to 51 per cent.

We often receive comments that we always say the same thing whenever GCSE or A Level results are released.

It is a curmudgeonly thing to say and it is also untrue.

Students these days, as has always been the case, have to work very hard to get what they deserve.

There is no hiding place in the classroom to getting the grades that will allow them to progress their education.

Whatever they go on to do next they know – better than anyone – that they will be continually having to improve their skills.

The world in which they have been brought up and educated is changing, and has changed, rapidly.

They know that it is highly unlikely they will stay in the same job for life and they are comfortable with being flexible in their outlook.

Also, this is their moment. We can all remember the moment when we found out our exam results.

The memory lasts a lifetime and it is right we celebrate the good and give our support to those whose grades weren’t quite what they wanted.

Yesterday was a big day for students, parents, families, teachers and everyone else involved in the education of our young people.

It is the last big milestone before attention turns to the new school year in September.

Enjoy the rest of the summer holidays – we are very proud of you.