Cambridgeshire: GCSE Results

23 August 2012, 16:18 | Updated: 23 August 2012, 16:22

The number of GCSE students getting top grades has fallen for the first time in the history of the exam, with just under 70 per cent getting A* to C grades.

However teachers are complaining that some of the papers have been marked too harshly, especially in English, where schools reported an unprecedented number of fails. 

Locally, there were a number of success stories, however; Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Peterborough achieved a record set of results, with 93 percent of students getting five graded A* to C. 

And after a summer of Olympic fever, it seems appropriate that specialist sports college Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon saw improved results.

73% of students there achieved A* to C grades.

In a message on the school website, Acting Headteacher Di Beddow said: "As a sports college in this Olympic year, Hinchingbrooke works hard to help our students to perform faster, higher, stronger, whatever their starting point and whatever the final grade on their certificate.  

To all of those gaining their personal best, I give my heartfelt congratulations." 

Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough are celebrating a 92 rate of pupils achiveing an A* to C grade.

However the school is one of many across the country to refer some results back to the examining board after claims that their English exams were graded too harshly. 

Cottenham Village College is praising students, parents and teachers too, after 87 percent of all papers got A* to C grade.

In fact, 11 percent of all of its grades were A* - compared with around 7 percent nationally.