YOUNGSTERS in Chelmsford are collecting their GCSE results today, with many schools celebrating record breaking results.

The results come amid a drop in English grades, but an average rise across all subjects in A*-C grades.

At King Edward VI Grammar School, 84 percent of grades scored at A* and A. In total, 76 percent of students, 85 pupils, achieved 10 or more A* and A grades, with 24 students 10 or more A* grades.

Among the successful students was Tom Mitty, who score 14 A*’s and an A,; and Ben Russell and Ryan Griffiths who each scored 13 A* grades.

At New Hall School, 50 percent of students recorded A*-A grades, while 80 percent of pupils achieved A*-B results.

Twenty students achieved 100 percent of grades at A* and A.

Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate outstanding results with our students today. The entire year group should be immensely proud of their achievements.

“We believe these results are testament to the success of New Hall’s pioneering ‘Diamond Model’, which provides the best of both worlds: the benefits of a co-educational environment together with the academic advantages of girls and boys being taught separately at Key Stage three and for GCSE.”

Hylands School bucked the national trend for English where three quarters of all students scored C or above.

Half of all students achieved give or more GCSEs at the higher grades including English and Maths.

Head teacher Neil Dunn said: “Our students worked extremely hard throughout their time at Hylands and took advantage of the additional opportunities the school provided for them – we are extremely proud of their achievements.”

At The Sandon School, 75 percent of students scored five or more A*-C grades, and 66 percent achieved five or more including English and Maths.

A number of students in including Rosanna Tompkins and Elliott Green achieved outstanding results. Rosanna achieved six A* and seven A grades. Elliott picked up six A8, five A’s and two B’s.

At Great Baddow High School, students scored a ten percent improvement on last year’s results with at least 60 percent of pupils gaining five A*- C grades.