Provisional results show that 64 per cent of young people in York achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths GCSE on first entry.
Results this year are not comparable to previous years because of changes made in the performance tables which report the first entry rather than best entry results for candidates.
There have also been significant changes to the examination system in 2014, with the removal of some GCSE equivalent courses from the performance tables, reductions in coursework and the move away from modular examinations towards end of course examinations.
There was some disappointment at York High where a spokesman commented,
“In spite of the hard work of the students, the support of the families and the commitment of staff our results have dropped to 43 per cent of students gaining 5A* – C including English and Maths.
This is of course disappointing but is an inevitable consequence of an assessment based mainly on longer exams at the end of a two year course.”