Councillor Paul Jacques, Cabinet Member for Education and Culture, said “We’d like to congratulate all our pupils who after years of hard work and dedication have achieved the GCSE grades they require
“We’d also like to say thanks to the parents, teachers and staff who have supported our children and helped prepare them for the exams.
“I am pleased to say that provisional returns from our schools show that 58.1 per cent of Oldham students have achieved a good grade 4 or above in English and Maths and we will continue to work in partnership with our schools to build on this success in the new academic year.
“This year has seen more changes to the GCSE scoring grades and they are now on a new scale of 9 to 1, with 9 the highest grade, rather than A* to G.
“That means comparisons with previous years’ results is not possible and we won’t know this data until later in the year when national level data is released."