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This summer reformed 9 to 1 GCSE specifications were awarded in 23 subjects.
On average, 16 year-old students in England took 7.46 reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs, so we have looked at the number of students taking at least 7 reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs who achieved a grade 9 in all of their 9 to 1 graded subjects.
In total, there were 732 students that achieved this, 62% of whom were female and 38% of whom were male.
It is difficult to compare in a meaningful way grade boundaries between reformed and legacy qualifications, for several reasons.
There are also reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs available in the three separate sciences – biology, chemistry, and physics.
Some students therefore enter combined science, and other students enter the separate sciences.
And, as in previous years, senior examiners have been involved in all awards.
In the reformed GCSEs they were asked to check whether student work at the grade boundaries suggested by the statistics was at an acceptable standard for the grade (at grades 7, 4 and 1).