STUDENTS around the region are receiving their GCSE results.

This year's exams have included the introduction of a new 1-9 grading system, although some subjects still have the traditional letter grades.    

Youngsters at Lakelands Academy in Ellesmere rose to the challenge of the new grading system, with 72 per cent of students achieved a Grade 4 (C equivalent) in maths and 78 per cent attained a Grade 4 in English / English literature.

A total of 63 per cent achieved both English and maths at Grade 4, and 65 per cent secured Grade 4 or higher in two science subjects.

Headteacher Sophy Bellis said: "We are thrilled for all our students as they build on this success and embark upon the next stage of their lives.  

"On behalf of the staff and governors of Lakelands Academy, I would like to wish the ‘Class of 2018’ all the very best in the future."

Ellesmere College is also celebrating excellent results, with a third of all marks were at A*/A and nine, eight and seven. 

Headteacher Brendan Wignall said: "It is a delight to see hard work pay off and these results are a credit to pupils, to their teachers and, of course, to their parents."

St Martins School hailed this year's GCSE results as a success. 

In particular, Molly Jones achieved three grade 9, five grade 8 and three grade 7 - probably the best the best set of results in the school’s history.

Headteacher Sue Lovecy said; "I am delighted with the results. With the new GCSE exams, students have had to put in maximum effort to get these results and I wish all our students every success as they move to the next chapter in their lives."

Across the border - where the grading system has not changed - Llanfyllin High School recorded its best results in terms of children achieveing 5A* - C grades (including Welsh/English and maths) since 2012.

All biology, PE, fine art, textiles and photography candidates received A*-C grades, while 92.4 per cent of students gained A*-C in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. 

There was also a 100 per cent pass rates for the BTEC subjects. 

Headteacher Dewi Owen said: "These results not only reflect the excellent effort and attitude of the students but also the hard work and diligence shown by our highly committed teachers, supported and encouraged by parents and governors."

Year 11 students at Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen also did well, more than 70 per cent of grades awarded in physics and biology were A* or A. Meanwhile, more than 70 per cent of students passed mathematics/numeracy and the new double science qualification.

There were also many A* and A grades in art, music and drama.

Headteacher Mark Hatch said: "We are really pleased for all our students. They have worked really hard and deserve their success."