A third of the pupils who opened their results on Thursday earned a 7-9 grade equivalent to A and A* grades under the former grading system. English and maths pass rates were also promising, with 62 per cent of the pupils earning a standard pass in both subjects, which is a grade 4 or higher, and 29 per cent attaining a strong pass, which is a grade 5 or higher. Headteacher Tracey Amos said: Great Torrington School is delighted to announce another year group who have achieved a positive Progress 8 score. A third of our pupils gained at least one 7-9 grade. This is a great testament to the hard work put in by the staff and pupils to reach such high standards in the era of the harder GCSEs. The staff and Governors at GTS wish year 11 well in the next exciting step of their career.