Teachers have spoken out after Eastwood and Kimberley faced GCSE results day last week.
Students flocked to both Kimberley School and Eastwood Comprehensive on Thursday August 21 to collect envelopes containing their grades which were predicted to be affected by changes to the system with a greater focus on end-of-course exams.
At Eastwood Comprehensive, the pass rate was 48 per cent of pupils gaining five or more grades of A* to C, including English and Maths, which was down one per cent on the levels of 2013.
The overall pass rate of grades A* to G also faced a slight decline of two per cent, down from 98 per cent last year, to 96 per cent this year.
However, the school registered 13 per cent of maths results at grade A* to B, which has greatly increased on the nine per cent of last year.
English teacher Karen Paget at Eastwood Comprehensive was proud of how much her lowest set have improved.
She said: “After working with them for five years, from the early stages on phonics and reading, they have shown a massive improvement.
“We’ve got some Cs in the group which is fabulous.
“A couple of other students got above their targets achieving Ds and Es, which may not seem strong but for the individual it is a really great result.”
Head of Sixth form Barry Caldwell said he was incredibly impressed with the year and looked forward to seeing many of them again.
“We’ve had a significant rise in recruitment for sixth form this year - we had 40 last year and we’ve got 65 going from GCSE to A-level this year.
“We want students to be considering apprenticeships, university, and going on in their studies.”
Kimberley School have not yet released overall figures about their results.
Headteacher Chris Teal said: “It is too soon to quote a final figure for our GSCE results, as we have submitted a number of papers for re-marking and must wait until these are returned.
“But I can say that they are certainly down on last year.”
Despite this, both schools boasted various high acheievers including Alex Cargill and Charlotte Winter, who acheieved 11 GCSEs at A* and A grade.
Also among those who topped the charts was 16-year-old Joe Wade, who acheieved 11 GCSEs at grade A* and A, including A*s in English, maths, biology, chemistry and business studies.