More of Suffolk’s 16 year olds achieved expected levels of GCSE attainment this year, it has emerged today.
Provisional results collated from four out of five secondary schools suggest a one per cent rise in the number of students getting five or more A*to C grades, including English and Maths.
It means 56 per cent of Suffolk’s year 11s got the expected level of attainment. In 2013, it was 55 per cent.
Some schools have made significant gains on last year:
· Hadleigh High School – 69 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades (including English and Maths), up 25 per cent on last year.
· St Benedict’s Catholic School - 71 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C grades (including English and Maths), up 18 per cent on last year.
· Westbourne Academy – 52 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades (including English and Maths). This is up from 31 per cent last year.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said:
“Early indications are that there’s been a rise in the number of GCSE students gaining five or more good A*-C grades, including English and Maths.
“This is testament to the hard work and dedication of teachers, heads, governors, parents and, most importantly, students.
“National changes to the way exams are taken, papers are marked and results recorded, seem to be affecting Suffolk too – but this doesn’t take away from the positive picture that we’re seeing today.
“We will continue to work with, and challenge, schools to drive up educational attainment. That is the direction we set with our Raising the Bar agenda and is now what education professionals across the county are united around.”
Some schools appear to have been disproportionately affected by national issues, such as English exam marking. Schools where students have not received the results they expected have already indicated that they intend to ask for exam papers to be remarked.
The results are subject to validation by the Department for Education by the New Year.