Young people across the borough have been celebrating today as they collect their GCSE results in a year where students have faced tougher exams.
Under new reporting measures from the Department for Education, all secondary schools in England have their average examination results reported using numerical rather than alphabetical grades. For 2017, a standard pass has been set at a Grade 4, and a good pass at Grade 5.
Nationally the proportion of pupils achieving a standard pass (Grade 4+) in English is 64.9%, English Literature is 72% and 68.9% in mathematics. The proportion of entries receiving the top grades (7+) is 20%.
Although the advent of a new set of school performance measures and assessment arrangements makes year on year comparisons difficult, Bracknell Forest young people have delivered just above the national averages.
Provisional results show that:
- 75.9% achieved 4+ in English
- 70.2% achieved 4+ in mathematics.
- 65.2% achieved combined English and mathematics 4+
- the average Attainment 8 score across the borough was 46.38
The council’s work to raise standards has meant that pupils across the borough are above the national in English and mathematics. School leaders and staff have embraced the changes within the new assessment procedures ensuring all pupils were able to rise to the challenge of the new tougher examinations.
Nikki Edwards, Director of Children Young People and Learning said,
It is such a pleasure to congratulate those young people whose hard work has come to fruition, and wish them the very best in their next steps.
Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for Children Young People and Learning, added,
Well done to all the staff and students who are celebrating their GCSE results today. We are all very proud of their achievements.