GCSE results remain consistent with positive improvement in English

Students in Peterborough have received their Key Stage 4 GCSE results after sitting exams earlier this summer.

Many more subjects have now adopted more difficult content as well as changing the method of marking and recording results.

The new GCSE exams are now graded from 9 (top) to 1 (bottom) with a grade 4 accepted as a Standard pass (equivalent to the former grade C) and a grade 5 accepted as a Strongpass (formally a lower grade B).

Nearly 2,300 students sat the exams in schools across Peterborough this year.

With a new grading system, a change to the examination system and more difficult exams, it is not possible to compare this set of results with last year’s in all subjects.

However, it is encouraging that similar proportions of students have achieved a pass to those in the last three years, with a slight increase in the numbers doing well in mathematics.

The proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or above in both English and mathematics in Peterborough was 57.1% in line with last year’s provisional results. Those achieving grade 5 or better saw a decline to 32.9%.

English outcomes saw strong improvement with a 2% increase in pupils achieving a grade 4 or above (to 72%) and a 1% increase in those achieving grade 5 or above (53%).

Mathematics saw a 2% increase in pupils achieving a grade 4 or above (to 72%) but a 4% decline in those pupils achieving a grade 5 or above.

National outcomes are not yet available as a comparison and the data is provision. The data will change due to re-marks, special school information being included and pupil data removed who have not been in the country for more than two years.

Councillor Lynne Ayres, Peterborough City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “First of all, I would like to say a big well done to every young person across Peterborough who has collected their exam results, for many it will be a welcome culmination of many months of hard work. I would also like to thank teachers, leaders and governors/board members for their hard work and support.

“GCSEs are an important part of a young person’s education and I’d like to wish all students the very best for the future as they look ahead and make decisions about their next steps. Until we have received results from all other local authorities in October 2019 it is not possible to speculate as to how these results compare or what Peterborough’s national ranking will be."

Dennis Kirwan, principal at Orimston Bushfield Academy and chair of the secondary school head teachers in Peterborough, added: "The Secondary School Heads group was set up to encourage collaboration and to improve educational outcomes for children and young people across the city. We are satisfied with this year's GCSE outcomes but as a group we must be relentless with our focus on continual improvement.

"We have been working closely with the council's Director of Education to put in place a plan to create sustainable improvement in outcomes including a focus on mathematics."

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