GCSE results: Newham pupils’ English results better than national average
PUBLISHED: 17:34 25 August 2017
Newham’s teenagers have outperformed their peers in the new-style GCSE exams, achieving better than the national average in English.
According to provisional figures, 80 per cent of pupils from the borough’s 17 secondary schools achieved a “standard pass” of a grade 4 or higher - equivalent to a C or above.
The “strong pass” rate of a grade 5 or above was 65 per cent.
In maths, the borough’s 68pc standard pass rate was just shy of the national average of 69pc, but it was slightly better in the strong pass rate, with 49pc compared to the national figure of 48pc.
Success in the two core subjects improved on last year, with 65pc achieving a grade 4 or above in both English and maths. Last year, 63pc of pupils obtained the equivalent grades.
Cllr Rev Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people, said he was “seriously impressed” by the results of Newham’s GCSE pupils.
He said: “This year has been particularly difficult for pupils, and teachers alike, who have had to balance two systems of examinations running side-by-side. I know our schools have worked hard together to ensure our schoolchildren continue to achieve and these results are testament to everyone’s hard work and dedication.
“I’m immensely proud of this year’s results and wish these pupils the best of luck for their next step in life, whether it’s on to further education in one of our amazing sixth form centres, training or employment.”
The new number system, which has 9 as the top grade and 1 as the lowest, has initially only been introduced in English, English literature and maths.
It is said to help employers and universities distinguish better between grades, as well as indicate that pupils have taken the new-style exams, which see all papers sat at the end of the course rather than assess pupils through coursework, or in modules throughout the two year study period.
All other subjects were graded in the old A*-G system and may have included coursework or modular assessments , but they will be gradually replaced with the new-style GCSE format and mark scheme.