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Schools celebrate record GCSE grades
11:21am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
Triplets Bethan Jakeman (10 A*s), Thomas (8A*s) and Eleanor (10 A*s) celebrate their GCSE results at Huntington School
RECORD GCSE results at many schools in York, North and East Yorkshire helped the region buck national trends which saw a drop in the number of pupils gaining top grades in core subjects.
More than 9,000 pupils received their results yesterday in York and across Selby, Ryedale and East Yorkshire. York schools showed a four per cent improvement on last year’s results, with 67 per cent of youngsters achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths compared to 63 per cent last year. The result is the highest ever for the city. In North Yorkshire, the proportion of pupils achieving five GCSE passes at A*-C, including English and maths, will be more than 65 per cent, similar to last year and above last year’s national figure of 59 per cent. East Yorkshire made the biggest improvement in Yorkshire region, achieving an average of 62 per cent in the gold standard of five or more A* to C grades including English and maths. This is an improvement of four per cent on last year.
Nationally there has been a fall in the proportion of GCSE exam entries awarded top grades for the second year in a row, with about two-thirds of exam entries graded between an A* and a C – a fall on last year. The proportion getting an A* or an A fell from 22.4 per cent to 21.3 per cent.
Huntington head teacher John Tomsett said: “In a time when young people’s literacy and numeracy skills are criticised from many quarters, 85 per cent of our students attained a grade C or above in maths and 80 per cent did so in English, which is a magnificent achievement.”
The school also had triplets collecting their results yesterday – Bethan, Eleanor and Thomas Jakeman, who collected 28A*s and 6As between them.
York education chief Coun Janet Looker said: “We are delighted with this record-breaking set of results, our best ever bar none, which are a credit to our students and staff. We believe that our success is down to old-fashioned hard work.”
Maths grades in North Yorkshire have gone up by more than one per cent across the county compared to last year and compared to a fall nationally of 0.8 per cent. English results have also improved against a national fall of about half a per cent, which should place the county well within the top quarter of authorities nationally.
A number of schools scored significant increases of more than five per cent on last year with A*-C grades including English and maths.
However, Coun Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s executive member for schools, said in some North Yorkshire schools the national picture had been mirrored, particularly in English, with some pupils not getting the top grades they expected.
He said: “As ever, our results overall give us much to celebrate and we must congratulate students for all their hard work and focus and staff for their dedication and high standards in the quality of teaching and learning.
“Clearly more information is needed to determine how the English grading may have affected some pupils, but it will be some time before we can comment on any changes.”
In East Yorkshire, results showed on average pupils were making more progress than ever before, with a four per cent improvement in both English and maths results.
Alison Michalska, East Riding of Yorkshire’s director of children, family and adult services, said: “The performance in the gold standard of five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, shows that key numeracy and literacy skills continue to thrive, alongside other subjects, and that we have got the balance right in our secondary schools.”
GCSE results from schools and colleges across York, North and East Yorkshire:
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