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GCSE results on the up in Cambridgeshire

Students in Cambridgeshire received their Key Stage 4 GCSE results yesterday (22) after sitting exams earlier this summer.

Over the past two years, the Department for Education has been rolling out the new GCSE syllabus. Exams are now graded from 9 (top) to 1 (bottom) with a grade 4 accepted as a standard pass (equivalent to the middle of a former grade C) and a grade 5 a good pass.

In Cambridgeshire more than 5,600 students sat the exams in schools across the county this year.

GCSE results on the up in Cambridgeshire.
GCSE results on the up in Cambridgeshire.

In maths 74.6 per cent of students achieved a grade from 4-9 (at least a standard pass) an increase of 0.6 per cent on 2018 and 55 per cent achieved at least a grade 5 (up 1 per cent). This year 79 per cent achieved at least a grade 4 in English, the same level as last year, with 64.3 per cent achieving a strong pass (at least a grade 5) an improvement of 0.3 per cent.

The proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or above in both English and mathematics in Cambridgeshire was 69 per cent, 1 per cent higher than last year, with 48.4 per cent achieving a grade 5 or better (up 0.8 per cent). National outcomes are not yet available as a comparison. Results are currently provisional as they don’t take account of remarking or changes for pupils who are new to the country.

Councillor Simon Bywater, chairman of the children and young people committee for Cambridgeshire County Council said, “First of all, I would like to say a big well done to every young person in Cambridgeshire who collected their exam results yesterday. I would also like to thank teachers, leaders and trustees at all the academy trusts for their hard work, support and partnership in delivering these improved results.

“We have seen rapid improvement in the quality of our secondary schools which has been as a result of significant effort by all involved. Four years ago, less than 50 per cent of our schools were graded as good or better by Ofsted. This figure today sits at 93.5 per cent of schools, 16th out of 150 local authorities nationally.”

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